VISUAL FEATURE: GIORGIO ARMANI’S FILMS OF CITY FRAMES – BLACK CARPET TIFF 2014

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All Photography By: Dipan Cheema For FridaeTV

VISUAL FEATURE

GIORGIO ARMANI “FILMS OF CITY FRAMES

CN TOWER BLACK CARPET

TIFF 2014

 

All Photography By: Dipan Cheema

Written By: Fridae Mattas

 

Roberta Armani chose to throw a lavish star studded TIFF cocktail party at the CN Tower with longtime friend Producer Edward Zwick in tow. Many familiar faces like Anthony Mackie, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Grace Moretz graced the black carpet with the one and only Mark Ronson as the Spinmaster of the evening. The exclusive TIFF bash was thrown in honour of the world premier for “Films of City Frames“, another Armani endeavour continuing to support emerging talent in various cultural art forms, from fashion to films. Films of City Frames, created in collaboration with Luxottica and Rai Cinema, is an initiative that involved the work of six prestigious international film schools. The students were given the task of creating short films that feature caught moments, metropolitan landscapes, and emotional situations, using Giorgio Armani‘s Frames of Life glasses as a perceptual filter. Enjoy the shots of the black carpet below all thanks to fabulous FridaeTV Photographer Dipan Cheema for braving the carpet.

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CANADIAN ARTISTS! YOUR BIG BREAK IS A VIDEO AWAY!

Big-Break-300x164 ENTERTAINMENT ONE & BEGIN AGAIN GIVE CANADIAN MUSICIANS THEIR BIG BREAK 

WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A MUSICAL RECORDING SESSION AND A SHOT AT A 

DISTRIBUTION DEAL WORTH UP TO $10,000.

 

TORONTO – JUNE 17 2014 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Begin Again are on the search for Canada’s top undiscovered music talent! Just steps away from their Big Break, Canadian singers and bands can upload their original works to a new YouTube contest (www.youtube.com/beginagainmovie) to be entered for a chance to win a musical recording session at Metalworks Studios and a Digital Distribution opportunity from eOne Music, the #1 independent music distributor in North America, worth up to $10,000!

Contestants must rally their friends, fans and followers to vote for their original work to avoid elimination. Only the top four artists make it through to the final round.  Canadian Recording Artist and Winner of Canadian Idol Eva Avila is joined by Eric Alper (Director of Media Relations at eOne Music and Host of ThatEricAlper’s Show on SiriusXM), Nathan Quinn (A&R and Label Acquisitions at eOne Music) and Kevin Dietz of Metalworks Studios in judging the four finalists and selecting the winning song.

image_242471_4“This inspiring film is set in NYC, and in a lot of ways, YouTube has the same huge caliber of undiscovered talent. Musicians can approach this like an open mic opportunity and do an original song to get heard by hundreds of thousands of music lovers,” explains Kai Exos, Creative Director at SPOKE and musician in his own right.

Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. 

“eOne Music Canada’s mission is to discover Canada’s next big star and showcase their stunning talent to listeners here, and around the world,” says Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations for eOne Music Canada. “We’re thrilled to be part of the Begin Again YouTube contest, so get your best song ready!”

The campaign, developed by creative agency, SPOKE, lives on YouTube and is powered by a custom YouTube contesting engine. The launch is supported by a heavy Social Media buy on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter as well as in-store POS at HMV, that forms part of eOne’s broader wide-release Media campaign, which also includes broadcast, digital, social, print, radio and Out of Home.

eOne opens Begin Again in theatres across Canada on July 11.

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TAP OUT OF TAPPED OUT?

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FILM REVIEW

 

Director: Allan Unger

Hackybox Pictures/Lionsgate

Review By: Fridae Mattas

 

TAPPED OUTThursday evening a good friend and I went to check out the Toronto premier of indie MMA flick “Tapped”? Or is it “Tapped Out”? I don’t know which title because in the film it says “Tapped” but on all the posters it says “Tapped Out”. I guess the editors forgot to fix that, as they did with many things in this film. Not to be confused with the 2003 film  “Tapped Out”, starring Coolio ha ha completely different. I have been hearing a lot of hype about this film, like it’s Canada’s MMA Karate Kid…Does it live up to the hype?

