Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Atlantic Book Awards nominees 2016: Read 'em and reap...

...the joys of enjoying good stories and supporting locals.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Books by Nova Scotian authors Dean Jobb, Janet Maybee and Sarah Mian each received two 2016 Atlantic Book Awards nominations.
  • Books by Nova Scotian authors Dean Jobb, Janet Maybee and Sarah Mian each received two 2016 Atlantic Book Awards nominations.

Nominees for the 2016 Atlantic Books Awards were announced today, and Nova Scotian authors were well represented. Locals Dean Jobb, Janet Maybee and Sarah Mian are the only writers on the list to be nominated in two different categories, and a new award has been created in honour of Cape Breton's late literary legend Alistair MacLeod.

The ABA's real story, however, is New Brunswick: Along with the launch of the New Brunswick Book Awards and a prize for poetry sponsored by Fredericton bookstore Westminster Books, for the first time the big awards night is happening New Brunswick. (Check the ABA site to get tickets to the gala, April 27 at Moncton's Capital Theatre.)

In honour of the awards announcement and as an ABA fundraiser, tonight writers Don Aker, Vicki Grant and B.R. Myers are part of a panel and creative writing presentation at the Central Library (7pm, $12). The nominee shortlist will also be presented, which will be useful for learning any tricky pronunciations. Dean Jobb, for instance. Is he a "job" like work, a "jobe" like the bible or "jobby" as in hobby? After you read the complete list of nominees below, head to the library to find out.

ALISTAIR MACLEOD AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman (published by Goose Lane Editions)

I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are by Carole Glasser Langille (Gaspereau Press Ltd.)

Wild Pieces by Catherine Hogan Safer (Creative Book Publishing)

ANN CONNOR BRIMER AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Delusion Road by Don Aker (HarperCollins Publishers)

Prison Boy by Sharon E. McKay (Annick Press)

Rain Shadow by Valerie Sherrard (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

APMA BEST ATLANTIC-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD, SPONSORED BY FRIESENS CORPORATION
Breakwater Books for Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland, edited by Lisa Moore

Nimbus Publishing for A Seaglass Journey: Ebb and Flow by Teri Hall

Pedlar Press for Winter in Tilting: Slide Hauling in a Newfoundland Outport by Robert Mellin

ASSOCIATION ACADIENNE DES ARTISTES PROFESSIONNEL.LE.S DU NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK (AAAPNB) - LES ÉLOIZES - FINALISTES - ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE EN LITTÉRATURE
Roman: Car la nuit est longue by/par Sophie Bérubé (Éditions Prise de parole)

Monographie: Théâtre l’Escaouette, 1977-2012 by/par David Lonergan (Éditions David)

Recueil de poésie: Les anodins by/par Gabriel Robichaud (Éditions Perce-Neige)

ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD FOR SCHOLARLY WRITING, SPONSORED BY MARQUIS BOOK PRINTING
Stubborn Resistance: New Brunswick Maliseet and Mi’kmaq in defence of their lands by Brian Cuthbertson (Nimbus Publishing)

Seanchaidh na Coille / Memory Keeper of the Forest: Anthology of Scottish Gaelic Literature of Canada by Michael Newton (Cape Breton University Press)

The Servant State: Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada by Geoffrey McCormack & Thom Workman (Fernwood Publishing)

ROBBIE ROBERTSON DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION, PRESENTED BY THE KIWANIS CLUB OF DARTMOUTH
The Times of African Nova Scotians, Vol. II by Tony Colaiacovo (Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute)

Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation by Dean Jobb (Harper Avenue)

Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey by Janet Maybee (Nimbus Publishing)

DEMOCRACY 250 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD FOR HISTORICAL WRITING
The Story of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist by Susan Chalker Browne (Flanker Press)

Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation by Dean Jobb (Harper Avenue)

Katherine Hughes: A Life and a Journey by Pádraig Ó Siadhail (Penumbra Publishing)

JIM CONNORS DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD (FICTION), PRESENTED BY BOYNE CLARKE
Amazing Grace by Lesley Crewe (Nimbus Publishing)

What Kills Good Men by David Hood (Nimbus Publishing)

