Note From The Producer: Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal


nc11Quirky and inventive, bold and astute, the Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal has lowered its curtain after yet another successful year. As always, some extraordinary films from all over the globe were presented, shared and discussed by and with the thousands of attendees over an eleven day run. I am extremely honored and incredibly excited to have had one of my films take part in such an amazing event.

gg1Still from Gay Gardens

The film is Gay Gardens and was written and directed by my dear friend and auspicious young filmmaker Marcelo Bendotti. The project was my first go at producing, and with it begins what I hope to be a long and compelling career in the industry. Gay Gardens tells the story of Johnes and Mario, an eccentric Hamptons couple who after 15 years of living in near seclusion in their gorgeous beach-side home are still living in wait for their always imminent moment to shine. They’re actors, artists, and eccentric personalities, planning their grand big break and performing theirs acts for one another in the mean time. It’s a hilarious and modern caricature of the much-loved documentary-legend, Grey Gardens. And I’m very happy to be a part of it.

 gg2Still from Gay Gardens

The festival had its start in 1971 when two film buffs, Claude Chamberlan and Dimitri Eipidès, wanted to create a venue for new, innovative and engaging cinema. Forty years later some of the world’s most important filmmakers are showing at the festival.

bruce_labruceFilmmaker Bruce LaBruce accepts the award for best Canadian film

Some favorites include Gerontophilia by Bruce LaBruce, winner of this year’s best Canadian film. Miss Violence, by Greek director Alexandros Avranas, who won for best director at the Venice International Film Festival. And Singapore Director Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo, which won the prestigious Camera d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Being a part of the festival was an incredible experience, one that I intend to repeat in years to come. See you there.