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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On Monday, you can see Prince's Purple Rain in theatres

Cineplex's features a one-night-only screening of the artist's 1984 rock-musical

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 12:12 PM

I only wanted to see you / Bathing in that purple rain
  • I only wanted to see you / Bathing in that purple rain

On Monday, May 2, Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane will screen Prince's 1984 rock-musical Purple Rain for one-night-only to honour the recent death of the pop-music royal. Tickets are now on sale for $6.99, with $1.00 of every ticket donated to MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity via The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).

The 1-hour and 50-minute drama marked Prince's acting debut, and his first album with Prince and the Revolution. The soundtrack won an Oscar for Best Original Score the year of the film's release, and the album—his sixth record at the time—has sold over 22 million copies worldwide. The synopsis: "A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise." 

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

#ICYMI: Seth Smith's new flick, new Stickswork mix and more

Check out these super freaky local film and music releases from this month

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 3:03 PM

This March (#RIP) was a super freaky month for local releases in film, video and music. In this edition of In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI), you can get freaked out by the following: 

Seth Smith's new short film The Brym

The creator of 2012 indie feature and slime-fest Lowlife, Seth Smith released his new four-minute short The Brym this month and, like much of his work, it's spooky and unsettling as fuck. The Brym channels the vibes of his other stuff, like his 2015 short Wind Through A Tree, the incredible film-noir I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You and my favourite music video of all-time, Monomyth's "Patsy." This one is a "fucked-up fable" that draws on shoreline mythologies in a way that's both visually stunning and creepy as hell. WATCH IT HERE

Walrus' new video for "Wearing It" 

Yesterday, Halifax rock band Walrus announced they've signed to Dan Mangan's label, Madic Records. Nice one, b'ys. Last week, in the middle of a Canadian tour with some opening dates for Wintersleep, the band released a new video for "Wearing It," their first video ever and the first track from their upcoming EP Goodbye Something (out on April 29). Directed by Jeff Miller, the video freaks out the squares with psychedelic visuals. Walrus don't let us down

A new album, Mums Drums, by Stickswork
Mums the word - ANDREW DONOVAN
  • Mums the word
  • Andrew Donovan
Last week, Stickswork (Jay Andrews) released his new album, Mums Drums, a multi-instrumental free mix by the Halifax-born, Toronto-livin' musician. It's pretty banging, and it uses over 230 samples from all over the place. Part of the fun of mash-ups like these is trying to pinpoint that familiar sound. Part of the skill of mash-ups like these is making it work. In this case, it Sticks-works. Lol @ me. I really love the "679" part. And the Q-Tip/U2. I actually love it all.

New Negative Circles tape, Twenty 3 Songs

Halifax's now-defunct punk band (depunked band?) Negative Circles recently put out a new compilation tape of all their releases: a six-song debut, one single, a Live on CKDU thing and two "horribly blown-out tracks" from a basement, making up Twenty 3 Songs. Does that actually add up? Me can't count. For real, this is stripped-down and FUCKING RIPS 2011 to 2013. Plus, "This band's got that Cody Googoo guy on guitar," says the YouTube blurb. Get at him for tapes. 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Watch: A teaser for the Halifax Cat Fanciers' Society Cat Show

A peek at the proceedings and heats from the Biennial Spring Classic last summer

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Kathleen Prinsen and the award-winning Florian
  • Kathleen Prinsen and the award-winning Florian

Today at The Coast, watch the trailer for Cat Show, which chronicles the competition and heats between Halifax's north-end cats and their owners, all participants in the Halifax Cat Fanciers' Society's Biennial Spring Classics. The trailer is a pitch for a potential satire (catire?) web-series, based on real life events. In 2013, Kathleen Prinsen's tabby Florian vied for top spot in a Windsor Street attic. In 2015, the competition at The Khyber took nips and turns unforeseen in cat show history. This is a look back two years and a sneak peek at the next Biennial Classic. 

