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Fantasia Film Festival welcomes Atlantic filmmakers 

2011 Montreal fantasy film festival rocks for three weeks +

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It started July 14 and runs until August 7, more than three weeks of fantasy movies screened in cinemas in Montreal. It's called Fantasia International Film Festival, and with a recent surge of genre films being made here in Atlantic Canada, we're being well represented in Montreal at the fest.

Director Evan Kelly and screenwriter Josh MacDonald's The Corridor will be showing on Thursday, July 21, 7:25pm at Salle J.A. De Sève at 1400 de Maisonneuve. The film, about friends gathering in a remote, wintry cabin and encountering a strange energy in the woods, screened at the 2010 Atlantic Film Festival and has since been making the rounds of the international festival circuit, including a recent appearance in Los Angeles, on the hunt for a distribution deal. Kelly, MacDonald and members of their cast will all be in attendance in Montreal

Also at Fantasia will host the international premiere of Detention (Friday, July 22, 9:10pm at Theatre Hall Concordia, 1455 de Maisonneuve) the teen horror comedy co-written by The Coast's former film reviewer Mark Palermo and director Joseph Kahn. Kahn will be hosting the screening and Palermo will be in attendance, as well as key cast.

And Hobo With A Shotgun director Jason Eisener and George Mihalka, director of Nova Scotia-shot My Bloody Valentine and Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage will both be sitting on festival juries.

In an email, Josh MacDonald muses that the presence of so many Nova Scotian film people at the genre fest is indicative of a trend. "Kinda makes it feel a little like something (weird) is brewing here on the East Coast, don't you think...?"

Weird and wonderful, Josh.
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