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February 2005

How to get a really good deal on used army tanks

This article was posted original on SooToday on by Carol Martin. reposted with permission.



When Stanley Kubrick was making Full Metal Jacket, it was Jan Harlan’s job to get the army tanks.

Not an easy task.

After all, miltary forces aren’t exactly in the rent-all business.

Their focus is usually on completely irrelevant things like saving the world from evil empires and other dumb stuff.

Harlan (shown) was Kubrick’s executive producer on Full Metal Jacket.

After considerable effort and a lot of rejection, he finally found three tanks in the Belgian Armed Forces and an officer who seemed willing to co-operate.

At this weekend’s screening of Harlan’s film Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures at the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, Harlan charmed an audience of Saultites by relating how he closed the deal on the tanks Kubrick needed for the picture.

And cut a darn good deal in the process.

“We’re not really in the business of renting tanks,” the Belgian officer told him.


“Well, you aren’t using them, are you?” Harlan returned.

The officer paused for a moment or two of pregnant silence.

“Just make sure you bring them back!” he finally said.

So Jan Harlan got the tanks he wanted without paying a dime and they can be seen in Kubrick’s 1987 classic Full Metal Jacket.

Stanley’s brother-in-law

Audience members wanted to know exactly what jobs Harlan did for Kubrick and how he had managed to create such an intimate film portrait of the renowned director’s life.

Harlan was executive producer for Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining and Barry Lyndon, and was an assistant to the producer on Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

He’s also the brother of Kubrick’s third and last wife Christiane, whom he met while filming Paths of Glory in 1956.

They remained married until Kubrick died on March 7, 1999, shortly after the release of Eyes Wide Shut.

Harlan told his Sault audience that he was able to assemble a wide range of material for his documentary about his brother-in-law because after personal and professional relationships with Kubrick spanning more than 45 years, he knew who to approach and what to ask them.

Last day for Shadows of the Mind

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures was screened at Galaxy Cinema 12 on Friday, with Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael sitting quietly as a surprise guest in the audience.

The fifth annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival wraps up on Sunday.

The festival brings together members of the local film society, mental health and addiction professionals, and special guests from both the film and health industries, to encourage discourse around the myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness.

This year, Shadows of the Mind featured its first annual video competition and several screenings of Looking For Angelina, a film about a landmark domestic violence case that happened in Sault Ste. Marie in 1911.

Michael & Me – Saultites hang with somebody really famous

This article was posted original on SooToday on by Carol Martin. reposted with permission.


These photos were taken by by Carol Martin of SooToday on . reposted with permission.

See anyone you recognize in this picture, taken tonight by at Galaxy Cinemas at Station Mall?

Yup, that guy in the front, trying to look inconspicuous in the ball cap, really is Michael Moore, the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker and best-selling author.

For those of you who want to turn the spot into a shrine or something, or just sit where Michael sat, he was in the eighth row, far left seat in Theatre 12.

25 photos of Michael Moore meeting Saultites


Moore said he heard about Jan Harlan being here for a screening of his film Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures at the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival.

“I live in Michigan and I heard on the radio that Jan was going to be here showing his film. I hadn’t seen it yet,” said Moore.

“Kubrick is my favourite filmmaker and so it seemed like a good pilgrimage to come to Canada and take a look at Stanley Kubrick’s life.”

Moore drove up for an opportunity to see the film on the big screen, and popped in half an hour before showtime to chat with Harlan, sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

“I enjoyed it. It was great,” he said of his unpublicized visit.

The Shadows of the Mind Film Festival continues through Sunday.

Tomorrow, will post coverage of Harlan’s remarks.

In the meantime, click on the photo gallery immediately beneath this article to see’s images of Michael Moore mixing with his Sault Ste. Marie fans.

To read a article from 2003 that was declared a ‘must read’ by Michael Moore’s official website, please click here.

Tami Fremlin dumps Vic, moves in with Rudy Peres

This article was posted original on SooToday on by David Helwig. reposted with permission.


This week’s premiere of Looking for Angelina was such a mind-bending experience that it took us 24 hours before we could even think about writing anything about it.

There was Tami Fremlin, looking her usual radiant self, except that she’d dumped Vic and that whole Lock City Dairies thing and had run off to Ottawa to move in with Rudy Peres, who was playing Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier.

Joe-Joe Giordano had given up his Hollywood Beauty Supply and Unisex Salon business and was spending his time loitering around crime scenes.

Donna Hillsinger had completely abandoned her housekeeping duties at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn, to hang out all day at the Sault Ste. Marie Court House, giving great close-ups from the front row of the main courtroom.

And Carol Gartshore had rolled her famous long hair into a tight bun, promenading up and down the East End like she owned the place.

