Oh Ba! (Hey Dad)

Day 2 of our shoot in August ’16 at Pont’Ezzu in Illorai.

In the photo above, Bachisio helps Lorenzo with his lines in Sardinian. Pont’Ezzu means “old bridge” in Sardinian (in Illorai). You can’t imagine how hot it was at 9 in the morning!

In this scene young Giovanni crosses paths with his father Giuseppe on the old Roman bridge. Hey, what an art department time saver. The rolling hills in the background were built by us though. Can’t have it all.


Here we are at Capo Camino on the 3rd day of shooting in August 2016.

Valentino Mannias improvises a modern workn’ man’s lament (that of the actor and film crew) sung in a traditional “cantilena” style. The beauty and necessity of tradition is that it anchors us through connection to the past. The burden of it is that it can become like heavy baggage. What to do?  Should tradition be static or dynamic?



Making films is kind of like being on a runaway train. You have a destination, but getting there never really goes the way you planned. And so the real work becomes how to stay on course while (like Gromit) laying down new tracks on the fly. Most of the time, the train arrives “safely” but only through a team effort of confronting the unpredictable and unknown. In short, you stress, adapt, and discover: new places and people, new approaches and ways of working. In the end, its the process of crazy adaptation that forces you to grow and which also, often, brings you to better results.

Just recently in July and August I was on such a crazy course in Sardinia and Rome, working on my “spaghettimentary” feature film GO AHEAD TURN.  Over the coming weeks, its going to be fun blogging about these “making of ” exploits – in both Canada and Italy – that began in 2011.

Now as Post-Production begins and a distant terminus comes into sight, I hope you’ll stay posted to share in on the (mixed up) adventures and be part of the homecoming arrival!





The Edifice on demand!

If you haven’t yet seen it, my “digressive” 35mm film, The Edifice, is now playing at Vimeo on Demand.

Edifice Production Still 12

Julien and Claudia voyage through a mysterious landscape of city, nature, and industrial ruins as they set out to find an inherited plot of land. Crossing boundaries between dramatic fiction, minimalist narrative, and magical realism, The Edifice takes us on a digressive journey through the real, ambiguous, and intimate places that Claudia and Julien share.

If long takes and realism, magic or otherwise, are your thing, you’ll be right at home. Bonne visionnement!

Cinema Turbulent & Canadian Anthropology Society

The Edifice has been selected for presentation as part of the Cinema Turbulent Film Festival taking place May 8th to 11th at the University of Victoria in BC.

Turbulent-LogoFestival organizers SONOPTICA, based in UVic’s Department of Anthropology, are teaming up with the Canadian Anthropology Society for their 2013 Annual Conference to present works in harmony with this year’s conference theme “Unsettling Records: Reworking Anthropology’s role in Turbulent Times.”

Sonoptica describes their organization as a group of people (very human of them) that think seriously about the sonic and visual dimensions of life and how these can shape our reflection and understanding of contemporary and historical phenomena. “These dimensions include music, sound art, sound studies, and all aspects of visual representation, including, but not limited to, the visual and graphic arts.”

Screening is May 8th, 2013 – University of Victoria – click here for full schedule

see Canadian Anthropological Society for the Annual Conference (CASAC) schedule.

The Edifice – Best Experimental Film @ Niagara Indi FilmFest

I was honored to receive an award for the Best Experimental Film at this year’s Niagara Indi FilmFest in St. Catharines, Ontario. It was great to see the selection of eclectic films and to be able to show my work with some family and friends in attendance. Also very stimulating were the conversations with total strangers, like Paul, a documentary filmmaker, who swore that he had  been to a “place” in my film… or  that he had seen it in a dream since it evoked such a vivid recollection. After some discussion it became clear that his memory of the beige room was indeed a dream image since Paul had never actually been to the defunct Dow Brewery here in Montreal. Click on image below for a glimpse of Paul’s dream in The Edifice.

Festiwal Filmu Filozoficznego

The Edifice has been selected to be part of the 6th Philosophy Film FestivalKinematograf Filozoficzny taking place this March in Krakow, Poland.

March 29th, 6pm at the KIKA studio cinema in Krakow. An evening of thematically linked films, “each of which presents different ways to understand Metaphysics” followed by an audience discussion lead by Dagmara Romanowska, film connoisseur and long-term chief of the film section at Onet.pl.”

Here is a little excerpt in English from their mostly Polish website:

The festival is a look at the art of film through the prism of philosophical assumptions; those of filmmakers, commentators, theorists and connoisseurs of cinema. One of the festival aims is to create a permanent meeting place for Polish and international artists whose sublime language of film is not just entertainment, but leads to a discussion and reflection on the universal values and vision of contemporary man.


Some Retro-Funk for February

Its that wonderful cabin fever time of the year again… This little shot of funk is a part of an art-video created in collaboration with Michael A. Robison for his show Speed Giants, Flic Flacs & Fly-aways presented at CIRCA centre d’exposition in Montreal in 2006. The title refers to the restorative and invigorating moves performed on the Asymmetric Bars in gymnastics. To realign your constitution, just watch this excerpt and follow along at home (Asymmetric Bars not required).