Once at the theater, we took the elevator up hoping we weren’t late and of course I almost crash into a few of the actors. One of them was C-list Model/Actor Nick Bateman whom I’ve come across before on various sets but totally didn’t recognize him. Bateman’s biggest role to date was playing one of the asshole villains in “Hobo With A Shot Gun”. He also had a few lines in this movie at the beginning. As random people were taking photos on the red carpet, we were trying to bypass, it was mucho tacky…I’m used to red carpets being outside the entrance of the theater. Anyway, we made it just in time to get seats but not the best ones. Tapped Out was filmed in parts of Toronto and London, Ontario where principal actor Cody Hackman “Michael Shaw” is from. Hackman plays a troubled orphaned teen who ends up doing community service at “Reggie’s” run down Karate dojo, played by Michael Biehn. 

At the dojo Michael Shaw (Hackman) meets Jen (Jess Brown) Reggie’s niece, she takes him to an underground mma fight where he spots the man who killed his parents. After a botched first attempt at killing the films villain, “Dominic Gray” played by UFC veteran Krzysztof Soszynski. Hackman’s character begins training for his revenge fight behind Reggie’s back, the Mr. Miyagi of the film.

Now, before I continue with the film review I will tell you a little bit about my Martial Arts history. As a Sensei’s daughter I grew up learning a variety of Martial Arts, my father began teaching me at the age of three. If I wasn’t singing and dancing all over the place, I was in a corner observing him teach his students. We watched every Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and martial arts film ever made, along with all the gangster movies. My Dad was known on the scene as “Tommy The Karatista” and learned from one of the best! His Master was a student of Bruce Lee’s as was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chuck Norris. Long story short, it’s in my blood, I knew about Mixed Martial Arts before I was ten. MMA is a full contact combat sport that utilizes grapple style fighting with striking, very similar to the Ancient Greek “Pankration”. In today’s MMA they often use a mix of Brazil’s Vale Tudo and Jiu-Jitsu among the many other styles.

Quite hilarious to me that they even tried to compare this film with any of the Karate Kid films, they didn’t even have a special move unless of course you count his only move, the super punch…Even the “Next Karate Kid” with Hilary Swank, turned out better, that is my favorite in the series for obvious reasons…I am a girl and we never have females kicking serious ass. My Dad actually knew the real Karate Kid Ralph Macchio…This ghetto ass attempt is a disgrace, the only reason why people even care about the film is because of the real MMA fighters in the movie. For those who hated the Jaden Smith adaptation of Karate Kid, this film is far worse. TAPPEDANDERSONThe opening scene you couldn’t really get oriented because the camera was continually shaky and unfocused. For the next scene I was hoping for more stability with the cinematography, nope. Starting to feel nauseous and the fight scenes had yet to begin, I already couldn’t wait to leave. I was ready to tap the fuck out of tapped out. Where we sat didn’t help the situation but I’ve sat closer at other movies without wanting to hurl. In many scenes the music didn’t fit and you could hear the volume frequently change, the levels were off. Some of the editing was patchy and was extremly obvious when they switched up the camera guys. Particularly in the shots with Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. Those two professional MMA’s are on the front of the poster, but were actually in the film for maybe ten minutes, giving Hackman’s character a crash course in MMA fighting.

Cody Hackman as an actor…You could tell this was his first principal role and would have never been casted as a martial artist or actor in another person’s film. His skill did not land him the part, his own “Hackybox Pictures” funded the project until Lionsgate for some odd reason picked it up. There was no connection with Michael Shaw, I was actually kind of rooting for the bad guy even though I knew the predictability of this film, it has been done. Hackman’s acting level is a ten on the Kristen Stewart chart of shitty acting. Realistically, Cody is what like 5’2 with a pudgy middle that you could see on screen, how the fuck is he going to beat a 6’1 monster like KSos? No referee in their right mind would sanction them to fight against each other. The story is underdeveloped without any subplots, coming off as shoddy and thrown together. Too many clichés not enough substance, skimming the surface of what they were attempting to do. Don’t understand why Director Allan Unger had Hackman in every scene? None of the other characters had any back story’s, even though they could have expanded on a few key moments instead of unnecessarily dragging out other scenes. The best actor inthumb this film other than Michael Biehn is the female lead played by Jess Brown, she was more likable than her costar. It is quite obvious that Unger does not know how to direct action sequences very well. The only legit Karate Kid tie to this film is Martin Kove (Cobra Kai Sensei), who plays the Dean of the high school, since when do high schools have Deans?

