Candy is a short film that I wrote, directed, produced and acted in. It is eight minutes and 34 seconds. I began writing Candy after seeing A Most Dangerous Method in September 2011 -- art as communication. The Candy script continued to evolve right up to and including the two shoot days in November 2012. Post-production finished February 23, 2013, when it was screened privately at Camera Bar, on Queen Street, in Toronto, for cast, crew, friends and family. I am beyond thrilled for Candy to have its World Premiere at TIFF 2013!
How far back do I go, as far as musings on my film Candy go? Well, I suppose to the time I was sitting at my fold out inlet table in the beautiful Edwardian Palmerston Blvd kitchen I use to have.
Writing the first draft of Candy in a few minutes flat after going to the premiere of my father's film, A Dangerous Method. Film is, after all, the new version of that.
This turn of the century instead of Freud's development of Psychoanalysis and Surrealism it is something new. This new film process is the Dangerous Method now...Candy yum.
Lou Reed and walking on the wild side with Candy Darling, gender bending Pop Culture, Warhol and the blowjob.
Not to forget the poetry and the life of a poem and a poet and the mental institution, Frances and Tom and Viv and all of that, madness and creative illness. The painting is important too...
Van Gogh, surrealism, representation, and finally abstraction, the adaptation of the poem into the life he lives, his personality in the urban city abstracted beyond repair, perhaps.
Self-fulfilling prophecy? Life imitating art? Which came first the chicken or the egg? Does it just keep repeating, cycling over and over again?
And don't forget about addiction! One must never forget about addiction, cocaine and cigarettes, the meds, the street life, the bag lady, living on the street, the poet and the hustler muse.
Art and the artist.
Candy screens in Programme 3 at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Monday, September 9 at 10 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 10 at 2:45 p.m. Tickets go on sale September 1. For more info, you can go to the film's Facebook page.
Midnight Madness Highlights
A high-school outsider’s plot to revenge herself on the captain of the football team turns bloody when some phantasmagorical hijinks get tossed into the mix, in this refreshingly smart horror comedy from directors Lucky McKee (<em>May</em>, <em>The Woods</em>) and Chris Sivertson (<em>I Know Who Killed Me</em>). (TIFF website, 2013)
A quiet rural town in Maine becomes a raging inferno of axe murders and alien abduction in this lean, mean and grisly indie horror flick. (TIFF website, 2013)
Horror maestro Eli Roth (<em>Hostel</em>) returns to the director’s chair for this gruesome homage to the notorious Italian cannibal movies of the late seventies and early eighties. (TIFF website, 2013)
Years after the mysterious deaths of their parents, a traumatized brother and sister find the cause of their family tragedy: a cursed mirror whose 300-year history has left a bloody trail of destruction in its wake. (TIFF website, 2013)
A public-housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos, in this loving tribute to the cult classic Hong Kong horror-comedy series <em>Mr. Vampire</em>. (TIFF website, 2013)
A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud in this wild, perverse and blood-soaked orgy of outrageousness from cult director Sion Sono (<em>Suicide Club</em>). (TIFF website, 2013)
Direct cinema pioneer Frederick Wiseman takes an in-depth look at the preeminent American university during a fall semester that saw a vigorous debate taking place over tuition hikes, budget cuts, and the future of higher education in the United States. (TIFF website 2013)
Barry Avrich’s account of the life of this most unlikely revolutionary of the 1960s counterculture is energetic, iconoclastic and well researched, examining Guccione’s long and audacious career, most notably as publisher of the hugely influential pornographic magazine <em>Penthouse</em> and producer of the porn epic <em>Caligula</em>. (TIFF website 2013)
Director Mark Cousins follows his epic documentary <em>The Story of Film</em> with this globe-spanning rumination on children in the cinema, surveying such classics as <em>The 400 Blows</em>, <em>E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial</em>, <em>Fanny and Alexander</em>,<em> Los Olvidados</em>, and <em>The White Balloon</em>. (TIFF website 2013)
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (<em>The Fog of War</em>, <em>Standard Operating Procedure</em>) continues his exploration of post-9/11 American imperialism with this riveting, feature-length interview with notorious former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. (TIFF website 2013)
Insightful and often hilarious, the latest from documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish. (TIFF website 2013)
Canadian Film Highlights
A Toronto theatre director endures a series of creative and personal travails in this affecting and typically inventive new film from Festival favourite Ingrid Veninger (<em>MODRA</em>,<em> i am a good person/i am a bad person</em>). (TIFF website, 2013)
This hilarious, grotesque, and unique adult animated feature chronicles visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman’s trans-Canadian road trip as they encounter dull violence, rampant consumerism and unbridled eccentricity in small towns all over this wide, weird country. (TIFF website, 2013)
Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past, in this powerful and affecting drama from actor-turned-director Peter Stebbings (<em>Defendor</em>). (TIFF website, 2013)
Denis Villenueve (<em>Incendies</em>) will be doing double duty at this year’s festival, since this announcement follows the previous announcement of Prisoners. Enemy sees Jake Gyllenhaal playing a University professor, who encounters his exact double. That’s all the information I need to be interested in this thriller. - Sean Kelly
<em>FUBAR</em> and <em>Goon</em> director Michael Dowse makes a surprising swerve into sweetness with this winning romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. (TIFF website, 2013)
Saddled with a lousy job, an infant son, and a wife doing jail time for sleeping with a 14-year-old, a disgruntled Toronto ad-agency employee struggles to deal with his impotent rage, in this gutsy black comedy from beloved Canadian maverick Bruce McDonald. (TIFF website, 2013)
This latest work from Canada’s endlessly inventive and provocative Xavier Dolan (<em>J'ai tué ma mere</em>, <em>Laurence Anyways</em>) follows a grief-stricken man who visits his dead lover’s parents — only to discover that they were unaware of their son’s sexual orientation. (TIFF website, 2013)
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