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Tonight on MUCH (11pm AST), a little ditty called "Watch It Grow" by Halifax psych-rockers The Everywheres will have 10 or so glorious seconds of airtime on one of the most popular comedy shows in America. Yeah, that's right: The Everywheres will be on Broad City.
"This really is one of the great success stories of recent pop history," explains the band's lead, Sam Hill, on how the song made it to Comedy Central's hit. "Jessi Frick, who runs Father/Daughter Records in San Francisco, sent me an email back in December. They are beautiful folks who decided to put the first record out back before I ever even really had these friends in the band. She asked me if I would be up for having 'Watch it Grow' in an episode of Broad City. I had never seen the show, but some pals swear by it so I said sure! It's been a pretty surreal journey."
The soundtrack selection couldn't have come at a better time for The Everywheres. "We were going to break up the band, but after our recent success with Broad City we took a step back and realized 'Wow, we must really have something special,' says bassist Adam Gravelle. "We have a few performances lined up for next month, and we are adding a new member, trying to refresh things a little bit for that." The as-yet-unrevealed mystery newb will get on drums to support Hill, Gravelle, Rilla Word (organ/keys) and Nicholas Hanlon (guitar).
"We also have a spot at Flourish Festival in Fredericton in April and we are going to release a new album as soon as the mixing and mastering is finished," says Gravelle. "The new album was going to be called Dignity Fever, but then we changed it to Swish and we just recently decided to call it Broad City." What a bunch of comedians.
The internet was a-buzz yesterday when the news spread that Snoop Dogg was in Truro for some reason... turns out that reason is that he's a TPB superfan (and did try to use his star power as leverage for the NS film industry tax credit) and is shooting with the Sunnyvale gang. But the internet was also talking about Snoop Dogg for another reason, he (or his social media manager) reposted Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith's (or J.R. Smith's social media manager's) vile post calling Caitlyn Jenner a "science project."
Is there not a way to celebrate Akon's amazing contribution—setting up solar street panels and solar panels in over a million homes across 14 African countries—without being horribly transphobic?
Truro, please keep your good weed for someone a bit more tolerant.
After watching wrestling promos all Saturday morning, as is my custom, I finally checked out local short film sensation, Foam Drive Renegades, which video-hosting site Vimeo recently named a must-see Staff Pick. Written and directed by Adam DeViller, co-written by Matt Chisholm and produced by Melani Wood, Foam Drive Renegades is Heat meets Sesame Street: a realist crime drama featuring a convenience store, some goons and a puppet in the crosshairs.
“When Matt first pitched the idea to me, it sounded like a formulaic and run of the mill street drama, but then he brought up the puppet and I burst out laughing,” says DeViller. “I've always loved the street crime genre, like Menace II Society and Reservoir Dogs and Matt's more into, like, fantasy, like Meet the Feebles and Labyrinth, so the idea of taking two familiar movie styles and putting them together seemed like a really great opportunity to make them fresh.”
Filmed on the coldest three nights of January 2013, Foam Drive stars Chisholm, Glen Matthews, Kevin Kincaid, Gordon White, and Rhys Bevan-John as Reggie, a PCP-addled pin-cushion designed by Henry Townsend and inspired by a Chappelle’s Show sketch of loser puppets.
“But my favourite part of the film is probably the music," says DeViller, “Cam Smith made the opening and closing scores, and Adam Burke (s/o Judge Bitch) did the robbery music, and there's also a track by Pat Stay, who has an approach to rap that is very '90s west coast, which is pretty much the time and place when you're talking street crime movies. It was just all perfect."
Foam Drive premiered at Montreal's 2013 Fantasia Film Festival, winning Best Short honourable mention at AFF before Best Short at the Boston Underground Film Festival in March. Since the online debut, the flick has attracted reviews and attention for its performances and mix of genres.