The comments are endless yet this is not the worst indie film I have seen…Most definitely the worst attempt at a martial arts film. They didn’t even have your classic shot of bloodspit flying out of a fighters mouth in slow motion during the tournament or any of the fight scenes. I hope “Tapped Out” does not hit theaters in this condition, I would recommend another edit because this shit was sloppy. Fans of MMA, if you have absolutely nothing to do and this film is on TV where it should be, then watch it. Glad I saw what the hype was about and wish I could get those two hours of my life back! If I had paid to see this movie, they would be giving me my money back. You think I’m being too blunt, if this film hits the big screen for others to see…Guaranteed it will get ripped to shreds by all of the other film critics. I tried to enjoy the fight scenes and sometimes I did, but there was not enough suspense or action. I give this film a D grade.  COPYRIGHT © 2014 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAUL WALKER, ACTOR AND PHILANTHROPIST DIES IN HORRIFIC CRASH.

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Paul Walker on set of Into The Blue

PAUL WALKER

REST IN PEACE

1973 – 2013

By: Fridae Mattas

November 30th 2013

 Wow, still in disbelief and hoping with all my heart that it was a lie! Sadly it is not, another amazing soul gone too soon. Confirmed by many sources including his publicist and social media Roger-Rodasaccounts that Paul William Walker IV (The 4th) born September 12th 1973 passed today in a horrific car accident. The fiery explosion in Santa Clarita, California killed not only Walker, but a Male passenger as well. The second passenger remains unidentified because police have yet to publicly release his name (The Driver of the Red Porsche Carrera GT was not Walker as earlier reported but his friend and business partner former Racer Roger Rodas whose company with Walker “Always Evolving” aquired the vehicle earlier this year). Rodas was 38, he leaves behind his two children, Walker is survived by his Daughter Meadow Rain, 15. My most heartwarming condolences and prayers go out to the family and close friends of both souls lost in today’s tragedy. Anyone who was lucky enough to have worked with, met or has been a part of Paul’s life in any way knows what an incredible, humble and giving person he was.PAUL WALKER FAST and The Furious PremierMost people know Walker; the blonde blue-eyed California native for his acting in films but, many do not know what a humanitarian Paul was. Always doing something for and with a charity in his spare time. Walker attended an event earlier today at their shop to help raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims with his “Reach Out Worldwide” foundation. Soon after he and Roger Rodas left the event for a little ride in the Carrera where they met their final ending. Somehow Rodas lost control, hit a lightpost and then a tree causing the Carrera to errupt into flames a minute after impact. Rodas’ 8 year old son tried to save the duo as did Paul’s best friend and near by event goers.Paul with a LionFor more details you can find them anywhere on the internet including a fake internet obituary dated for Dec. 2nd that was circulating earlier this week. My heart broke a little when I received confirmation. Paul truly was one of the most genuinely nicest people I have ever met. We will see you again, rest in peace Mr. Walker you will always be remembered, who could ever forget!

The Walker family has asked that in lieu of gifts and flowers please donate to Paul’s charity “Reach Out Worldwide“. One thing I know is, ROWW was his life and now his legacy. www.ROWW.org

COPYRIGHT © 2013 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

WIN 2 TICKETS TO THE ONE TIME SCREENING OF THE ROLLING STONES’ “CROSSFIRE HURRICANE”

CONTEST

WIN 2 TICKETS TO THE TORONTO SCREENING OF THE ROLLING STONES’

“CROSSFIRE HURRICANE”

CONTEST INFORMATION: Thanks to the amazing folks at Cineplex and Eagle Rock I have a pair of tickets for the screening to giveaway!

Email “Crossfire Hurricane” in subject line to info@fridaetv.ca with your contact information and the answer to the question below .

QUESTION: What is your favorite Rolling Stones album?

*No purchase necessary, non transferable contest ends 11:59pm Tuesday November 6th 2012. Winner will be announced on Wednesday November 7th 2012 chosen at random.*

Email your answer with “CROSSFIRE HURRICANE” in the subject line along with contact information as stated above to: info@fridaetv.ca 

Good Luck!

xo FRIDAE (Who knows, I may be there…)

SCREENING DETAILS

  THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8TH 2012

Cineplex Odeon Yonge & Dundas Cinemas (formerly AMC)

10 Dundas Street East, Suite 402

LINKS
www.cineplex.com/ROLLINGSTONES

www.ROLLINGSTONES.com/CROSSFIREHURRICANE

http://www.cineplex.com
http://www.eagle-rock.com

 

CINEPLEX PRESENTS – THE ROLLING STONES’ “CROSSFIRE HURRICANE” NOV 8TH ONLY!