A pitch for the Independent Production Fund, which supports Canadian-made web-shows, Cat Show previews a series that could be produced by Adam T. Burke, Everardo RamirezGlen Matthews and Prinsen, formerly of SwearNet. The series follows a short film produced by Burke and captures nail-biting feline trials, the motivations of cat owners in competition, plus glamour shots and backstories of the majestic Maynard (owned by Cheryl Hann), the self-abusing Gravey (owned by Hugh Stewart) and Florian, the cat's meow.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Enter The Coast's Smartphone Film Festival today!

The only festival of its kind will accept entries until March 9th for SPFF's second year

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 11:23 AM

click image Halifax SmartPhone Film Festival
  • Halifax SmartPhone Film Festival

Handy with a camera? Wicked on your smartphone? You can now submit your smartphone film until March 9th for the Halifax Smartphone Film Festival (SPFF) via The Coast's SPFF site, where videos (5 mins max) will have a chance to win cash and prizes including a new Eastlink phone! Entries will be shown at the SPFF Screening & Awards Party on April 22.

Get all SPFF'd up for the SPFF Awards
  • Get all SPFF'd up for the SPFF Awards

Presented by Eastlink, with production from 902PostInc., the second SPFF welcomes entries from folks of all ages and technical abilities. Just make your film, upload it to Vimeo and attend the screening (tickets available now). Phones have sure come a distance when it comes to filming and editing (I love those Vines, baby!) and now's your chance to show off your skillz. 

You can check out SPFF's rules and regulations, FAQs, buy your tickets to the Awards, and submit your film with the SPFF entry form, and watch last year's top three winners below!

First Place: "Glimpse" by Jake Ivany

"Glimpse" Short Film from Jake Ivany Multimedia on Vimeo.

Second Place: "The Cinema of Sweat" by David Clarke

The Cinema of Sweat from David Clark on Vimeo.

Third Place: "The Cottage" by Jack Leahy

The Cottage from Jack Leahy on Vimeo.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Local doc Myrtle Beach headed to Slamdance Film Fest

Michael Fuller and Neil Rough take their beautiful portrait to Park City, Utah

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM

  • Myrtle Beach
  • Michael Fuller/Neil Rough

In January, locally produced documentary Myrtle Beach premieres at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, an independent complement to the Sundance Film Festival that same week. Produced, directed and shot by Atlantic photographers Michael Fuller and Neil Rough, the film follows a few Myrtle Beach denizens to create interesting and dynamic portraits of the human condition. Set against the gorgeous natural and artificial landscapes of the South Carolina vacation town, Myrtle Beach is stunning and emotional, desperate yet compassionate.

"The movie was an attempt, for me at least, to use a slightly different medium to explore the types of things I'd been exploring in my photographs," says Neil Rough, with 20 years of experience shooting all across North America.  In 2011, explains Fuller, "We drove towards Miami with a video camera and a loose idea for a film we wanted to make. The idea morphed, as it usually does, and the landscape of Myrtle Beach and the people there became our focus." Over the next few years, they returned to Myrtle Beach several times and shot the last rolls of footage this spring. 

The film follows several real men in documentary vignettes of unusual characters telling their stories, like Wayne the self-appointed security guard, a veteran named Alvin, the cockatoo keeper, the homeless man and an old man named George, among others. "It's an observation of Myrtle Beach and the people therein, an attempt at finding the 'unfamiliar in the familiar.' It brings to the forefront select individuals who might otherwise go unnoticed," says Fuller. 

  • Michael Fuller/Neil Rough

"The images of the town exist as a way to give a setting to the place where the characters exist," Rough elaborates, "But the characters are the important part. I see a lot of humanity." With Fuller's production, Rough's experience as a photographer becomes apparent in the cinematography, balancing focus and light to show what's revealed through movement, and sometimes silence. Rough says he tapped into a feeling of mystery and hoped to capture it. 

With funding through Arts Nova Scotia and private contributions, the film was completed with a minimal budget and edited by Grant Stewart in New York. All three will head to Utah in January for the premiere, and hope to enter the film in other festivals, while working on new projects. 