"It's familiar but it's different and that's something Matt and I try to do every time we write. We want it to feel like something you've seen before that’s also totally unique and new," DeViller says. The team will begin filming a door-to-door salesman-themed short, Bad Morning, this fall.
The 34th Atlantic Film Festival announced this year’s Atlantic Gala and Atlantic Features program, to just tease you with a little film goodness before the August 20 full festival announcement. Andrea Dorfman’s Heartbeat, in its Atlantic Canadian premiere, will screen at Park Lane on Friday, September 12 as the Atlantic Canadian Gala (disclosure, I am in this film for a minute). Dorfman’s film continues her collaboration with poet and songwriter Tanya Davis (you may remember their smash hit collab How to be Alone), as Davis’ character follows her heart in a touching film (there’s animation too! And a really striking bit part character, wow who’s that girl?)
The Atlantic Features Program features Kent Martin’s documentary Raising Windhorse; Jesse Harley’s Lure and two features from Paul Kimball in The Cuckoo in the Clock and Roundabout; Tim Tracey’s Canadian Ninja and Nik Sexton’s How to be Deadly; Newfoundland's Christian Sparkes and Jordan Canning offer up Cast No Shadow and We Were Wolves, respectively; and Jean Beaudry's La gang des hors-la-loi (The Outlaw League) just wants to do bad things, OK?
The Atlantic Spotlight features Deanne Foley’s big screen adaptation of Lesley Crewe’s novel, Relative Happiness, and William D. MacGillivray and Justin Simms co-directed documentary of politician Danny Williams in Danny
The Atlantic Shorts Gala screens Sunday, September 14, featuring Denis Theriault's I Am Syd Stone, Leah Johnson's Some Things Won’t Sleep, Shaun Lowe's The Awe of Night, Lisa Rose Snow's When Fish Fly, Chris Devanney's Titan, Scott Simpson's The Toll, Cayman Grant's Butterflies and Justin Oakey's Flankers.
TV production gets some shine with the Atlantic Broadcast Program featuring productions made for TV from New Brunswick The Boy Who Was Bullied, Code Kids and Les sceaux d’Utrecht, Prince Edward Island Rainbow Valley, Newfoundland Sister Morphine and Vocation and Nova Scotia Bounty: Into the Hurricane, Edge of East, Santa Quest & State of Mine.
A complete list of the Atlantic Canadian program with film selections, filmmakers and schedule of screenings, as well as tickets, can be found online at atlanticfilm.com.
The 10x10 Music Video Mentorship Program has once again matched up 10 music makers with 10 video makers for a peanut butter and chocolate style match made in heaven. Ten music videos will be shot over 5 days and a jury will decide which duo will win the $10 000 prize.
The Musicians: Cameron Hawes, Chelsea Amber, Chet Porter, Chris Martin Trio, Dave Sampson, Jessie Brown & The Black Divine, Like a Motorcycle, Quiet Parade, Scientist of Sound and Villages.
The Filmmakers: Chelsea Smith, David Mullins, Dillon Garland, Jenna Marks, Juan Duarte, Megan Wennberg, Nicole Balderston, Paul Benjamin, Roger Maunder and Steven Gill.
Best of luck, youse.
It was a happy day at the Coast offices, let me tell you. This year, for the 14th annual AFF Outdoor Film Experience (formerly alFresco filmFesto), the free series on the waterfront chose to focus on the oeuvre d'Bullock. We chose to rejoice (the reign of dudes has been interrupted!)
From July 18 to August 15, at the Halifax waterfront on a 30-foot inflatable screen at the end of the Halifax Waterfront’s Tall Ships Quay (near the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market), we can all experience the roller coaster of emotions that only my best friend Sandra Bullock can evoke.
Friday, July 18: Gravity, 2013, 90min (Rated PG)
Friday, July 25: The Blind Side, 2009,129min (Rated PG). "Michael, I want you to have a good time but if you get a girl pregnant out of wedlock, I will crawl into the car, drive up to Oxford and cut off your penis."
