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Toronto based journalist & filmmaker Mark R. Hasan interviews artists & producers for the film / video / filmmusic media site KQEK.com and the filmmaking site Big Head Amusements.com.

Recorded live at Toronto's Royal Cinema, this week's podcast features an edited version of the Q&A with Italian prog-rock and horror masters Goblin, including Maurizio Guarini, Fabio Pignatelli,Massimo Morante, Agostino Marangolo, and Aiden Zammit, and Rue Morgue Magazine's Aaron von Lupton as moderator.

The Q&A was conducted after the Toronto Premiere screening of Synapse Film's gorgeous 4K restoration of Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977).

Bookending the podcast are some thoughts on the show, plus details on the upcoming screening of the Italian silent classic Dante's Inferno (1911), to which Guarini will be performing his original score live at the Royal on Dec. 6, 2017.

Also of note: starting today, I'm making available for 1 week of free streaming via Vimeo and YouTube my experimental documentary BSV 1172: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Video Store (2016), as a salute Video Store Day, Sat. Oct. 21, 2017. A home video release will follow in late January, 2018.

Visit KQEK.com for more info, links on this podcast.

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Direct download: 2017-10-20---KQEK_Digital__Royal_Suspiria_Goblin_QA_MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 11:08am EDT

In the latest ArtScopeTO podcast, I interview abstract painter Chris Marin, whose current series Passages is showcased from October 5-28, 2017, at Toronto's Urban Gallery.

Further info and stills from the exhibition are available via the Editor's Blog at KQEK.com.

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Special Thanks to Chris Marin for her time, Urban Gallery's manager Calvin Hambrook and curator Allen Shugar and Glenda Fordham at Fordham P.R. for facilitating the interview.

Direct download: ArtScopeTO_2017-10-09__ChrisMarin__320_kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Painting; Photography -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT

In this week's composer interview, Joe Kraemer discusses his latest work, the Amazon production Comrade Detective, a satire of a fake Soviet era detective series; and King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

Also discussed are DVD audio commentaries and vinyl, and a lengthy editorial on classic Canadian detective shows set in Any City, U.S.A., plus some teasing details on Video Store Day, coming Saturday October 21st to a bricks & mortar video shop near you.

Visit KQEK.com for more info, links, and a review of Comrade Detective: Season 1.

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Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviewssoundtrack reviewsinterviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

Special Thanks to Joe Kraemer, and Adrianna Perez and Molly McIsaac at White Bear PR for facilitating this interview.

Visit Joe Kraemer's website for more info on the composer and his vast C.V.

Direct download: 2017-09-27---KQEK_Digital__Joe_Kraemer__MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

In my occasional non-film podcast, ArtScopeTO, I chat with Hamilton-Toronto painter & photographer Hanna Kostanski, whose paintings of urban Toronto locations spanning the 1910s through the 1970s are showcased until August 26, 2017 in the exhibit 20th Century Toronto: Intersections & Interactions at The Urban Gallery.

Further info and stills from the exhibition are available via the Editor's Blog at KQEK.com.

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Special Thanks to Hanna Kostanski for her time, Urban Gallery's manager Calvin Hambrook and curator Allen Shugar and Glenda Fordham at Fordham P.R. for facilitating the interview.

Visit Hanna Kostanski's website for more info.


This week’s podcast features a compact Q&A with legendary Goblin member Maurizio Guarini, who joined the iconic Italian prog-rock band and film composing group in 1975, and co-composed & performed on many of Goblin’s greatest albums, including Roller, Suspiria, and Patrick.

Guarini, now based in Richmond Hill outside of Toronto, was recently commissioned by the Italian Institute of Culture to compose and perform a new score for L’inferno (1911), Italy's first feature film, and a surreal adaptation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, the famous narrative poem completed in 1320.

Visit KQEK.com for more info, links, and a film review of L'Inferno.

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Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviewssoundtrack reviewsinterviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

Special Thanks to Maurizio Guarini and his wife Cinzia, and David at Daniloff Productions for facilitating the interview.

