Adventure: GOLDFISH – The longest shoot in Parkdale!

“How was the shoot?,” asks a friendly neighborhood A.D. “Oh,” I say, drawn from my reverie.  “It’s going.  Hi there.” “Still?!?,” he says, popping a surprised eyebrow. “Hey, I’m the Stanley Kubrik of Parkdale,” I shrug, which at least makes him chuckle heartily. Somedays, we do come up with the right response at the right …

Adventure: GOLDFISH – Steven Spielberg, you’re my hero

No one ever said guerilla filmmaking was easy. When your lead producer takes a new job at another production company eight days before shooting, leaving a raft of procrastinated tasks untackled, you know you’re in the weeds. We couldn’t possibly be doing this without Ulla Laidlaw stepping up like a hero, from the other side …

Andromeda Franklin, or, JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN

I have been thwarted by this script for too long; for my next trick, I am going to complete this puppy once and for all. (Well, I will finish a first draft, anyway.) I’ve felt inspired for a long time to write this movie; I keep putting it off. I’ve written several other, different scripts …

Days Without Sugar: Bienvenue au quartier, café Starbucks

One item (among many) I tell couchsurfers in any given tour of Parkdale is that it is the only downtown Toronto neighborhood without a Starbucks. Not that I have anything against Starbucks!; I mention this only as one of many local factoids, and it is only a minor, introductory note at best. Altho my understanding …

Quelqu’un aime le quartier tres bien

Moi aussi, j’aime Parkdale.  C’est un quartier chouette, ou je me sent toujours chanceux de m’avoir installé.  Quelqu’un s’est vraiment acharné pour tricoter cette declaration – oui, c’est tricoté!, par main, en plusieurs bandes; impressionant, n’est-ce pas?  Il a fallu a quelqu’un de passer beaucoup de leur temps libre a faire une telle chose, on …