Friday, August 1: Miss Congeniality, 2000, 109min (Rated PG). "You think I'm goooorgeous, you wanna daaaate me!"
Friday, August 8: Speed, 1994, 116min (Rated 14A). Still better than Metro Transit.
Friday, August 15: People’s Choice vote between: While You Were Sleeping, Two If By Sea, Two Weeks Notice, and The Proposal.
*Fans can vote here: atlanticfilm.com starting July 1st, until noon, August 8th. The winning film will be announced just before the Speed screening.
Things you should know:
An Atlantic Canadian produced short film will be screened before each film, the Summer Shorts series. Delightful!
Bring blankets and chairs.
They will sell snacks, you can bring snacks yourself or you can surreptitiously steal handfuls of popcorn from your neighbour. You decide.
Screenings start at dusk and gates will open one-hour prior. Please check for weather updates and cancellations at: atlanticfilm.com. There are no rain dates.
It's free. I know I mentioned that already but it's good so I'll say it again.
Throughout the summer/HRM there will be other non-Bullock themed films happening, courtesy of AFF, if you're into that sort of thing:
Sunday, June 29: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986, 103min (Rated PG) at Sunnyside Mall, Bedford as part of Bedford Days This screening is both a “bring your own chair” and a drive-in movie
Tuesday, July 1: Despicable Me, 2010, 95min (Rated G) at Kinsmen Park as part of Sackville Patriot Days
Saturday, July 5: Ghostbusters (30th Anniversary), 1984, 105min (Rated PG) at Ferry Terminal Park, Dartmouth, hosted by the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
Saturday, July 19: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! (15th Anniversary), 1989, 93min (Rated G) at Pondside Amphitheatre, Hector Gate, hosted by The Village Shops at Dartmouth Crossing
Saturday, August 3: Princess Bride, 1987, 98min (Rated PG) at Ferry Terminal Park, Dartmouth as part of Natal Days, hosted by the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
Thursday, August 14: Il Était Une Fois Les Boys (When We Were Boys), 2013, 106min (Rated G) at Parade Square, City Hall, Halifax as part of The National Acadian Day Celebrations, hosted by the Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre
Thursday, September 4: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014, 142min (Rated PG) at Tall Ships Quay, Halifax Waterfront as part of the “End of Summer” series
Friday, September 5: The Lego Movie, 2014, 100min (Rated G) at Tall Ships Quay, Halifax Waterfront as part of the “End of Summer” series
Saturday, September 6: Frozen, 2013, 102min (Rated G) at Tall Ships Quay, Halifax Waterfront as part of the “End of Summer” series
*Admission is free and all screenings start at dusk with gates and concessions opening one-hour prior. Please check for weather updates and cancellations at: atlanticfilm.com
Sometimes someone you work with is doing something so cool you just can't ignore it. So at the risk of saying I only cover my friends (which is 100% completely true by the way. That's why I have so many friends and never ever EVER spend nights alone binge-watching Orphan Black and eating microwave popcorn, on account of I'm almost always in da club or poolside taking pictures of the tops of my thighs), I asked Coast contributor extraordinaire Adria Young about her mind-bogglingly awesome new venture: hosting a local cable TV show about wrestling.
Q: What the heck is going on, girl?
A: TCW Wrestling is a six-part wrestling series on Eastlink (Thursdays—check local listings) and online over the next six weeks, culminating in the first live event of the year, TCW’s Evolution of Championship Wrestling (June 28). The hour-long episodes feature matches by some of the most animated live action pro-wrestlers like Dazzling Dick Durning, Julius Fantana, Lincoln Steen, Narcis Saint, the Acadien Remi Petit, R&R Express and more, with announcer (and series editor) Scott Simpson, hosted by me. The series includes special guests, and matches were filmed at live events in Dartmouth and Lunenburg County last year by TCW and Jason Eisener and crew. Local audiences get loud and rowdy. As the host of TCW for this season, I take the audience through the ropes of each episode and introduce major threats, though I think I’m starting to have a secret, burning desire to get in the ring. Not only are these wrestlers defending their titles, there’s an entertaining clash of egos and greasy promoters.
