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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.

Filmmaker Zach Weddington discusses the making of Viva Amiga (2017), his affectionate chronicle of the beloved home computer that evolved from a game machine to a pioneering multimedia system for musicians, filmmakers, gamers, and artists.

Available digitally from Vimeo, we also discuss the extensive bonus interviews (many free) and the Amiga's impact, including the iconic video editing system the Video Toaster from Newtek, plus vintage computing and video gear.

Visit KQEK.com for a review of Viva Amiga and the lightly discussed Stinking Heaven, and my ongoing blog (Mis)Adventures in Video at Big Head Amusements, which includes a link to Newtek's award-winning Video Toaster demo Revolution 1.0 + 2.0.

Special Zach Weddington, whose next project is Arcadia, a history of arcade games. Visit his production site www.rocksteadymedia.com for more info.

If you enjoyed this podcast, please read the Editor's Blog at KQEK.com, and connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and myself on Instagram.


Following the April 18, 2018, screening of I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) at Toronto's Revue Cinema for National Canadian Film Day, writer-director Patricia Rozema discussed her feature film debut with cléo journal’s Kiva Reardon.

Topics include the casting of Sheila McCarthy, developing the story, filming in Toronto, a short bit on Harvey Weinstein, Calvinist self-discipline, and Rozema’s latest work, Mouthpiece.

Bookending the podcast are some thoughts on my shifting tastes since 1987, and at KQEK.com I've posted additional thoughts on the film, related links, and reviews of Rozema's first two features, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing and White Room  (1990).

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Direct download: 2018-05-23---KQEK_Digital__RevueCinema_PatriciaRozema_320_kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Film -- posted at: 1:43am EST

In this month's ArtScopeTO podcast, I interview photographer Andre Vittorio, whose current series Abstractions on Metal is showcased from April 5-28, 2018, at Toronto's Urban Gallery. Topics include the aesthetics of shooting architectural subjects, especially Brutalist forms in Toronto.

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

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Visit www.andrevittorio.com for more info on the artist.

Special Thanks to Andre Vittorio for his 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_2018-04-15__AndreVittorio__2-track_stereo_MP3..mp3
Category:Painting; Photography -- posted at: 11:35pm EST

Jazz composer & improviser Marilyn Lerner discusses performing her score live for Frank Borzage's silent classic Street Angel (1928) at Toronto's Revue Cinema in November of 2017.

Also discussed are Lerner's prior scores, including Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), and the nuances of improvising music live for cinema audiences.

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 Marilyn Lerner, the Revue Cinema's Eric Veillette, and Silent Revue series programmer & curator Alicia Fletcher.

Visit Marilyn Lerner's website for more info on the composer and music samples.

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Direct download: 2018-02-21---KQEK_Digital__Marilyn_Lerner__MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 4:49pm EST

2018's first podcast features a conversation with Peter Roffman, who edited and authored Dear Guelda: The Death and Life of Pioneering Canadian Filmmaker Julian Roffman, newly published as an ebook and available from Amazon.

The nearly hour-long program has son Peter reflecting on the incredible career of Julian Roffman, best known for producing & directing Canada's first feature-length 3D and horror film, The Mask (1961), which I profiled separately in a May 16, 2016 podcast, archived on this channel.

The elder Roffman was invited by John Grierson to join the then-new National Film Board of Canada organization, then became a WWII correspondent, documentarian, and after being blacklisted by Hollywood, Roffman returned to Canada where he established the country's first commercial video post-production house.

Our conversation also includes Roffman's involvement with David O. Selznick, Flipper's Ivan Tors, and much, much more. Reviews of Dear Guelda and related film reviews will follow, but please visit KQEK.com for more info and book links on this podcast.

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Direct download: 2018-01-11---KQEK_Digital__Peter_Roffman__MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Film;Books -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

In this month's ArtScopeTO podcast, I interview Toronto-based abstract painter Donna Wise, whose current series Flights of Fancy is showcased from December 2-30, 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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Visit www.donnawiseart.com for more info on the artist.

Special Thanks to Donna Wise 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_2017-12-06__DonnaWise__320_kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Painting; Photography -- posted at: 2:58am EST

In this month's ArtScopeTO podcast, I interview renowned painter Mary Lynne Atkinson, whose current series Land on Fire is showcased from November 2-25, 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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Visit www.atkinsonartworks.com for more info on the artist.

Special Thanks to Mary Lynne Atkinson 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_2017-11-20__MaryLynneAtkinson__MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Painting; Photography -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST