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Montreal 2005.3: The Aristocrats

Montreal 2005.3: The Aristocrats

With some heavy rain Friday afternoon, things in Montreal became a bit sketchy. But everything blew over before too long. The weather, though, forced the annual Hollywood Reporter party to shuffle everything inside versus outside, at the 11th hour. Meanwhile, the Just For Laughs festival is bustling away, with more energy than the year before. Montreal has that vibe in the summertime anyway, as there are countless festivals of all kinds. In fact, there’s another film festival going on as we speak: Fantasia, the genre fest. I’ve been switching off between Just For Laughs mode and Genre Film mode. So far, so good:

(While the sun is out, Canadian film geeks wrap around the block, in line for a film at the Fantasia Festival, held at Concordia University just down the street from Just For Laughs.)

(Hanging out before a screening at the Monument-National Cinema, Jon Rondeau strikes a pose. Jon is one of the masterminds behind Comedia, the film festival at Just For Laughs, and he does a terrific job.)

(One of the hardest working folks in independent film distribution, David Fenkel of THINKFilm takes a call to update him on nationwide box office numbers for Friday, as he supervises the line for the Montreal screening of The Aristocrats.)

(A super-nice guy, a terrific distributor, and a great sport, THINKFilm’s Jeff Sackman jokes around with Aristocrats director Paul Provenza, behind him. In the lobby of The Imperial shortly before the crowds were let in, the mood was really fun.)

(Following the packed screening of The Aristocrats, which THINKFilm will release in theaters over the next few weeks, several comedians from the film came up for a hilarious Q&A. With one last question, an audience member requested these comedians do the joke from the film. Each one on stage took a turn with a few sentences of depravity. Here’s Judy Gold closing the joke, as – l to r – Doug Stanhope, Jake Johannsen, Jeffrey Ross, Paul Provenza, and Penn Jillette look on.)

(Friday night ended with a party called Montreal @ Midnight at the Just For Laughs Museum. Featuring a surprisingly impressive cover band – who went from Outkast to AC/DC to Beyonce to Bob Marley – and an open bar, it was hard to walk away. Here’s Chris Gore of Film Threat and I, drinking one of many Canadian beers of the weekend.)

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