By the time Hobo With A Shotgun was originally released in the spring of 2010, I had been following the festival buzz for most of that winter. The reviews coming out of Sundance, South By Southwest etc. were ecstatic, even from publications such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. When I finally got to see it, Shotgun blew me away.
Jason Eisener won the Canadian filmmaking lottery with this film. After winning the Grindhouse trailer contest with the 2-minute version of his idea, he got feature film funding from Telefilm. Then he got the freedom to make the movie as outrageous and uncompromising as he wanted. Then he received a country-wide release from Alliance Films. The result is gloriously badass, an instant grindhouse classic.
Make no mistake, you've never seen anything like this before come out of Canada before, not even in the tax shelter days from which Cronenberg got his start. Hobo With A Shotgun is not perfect - some scenes drag on too long, the shock value occasionally feels forced, the story is minimal - but it's a fully realized vision, made with tremendous passion, wit and creativity. Eisener turned Dartmouth into his own personal neon-drenched Sin City hellhole, and it's a blast.
First Weekend Club and CanadaScreens.ca invite you to cuddle up with us this week as we launch our French Language Channel for Canadian Film! Co-presented by Visions Ouest Productions and Curated by Paul Gratton, we offer film-loving audiences the discovery of some of the finest, and internationally acclaimed Canadian films, available to watch anytime from anywhere in Canada, in yes, 'the language of love’! Whether you're with your sweetie, or enjoing the sweetness of solitude, bring out the chocolates and binge on Canadian Film in French with us!
We invited the the Chairman of the First Weekend Club board of directors Paul Gratton, who is a passionate cinephile with a particular love for and knowledge of French Canadian Cinema to select some of his favourite films for our new channel. Paul provides a beautiful introduction to Quebec cinema and then offers a brief overview of his 12 recommended titles which you will find below. In addition, we invited the National Film Board of Canada to pair each feature film with a short French Canadian film, which we are offering as a complimentary viewing. We believe this is a great introduction to some of our country’s finest French language films! We hope you'll agree!
CanadaScreens.ca is proud to put the spotlight on female directors and this month, alongside the exciting launch of our new VOD online channel of films exclusively by female directors, we are shining a light brightly on director Siobhan Devine, a Vancouver-based award winning filmmaker. Siobhan is an alumnus of CWC's Women in the Director's Chair.
This spotlight comes during our exciting launch of our important new initiative; October 27th, 2016, CanadaScreens is dedicating our work to not only celebrating how many different screens Canadians can watch films on, but also, and importantly, celebrating whose 'lenses' we are seeing stories told through. Collaborating with WIDC, CanadaScreens.ca, First Weekend Club and the National Film Board have now created a VOD channel exclusively for Women In the Director’s Chair!