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Motovun Film Festival 2008

I write this at Heathrow, after over 36 hours of non stop wakefulness and generally disorganized and limited sleep (sleep is for the dead) and my thoughts are a touch decaffeinated. But here goes.

We arrived to Motovun July 29th, at 4am, finding ourselves atop a steep hill, within narrow, gnarly and medieval streets, greeting the Croatian sunrise with freshly deep-fried Croatian sausages. This nocturnal pattern of being would not change until we left the Glastonbury meets Sundance wondrous debauchery that is the Motovun Film Festival. I was expecting a cast of wildly gesticulating Eastern Europeans with molasses accents an scrunched under thought foreheads but, to my pure delight, found a vibrant crowd of 10% dreadlocked and fully hippified very pretty Croatians, four sweet and sexy Brits, our ridiculously delightful programmer Tanja, a crazy unwashed Frenchman we shall not discuss and a bunch of super serious Russians – all rumbling the confines of what feels like an ancient town baked like dough and then cracked by the sun. Ana, Tina and I slipped into a glamorously vampiric time (substituting alcohol for blood and sweaty bodies swirling around you for the perpetual transylvanian fog) and never ever looked back.

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277 metres above sea level, a medieval town town sits on the top of a cone-shaped hill…

This is the spot where the Motovun Film Festival takes place. Think Glastonbury meets Sundance. Thousands of young cineastes, artistes, partiers, adventurers flock to Central Istria, Croatia to camp for 5-6 nights to see some of the most innovative films from around the world.

From Wikipedia:

Motovun Film Festival is entirely dedicated to films made in small cinematographies and independent productions (on 10 August 1999, the day of opening of first Motovun Film Festival, there was not even one non-Hollywood film being shown in Croatian cinemas). In everything, except for the ambition and the quality, Motovun wants to be a small festival showing small films, small in the warmest sense of the word. Festival program consists of around 70 titles from all over the world, from documentaries to feature films, from short to long films, from guerilla made films to co-productions. The only criteria in their selection is that they fit in the open-minded atmosphere of the festival with their innovations.

In years since the festival first started it became widely popular among Croatian youth, especially students. Every year during the festival a camp for visitors is organized on the foothills of Motovun, where anybody can put up their tent almost for free (the daily fee of 5 kn (roughly 1 USD) is paid to the local tourist office). The visitors’ camp has become one of its hallmarks. In January 2007 The Guardian described the festival as “a cross between Glastonbury and Sundance” in its travel section.

This year, part of the Motovun Film Festival is a special Interactive Cinema Program.

Along with Late Fragment, this program brings:

Switching by our friend Morten Schjodt;

Kinoautomat by Radúz Çinçera, the first interactive film in the world shown during Expo ‘67 in Montreal; and

Polyester, by John Waters which will include its featured odorama cards where the audience can scratch and sniff their way into a more olfactory experience of the film.

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Fade to Play’s Phillip Jeffrey captures the Vancouver DVD Launch @ The Republic

It’s not often that you get a trained observer to capture and synthesize the evening of a DVD Launch. But last Thursday, in Vancouver at The Republic, we were very lucky to have caught the eye of media blogger Phillip Jeffrey whose blog Fade to Play is fast becoming one of the go to Vangroovy places in cyberspace.

Here are some of the pics he captured:

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Getting ready for the party to begin.

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The crowd starts to gather.

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Getting ready for their interviews: Jeff Parazzo + Mateo Guez.

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The School of Interactive Arts + Technology crew from Simon Fraser University.

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Jenn.

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Patrick + Jessie of Videomatica, where you can buy copies of Late Fragment.

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Ellen + Louise + Marine.

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Folks from First Weekend Club Vancouver.

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Getting ready for the dancin’ to begin with Joleen + Jenna + Sandy.

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In conversation with Weston Trimestra + Jacqueline Nuwame.

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It took us a loong time to put  theses postcards all in a row.

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James Desroches + Jacqueline Nuwame.

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A shout out to First Weekend Club In Vancouver

Our Vancouver DVD Launch party was a success at the beautiful Republic Club on Granville St. The 2 storey, chandelier-clad space with multiple LCD screens flanking the bars is home to mostly 20 year old clubbers ready to dance on any given night. The owner of the Republic was kind enough to allow us to host a little bit of different crowd last Thursday, most of whom were members of Vancouver’s First Weekend Club. These folks were friendly, extremely engaged with cinema, and wonderful audiences for our Canadian films.

From their site:

First Weekend Club is a non-profit organization that strives to build audiences for great Canadian films through grassroots initiatives such as special screenings, Q&As with talent, premiere parties, movie alerts and much more! First Weekend Club is a free cross Canada film club that encourages members to attend opening weekend screenings. Hence the name, First Weekend Club.

We spoke with one of the FWC’s officers and were thrilled that they may be interested in having us perform Late Fragment live for one of their Canada Screens events.

Stay tuned here for more news and for pictures of the Vancouver event to be posted shortly.

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Late Fragment Toronto DVD Launch Party

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Check out the highlights from the Toronto DVD Launch Party at Tattoo Rock Parlour!

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The *Crowd* Part 2

If you didn’t see yourself in the other posts, maybe this time you’ll get lucky!

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Trish Papadakos + friends!

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Two dudes in hot glasses!

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Another two dudes with glasses! Trevor Shaikin in the plastic frames + Mark Greenspan in metal frames.

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Jacqueline Nuwame + Anya Mackenzie looking lovely!

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From left Trevor Shaikin + Wendy Gold + friend (Krista, I thnk) + Marina Mann.

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Me flanked by two of the hottest couples! To the left business partners Alan Smith (with the stash) and Patrick Keenan + Candice Faktor and Corey Marr.

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Impressario Marc Glassman (left) + Thomas Wallner and friend.

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James Milward (far left) of Secret Location fame, with Patrick Kennan, Sara Heynan of WWF and Warren Brown.

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The *Scene* at the Toronto DVD Launch!

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The *CROWD* at the Toronto DVD Launch

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Yes there was free beer to be had…

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…complete with I Mother Earth musicians…

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…rockin’ babes…

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…postive vibez…

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The girlz @ the Toronto DVD Launch!

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The lovely Anita Doron.

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Little Theo’s mother, Ms. Figueroa (right) and friend, both looking very elegant.

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Anita Lee + Ana Serrano looking up at the Late Fragment banners.

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Anita Lee + Jeff Parazzo.

Line Producer Superstah duo, Tina Santiago + Caitlin O’Donovan.

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Editor extraordinaire, Roslyn Kalloo.

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The boyz @ the Toronto DVD Launch!

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Alex House +Jeff Parazzo (all photos by Yvonne Bambrick)

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Jeff Parazzo + Mateo Guez + very handsome dude

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Marc Bendavid + Mateo Guez + Jeff Parazzo

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Composer David Wall with Trish Papadakos from Pod10.

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