On Wednesday night, 253 people sat for 96 minutes and 59 seconds in Theatre 12 at Galaxy Cinema, enraptured by the sight of themselves on the silver screen.

Brian Kelly gets too close

Lina Giornofelice and Alvaro D’Antonio were on hand for the big Shadows of the Mind Film Festival premiere, but on this night, they were just extras.

On this night, the only true stars were the countless Saultites who showed up in almost every scene.

There was Brian Kelly from the Sault Star, pretending to know how to use a press camera, even though he was way too close to his subject to get a decent shot.

There was Sarah Calvano and her brother Daniel, playing two of Angelina Napolitano’s children.

Cameron’s new mom


And there was Cameron Cupello (formerly from the Sault, now from Thunder Bay), as their brother.

“It was a good movie,” Cameron declares afterward.

“What was the best part?” he’s asked by

“Seeing me,” he answers, without hesitation.

Cameron also enjoyed seeing Lina Giornofelice, his screen mom to whom he developed a strong attachment as a sort-of surrogate mom during the shooting.

Saultites seen running from brothel

Much of the action took place in and around the Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse.

Other scenes show the Sault Ste. Marie Museum and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

The building shown as a local house of ill repute seemed very familiar and if you know where those scenes were shot, would be very appreciative if you’d let us know using the News Response forum on our Editorials page. (Of course, we also absolutely need to know who all those local extras were who came rushing down the brothel’s fire escape when the local constabulary arrived at the joint.)

Domestic Violence Report

Prior to the premiere screening, members of the cast and crew gathered with representatives of the Algoma Health Unit and the Algoma Council on Domestic Violence to release the 2005 Report on Domestic Violence in Algoma.

The film depicted Sault Ste. Marie in 1911, a segregated community in which Italians were not allowed to attend English schools and risked getting beat up if they showed up in the wrong parts of town.

It’s official: Mr. Howe rocks!

This article was posted original on SooToday on by David Helwig. reposted with permission.


Bill Howe’s classes at St. Mary’s College cleaned up in the First Annual Shadows of the Mind Film Festival Video Competition, winning every award in the elementary/secondary category.

Here’s the news release announcing the winners:

And the winners are…

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Algoma International Films, in conjunction with the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival is happy to announce the winners to the 1st annual video competition.

In the Open category, Chris Nash received the 1st place award for his film Hawaii. Chris is a former Sault Ste. Marie resident now studying at York University.


Don Cole took 2nd place with Words. Don is a former resident of Menominee in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and now a resident of Boston Massachusetts.

3rd place went to Louise Bradford for her film Full Circle. Louise is a former resident of the Sault now living in Gatineau Quebec.

In the Elementary/Secondary school category, 1st place went to Kevin Parry for Slice, 2nd place to John Reid-Hryszkiewicz and Adam Proulx for Buy Another Day and 3rd place went to Michael Babcock for Gone for Good.

Honourable mention also went to the John Reid-Hryszkiewicz and Adam Proulx for their second entry, Mimo.

All winners from the Elementary/Secondary category were from St. Mary’s College and are students of Bill Howe.

Screenings of these films will be held February 26, 2005 at the Art Gallery of Algoma starting at Noon.

The film festival runs from February 23–27 2005.

For more information please phone (705) 256.2226 or (705) 759-0458 or visit

This year’s festival is being proudly presented by Scotiabank.

Five local screenings planned for ‘Looking for Angelina’

This article was posted original on SooToday on by David Helwig. reposted with permission.



Looking for Angelina to be featured at the Shadows Film Festival

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – The movie Looking for Angelina that was filmed in Sault Ste. Marie during the summer of 2004 will be featured as part of the Shadows of the Mind film festival.

Looking for Angelina is the true story of Angelina Napolitano, an Italian woman sentenced to death in 1911 for murdering her husband with an axe, as he lay asleep on Easter Sunday.

Angelina is a young immigrant woman caught in a life she does not want and is the unlikely heroine at the focal point of a worldwide media frenzy.


Looking for Angelina is the eye-opening true story of one woman’s struggle and an ever more relevant source of fascination in the media-obsessed society we live in today.

Due to the anticipated high demand to view the locally filmed movie, five showings have been scheduled.

They are February 23 at 8 p.m., February 24 at 2 p.m., February 25 at 1:30 p.m., February 26 at 7 p.m. and February 27 at 9 p.m.

All films are at Galaxy Cinemas.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday February 8, 2005.

Please call 256-2226 or 759-0458 for more information.

Another highlight of the sixth annual film festival is the first annual Algoma International Film Video Competition.

This year’s festival is being proudly presented by Scotiabank.

The film festival runs from February 23–27.

Individual movies are $8 or a full pass is $90.

Tickets are available at the door but seating is limited.