Several folks from GHOSTS (Producer Anthony Cortese & Babymaker director Chris McCawley) are launching another movie, check out the trailer here! It’s playing Fri-Sat-Sun at the Royal, but the q&a is Friday.
I realize I haven’t pointed folks to some of the vids made during the Lo-fi Sci-fi 48 Hr Film Challenge — check them out! Related to that, the filmmaker who made the ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT GOO MAN is running his own film challenge with a sex theme. Only $25 to reserve a spot until Nov. 1st.
So you already know that a bunch of us (7 teams so far) are making new lo-fi sci-fi shorts this weekend. (And Sean’s still looking for actors for Sat., if you wanna get in on that.) You may not know that you can check out what the weekend hath wrought on Monday at the Monarch (12 Clinton, Toronto). Watch a half-dozen or so five minute movies at 7pm, pay what you can, $5 pints, weirdo filmmakers in attendance.
In other GHOSTS news: Poland was pretty rad. I ended up at a dinner table with Julian Sands and forgot he was in Naked Lunch, forgot my English at two q&a’s that were translated into Polish, gaped at the gorgeous animated festival identity, arrived underdressed to the super-fancy opening pictured above, abused the open bar, and made some great pals.
Also: we’re going down to q&a at the Ottawa premiere in a couple weeks, first of a three day run at the awesome Mayfair Theatre.
And: the movie’s coming out on a variety of digital platforms (iTunes, XBox, Playstation, Amazon, and Vudu) on November 27th.
That’s it for now, Ghosties! Hope to see some of you on Monday.
It’s an awesome, crazy, heart-pumping race to make a 5-minute movie in just one weekend.
Hello adrenaline. Goodbye hygiene.
When countdown begins Friday at 7:00 pm there’ll be no time to waste. You’ll have a scant 48 hours to create an idea, write, shoot, edit your film and deliver it before the deadline.
If you do we’ll show your movie on the big screen (well biggish screen) at the Monarch Pub the very next night.
We’re looking at it as a way to keep the creative juices flowing, to loop in new people or people who couldn’t get involved with GHOSTS, and to build community and make some crazy weird movies. Work with some new people, try out some new ideas, get a new finished project out into the world!
We’re also doing Lo-fi Sci-fi Salons on Mondays leading up to the Challenge (Jul 30, Aug 6, 13 & 20, 7pm). Each one will be hosted by a seasoned lo-fi sci-fi moviemaker who’ll share some tips/approaches and show some inspiring shorts, with lots of time for socializing to spare.
Hey Ghosties! Pasted the content of a No Media Kings post below — lots of awesome news. But first, a call for help!:
Photographer/videographer? We need someone to document the premiere/afterparty on Wednesday!
Ticket taker? We need folks to help facilitate the hundreds (!) of people coming to see our movie. And no worries, you’ll get to see it too!
Blu-ray burner? If you know of one we’d love to burn our master on it instead of buying a new unit.
Please email me if you have any leads on the above.
Also, keep in mind that 2/3s of the seats are full at the moment, and I don’t know how quickly tickets at the door are going to go, so to avoid disappointment encourage your pals to pre-order.
Oh, and if you can’t make the movie (for some tragic reason) but want to celebrate after, come to the afterparty at The Monarch (12 Clinton St, upstairs) after 9:30pm on Wednesday.
[Original public post here.] It’s been a wild week! Our Kickstarter ended up raising $20,000 (quadruple what we asked for!) and we got the Best Feature award from the awesome Sci-Fi-London fest. The Grid also just posted a great article on the movie with a bunch of tips from me on low budget filmmaking — the writer really got the spirit of the thing, with phrases like “happiness is the only real currency exchanged on an all-volunteer set.”
Next week of course we have our North American premiere in Toronto. (We’re 2/3s full at this point, so you might want to pre-order tickets.) But the day before that is the party for the new issue of Spacing – the Disaster issue. Spacing is one of my favourite magazines both to read and to write for, and I’m delighted to reveal that I wrote a Ghosts With Shit Jobs-inspired spread in this issue — it’s a tour given by Anton Karrento of Toronto in 2040. Plus, the Karrento Brothers are going to be at the magazine launch party, combing the area for spider silk caches in the nooks and crannies of the Evergreen Brick Works. Spacing parties are always fun and the location’s amazing — come on out!
If you don’t see the pics below or want to share these pics, there’s a slightly edited version for the public over on No Media Kings.
Ghosts With Shit Jobs played yesterday to a sold out crowd in London’s Piccadilly Circus last night. It went really well!
Me, nervously fiddling with my notebook as I wait for the show to begin. (The empty chairs beside me symbolized the cast and crew who couldn’t attend.) As it turned out, I had nothing to be nervous about: lots of big laughs throughout, and two people told me they got teary-eyed at the rewind scene. Great work everyone!
Sci-Fi-London was just an amazing fest for it to have its debut. Here we have programmer Louis Savy introducing the movie with his trademark profane charm. Louis is a real advocate for DIY filmmaking and he and his team have been building a diverse and open-minded science fiction movie audience over the past decade.
Here’s me doing my best to answer the smart questions from the host and the audience.