When the Saints by Sarah Mian (HarperCollins Publishing)

LILLIAN SHEPHERD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ILLUSTRATION
Doretta Groenendyk for I’m Drawing a Picture (also written by Doretta Groenendyk) (Acorn Press)

Ron Lightburn for Frankenstink!: Garbage Gone Bad (also written by Ron Lightburn) (Tundra Books)

Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo for Mayann’s Train Ride (written by The Honourable Mayann Francis) (Nimbus Publishing)

MARGARET AND JOHN SAVAGE FIRST BOOK AWARD, SPONSORED BY COLLINS BARROW LLP, WEED MAN MARITIMES, AND THE FAMILY OF JOHN AND MARGARET SAVAGE
A Stroke in Time by Gerard Doran (Flanker Press)

Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey by Janet Maybee (Nimbus Publishing)

When the Saints by Sarah Mian (HarperCollins Publishing)

NEW BRUNSWICK BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION, SPONSORED BY MRS. DUNSTER’S AND FOG LIT FESTIVAL FOR READERS AND WRITERS
Entropic by R.W. Gray (NeWest Press)

Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman (Goose Lane Editions)

A Measure of Light by Beth Powning (Knopf)

WRITERS’ FEDERATION OF NEW BRUNSWICK BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION SPONSORED BY THE BRENNAN FAMILY
The Lost Wilderness: Rediscovering W.F. Ganong's New Brunswick by Nicholas Guitard (Goose Lane Editions)

What is Government Good At?: A Canadian Answer by Donald Savoie (McGill-Queen's University Press)

Boss Gibson: Lumber King of New Brunswick by David Sullivan (Self-published)

WESTMINSTER BOOKS AWARD FOR POETRY
Not Even Laughter by Phillip Crymble (Salmon Poetry)

Crossover by M. Travis Lane (Cormorant Books)

Electric Affinities by Michael Pacey (Signature Editions)

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Casting call: Star Wars fan film seeks actors in Halifax galaxy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 3:06 PM

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Calling all defenders of a galaxy far, far away: Halifax director David Connellan is looking for several actors to fill various roles for a locally shot Star Wars fan film at an open casting session on Saturday, April 2, at the Sobeys Community Room (2651 Windsor Street, 2pm-6pm). 

"The movie will be a five minute-long short that will be entered in the 2016 Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards," explains Connellan, . "As this is a fan film using copy-written characters and settings, it's not a commercial film. It's an all-volunteer project." The synopsis? "The story is set after the battle of Endor which takes place at the end of Return of The Jedi. The film is based around Princess Leia and her emotional distress of dealing with being the leader during a long and bloody civil war, and her relationships, especially with Han Solo. This will be a dramatic piece." 

As such, Connellan is seeking non-union actors for the following roles:

Princess Leia, female 22-29 lead actor
Han Solo, male 33- 40
Voice Over Actors
Admeral Ackbar
Darth Vader
Jaba the Hutt
Secondary actors and extras
Various rebel troops and offices
Stormtroopers and Imperials

You can book an audition by emailing halifaxstarwarsfilm@gmail.com or visiting the Halifax Star Wars Fan Film Facebook. Filming will begin in Halifax this spring. Use the force.
 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bill Niven and Jay Dahl want to throw a $300,000 Halloween Party

Provincial funding might comes with conditions for The Book of Negroes producer.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM

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Nearly $300,000 in funding from the province might not be enough to keep Bill Niven’s next feature in Nova Scotia.

This week, Nova Scotia Business Inc. announced feature film Halloween Party, will receive a funding commitment of $299,143 through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Niven’s producing the movie, which is being written and directed by Jay Dahl.

Niven, who also produced the award-winning TV mini-series The Book of Negroes and Andrea Dorfman feature Heartbeat, says although he would love to film in Nova Scotia, he is unsure whether or not that will still be possible.

“With the local film fund gone, we might have to shoot it somewhere else.”

The funding commitment provided by Nova Scotia Business Inc. is conditional, according to Niven.

“If they feel we didn’t do everything that the fund says we should it's conceivable that we wont get the money,” he says.

