Oct 24

Zero for Conduct, the Zine of Counter-Film, will be for sale in hardcopy at Canzine in Toronto this weekend! Sonja Ahlers will have it somewhere on her table in the "Gotta Laugh to Keep from Crying" room! If you can't make it to Canzine, get it HERE.

-Flick Harrison

Oct 9

Zero for Conduct is Flick Harrison's new zine of counter-film.

(get it!)

I still need to get a waxer - this issue feels a little too perfect for me, I only did one drawing and the rest was laid out in Indesign.


Interviews with

Reg Harkema on Leslie, My Name is Evil
Jeff Carter on Inside Passage
Tom Scholte on Crime
plus Waiting for Sancho and more!

I created it to try and rekindle some kind of underground film thing in Vancouver that I think is, well, just a bit TOO underground. This year's Vancouver International Film Festival was the kicker for me, I finally felt like taking part again, having worked on two of the films screening, and a recent visit to a Zine fair / comics show at the Vancouver Art Gallery reminded me that it is really all about just getting it done.

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Dec 22

Now that I've found the limits on pandora.com ("we are unable to let you skip any more songs this month due to licensing agreements." Huh!?!?!) I have time to post other business.

Here's some pics from the premiere of Monkey Warfare at Empire cinemas in Vancouver, handed over by Ifny but shot by David Repa. This is Ifny of Pedal Revolutionaries (who has just posted her podcast of the MONKEY WARFARE INTERVIEW), Alan MacInnes of Discorder's Cinema Aspirant, Reg Harkema, the director, and me, Flick Harrison.
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Oct 15
VIFF wrap party
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I was having too much fun / working too hard to take many pics but the closing Gala is finally over and we can all get on with our lives. The visual projections went super-well, I don't think anyone guessed what the connection was (they were all credits from past closing gala films, isn't that innnteresting?) but it gave the room that epic-ending feeling which was my purpose.

(BTW, as I type, I wish there was a way to make myspace playslists so I can listen continually without calling up that window and clicking all the darn time).

Anyway, here's a few pics. This is me with Cathy Falkner, filmmaker David Vaisbord and Sheril Gelmon. Man, his hair is getting fabulous, like some movie star in a cartoon. Notice I took one more kick at the "I fuck the man" / Monkey Warfare t-shirt can.

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Oct 2

Days go by and blogging gets harder (especially with the nagging doubt that blogging is actually lame). Both Vancouver Film Fest screenings of Monkey Warfare were packed to the gills. I notice the Vancouver audience had a good laugh at all the drug humour; in Toronto that stuff caused chuckles but out here people were laughing out loud. Now I don't feel like the only one who got it.

Reg actually intro'd the film by saying that despite all the Toronto references, it is actually an East Van film: that's where Reg is from.

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Sep 30

So I had a blast projecting visuals at the Vancouver International Film Festival opening gala.

The party was at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Georgia in the main ballroom. This picture is Cathy Falkner with Sandy Buck. Sandy planned the whole event which is an insanely big job. Cathy was helping do the decoration on the night.

In the background you can see my visuals! They were on two giant odd-shaped fabric backdrops on either side of the band, plus one little projection on the escalator outside the ballroom. It was fantabulous, in my opinion.
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Sep 18

So Monkey Warfare is showing at Vancouver International Film Fest on Sept 30 and Oct 1! Details here at VIFF's page.

Also, there's a new Monkey Warfare official website. Yay for top-level domain names! The page automatically plays the awesome Weird War song that usually runs through my head about six-seven hours per day now.

And finally, Monkey Warfare got a Special Jury Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2006!

Apparently the jury didn't stay through the credits. Heh heh heh. So they missed the best part.

Fromthe interview with Reginald Harkema in the GLOBE AND MAIL:

"Harkema, a B.C. native, said afterwards: "Gee, I guess I'm not gonna buy that huge hunk of hash [hashish] I was dreaming about," - an echo of director Bruce McDonald's statement that "$25,000 is going to buy me a chunk of hash," when his feature Roadkill took the Toronto-City prize in 1989."


I love that they had to explain that hash is hashish. Really? Ya don't say!

Sep 12

Another low-key day except for the super second screening of Monkey Warfare. Here's Cindy getting set to ride her little bike to the festival. She has fabulous outifts, n'est-ce pas? This is an opportunity to point out that not only is she IN Monkey Warfare, she also has a band called The Tennessee Twin.

After my third day of TIFF I finally started getting an understanding of how tickets work. I think. Apparently cast and crew need to use their passes to go and get tickets to their own screenings for themselves, even though they're free for them, just because that's how the accounting works or something. I think. I have been treated to a whirlwind bubble not of celebrity, but of Reg and Cindy's hospitality. I've hardly had to think the whole time, so get easily confused the moment I have to think for myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 11

Whew! The premiere of Monkey Warfare was a lavish-ish affair. The day started with breakfast at Mitzi's Sister, which I highly recommend, then a little blogging about the previous day, then off to the races and non-stop film fest madness. My lack of sleep is degrading my mind so please forgive me if this all seems rather delusional.
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Dec 7

Some people complain that filmmaking is becoming too inexpensive, and now anyone thinks they can make a film. They say this will result in a glut of bad films.

Well, what did we have before? Too many good films?

Anyone who says this is an elitist arse. When they complain about too many people making films, they most certainly do not mean themselves. No, they have surpassed some mystical benchmark of divine birthright, involving a combination of 'natural' talent, intelligence, and insight combined with superior upbringing, and they therefore have a right to consider themselves an artist.


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