Even the lobby of the theatre was terrific, a great place to have a drink and chat about the movies.
Off to Berlin today for the next screening, and looking forward to our Toronto debut at the end of the month. If you’re talking to folks not in these towns, there’s still ten days to grab an advance copy for $10 and support our continued theatrical tour.
Leaving in a few hours! Our London premiere is a week away but apparently it’s already sold out. It got a little mention in The Guardian, too.
Got this interesting looking Toronto event promo from Colin, who does TIFF’s Midnight Madness series, and it looks of interest to folks interested in science fiction and DIY movie making. Know anyone like that?
May 13th – DIY ART AND LIFE: A DAY WITH JOE SWANBERG
Ultra 8 Pictures and CINSSU co-presents DIY Art & Life: A Weekend with Joe Swanberg. Hosted at Innis Town Hall on Sunday May 13th, the event will feature Toronto premiere screenings of the Full Moon trilogy (The Zone, Art History, Silver Bullets) by acclaimed independent director Joe Swanberg, with the director in attendance. A masterclass in DIY filmmaking will follow the third screening.
WHO’S JOE? Joe Swanberg is an incredibly prolific independent filmmaker who has directed written and directed a dozen feature films since 2005 (Kissing on the Mouth, LOL, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Alexander the Last, Uncle Kent, among others).
Smart, challenging, and fiercely independent, Joe’s films have premiered at the Sundance, Berlin and the SXSW film festivals, and established him as a significant figure in the American cinematic landscape. His DIY approach and intimate filmmaking style have won him both critical acclaim and a loyal fan base. For more information on Joe. visit http://www.joeswanberg.com
Joe Swanberg’s films haven’t played theatrically in Toronto since 2008, when Nights and Weekends was part of the touring Generation DIY festival. He has attended TIFF as an actor in 2010 for the film A Horrible Way To Die and he was also seen in the 2011 TIFF Midnight Madness selection You’re Next, both of which were directed by Adam Wingard, who photographed Swanberg’s Full Moon Trilogy and stars in Art History and The Zone.
SCHEDULE Sunday May 13th – Innis Town Hall – 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto
4:00pm ART HISTORY (74 mins; World Premiere, Berlin International Film Festival)
Tension mounts between a director and his lead actress on the set of a sexually explicit
low-budget film. As the actress and her co-star develop real feelings for each other,
the director’s jealousy erupts and he begins sabotaging his own production.
“Swanberg has been prolific enough to create a precise set of expectations from his work. Art History … satisfies all of them.” – IndieWire
Q&A with Joe Swanberg after the film
6:00pm THE ZONE (71 mins; World Premiere – AFI Film Festival) Larry and Sophia, a young Brooklyn couple, share an apartment with their roommate, Kate. An attractive male visitor arrives and seduces all three of them over the course of a night and the following day. When the visitor disappears as suddenly as he arrived, the delicate balance of the apartment and its inhabitants is disrupted.Q&A with Joe Swanberg after the film
8:00pm SILVER BULLETS (70 mins; World Premiere – SXSW Film Festival) An actress and her filmmaker boyfriend experience turbulence in their relationship when
she accepts a role in a werewolf film. The actress connects with her new director while
her boyfriend spirals into a dangerous depression.
“Silver Bullets is the most affecting “horror” movie I’ve seen in a while, as Swanberg ignores
tired supernatural scare-flick trappings and locates terror in the shadowy,
passive-aggressive process of making, and watching, movies.” – The Village Voice
Extended discussion / masterclass in DIY filmmaking with Joe Swanberg
moderated by Jason Anderson (The Grid, The Toronto Star) following the film.
Come on by the Rhino in Parkdale between 8-10pm tonight (Wednesday), grab a stack of our newly printed promo, and raise a glass to a campaign well begun. If you can’t make it, just let me know and we’ll arrange to get you some. Business card sized, they’re perfect for handing off to people you meet who want to know what you’ve been up to lately, or leaving in spots as little intrigue bombs. (“GhostsWithWhatnow?”)
Some people have asked about advance tickets for our Toronto premiere: please let folks know they can now buy tickets here. If you’re getting this email you’ve got a free ticket of course: a small thank you for coming with us on this crazy ride. We just ask that you register for the guest list in the next two weeks so we know how many tickets we can sell.
Of course, we’re still taking pledges on the Kickstarter page until May 18th — it’s a great way for people who can’t come to the screening to support us, and to get a copy of the movie in June to boot!
We filmed our final scenes on Friday evening. 21 days of shooting over two months.
Cast and crew — whether you spent an hour on set or many, many more — are invited to the wrap party at Unit Bar, where we filmed one of the scenes (pictured above). It’s at 1198 Queen Street West, and starts at 8pm on Monday, November 9th.
UPDATE: We have ditched this idea in favour of this one! Here’s my first kick at it. Skeletons are pretty plain and stark, but it feels solid. Feedback, suggestions, reactions encouraged via comment or email. I’m starting the actual script Monday. Speaking of Monday, that evening I will be at this event, featuring a trailer co-directed by our own Tate Young, if you feel like giving feedback in person! More→