While it’s unsure when the film will hit theatres, the producer recently secured a theatrical distributer. Niven and crew are now working on the final stages of development, including assembling all the requirements to begin filming—especially finances.

“Really what we are doing is finalizing the financing,” he says. “That’s the big thing right now.”

Niven describes Halloween Party as a contemporary urban thriller, but wouldn’t give away much more of the plot.

“We are very excited, it’s a great project,” he says. “We have high hopes for the film. It’s going to be terrific.”

The duo have been planning the feature for roughly two years, and Niven says production would have begun last year if the Liberal government hadn’t cut the province’s Film Tax Credit.

Last year’s provincial budget axed the $24 million Film Tax Credit for a new production incentive fund. Twelve film and TV projects over the last year have received a total of roughly three million dollars in funding from the new system’s $10 million pool of money.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A merry band of Merritt winners

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 10:48 AM

The Tempest was the night's big winner, but there was plenty of admiration for all. - KEN SCHWARTZ
  • The Tempest was the night's big winner, but there was plenty of admiration for all.
  • Ken Schwartz


Stories about the power of community were front and centre at the 2016 Merritt Awards.

From Two Planks’ director Ken Schwartz’s hilarious tale of the entire cast of The Tempest soldiering on through a bout of the evocatively-named “poop flu” to Emerging Theatre Artist Award-winner Colleen MacIsaac’s generous donation of her Merritt winnings to the beloved Bus Stop Theatre, the mood was very much “all for one and one for all”.

Presenter Shahin Sayadi drew thunderous applause for his assessment that striving for more cultural diversity in the theatre scene could attract more people to Nova Scotia. “People simply want to see themselves reflected on our stages.”

Shakespeare By The Sea’s Elizabeth Murphy (recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre) and Bruce Klinger (winner of the Legacy Award) both spoke of the growth of the Nova Scotia theatre scene over the past 30 years, and of the community spirit that drives it.

The depth, breadth and future of the of the Nova Scotian theatre community was brought home by two poignant moments: The acceptance of the volunteer award by 89-year-old playwright Dean Taylor and the presentation of the Outstanding Production Award by Dalhousie's entire third year acting class.



Robert Merritt Award Winners 2016


Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (female)


Stephanie MacDonald as Gail/Glory/Rosellen in Watching Glory Die  (Mulgrave Road Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (male)

Stewart Legere as Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf  in I Am My Own Wife  (Shakespeare by the Sea)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (male)

Christopher Little as Ray Spangler, Finn Vannier, Lee Cassidy, Guy Pope, Mike Wallace, The Egg Salvador in  Hardboiled – A Sal Dali Crime Tale  by LoHiFi Productions

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (female)

Mauralea Austin as Aoife in Outside Mullingar (Festival Antigonish)

Outstanding Choreography

Jim Morrow (puppetry choreography) for The Tempest  (Two Planks and a Passion Theatre)

Outstanding Costume Design

Jennifer Goodman  for The Tempest   (Two Planks and a Passion Theatre)

Outstanding Direction

Ken Schwartz for The Tempest  (Two Planks and a Passion Theatre)

Outstanding Lighting Design

Leigh Ann Vardy for The 39 Steps  (Neptune Theatre)

Outstanding Musical Direction

Allen Cole for  The Highest Tides  (Chester Playhouse)

Outstanding New Play by a Nova Scotian


Theo Pitsiavas Hardboiled – A Sal Dali Crime Tale  (LoHiFi Productions)

Outstanding Original Score


Allen Cole for The Tempest  (Two Planks and a Passion Theatre)

Outstanding Set Design


Theo Pitsiavas, Christopher Little, Tony Owen  for Hardboiled – A Sal Dali Crime Tale (LoHiFi Productions)

Outstanding Sound Design

Brian Riley for Pop-Up Love Party (Zuppa Theatre Company)

Outstanding Production by a New or Emerging Company


The Story of a Sinking Man (Kick At The Dark Theatre Company)

Outstanding Production by an Established Company

The Tempest  (Two Planks and a Passion Theatre)

Outstanding Presentation

The Queen of Paradise’s Garden
by Andy Jones Productions, presented by Eastern Front Theatre

Special Awards:

Outstanding Technician
: Justin Dakai

Outstanding Stage Manager: Jane Creaser

Outstanding Volunteer
: Dean Taylor

Theatre Nova Scotia Scholarship
: GaRRy Williams & Ivy Charles

Wes Daniel’s Design Award: Rob Greene & Valley Summer Theatre

Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist
: Colleen MacIsaac

Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre: Elizabeth Murphy

Theatre Nova Scotia Legacy Award: Bruce Klinger
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Watch teaser for a John Dunsworth and Cathy Jones webseries

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 2:36 PM

On the set of Nichols And Dimez, a potential new IPF webseries - CALEY MACLENNAN
  • On the set of Nichols And Dimez, a potential new IPF webseries
  • Caley MacLennan

In a bid to win funding from the IPF (Independent Production Fund) for an episodic webseries, the creator of Noon Gun2015's Best Film in The Coast's Best of Halifax Awards, filmmaker Caley MacLennan recently released a teaser for Nichols and Dimez.

If it wins, the locally produced series promises to be a boozey, comedy crime-thriller that would star John Dunsworth (The Trailer Park Boys) and Cathy Jones (This Hour Has 22 Minutes): "When small town drug dealer Big Mike (Kevin Kincaid) dies, John Nichols is left to take care of his drug-smuggling business and 12-year old son. With rival drug dealers, police and social services pressing him, Nichols stumbles upon a secret weapon: Big Mike’s ghost." 

"The more social media attention our teaser video receives, the more chance we have to obtain funding," says director MacLennan (fans can follow the potential series on Facebook), who is also co-producing with André Pettigrew. Set in the fictional Skag Harbour, "This project is very different from most film or TV projects for so many reasons—two known Canadian icons starring in web-based series with ghosts and drug dealers. And it's a good-news story about the otherwise desperate condition of the Nova Scotia film industry," he adds. The series would also mark the first time Jones and Dunsworth appear onscreen together. #NSFILMJOBS.




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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Smartphone Film Festival deadline extended to March 14!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 4:52 PM

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Due to a technical glitch, or what we're lovingly calling "spissues," the Halifax Smartphone Film Festival (SPFF) submission deadline has been extended until Monday, March 14!

You now have the rest of this week and this whole darn weekend to create a short-film on your cellphone for a chance to win over $2,000 in cash, prizes or an Eastlink phone! Head on over to SPFF.CA to check out contest rules, submission guidelines, FAQs and all the deets on the SPFF Screening Party on April 22 at the Halifax Central Library. Lights, camera, action!



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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Nova Scotia offers $810,368 for new Trailer Park Boys TV show

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles may visit Europe thanks to some Nova Scotian funding.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 7:02 PM

The park is open.
  • The park is open.

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles just made an $800,000 score.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. announced Tuesday that it’s offering $810,368 in production funding for Trailer Park Boys Out of the Park: Europe, the newest television show chronicling the escapades of actors/executive producers Mike Smith, Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay.


At close to a million dollars, it’s the largest block of funding from the province’s new Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Feature film nineteenseventysomething, from director Bruce MacDonald and Halifax playwright Daniel MacIvor, is the second-highest funding with $320,000 from NSBI.


The Film and Television Production Incentive Fund came into being after Nova Scotia’s former Film Tax Credit was eliminated by the McNeil government last year. The tax credit system offered $24 million in credits through which film and television productions could recoup 50 percent of labour costs. The new $10 million incentive fund offers a 25 percent rebate on all production costs, including labour.


Since its creation, 10 projects (five TV series, two documentaries and three feature films) have received money from the new fund. With the $810,368 commitment to Trailer Park Boys, the province has now spent just under $2.5 million of the fund’s annually available $10 million.

Out of the Park: Europe is the latest expansion of the Trailer Park BoysKardashian-like media empire, which now includes a podcast, an upcoming mobile game and the show’s 10th season that debuts March 18 on Netflix. There’s also a campaign underway for the three characters to host Saturday Night Live.

Tuesday’s press release from NSBI doesn’t include any details about the plot of the Trailer Park Boys latest, European-themed adventure, but presumably Amsterdam will be visited.

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