I’ve asked the filmmakers from the SXSW 2007 “Emerging Visions” section to give us all an update on their projects. Keep an eye out for more updates to come. Today, we have a special Toronto Film Festival installment by Reg Harkema, the director of anarchy comedy Monkey Warfare:
Well, the year-long anniversary of the premiere of Monkey Warfare is upon us. The Toronto International Film Festival (where it premiered in 2006) is here. Many mistakes were made among the lessons learned. I won’t catalog them all or else I would have to start a movement called “Grumblecore.”
What has happened since SXSW that is great? Some prizes in Boston and Arizona. Opening night in Perth, Australia. Playing around the world with the Bicycle Film Festival. The imminent European premiere at the Viennale (which held a Godard retrospective in 1998 that I have a floor to ceiling poster of Anna Karina’s face from). I guess the most significant thing to happen as a result of SXSW was getting Harry Knowles (Ain’t It Cool News) to come see the film. Harry picked the film as his best of SXSW. He said of Monkey Warfare, “Takes its heart from Godard while challenging Tarantino for the king of cool” and I believe him.
My next film is called Leslie, My name is evil…, the story of a sheltered chemical engineer who falls in love with a former homecoming princess when he is selected as a jury member at her hippie death cult murder trial. I’m told the film is financed if I can get Ryan Gosling to play the sheltered chemical engineer. He used to live in my neighbourhood Parkdale where Monkey Warfare took place. I hope to catch him up with him during the Toronto Film Festival at the Cadillac Lounge with my drunken friends Malcolm and Jonny in tow.