Myrtle Beach - First Teaser Trailer from Off Season on Vimeo.

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For other new docs on America's south-east, check out Sean Dunne's short doc Black Bike Week about Myrtle Beach's annual African-American biker rally and his 2014 doc Florida Man about some of central Florida's strange street characters, as well. God bless the USA. 

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Watch this for tips on helping The Shoebox Project

A little video by Coast photographer Meghan Tansey Whitton

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 11:20 AM

  • The Shoebox Project

This morning, the Halifax organizers of The Shoebox Project, a national organization featured in last week's issue of The Coast, released a heartwarming video that shows the immense value of small gestures. The project, founded in 2012, collects items in shoeboxes (up to $50) during the holiday season that many women need and distributes them to shelters around HRM.

With Coast photographer and The Shoebox Project volunteer Meghan Tansey Whitton, the organization put together a video that shows what types of things you can include in the box, as well as what they might mean to someone receiving the items. Over the next few weeks, boxes and items can be dropped off at FRED and other locations until December 12. There's also the Shoebox Shaker on December 5 at The Company House where you can help fill boxes. 

What's inside your shoebox?

One of our talented volunteers, Meghan Tansey Whitton, helped us put together this awesome video to help you put together your shoebox!

Posted by The Shoebox Project- Halifax on Monday, November 30, 2015

You can check out The Shoebox Project on Facebook or online for more info. 

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Check out all this cool shit at Pro Skates this weekend

A skate vid screening, mini-ramp jam, holiday sale and haircuts for all

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 4:39 PM

2nd Annual Oddfellows Mini-Ramp Comp on Saturday - RILEY SMITH
  • 2nd Annual Oddfellows Mini-Ramp Comp on Saturday
  • Riley Smith

Haayy, you hear the new Lil Wayne mixtape yet? Man, Wayne has gone off. That Hotline Bling remix? lol. Anyway, it's Friday and our dogs down at Pro Skates have some sweet shit lined up this weekend, if you feel like chilling out and buying nice stuff, which you probably should. 


At 8:30pm, catch the screening of Bath Salts, the new skate vid from Baker fam Heroin Skateboards, "filmed in London, Paris, Manchester, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Toronto, Agoura, Whitsable and some other places that aren't as good." This trailer features a track by my boys Tonstartssbandht. This vid looks really, really sick with some very tight tricks. 

BATH SALTS Trailer from Heroin Skateboards on Vimeo.


A very special Holiday Homemade Sale! Get some holiday gifts for the people you love the most because this selection is real. Local, handmade, very sweet work from Drifter Goods, the beautiful vessels of Melody Hillman Ceramics and tough accessories/rings from swinej

  • Yup
  • swinej (jon swinamer)


At noon, Best Barber Joel Martell at Oddfellows Barbershop hosts the 2nd Annual Invitational Mini-Ramp Contest, while people are getting their hair done all day. So watch some rips, watch some cuts, drink a latte. There are prizes from Uppercut Deluxe, Tired Skateboards, Brixton, Bronson Speed Co., Independent Truks, OJ Wheels and DC Shoes. 

  • shred
  • Riley Smith

Plus, Pro just got a stock of the Nixon X Star Wars line, which looks so sweet. And, if you forgot, Forged in Vinyl sells records and tapes and crazy black metal gear and demonic stuff so basically everything you'll ever need is all in one place. Looks like an all-around dope weekend. 

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Watch this short doc on the benefits of medical marijuana

Produced by former Halifax journalists, A Different Light is an eye-opener

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 12:49 PM


"Weed is way more than just weed," says Tristan Williams, the subject of a new short doc on the 'undeniable benefits' of medicinal marijuana by Abandoned Spirt House Films, founded in Halifax a few years ago by King's College grads Roland Eksteins and Nicolas Bergeron. 

Both Eksteins and Bergeron are currently videographers in residence at The Banff Centre in Alberta, but often collaborate on independent work, including A Different Light

"The concept came together in the summer of 2014, in a park in Montreal," says Eksteins. "And the subject of medical marijuana came up almost immediately. I started meeting people who'd benefitted from pot medicinally, which really opened my eyes. An earlier interview subject eventually led us to Tristan, and we started putting the pieces together, slowly but surely." 