Visit Maurizio Guarini's website for more info on the composer and his vast C.V.

 

Direct download: 2017-04-07---KQEK_Digital__Maurizio_Guarini__MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 4:36am EDT

KQEK.com --- Interview with Julia Marchese, director of Out of Print (2017)

Julia Marchese discusses directing Out of Print (2014), a passionate documentary on the New Beverly Cinema, the feisty, independent rep cinema renowned for programming rare slices of film history; and the increasing difficulty for programmers to access and screen 35mm film prints in an age of digital projections and DCPs.

Visit KQEK.com for a film review of Out of Print, which was recently released on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment, and thematically related reviews of Cinemania (2002),  The Dying of the Light (2016), Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie (2013), and Side by Side (2012).

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Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviewssoundtrack reviewsinterviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

Direct download: 2017-01-04---KQEK_Digital__Julia_Marchese__MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Film -- posted at: 3:14am EDT

KQEK.com --- Interview with Craig Atkinson, director of Do Not Resist (2016)

Craig Atkinson discusses his directorial debut, Do Not Resist (2016), an unsettling documentary on the militarization of local police departments. Filmed just as the violence in Ferguson began to erupt, Atkinson details the overuse of S.W.A.T. for mundane search warrants, and the current government grants that enable departments to buy army surplus vehicles.

Visit KQEK.com for a film review of Do Not Resist, which recently screened at Toronto's Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, and Detropia (2015), filmed and co-produced by Atkinson.

If you enjoyed this podcast, connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviewssoundtrack reviewsinterviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

Direct download: 2016-11-21---KQEK_Digital__Craig_Atkinson_MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Film -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

KQEK.com --- Interview with Jared Scott, director of The Age of Consequences (2016)

Jared Scott discusses his latest film, The Age of Consequences (2016), a provocative documentary on climate change, featuring many former military officials who add deeper credence to the correlation between extreme shifts in climate, mass population migration, and war.

Scott also touches upon the film's themes, and his storytelling technique which includes the use of chapters, moments of respite for audiences, and Malcolm Francis’ excellent score.

Visit KQEK.com for a film review of Age of Consequences, which recently screened at Toronto's Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

If you enjoyed this podcast, connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviewssoundtrack reviewsinterviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

Direct download: 2016-11-16---KQEK_Digital__Jared_Scott_MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Film -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

KQEK.com --- "BSV 1172" Update + Tom Roston & Norman Wilner at Bay Street Video, Pt. 1 (2016)

Begun in 2012 and completed in the spring of 2016, my experimental documentary BSV 1172: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Video Store premiered November 13th, 2016, at the San Diego Underground Film Festival, and in this two-part blog I offer thoughts on its genesis (filming the environs of a so-called obsolete form of home entertainment with dead tech), and also present Part One of an edited version of the conversation between I Lost It at the Video Store author Tom Roston and NOW magazine's Norman Wilner which took place at the location and subject of my film, Toronto's Bay Street Video.

Visit Big Head Amusements for additional info on and stills from BSV 1172, plus links to a Teaser Trailer.

Visit KQEK.com for links to an additional podcast interview with Tom Roston, a review of his book, and some reviews and related media tied to the current podcast.

If you enjoyed this podcast, connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviewssoundtrack reviewsinterviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.


KQEK.com --- Interview with Victor Kanefsky, director of Art Bastard (2016)

Victor Kanefsky discusses the art of editing, structure, balance, and pacing in a conversation that spans both his latest directorial work, Art Bastard (2016), a lively documentary on painter Robert Cenedella, and his lengthy career as an editor in many genres, including horror (Ganja & Hess) and documentary (Style Wars).

Visit KQEK.com for a film review of Art Bastard, which recently screened at Toronto's Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, plus some related review links.

If you enjoyed this podcast, connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviewssoundtrack reviewsinterviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

Direct download: 2016-10-22---KQEK_Digital__VictorKanefsky_ArtBastard_MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Film -- posted at: 10:15am EDT