Is Your Grandma a Real Character? I Want Her For My New TV Show.

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Do you have one of those Grandmothers who’s a real character?  Is she an incredible cook with all her recipes stored in her head? Does she love it when the entire family comes for dinner?

“Vince Grittani Dates Your Grandmother” is a lively cooking show that celebrates pure traditional cooking, maturity and the multicultural nature of North America. Host Vince visits your Grandmother and together they will plan, shop for and prepare her speciality. The payoff is when the family arrives and comes for dinner.  It may be a traditional Sunday sitdown meal or a backyard picnic. By dinner time Vince will have heard all the stories about the sons, daughters and grandchildren so he’ll have the advantage and be able  “kibbutz” around.

The meal to be prepared will focus on one or a few of Grandma’s specialties that can be made with Vince’s involvement.  During the process, we’ll learn about our guest cook’s life and her family. Some Grandmother’s love to tell stories and some even tell jokes. That’s perfect. All we ask is that she can speak English, at least enough to be understood.  She may even give Vince a language lesson or two! When needed, we’ll add funky subtitles or mini-fact sheets that further explain things. For example, say Grandma is from San Severo in the southern Italy,during editing we’ll insert facts and visuals about the town.

Few notes:

  • We are searching for the pilot AND the rest the series.
  • Submissions must be made by grandchildren over the age of 18.
  • Grandma must be aware and agree to the fact that you are submitting her.
  • There is no remuneration  but most expenses will be covered.
  • We are searching anywhere in Canada, but for the PILOT we are looking for a guest Granny living in Ontario.
  • Shoot date for the pilot TBA but will occur between Nov 1 and  Dec 15, 2015

If you think your Grandmother would be good guest for this show then please EMAIL the following:

  1. Your name, town, email and explanation why Grandmother is perfect guest for this.
  2. Your Grandmother’s name, town and what kind of living situation in which she lives.
  3. A list of your favourite things that Grandma makes. 
  4. An up to 2 minute video shot with a phone or Ipad of your Grandmother explaining to you her favourite recipe. (You can ask her questions) 

SEND EVERYTHING IN A SINGLE EMAIL TO :

Words Talk Productions

dateyourgrandmother@gmail.com

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ABOUT THE HOST HOST: Well experienced in front of the camera, host Vince Grittani loves talking to people. In the past he has hosted and produced his own series “The Weekend Guy” (Canwest & Ion Life (US)), co-hosted/produced Cottage Life Television for its first four and a half seasons and appeared for two seasons on Life’s Network’s  “Real Life” along with multiple guest spots on “Canada AM”, “Breakfast TV” and the “Dini Petty Show”.  He is a producer/director, professional playwright, cartoonist and writer, founder and director of the Rosseau Culture and Arts Project and oversees the Muskoka Theatre Project, The Muskoka Independent Film Festival and creator of “Destination Rosseau”. www.weekendguy.com

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URGENT! BACKGROUND ACTORS IN PARRY SOUND NEEDED FOR TUESDAY, SEPT 15

Film in PSBACKGROUND PERFORMERS (extras) needed for a feature film shooting  Tuesday, Sept. 15 in Parry Sound. 9:00 AM CALL. It’s for the day. You need to be 30 – 60ish UPSCALE, meaning you look like you belong at a charity fundraiser.  It pays minimum wage, you get to be in the movies and lunch is provided. CONTACT Micheline Blais micheline.blais@gmail.com  (705)207-9524. 

If Justin Trudeau is “Just Not Ready” Then Stephen Harper is what? “Over Baked”?

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I’ve been told that Muskoka/Parry Sound has always been Progressive Conservative.  When I hear that it usually means “I vote PC because I always voted PC and my parents voted PC”.

First of all, today’s federal Progressive Conservatives are not  John Diefenbaker PCs  one’s parents voted for years ago. I’m always amazed how quick people accepted and forgotten the amalgamation of the failing PC Party of the of  90’s with the right wing, western based, Reform Party with its anti-gay, pro-privatization, immigration without compassion and abandonment of aboriginal responsibilities policies. Does any of this still sound familiar?

Second of all, if you look back, pretty well every prime-minister before Stephen Harper was a lawyer…okay there was Jo Who…at least he was smart but lacked party confidence.  As much as we all love to hate lawyers, you have to believe that at some point, anyone who studies law begins with at least a small element of compassion, desire to help and change the human condition or are even interested in some sort of fair and hopefully democratic, government.