Bergeron adds, "I grew up haunted by the stigma and misinformation that surrounded marijuana in the past. To finally learn the truth and have the opportunity to share the facts, especially through a story as inspiring as Tristan's, has been a great relief. The curtain's been lifted."

With an original score by Halifax's Year of Glad, the film is an exceptionally well-conceived contribution to the growing urgency and relevancy of legalization in Canada. Watch below. 

A Different Light from Abandoned Spirit House Films on Vimeo.

Directed by Roland Eksteins
Edited by Nicolas Bergeron
Shot by Roland Eksteins & David Dworkind
Written by Roland Eksteins & Nicolas Bergeron
Colouring by Toomas Meema
Audio Post Production by Philip Gosselin
Animation by Devan Burton & Jessie Altura
Original Score by Year of Glad
Additional Music Courtesy of Choongum & MANN 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Classified Ad: Extras needed for Snoop Dogg/Classified video

Snoop Dogg/Classified lookalikes needed for "No Pressure" shoot tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 5:43 PM

Classified needs you
  • Classified needs you

Earlier this week, Classified released his new jam, "No Pressure," with a sick feature from Mr. One-Eight-Seven himself, Snoop Dogg. The original dee-oh-double-gee references Scotia and it's tight to hear those words out of his mouth, TBH. The track comes out in advance of Classified's upcoming album, Greatful, which will be released on January 15 via HalfLife Records and Universal. Yeah, dogs, you heard. Anyway, tomorrow morning at 10am, local music video makers ODOD are filming the music video for "No Pressure," and they're looking to cast Snoop Dogg and Classified lookalikes (or close-enoughs, you know what I'm sayin, lol). So if you think you got the chizzles, and you're free tomorrow, hit up with a recent photo and for location information. Seems pretty likely this vid will hit Much. NO PRESSURE THO!  

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Q&A with Brian Shannon on new skate vid, screening Saturday

The Montreal filmographer premieres new skate video Duluth at Pro Skates this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Brian Shannon's new skate vid screens Saturday - HOPE CHRISTERSON
  • Brian Shannon's new skate vid screens Saturday
  • Hope Christerson

On Saturday, our g's at Pro Skates (6451 Quinpool) are screening a new feature-length skate vid by Montreal filmographer and occasional VANS doggie, Brian Shannon. Shot since 2013 in Montreal, Chicago, Arizona and Barcelona, Duluth features the elite riding of Josh Clark, Zander Mitchell, Ethan Kilcour, Dustin Henry, Charles Deschamps, Johnny Purcell, Nate Oliver and a fuckload of other people. "This is all raw street skating," Shannon says. Named after his crew's old house near Duluth and de Bullion, Duluth also features a few shots by former Color Mag bruh Joel Martell (Oddfellows Barbershop). Bruh

Shooting Charles Deschamps in Montreal - RYAN LEBEL
  • Shooting Charles Deschamps in Montreal
  • Ryan Lebel

You took a crew trip to film in Barcelona. What was shooting in Europe like? 

Skating in Barcelona was cool. I had never been to Europe so everything was new to me. We tried to hit unknown spots while we were out there, but half of me wanted to be a tourist and see all the famous spots. Our only issue in Barcelona came at this point when Josh Clark tried to bluntside this rail into a bank and then pop down a double set. He had tried it out a year prior and he really wanted to land it for the video. Right before his fifth attempt, cops rolled into the school (during school) and as Josh ate shit (as in the teaser), Dan (our photographer) and I were told that if we were caught again anywhere near the area, we would have our gear confiscated. 

Do you still catch hard times when filming in public or skating structures? I know every city is different but it still feels like half the triumph of filming a landed trick is that someone didn't shoo you away before you could get it on camera.