Cineplex Celebrates ‘CROSSFIRE HURRICANE’

A NEW FILM FROM

THE ROLLING STONES

Toronto, ON – Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events and
Eagle Rock Entertainment today announced that they will present the Rolling Stones’ documentary, ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ for one night only, on Thursday, November 8, 2012,
at 7:30 p.m. local time.
 
‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ directed by Brett Morgen, provides a remarkable new perspective on the Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 1960s to rock royalty. It’s all here in panoramic candour, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas.
 
With never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, the film will delight, shock and amaze long-time devotees, as well as another generation of fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone. ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ places the viewer right on the frontline of the band’s most legendary escapades.
 
Taking its title from a lyric in ‘Jumping Jack Flash,’ ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ gives the audience an intimate insight, for the first time, into exactly what it’s like to be part of the Rolling Stones, as they overcame denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors.
 
To celebrate this special event, Cineplex will offer an exclusive 50th anniversary commemorative ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ numbered collectable ticket for anyone seeing the film on November 8.  Guests will receive their ticket at the theatre on the night of the film.
 
Tickets for ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ are available at participating theatre box offices and online at cineplex.com/therollingstones.  A complete list of participating theatres and showtimes is also available online.
 
The worldwide distributors of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ are London’s Eagle Rock Entertainment, with Tremelo Productions and Milkwood Films as the production companies.
 
“We are very pleased to continue our association with the Rolling Stones’ visual rights agenda and their collaboration with such great filmmakers,” said Terry Shand, Eagle Rock Entertainment Chairman and CEO.
 
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ on DVD and Blu-ray in spring 2013.
 
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About Eagle Rock Entertainment
Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Germany, France & Toronto.
 
About Front Row Centre Events (FRCE)
Brought to you by Cineplex Entertainment, Front Row Centre Events bring world class entertainment to your local Cineplex Entertainment theatre and other participating locations. Presented in high-definition with digital surround sound, guests can experience the best in original, one-night only and series-based programming. With the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, Broadway productions, live broadcasts direct from the stage of London’s National Theatre, dance performances, classic films, concerts, live sporting events and documentaries, Front Row Centre Events put you in the centre of the action on the big screen.
 
About Cineplex Entertainment
Cineplex Inc. (“Cineplex”) is one of Canada’s leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world.   A top-tier Canadian brand, Cineplex operates numerous businesses including theatrical exhibition, food services, gaming, alternative programming (Front Row Centre Events), Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Solutions and the online sale of home entertainment content through CineplexStore.com and on apps embedded in various electronic devices.  Cineplex is also a joint venture partner in SCENE – Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.
 
Cineplex is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and operates 133 theatres with 1,438 screens from British Columbia to Quebec, serving approximately 70 million guests annually through the following theatre brands: Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Galaxy Cinemas, Colossus, Coliseum, Scotiabank Theatres, Cineplex VIP Cinemas, Famous Players and Cinema City.  Cineplex also owns and operates the UltraAVX, Poptopia, and Outtakes brands.  Cineplex trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CGX.  More information is available at www.cineplex.com.

DMX LANDS THE LEAD ROLE IN ‘KING DOG’ THE MOVIE

HIP HOP LEGEND DMX TO STAR IN

KING DOG: THE MOVIE

“GANGSTER OF THE GOSPEL”

 
“An epic tale of second chances, the inner struggle between good and evil, where ultimately, goodness prevails. Based on the true life story of the ” Gangster of The Gospel” Terrell Johnson, a hardcore street thug who went from the street to the Whitehouse.”

Who else better to play Terrell Johnson than DMX? Johnson was a former Insane Gangster Disciple leader who went from making a gross fortune on the streets, to being incarcerated for 35 years to life. A couple of years after incarceration, Johnson was hired as the first convicted felon in America to become a police officer with the Memphis Gang Task force. At this point, the hardened criminal started a crusade not only to change his life, but the lives of so many others.

Today, TJ, is both an anti-violence motivational speaker as well as minister. He went from street thug to convict to being one of the only convicted felons invited by the Clinton Administration and two other bipartisan administrations to receive awards for the work both he and his wife Lisa do in communities across the united states.

Terrell Johnson beat all of the odds and has been honoured by the Whitehouse five times. Either Hollywood doesn’t know or is not interested in telling his epic story, but it’s a story that must be told. Pan Entertainment, based in Louisiana has been diligently working to bring this story to the world and the public is starting to respond. Two weeks ago, members of Pan Entertainment have reached out to their friends and 23,000 people have responded. 23,000 people have forwarded their name, phone number and email address to be added as supporters of this project. They expect to have a quarter of a million people in their database within the next two weeks, bringing them closer to their immediate goal of 2 million supporters.

