After it’s world premiere at CUFF this past week, I’m happy to say you can now watch “Three In A Car” – a short film by 7 people, on-line in the comfort of your own phone! Check it out, share it, laugh!
Once again, and luckily for me, my new short film – Three In A Car – has been selected to screen as part of this years Calgary Underground Film Festival!
The short will play before the hilarious feature film Guidance, by Pat Mills – and screens on April 15th @ 7:00 PM here in Calgary, so if you’re about, just grab a ticket to Guidance and I’ll hope to see you there!
Three In A Car is a sequel to our last little film, Three In A Bed, and starts Mandy Stobo, Sarah Adams, and Evan Wilson. It was shot by Dan Dumouchel with sound by Alex Mitchell and digital work from Rick Youck.
Big thanks to everyone who made this happen – and the the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers for their generous support.
Good news today, as Bell Media and the Harold Greenberg Fund announced that Entanglement, my curiously awkward feature comedy script, has received final draft funding from the prestigious and super-Canadian development fund.
Entanglement is being produced by Jason James and Resonance Films, with support from Movie Central and the National Screen Institute.
Here’s a very short story that I wanted to get out there in the world so it exists. I’m not sure what it is – but I like it and don’t want to forget:
It’s called Specific Gravity:
Something strange has happened to the universe.
It began with airplanes falling out of the sky one day, and then a few buildings collapsing in on themselves, and then a bridge fell into a river during a charity fun-run.
Eventually science figured it out. Gravity had become specific.
Somehow the laws of physics had been subverted or messed up, and the gravity of an object started being determined not by its mass, but by its worries.
For most animals (except dolphins, apes, elephants, and curiously, honey-bees) this didn’t matter – they didn’t have consciousness and they didn’t have cares, but for humanity – the shift in the physical world was catastrophic.
Our problems were weighing us down.
For those with the most problems – the most on their mind – this shift in gravity became almost crushing. They couldn’t get up off the ground, they moved as if burdened by hundred of pounds. Some couldn’t breath, some dare not even try to go downstairs. Some became trapped in their basements, too afraid of the elevator.
Suddenly the poor and the wealthy had something in common, for money comes with its own issues. The powerful and the powerless, the extremes of all society became suddenly and instantly immobile – held down completely by their concerns. Like all real troubles, it was a problem which only got worse once you had it.
And for the carefree among us – the opposite became true. Without any problems to hold them down, light-hearted idiots would fly away – float up until the lack of oxygen gave them cause for concern and they’d plummet to Earth – pulled by the sudden weight of their folly.
Babies, of course, had to be tied down – as they always should have been. Happy children floated along on leashes and padded ceilings would become all the rage. Parents would be judged by how high their offspring could float… but, ironically, that obsessive need to make light and happy children, would drive such parents into the floor.
With gravity being determined by our problems, the self-help industry blossomed – books about letting go and not holding grudges were everywhere. Meditation and yoga became a religion and people struggled to find balance in their lives. Worried enough to stay on the ground, but not so freaked out that you end up crushed to death by your thoughts.
It became a rather complicated time.
We found a new metric for attraction; because who wants to adore a floating idiot, and who could cherish a beautiful floor-pancake? We judged people less on their looks (although we still did that a lot) but more on their gravity. “She was too heavy” became a phrase that stopped referencing size, and started referencing emotional well-being. The manic sexy girls with their gorgeous baggage couldn’t even stand up, let alone dance – and the vapid beautiful men with their simple thoughts all floated away and died in the first week. Sad nerds remained in their parents’ basements, unaware that anything was going on.
So now we try to stay centred. Quality of life has taken on a new meaning – and those of us left try to smile, but not too much. We work – but we don’t care about every little thing. We don’t let regret pile up, don’t invest ourselves fully in anything. We try not to be sad, try not to forget our small problems… and we don’t dare fall in love.
Because nothing weighs you down like a broken heart.
And nothing lifts your spirit like being truly, completely happy.
It’s a complicated world now. But we try not to think about it.
So, it’s been a very busy end of the year at Feel Canadian – hope yours has been equally fantastic.