Stephen Harper was an economist and a founding members of the Reform Party. If you recall, when he first came onto the stage they literally removed his jacket and tie then took pictures of him in a cardigan like Mr Rogers to project compassion and humanity. I’ve heard people talk about how brilliant he is. Really? Why would a brilliant economist in the year 2015 put so much emphasis on natural resources development, screw the environment, abandon manufacturing, stifle scientific research, plus, promote the celebration of war as culture?

I do believe our parents influence our voting habits.  Just as I believe they influence the choices we make in life. Harper’s father was an accountant for Imperial Oil where Stephen started in the mail room. Justin’s  was a dynamic  lawyer, environmentalist, and although at times a bit arrogant (which I loved). Pierre was also intelligent and entertaining…And then of course there Justin’s mom. Loved her too. Remember the El Macambo?…Excuse me I digress.

Recently. I called up the local Liberal office and had them put biggest sign they had for candidate Trisha Cowie on my property. She has an impressive background (is a lawyer) with way more life experience than some of the NDP MP’s now in Parliament.  I’ve met incumbent Tony Clement on several occasions. He’s a nice enough guy. He’s also responsible for bringing the (non) G-8 conference to Muskoka/Parry Sound…Oh yeah, we’re not supposed to talk about that ’cause we all got great buildings, sidewalks and gazebos even though the whole shindig moved to Toronto. Hey, what’s a billion dollars.

So on Friday, a nice gentleman showed up at the door to erect the sign. A real tough, big sort of outdoor guy. As we we were chatting I glanced over at his car. His license read “LEGALIZE”. I laughed. I figured it wasn’t about gay marriage. He told me that last year 57,000 Canadians were criminalized because of possession of pot. He shook his head and added that his boss didn’t like his license plate. Then I asked him what he did?

“I’m a cop”, he answered.  Now that is a compassionate voter.

So then as he banged the stakes into the ground,  I asked, “Do you think Tony’s going to get back in?” He said no. He believes the man, a career politician and a member of the inner circle, is going to be brought down, along with others over the Duffy affair.

Funny thing about this senate nonsense. When Harper was with the Reform Party, one of their mandates was Senate reform. Not necessarily demolishing it but turning it into an elected body. Obviously, that idea is on hold.

Listen, I’m not telling you to vote Liberal, or PC or whatever.  I’m just saying, don’t vote for someone because your parent’s voted for their party.  Do a little research. Think about your needs. Your family’s needs. Your community’s needs. And whatever you do, don’t not vote for someone because their opponent tells you they are just not ready. It’s not just lazy, fear mongering campaigning, it also shows how threatened they feel.

WINNERS OF 2015 Muskoka Independent Film Festival

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The Rosseau Culture and Arts Project is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Muskoka Independent Film Festival.  Congratulations to all who participated.  Stand by for exciting announcements about MIFF 2016.

Best Animation   “Junk Girl”   Country: Iran     Directors: Mohammad Zare-Shalale Kheiri     Writer: Shalale KheiriProducer: Mohammad Zare    Animator: Mohammad Zare-Shalale Kheiri    Photography-edit: Roozbeh Shamshiri

There once was a girl who was made up of junk. Based on a Tim Burton short poem.

junkBEST ANIMATION

Best Short   “Panopticon”   Country: Canada    Director/writer/producer Eric Warwaruk

A teenaged boy lives in a fascist state that is under perfect surveillance.  If one “goes over tolerance”, he or she is required to “self-report”–and disappear. 

PanacBEST SHORT

Best Feature Narrative/Documentary   “Channel Zero”  Director/writer : John Nicol    Producers John Nicol, Heidi Gabriela, Michael Becke

Imagine a world void of people and life as we know it. Yet this world displays evidence of very recent human occupation. The power is still on, buildings still stand – everything is as it was, except everything living has vanished. This is the shocking reality Darlan suddenly finds himself in.
zeroBEST FEATURE

Best Student/Emerging  “Meeting Paris”  Director/writer/producer: Theo Tsanas

A passionate chef decides to move to Paris in attempt to change his mundane, ordinary life
ParisBEST EMERGING