Yeah. Everyone thinks they are cops. Wherever you go, you deal with super citizens who think they are the law but really you just tell them to call the cops and they just look at you like an alien. I'm not scared to get a ticket. You either film a trick on the last try or you make a plan to come back. Either coming back five minutes later, or later at night. If you're going to do it, you can do it. 

Tell me about the soundtrack on Duluth. Who picked the segment jams?

I selected the whole soundtrack, excluding Dustin's and Ethan's songs. Dustin really wanted to skate the song he skates to, and it ended up working better than what I selected. For Ethan's song, I had tried a few different songs and he didn't know what to use. I had told my friend Ryan that I was looking for a song (for him) and he ended up sending me his song one day. He was at a show and heard it the night before. Some of the band members actually live on Duluth. I actually bought the song off the band's website and it was such shit quality. I tried to fix it and it still sucked. I was lucky enough to run into one of the guys in the band two days before the premiere and got the proper version and fixed it. Very weird and random. It almost didn't work out. 

How did your experience filming other vids help you out on this one? In terms of, like, creating a flow or choosing the best scenes, the order of appearances...

Well, this isn't my first rodeo. Definitely filming for the last two Dime videos set a standard for what skateboarding should look like coming out of Montreal. Those guys are my friends, I respect them a lot but just because it didn't fit in their video didn't mean it wouldn't fit in mine. A few of these tricks had been previously cut from Dime Turd Season but everything has a home somewhere. When I made the first cut of the timeline mid-August, the video was 20 minutes of skating. I cut three minutes (besides credits) because I thought it was too long. That's hard because then you have to re-think the whole video. After I cut that, the parts just fell into the proper place. 

What were you going for with this one?

The video is just meant to be fun. It's like, this is what I have been doing for two years with no bullshit. I guess it would be cool if people watched it and wanted to skate but if you would rather watch it and drink some beers, even better. 

It premiered in Montreal in September and then Toronto. What was that like?

Montreal was pretty crazy. Grey Goose, crowd-surfing and even a fire. Toronto wasn't as nuts but it was a lot of fun and everyone was stoked. It's hard to top crowd-surfing and a fire. There are Hamilton and Moncton premieres coming up too.

I've spent my whole life trying to skate. It's fucking hard. When did you get into it?

I think I've had a skateboard since I was eight, but it was some Wal-Mart "landshark" shit board. I used to put sand on it and push it down the street. I didn't understand what it was actually for. I remember this one time I was going to Blockbuster with my mom, I saw this guy ollie up a sidewalk curb and I was like, 'I want to do that.' From there, I got a real board and played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. As dumb as that sounds, that was what helped me get into skating. I was some suburban kid who played sports, but skateboarding was better than all of them. Now skating is just second nature. I've gotten worse at a lot of tricks and gotten better at others, it's a never-ending cycle. I mostly just film so I guess I'm good at avoiding cracks and other obstacles. 

Not dumb, me too. I still love playing Tony. You filming now?

I don't think I'll ever stop. I'm going to try and film some more tricks for the new Dimestore video whenever I'm not working. 

Tell me why people should come check this out on Saturday. 

Because watching shit on your phone sucks. Enjoy the video. 

DULUTH TEASER from Brian Shannon on Vimeo.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Squad up: volunteers needed to make hip hop history

Confiscated Records, RAW Cypher and Alter Egos need MCs and more for video project

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Woozy Blanks, organizer of RAW Cypher - RANA ENCOL
  • Woozy Blanks, organizer of RAW Cypher
  • Rana Encol

I'm calling in a favour, my dogs. The peeps behind Confiscated Records, the RAW Cyphers and Creative Action are looking for male and female emcees, beats, extras and helpers for the All Souls Cypher Video Project, which will be filmed at Alteregos Coffee House (2193 Gottingen) on Saturday, October 10 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. With the videography support of Kim Smith (Creative Action), and badass duo Real Eyez and Kayla Borden, the team has put out a casting call: "Volunteer to be part of hip hop history. Come have fun and make art together." If you're down, you can get more information from Woozy Blanks (Martez Wiggins,, or 

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