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This Saturday Morning, August 29 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM the Muskoka Independent Film Festival 2015  is presenting FREE KID’S MOVIES at the Village of Rosseau Memorial Hall. These are movies for young kids to young teens submitted from a variety of countries around the world. Most notably is “The Battle” made by two young teen Vancouver filmmakers and “The Little Witch” , from Croatia, about a little Roma girl and the magic her late grandmother brings into the family.  Films will be playing continuously and children, along with their parents, are welcome to enter quietly and watch as many as they please.  For a full schedule visit www.MuskokaFilmFestival.com 

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Why I Chose Dini Petty as our Guest host at the 2015 Muskoka Independent Film Festival?

On Thursday, August 27th we open our 2nd Annual Muskoka Independent Film Festival and  “Dinner with Dini” followed by an eclectic selection of films. Dini is back as our guest host for two reasons. She is a personal friend I met nearly twenty years ago at a party. She was still hosting her national television talk show on CTV and I was on Cottage Life Television. Over the years I have had the opportunity to appear on her show, travel and work together and spend a lot of personal time at each other’s home, cottage, country retreat, apartment etc. Yes, besides myself, I have never met someone who changes residence as often I do.

This is Dini, myself and a friend of Dini’s named Holly Wood from the Banff Springs Hotel who hired us to create a video for their new spa…circa 1998
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Explaining to Dini on her show that the reason we called our cottage Chateau For Now is that our repair jobs were always good enough for now. Circa 1996

I don’t think it’s any secret that I asked Dini to join us…well, because she has a name that people recognize and it raised the profile of our festival a notch.

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Forget the fact that she had a national TV Show….This is the most popular reason people tell me why they remember Dini Petty….”when she flew a pink helicopter for CKEY radio in Toronto.”

However, it’s what happened during MIFF 2014 is why I asked Dini back for MIFF 2015. Staging a film festival is a lot of organizing, keeping cool and dealing with an assortment of artistic egos. Part of the growing process is figuring our the festival’s “brand”.  Personally I am trying not to zero in on a genre or type of film we present. I want MIFF to be a festival that attracts all sorts of projects from a variety of filmmakers, established and emerging.

This year in particular, I’m finding emerging filmmakers are requiring more attention than those who have been telling stories for years. However, a newby or established, their work is precious to them and requires equal attention. This is where Dini comes in. Even though I have seen her interview major celebrities to world leaders, no better does her ability shine then when she can take an “unknown” and bring out their story as if it’s front page worthy. And this is the magic she brings to MIFF. She can make anyone feel like a star. Since none of the projects boast major starpower (Eric Roberts and Tim Conway the most recognizable),  Dini makes all the filmmakers feel special at the moment. And this is the real reason why she is back for a second year…(plus, she’s willing to stay at my house rather than having to put her up as a fancy hotel! 🙂  It’s always a good time and we still know how to make each other laugh.

On Thursday, Aug 27 starting at 5:30 PM in the Memorial Hall, for only $35 you can join Dini for dinner then sit back and share an artist’s dream and  join in the discussion. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets visit www.MuskokaFilmFestival.com

Something For Everyone at The Muskoka Independent Film Festival 2015 in the Village of Rosseau

he Village of Rosseau once again plays host to the 2nd Annual Muskoka Independent Film Festival (MIFF) Aug 27-30 at the Rosseau Memorial Hall. It is the concluding event of  “Destination Rosseau 2015”.  Produced by the Rosseau Culture and Arts Project, this year’s lineup of unique films are an eclectic mix of dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, shorts and features entered from a variety of countries around the planet including Canada, United States, Australia, Iran, Korea, France, Croatia, India, Greece, Bulgaria, Ireland and Finland to mention a few.

Some of the highlights this year include the animated film “Junk Girl” from Iran  (based on a short poem by the often macabre American filmmaker Tim Burton), comedies featuring cameo roles by veteran actors Tim Conway (Carol Burnett Show) and  Eric Roberts (Julia’s brother), plus, “The Gypsy Witch” a feature drama from Croatia set in the urban world of a modern Roma family.
From Croatia “The Little Gypsy Witch” tells the story of a modern urban Roma family.
Many of the documentaries being presented deal with timely and pertinent topics such as “Paolo’s Dream”  (24 hours in the life of a homeless man in Athens, Greece), “One Hundred Mules Walking The Los Angeles Aqueduct”  about a string string of one hundred mules that drew a line between Los Angeles and a major source of its water in the Eastern Sierra, and “Montana Death Trains” about the thousands of obsolete oil tanker cars that roll across the State, four Indian Reservations and the entire Southern border of Glacier National Park.

The selection committee was so impressed with the production value and storytelling abilities of accomplished award-winning  Vancouver filmmakers Joshua Costea and Peter Bundic (who have only been making films for three years) that all three of their short films entered are being shown. They boys are both 13 and 14 years old, respectively.

As part of this year’s festival, on Saturday at 1:00 PM, MIFF presents “He Shoots, He Scores!”, a interactive lecture by veteran Toronto film composers Jim Gelcer and Donald Quan who will take the audience through the steps of scoring a musical soundscape for film.
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Toronto film composers Jim Gelcer and Donald Quan will demonstrate the steps of scoring a musical soundscape for a film
Friday night is “Fright Night”,  campy horror flicks including the Canadian cult film “Wolf Cop”.  Saturday morning kids can come and watch films for free.
The festival opens on Thursday August 27 with returning guest host Dini Petty. Opening night Dinner/Film packages are available.
For tickets and a complete schedule visit www.MuskokaFilmFestival.com .

A Change of “Scenes” to the JW Marriott on Lake Rosseau

Transferring “Scenes From My Dock!” to the JW Marriott

Exciting news! To finish our run of this year’s production of “Scenes From My Dock!”, the Rosseau Culture and Arts Project (R’CAP) will transfer its production after it closes in Parry Sound at the Brunswick Playhouse on Friday, Aug 7, to the JW Marriott’s The Rosseau Resort and Spa on Lake Rosseau. This musical, which spoofs life up at the lake, is an exceptional production which stars Christine Aziz, Oscar Moreno, Mark Kreder and Brittany Cope and will play from Sunday, Aug 9 to Thursday Aug 13. For tickets and more information visit www.DestinationRosseau.com

Take a look at our promotional video for “Scenes From My Dock!”


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