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Films: August 2013 Archives

Lac Mystère, Erik Canuel's latest genre-buster

Lac Mystere.jpgA new film is coming to theatres this Friday. It's called Lac Mystère, and it's a suspense thriller and a black comedy and a romance movie.

It's the story of a man who faces a betrayal and then commits a criminal act before escaping to an isolated chalet in the woods.

And things just keep getting worse.

Lac Mystère was directed by Erik Canuel-- who also directed one of the most successful Canadian movies of all time, Bon Cop Bad Cop.

Erik Canuel joins Elizabeth Robertson in studio.

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Legends of Magdalen: shipwrecks and treasure

Magdalen-cliffside.jpgLegends of Magdalen  is a documentary that explores the history of shipwrecks on the Magdalen Islands.

The film had its world premiere last night at Old Harry church on the  Islands. Tonight at 7:00 pm, the rest of us can see it too on CBC television's Absolutely Quebec, a summer series of films by Quebeckers, and about Quebeckers. (It will also be posted on the Absolutely Quebec website.)

Gregory Gallagher is the executive producer of Legends of Magdalen. He spoke with Elizabeth Robertson about shipwrecks, treasure and the islanders who've chased both for many years.

*For those of you on the Magdalen Islands, there's another showing in the presence of part of the film team at the Musée de la mer in Havre Aubert on Sunday.

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5-25-77: growing up with Star Wars

5-25-77-4.jpgIn 1977, a teenaged boy named Patrick Read Johnson was making Super-8 movies in his backyard and dreaming of becoming a filmmaker.

He set out from Ilinois to meet a special effects pioneer in Hollywood.
But he got much more:  a chance encounter with Stephen Spielberg, a tour of George Lucas' special effects company, Industrial Light and Magic, and an advance screening of a very special movie -- Star Wars.

The ground-breaking sci-fi movie premiered on May 25th, 1977, and now Patrick Read Johnson pays hommage to that date in the title of his new movie, 5-25-77. It's his story, a coming-of-age story, and he's been trying to tell it for more than 10 years.

Patrick Read Johnson is in Montreal for two screenings of the movie at the Fantasia film festival. He tells Elizabeth Robertson his story. 

(Photo from 5-25-77 courtesy of Fantasia film festival)

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