Not a huge move, just a mini shuffle. From now on, all arts news will be housed under the cozy blog umbrella of The Scene. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with film and TV news and keep the tears to a minimum.
Not satisfied with merely scaring the sweet bejeezus out of everybody, Halifax based interactive director Jason Nickel of Nickel Digital Experiences and director Jason Zada scored a sweet Daytime Emmy last weekend at the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA for their Facebook creepfest application Take This Lollipop, takethislollipop.com
Starring actor Bill Oberst Jr. playing an internet stalker accessing the audience's Facebook profiles, the interactive short film makes for an intense two minutes of ickiness, and won the Emmy “Outstanding New Approaches In Daytime Entertainment”. Up against The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show and The Bold And The Beautiful, this is a milestone win for the digital entertainment industry. Winning out over their respected fellow nominees, the academy is taking the "new approaches" label seriously by recognizing that, yes, entertainment that is experienced sitting at your desk (and let's be honest, your office) is just as entertaining and valid as that experienced on your couch.
Plus they've made all the hometown folks proud.
alFresco filmFesto brought together an impressive selection of local musicians (Rich Aucoin, Cory Bowles, Margot Durling, Jenn Grant, Daniel Ledwell, John Mullane, In-Flight Safety, Mo Kenney, Natasha Peach, Gabrielle Papillon, Stewart Legere, Gordon Campbell, Luckas Cardona) on a sunny day in the park to record an ode to their 2012 alFresco filmFesto star, Johnny Depp. Soak up the cuteness with the video below:
This is totally OLD internet news because everyone's been tweeting about this for three minutes at least, but here it is anyway. The 12th annual alFresco FilmFesto has announced their summer series and heeeere's Johnny!/they're Depptomaniacs!/my favourite album is Minor Threat's classic Out of Depp!/etc. (please feel free to add your best Johnny Depp puns in the comments, I would greatly appreciate it).
Get your fill of that beautifully feminine face all summer long with weekly Friday night movies starring Johnny Depp. Dubbed "Summer of Johnny: Rolling the the Depp" this year's series is tribute to the actor, featuring five of his movies on the Halifax Waterfront from July 27 to August 24 (Friday nights)
Behold, the schedule:
Friday, July 27: Edward Scissorhands
Friday, August 3: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Friday, August 10: Alice in Wonderland
Friday, August 17: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Friday, August 24: Ed Wood
It must near impossible to narrow these picks down. There's always going to be a few people who want different movies featured (honestly, I'm fine they aren't showing Crybaby I just have something in my eye is all). But let's focus on the important things: Johnny Depp is still a major babe now and forever; don't forget to bring your blankets and chairs, a cash donation of $5 and smelling salts when you faint from his gorgeousness.
Gates open at 8pm, screenings start at 9pm or at dusk. In the case of rain, films will screen the following evening. Please check for rain date updates at http://www.atlanticfilm.com/alfresco/
More upcoming alFresco FilmFesto films you can get right stoked about:
Friday, June 29: Puss in Boots at Kinsmen Park as part of Sackville Days (film begins at dusk)
Monday, July 2: Megamind at DeWolf Park as part of Bedford Days (film begins at 9:30pm). Free admission.
As part of Tall Ships celebrations also on the Halifax Waterfront:
Thursday, July 19: Master and Commander
Friday, July 20: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Saturday, July 21: White Squall
Sunday, July 22: The Bounty
Here you go:
A cool theatre has long been the solution to a sticky summer day, and this June 14-17 at the Neptune Studio Theatre, you can indulge in the first annual OUTeast Queer Film Festival, to learn, laugh, cry, then heat things up again with the post-film parties.
The festival came together through the dedication of organizers Andria Wilson, Krista Davis, Jenna Dufton, Kellie Manning, Lia Rinaldo and Adam C. Reid, who fueled themselves with pink popcorn for the past year while programming the thoughtful selections.
Featuring screenings of Stephen Cone’s The Wise Kids, a doc night, a local shorts night, Travis Mathews’ I Want Your Love, Aurora Guerrero’s Mosquita Y Mari, a matinee presentation of rough cuts from Morgan Strug’s upcoming documentary film project about the Halifax drag community and tons more, OUTeast has kicked off what promises to be a valuable (and insanely fun) addition to the Halifax festival scene. For full film descriptions, schedule and to purchase tickets, see outeastfilm.com.
Krista Davis' stop motion animated OUTeast Film Festival's save the date promo video has a pleasantly Marcel the Shell With Shoes On feel, with added snack appeal. Davis (with help from Margot Durling, Ria Mae, Tanya Davis, Stewart Legere, Tara Thorne, Don Brownrigg and Andria Wilson) put all this impressive effort into the short, the least you can do is mark June 14-17 down in your calendar for fun times at the Neptune Studio Theatre.
Oh hey! Carsten abandoned us all here for $greener$ pastures so I'll be taking care of all your film and on screen needs from now on.
I hate wasting time, so here we go with some stuff. Full Court Press is back! Filling the void left from Flag on the Play's seasonal absence, Hugh Stewart and Paul Doucette's videos will make you feel either more informed or more confused about the basketball world.
I love wasting time, so here's a great article about full-court press (the defensive style, not the show) to read while you're supposed to be working.