The story is one of reality, hope and overcoming adversity…The message is one of positivity. Other than casting DMX (Earl Simmons) as Terrell Johnson there is one thing that makes this “Gangster Of The Gospel” stand out from the crowd and that is changing peoples’ lives for the better.

Perhaps this one issue is so blatant in the United States of America in the year 2012, that it overshadows the fact that this film has generated interest and has had pre-sales in over 20 different countries outside the United States. This prevalent issue overlooks the fact that an innovative method of distribution will guarantee any investor their principal within the first three months of premiering. The only one issue is the same one that George Lucas was up against when attempting to fund Red Tails. Yes, unfortunately, there is a myth that exists in the United States, that films with a predominately minority cast doesn’t do as well as other films. But it is just that, a myth and that myth must be broken! Marketing is the key with the success of any film or product.

Is this a case of African Americans playing the “race card”? Absolutely not, as this writer is a white Canadian Female who finds herself thoroughly amazed with this story and the people involved. I am spell bound by this tale as others  before and after me have been mezmorized just the same, such as, The President of Liberia whom has issued letters requesting the film to be shown in her country as a way to inspire the former child soldiers of Liberia. Pakistan, Angola, Brazil, Dubai, Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and many more. Now comprising about 32 Countries requesting this film to be dubbed in five languages and screened in their countries.


The story itself is incredible, but the story behind the story has to be told as well. Thus the reason why DMX, who is no stranger to adversity and overcoming odds is perfect for this role, he has a passion burning within him and is capable of capturing Johnson’s essence second to none.

For more information on king Dog, the story, the cast list as well as the project plight please visit the website www.kingdogthemovie.com

Queen’s Hungarian Rhapsody: Live In Budapest Review

QUEEN’S HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY

LIVE IN BUDAPEST

REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

Last Thursday September 20th I was invited to the screening of this newly restored concert classic. As a fan of Queen I was more than happy to attend and see how they remastered this old school concert. Queen was popular before my time but I came to know their songs as I grew up realizing I knew a lot more Queen songs than I thought. I remember being fond of Queen as a kid because they were one of the very few rock bands I was allowed to listen to. My parents were obsessed with Abba, I like a few of their tunes but even in diapers they were just too cheesy for me. Its pretty amazing how much a person remembers from infancy, I can recall all the way back to when they took my hospital picture not too long after I was born. The only reason I remember that day is because I did not like the flash of the camera, it hurt my eyes. My expression in that photograph is absolutly hilarious to me, from the look of annoyance on my crinkled browless watermelon face to my tiny fists raised and ready to fight.  My ears discovered Queen about the same time they did Bon Jovi, my Dad was blasting “Another One Bites The Dust” on his 8 track the one time he drove me to Ballet when I was three. Since then I have been intrigued with the Queen I heard and to this day I still love listening to old school Queen tunes. My Brother has most of my Dad’s old records including a bunch of Queen vinyls but none of the 8 tracks survived our multiple moves.

The Hungarian Rhapsody screening was only to be for that day, recently it was announced that it will be released globally in select theaters starting September 20th and available on DVD to purchase in November. Having seen other Queen concerts on TV I was excited to see this one, especially because it was on the big screen. I wish I was old enough to have seen Queen live in action fronted by the late great Freddie Mercury because he truly knew the meaning of entertainment. I have not yet seen any frontman with the charisma, chops or enthusiasm Mercury had on the stage. Not one lead vocalist out of the thousands of bands has come close to the level of Freddie Mercury live. These days, too many bands and artists rely heavily on the voice box and autotune. If you can’t sing, don’t.

You can tell the footage is old, the colour correction on the compiled interview portion could have been done a little more, it was a lot more dull compared to the actual show footage. While watching the set on the big screen I noticed the crowd was huge! This was filmed at an enormous open air venue in Budapest filled with 80,000 screaming Queen fans who sung along to each and every song. The set included most of their hits, which was a great joy to my ears but I did notice Mercury carried the band. The others had their moments with a few solo’s sprinkled here and there but it was Freddie who did all the work when it came to engaging the crowd. I hope to see Queen live one day but I don’t know if I will ever be comfortable watching their classic songs being performed by someone other than Freddie Mercury.

For all the Queen fans around the world, you need to go see this remastered live performance on the big screen! Thanks to www.Eagle-Rock.com and Cineplex for the tickets and swag, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as I’m sure everyone else who caught the screening did. Find out exactly where you can watch Queen’s Hungarian Rhapsody here or hit up www.Queenonline.com.