Most recently Jason Filiatrault wrapped up on his first TV series, writing and script coordinating on former Kids In The Hall Bruce McCulloch’s new sitcom Young Drunk Punk – which was, by all reports, a fun experience and promises to be a great show. The series debuts in Canada on January 21st @ 8:30 on CityTV – if you can watch, I hope you tune in!
In other news, Jason is working on developing his @SarcasticRover into some kind of film or TV property, and working with some amazing talents along the way. We’re also gearing up for a very exciting year of film production and writing – so more news on that front.
So – for now – this is a short update, and we hope you’re all staying warm and out of trouble.
We can’t tell you much about our new, and very exciting project currently in development with the amazing Sarah Adams – but I can tell you that it’s called MARS TWO, and that it’s been created especially for the CBC ComedyCoup Accelerator. Also that it’s funny and sciencey and I’m super excited. Can’t wait to show everyone more!
Great news everyone! Feel Canadian’s Jason Filiatrault has placed second in the Writer’s Guild of Alberta 2014 Screenwriter’s Initiative.
After winning the program last year, Jason’s new feature comedy “Three To Get Ready” lost out to Calgary director (and talented wizard) Jonathan Joffe’s new script, while still attracting the eye of a pretty great producer in New York and the mild approval of Jason’s agent, who didn’t like the ending but laughed a bit I guess.
Three To Get Ready tells the story of a newly-engaged couple who decide to cross some items off their sexual bucket-list before getting married, and set out to have a threesome – in spite of having no idea how to make it happen.
It’s a little racy, but mostly just awkward. Like a good Canadian movie ought to be.
2014 ALBERTA SCREENWRITERS INITIATIVE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Calgary based screenwriter and author of the screenplay Happy Thoughts, Jonathan Joffe is the recipient of this year’s Alberta Screenwriters Initiative. Second and third finalists for the award are Jason Filiatrault forThree To Get Ready and Stefan Rasporich for The Cabin. Now in its 8th year, the Alberta Screenwriters Initiative is presented as a joint partnership between the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) and the Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions (AAMPTU). The initiative is supported by proceeds from past Annual Film and Television Industry Wrap Parties.
The Alberta Screenwriters Initiative was created in 2007 to facilitate the development of screenwriters in this province. The Initiative recognizes the importance of story in the creation of filmed entertainment and the necessity to actively encourage and develop the voices of Alberta writers in film.This annual prize awards avid Alberta screenwriters a first prize of $1000 and a professional workshop with a carefully matched experienced story editor or screenwriter. The 2nd and 3rd place winners receives story notes, editorial feedback and $500.00 and $250.00 respectively.
Another exciting day for Feel Canadian as we jumped right from the debut screening of our short film Three In A Bed, and right into the sequel… Three In A Car!
Following the same protocols of our last film, the five-page script was written in one 30 minute session and then not edited or rewritten at all before shooting. On the 26th of April, three amazing actors – Mandy Stobo, Evan Wilson, and Sarah Adams came in, along with cinematographer Dan Dumouchel, sound mixer Alex Mitchell, and digital technologist Rick Youck and we shot the film out in a great and inspiring day.
Writer / director Jason Filiatrault will be editing the film over the next couple weeks before deciding where it goes next – but until then, you can look back at the previous post and catch up with our first instalment, Three In A Bed.
Big thanks to the cast and crew and everyone who wished us well and helped out along the way.
On Saturday April 12th, we had the world-premiere screening of Feel Canadian’s first short film Three in a Bed, starring Mandy Stobo, Evan Wilson, and Sarah Adams.
Featuring wonderful cinematography by Dan Dumouchel and some awesome boom-work from Luke Burton – Three in a Bed played to a packed house at the Globe Cinema in Calgary, and writer/director Jason Filiatrault took part in a short Q&A after the screening.
And now, after that fun success, we’re happy to present the film on-line for your viewing pleasure:
Last week I got to go record an interview on the radio at local independent station CJSW in Calgary. We talked about Three In A Bed and about my friends and writing and movies and Twitter and whatever else came up – it was pretty fun, annnnd I think you can listen to it right here, if you like: