Montreal Gets on the Baby Train

John Griffin, Montreal Gazette: “It’s funny, rueful, angry, absurd, hysterical, deadly serious, and entertaining as hell. Sort of like life.”

Anna Phelan, Hour: “A genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and moving film that manages to stay well clear of the pitfalls plaguing so much Canadian cinema. This is one baby we should be proud to call our own.”

Patricia Bailey, Playback: “The Baby Formula has charmed the Montreal media with one journalist calling it one of the festival’s best flicks.”

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With press coverage like that how could we not have a great time at the Montreal World Film Festival!  We’re back in Toronto now, and I’m still reeling. The festival treated us like gold. Serge Losique, director of the festival, invited us to an amazing dinner at the Rosalie Restaurant on rue de la Montagne. Our publicist, the unstoppable Suzanne Villeneuve and her charming cohort Kim Bieszez made us feel like we were there with a 50 million dollar film. They made it all worry free: organizing every detail, and putting me at ease with their easy going, down to earth style.

Both our beautiful lead actors, Angela Vint and Megan Fahlenbock were there with us, along with Hal Eisen, one of our spectacular supporting actors. The four of us spent Monday doing interviews, and then having a little downtime before the world premiere. We had a drink at the Hyatt’s Le Cafe Fleuri and were then driven over to the Latin Quarter Cinemas, along with our entourage of about 20 family and friends. Paul, Steve and I felt incredibly supported to have our partners, parents and a great collection of friends there to share the occasion.  

It blew me away to finally see The Baby Formula, finished, on a big screen in front of a real audience. Paul says ‘this movie will definitely make you laugh, and if you’re not careful, it will also make you cry.’  True to Zimic’s prediction, the audience did both, and stuck around afterwards for a Q & A to learn some details about the making of the film.  Afterwards, we walked down Rue St. Denis to Saint Sulpice where we cracked some champaign and blissfully drank on the third floor terrasse until early Tuesday morning.

That’s going to be a hard one to top!  Next Paul and I are heading to NY where Telefilm has chosen The Baby Formula to be one of six films it’s presenting as part of Canada’s Showreel. Then we’re heading north where Cinefest Sudbury is expecting to sell out the theatre so they’ve asked us for a second exhibition copy. It feels like this Baby Train is right on track!

Born to be on the Big Screen

OK, here goes. On August 25, 2007 I received an email from Alison Reid. She said that she had a movie that was entirely shot but needed to be finished. Michelle Marion, a production executive at TMN (The Movie Network) in Toronto recommended that Ali contact me. Honoured that Michelle had such faith in me, I met with Ali. I watched some footage and got hooked on the performances, the look, the charm and Ali’s vision and dedication.

Super Channel and Telefilm Canada believed in her as well and they backed us up with their wallets. A dedicated group of artisans and technicians worked very hard for very little and proved once again that true talent can trump commerce. With the help of her team, Ali carved it all into 80 minutes that will make you laugh and.. if you’re not careful.. make you cry.

Coincidentally – exactly one year after Ali’s very first email to me – on August 25, 2008 THE BABY FORMULA will premiere In Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival.

So, be sure to check out one of our screenings if you are in Montreal. If not, we’ve been invited to more film festivals, so check back here at our blog for updates and video clips from the film.

Congrats Ali – you delivered.

Paul

Montreal Here We Come!

I thought things would slow down a little now that the film is finally finished. Wrong again – it’s busier than ever; just a new chapter of tasks and deadlines.

We’re excited that Megan and her baby, Arwyn (who made her debut performance in the film when she was only a couple of weeks old) will be with us in Montreal for the World Premiere. It’s still up in the air whether Angela and her babe, Maggie will be able to come. Angela and hubby, Chad are driving out to Vancouver to try out life on the west coast for a while, so they might not be settled enough to jump on a plane and head east again. That’s ok, we’ll be screening in BC sooner or later, for sure.

Paul, Steve, and I are of course loading up our respective family members and hitting the road. Yes a Baby Formula convoy heading east on the 401 on Saturday the 23rd. I’m hoping Cheryl will drive our vehicle because I’ll be doing an all-nighter on Friday stunt coordinating on John L’Ecuyer’s “The Good Times Are Killing Me”. 

I’m looking forward to being in Montreal again so much. The last time I was there, I was stunt doubling Lucie Laurier in Nitro, driving a T-Rex under an 18 wheeler. And I can’t wait to meet Suzanne Villeneuve, our Montreal publicist who’s been doing an amazing job. Mostly, though, I can’t wait to sit in the theatre and see how the first real audience reacts to the baby I’ve been hatching for the past year and a half…

The Science: “Same-Sex Reproduction” – The New Scientist, Feb. 2008

THE NEW SCIENTIST: SAME-SEX REPRODUCTION (Feb 2008)
“ ‘Female sperm’, ‘male eggs’ and ‘same sex reproduction’ – whether these terms fill you with hope or disgust, a reproductive revolution is already in progress.”

World Premier: Montreal World Film Festival! Screening Times

The Baby Formula will be having its World Premiere at the 2008 Montreal World Film Festival (Aug. 21 – Sept. 1)! Here are the screenings times:

Cinéma Quartier Latin 10 – Mon August 25th 19:20

Cinéma Quartier Latin 14 – Tues August 26th 14:40

Cinéma Quartier Latin 16 – Fri August 29th 19:20

Cinéma Quartier Latin 16 – Sat August 30th 12:00

Video: Angela Vint in “Amazing Concept”