Directed By: JÁNOS ZSOMBOLYAI
Executive Producers: JIM BEACH and LÁSZLÓ HEGEDÜS

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

Rendezvous With Madness October 19th For The Toronto PREMIER SCREENING of “William Kurelek’s – THE MAZE”

Workman Arts Celebrates 25 Years

WITH

The Toronto Premiere Screening of
“William Kurelek’s The Maze”
Followed by a panel discussion exploring art, mental health and faith

October 19, 2012 – 7 p.m./8 p.m. film screening
St. Anne’s Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue
www.rendezvouswithmadness.com  www.workmanarts.com

On Friday, October 19, Workman Arts and their annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival honour milestone anniversaries with the Toronto premiere of the feature-length documentary William Kurelek’s The Maze – a film about the life and art of renowned Canadian artist William Kurelek.

 

Brothers Nick and Zack Young produced, restored and reimagined their father’s unseen 1969 film about Kurelek, who struggled with mental health issues and was institutionalized in hospitals that used artistic programming for his therapy. Kurelek described The Maze (an artwork from which the film draws its title) as “a painting of the inside of [his] skull which [he] painted while in England as a patient in Maudsley and Netherne psychiatric hospitals.”

 

To date confirmed as panel participants for the discussion on art, faith, and mental health are Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Rev. Gary van der Meer, visual artist Lisa Walter, filmmaker Nick Young and William’s son Stephen Kurelek.

 

This screening launches the 20th Anniversary of the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, running November 9 – 17, and is held in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary celebration of the founding of St. Anne’s Church.  As an added bonus, guests will be treated to a pre-screening talk about the art and architecture of St. Anne’s at 7 p.m. The film screening starts at 8 p.m.

 

Tickets for the general public are $15 and are available at online at http://www.tinyurl.com/WApresentsTheMaze or at the door subject to availability (cash only).
William Kurelek’s The Maze is a timeless film about an artist, his creations, his inner demons and the external influences – both good and bad – that shaped his work.

 

(Canada 2012, Toronto Premiere, 60 minutes)
Directed by: Robert M. Young & David Grubin
Cinematography: Robert M. Young
Editors: David Grubin, Zack Young, Nick Young, Roger Cohen
Produced & Reimagined by: Nick Young & Zack Young
Original Music & Animations by: Nick Young & Zack Young (A.i.)
Executive Producers: Irwin Young & Stanley Plotnick

 

About Nick and Zack Young
Brothers Nick and Zack Young, who comprise the Los Angeles based rock band A.i. (once signed to Dreamworks and now independent at  aimusic.com) are the founders of the visual fx company Machineyes. Along with restoring and completing their father’s film, they also wrote the song for the end credits entitled Someone With Me, named after Kurelek’s autobiography.

 

About Workman Arts
Workman Arts (WA) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/ exhibit opportunities and partnering with other art organizations. As well, WA promotes a greater public understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media.

Workman Arts is a proud partner of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
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QUEEN’S HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY: LIVE IN BUDAPEST – SPECIAL SCREENING TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest
Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street, Toronto
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
7:30PM

Three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Queen staged the first Western rock concert in a stadium behind the Iron Curtain with 80,000 fans watching. This was the largest ever show in Népstadion, Budapest. In addition to such favourites as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “I Want To Break Free”, and “We Are The Champions”, the film will also feature some never-before-seen archive footage of the band at rehearsals, interviews and on the road. The fascinating mini documentary will lead into the astounding concert movie with snippets and highlights from the band during the year leading up to one of their most significant performances.
 
The first 200 people to arrive at the Scotiabank Theatre on September 20th for this event will receive a Queen gift bag with a theatrical poster and a selection of Queen DVDs.
 
The film will be playing at various participating Cineplex theatres. Tickets are available at participating theatre box offices and online at cineplex.com/events. A complete list of participating theatres and showtimes is also available online. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest on November 6th, 2012 on DVD, Blu-ray, digital video, DVD/CD, and Blu-ray/CD.

CONTEST INFORMATION: Thanks to the amazing folks at Cineplex and Eagle Rock I have a pair of tickets for the screening to giveaway! Email me your favorite Queen song, no purchase necessary contest ends 11:59pm Tuesday September 18th. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Wednesday September 19th. Email your answer with “Queen” in subject line along with contact information to info@fridaetv.ca Good Luck!

LINKS
http://www.cineplex.com
http://www.eagle-rock.com