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Story of Luke director to attend Shadows of the Mind

This article was posted original on SooToday on by Donna Hopper. reposted with permission.


Shadows of the Mind Film Festival has just released the first preliminary schedule of its 2013 films and events.

Festival organizers anticipate that tickets will be available starting Thursday, February 14 at the Community Box Office in the Station Mall.

Festival highlights thus far include the opening night gala at The Gallery in Sault College on February 27 featuring a screening of the film Robot and Frank at 8 p.m., and a screening of The Story of Luke on March 3 at 9:45 a.m. at Galaxy Cinemas in the Station Mall.

Starring Cary Elwes, Seth Green and Lou Taylor Pucci, writer/ director Alonso Mayo filmed The Story of Luke in Sault Ste. Marie during the summer of 2011 and will be present for a Q and A session following the Shadows screening.

Extremely popular as it made its way through the global film festival circuit, The Story of Luke has won a number of awards, including Best Film, San Diego Film Festival; American Indie Audience Award, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival; Audience Award, Bahamas International Film Festival; Best Film, Best Actor (Lou Taylor Pucci), Best Director and Best Trailer, Irvine International Film Festival; and People’s Choice Award for Best Film, Saint Augustine Film Festival.

In addition to Shadows of the Mind, The Story of Luke is currently schedule to screen at a number of other film festivals in the coming months in San Francisco, Denver, Green Bay, Byron Bay (Australia), San Luis Obispo (California), Omaha (New England), and Phoenix.

Shadows of the Mind schedule includes 2 Sault films

This article was posted original on SooToday on by Donna Hopper. reposted with permission.


Never fear Sault film fans.

If you’re missing Saturday’s screening of Ecstasy at the Grand Theatre, you’ll have the chance to see another flick filmed in the Sault on the big screen soon enough.

Two, actually.

Both Edwin Boyd (which filmed on-location in the Sault in February of 2011) and The Collaborator (filmed in part here under the working title Longfellow in late 2009) will be screened during this year’s Shadows of the Mind Film Festival.

Although it is only tentatively booked, the Shadows of the Mind website indicates that The Collaborator will be shown at the Grand Theatre, 641 Queen Street East, on Saturday, March 3 at 9:30 p.m.

Edwin Boyd will screen the following morning, Sunday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at Galaxy Cinemas in the Station Mall.

Other confirmed film screenings include Starbuck during the festival’s opening night gala at Sault College on Wednesday, February 29; Cave of Forgotten Dreams at Galaxy Cinemas on Saturday, March 3; and A Dangerous Method on Sunday, March 4.

Film titles, times and locations are subject to change.

Terry Sheehan hustles us a piece of Snow Cake

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


Yes, that’s Ward 2 Councillor Terry Sheehan buttonholing Oscar-winning producer/ director/ writer Michael Moore during the Big Guy’s recent surprise visit to the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival at Galaxy Cinemas. has learned that Sheehan’s also been hustling the production team that’s coming to Wawa next month to shoot Snow Cake, starring three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver.

And we’ve further learned that, as a result, the Snow Cake team is now thinking of filming as many as six scenes here in the Sault.

Snow Cake to scout Sault locations this week

The film’s location manager will be here next week on a scouting trip, with Sheehan serving as tour guide.

You’ll remember that it was Sheehan who spearheaded the City’s bid to have the Canadian Music Hall of Fame established on Sault Ste. Marie’s waterfront.

That effort failed, but last month, Sheehan persuaded City Council to reinvent the Canadian Music Hall of Fame Committee as an “arts and entertainment economic opportunities” committee.

That was on Monday, February 21.

And the Ward 2 Councillor has been busier than a beaver ever since.

Sheehan invites Moore to shoot here By Friday of the same week, Sheehan was picking Michael Moore’s brain for advice on attracting more film productions here, suggesting that the Sault would be a great place to film for Moore’s upcoming documentaries.


Moore’s previous work, including the Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, has painted Canada as a peaceful, caring nation.

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.