Q: Why now? And why wrestling?
A: TCW owner, Cyril Richards, is bringing local wrestling back to local TV, which hasn't really happened in the Maritimes since the days of Grand Prix. I hope viewers will get into the spirit of wrestle and then come out to live TCW events to watch the rest of the series unfold. TCW Wrestling (and wrestling in general) is family entertainment and so much of the experience is really getting involved in the events, cheering for faces, booing the heels, and just being engaged. Going to TCW live really inspired me to get involved and embrace the spirit of wrestle.
Q: How much bronzer is too much bronzer?
A: As the host of a wrestling show, there is no such thing as too much bronzer.
Q: Who is your favourite wrestler?
A: My favourite TCW wrestler is the vain Narcis Saint. I have a soft spot for pretty faces but he needs a glitzier opponent, someone with as much sparkle. Maybe a new challenger will swoop in and take these pretty-boy wrestlers by snowstorm. I also like tag-teams and I like watching those R&R dirtbags take hits. I really appreciate that TCW’s wrestlers have regional inflections in their characters and they take the matches seriously while still having fun.
Q: What do you love most about the sport/art/entertainment medium?
A: Anything can happen in wrestling, from chair and ladder hitting to the ring collapsing; it’s real, spontaneous live action. Plus, the film crews (Jason Eisener, Evan Eliot, Tyler Ross, Pat Campbell and more) did an excellent job capturing the events and the production quality is great.
Q: Why should we turn on the TV?
A: A lot—a ton—of work went into this series. I can’t wait to watch it develop and I think the next year of live events is going to be great. TCW is bringing in two top lady wrestlers, Leah Von Dutch and Courtney Rush, for the first ever TCW ladies match in June, who of course I’m really excited for, because lady wrestlers are my favourite wrestlers and deserve to be champions.
WARNING: Watching this film will make you want to sell your earthly belongings and get the heck out of dodge. I very nearly put in my notice and it's not even 10am yet.
Local director/cinematographer Kevin A. Fraser and local producer Melani Wood struck documentary gold when they met David Welsford (caution: his website is just as deadly as the doc), 29-year-old Nova Scotian who restored an old wooden boat in order to sail the Caribbean. After slaying the festival circuit, today marks the film's online release. It's romantic and awesome and inspiring. Start packing that go bag.
In those tense moments before Big Brother Canada’s finale (Thursday, May 8) you’ll undoubtedly need something to do other than study the live feeds. Halifax’s almost-kinda-sorta houseguest Scott “Contessa” Bosse (check him on FB) and the “high emotion Scotian” houseguest Kyle Shore will help you fill the time. Bosse (and his drag alter ego Contessa) was part of a new twist this year where three potential houseguests were secreted away in the “war room” until Canada voted one of them inside. Unfortunately Bosse didn’t make the cut, but that hasn’t slowed down his enthusiasm for the show.
Big Brother nerdery is a special sort and it’s a group I count myself in (hence the coverage of a national television show in the Scene column—a girl’s gotta be well-rounded after all). Bosse’s official Big Brother Canada finale week event this Saturday at Reflections Cabaret (5184 Sackville Street, $7, 9pm) promises to hold appeal for even casual fans. As drag queen Contessa, Bosse has been planning events in Halifax for 10 years—Contessa’s Cosmic Drag Bingo is a standout. “When it comes down to it, this one of the positives to getting the boot so early,” says Bosse, laughing. “I'm now back in full swing of my life, I’ve come to a good place—I’m not a bitter Betty. The show is coming to an end and I want to honour it.”
Bosse will have fellow houseguest Kyle Shore, last season winner Jillian MacLaughlin and boyfriend/houseguest Emmett Blois on deck to talk game, goof off, answer questions and take photos with fans. Bosse will up the performance element with friends Bridget Von Snaps and Wilhelmina Couture. “I’m kicking the show off with a choreographed piece with three backup dancers and confetti launchers,” says Bosse. “Kyle and I will banter. I'll make him take his shirt off, we’ll take a lot of selfies.”
Bosse’s experience wasn’t typical of a usual Big Brother houseguest, but he’s keeping on the bright side. “You turn on the TV and you want to cry, but then you get all these nice messages from fans and it’s a dream come true experience.”
His eviction hasn’t diminished his enjoyment of the dangerously addictive reality show. “It turned out to be a fun good versus evil type premise, it’s definitely been an on the edge of your seat kinda week,” Bosse says. “I hope Neda takes the whole thing.”
His war room roommate Alison might have been his favourite at first, but opinions change. “She had the worst gameplay of any of the players. Be a leader, girl! I’m not rooting for her, hashtag sorry ‘bout it,” says Bosse. “The slop had more strategy and entertainment value than she did.” The shade!
Sometimes your career can be defined by a single moment. Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman were in negotiations with Alliance Communications to distribute their 1992 documentary Talk 16, a film following the lives of young teenage girls. Mitchell and Lundman wanted to hang on to their copyright in hopes of creating a dramatic series in the future and Alliance refused. After intense three day negotiations, Alliance gave in to their request.
“It’s hard for women to simply get gigs in this business,” says Mitchell, co-founder of Back Alley Productions. “We found a way to hang on to our own material and give ourselves and other women the opportunity to be producers, directors and writers.”
The leading women in film and television will gather in Halifax for the fourth annual Women Making Waves conference on March 21-23 (www.wift-at.com/wmw). Hosted by the Women in Film and Television Atlantic Chapter (WIFT-AT), the conference will feature a screening of short films, a screenwriter’s circle and the Wave Awards.
Mitchell and Lundman are certainly leading the way for women to develop and produce their own shows. Through their production company, they’ve had a string critically acclaimed shows including Drop the Beat, Played and Durham County, a crime drama that was nominated for Best Dramatic Series at the 2007 Gemini Awards. Their most recent success is Bomb Girls, a TV series about four women working in a munitions factory during World War II. Originally meant to be a six-part miniseries, the show received a full season renewal.
“In Bomb Girls, we have lots female talent behind the scenes,” says Mitchell. “We’ve hired lots of female writers over the years and even female camera operators, which are hard to find. Having women in senior positions creates more material in the long run.”
Bomb Girls was cancelled last year and fans from the US and Canada launched the “Save Bomb Girls” campaign calling for a third season, which included thousands of letters to Global TV and tweeting #savebombgirls to Netflix on International Women’s Day. The campaigns are reminiscent of recent fan campaigns that brought back the TV show Arrested Development and the Veronica Mars movie. Bomb Girls will have a MOW airing on March 27 at 8pm on Global TV. “I’ve been so overwhelmed, validated and touched by the fans,” says Mitchell. “We’ve received over 7,000 letters about what the show has meant to fans. It shows that there’s a desire for female content, especially for young women and stories about women in history.”
Meanwhile, Mitchell and Lundman are moving on their next project, a serialized crime drama about a young female detective investigating a murder. Newcomer Jane Maggs, a young screenwriter from Newfoundland, is developing the script.
“We’ve had so many people talk about how Bomb Girls changed their lives,” says Lundman. “We want to keep doing this type of programming with female role models on and off the screen.”
The very same day I was reminded that the Oh Don Piano video is eight years old and the probability is high that Don is dead now (thanks, Sue Carter Flinn), I discover that the Internet Cat Video Festival is a thing, and Canadian Art reports that it's touring across Canada. But Halifax is not on the list and it's probably because of something you did.
I think there's still time to turn this around, but if not who wants to take a road trip to Fredericton this spring? For now, enjoy this classic jam.