So Things To Do has now been released in the U.S. and we want to thank everyone who has already checked out the film. If you haven't seen it yet maybe these recent reviews will help you make the decision! Click on the reviewers name to see the full article.
"Director/co-writer Theodore Bezaire maintains a uniquely casual yet centered approach, resulting in a simple and satisfying film" - Marc Barrite Greencine
"Things to Do is the perfect modest alternative to the other infinitely more unremarkable attempts at addressing the hopes and fears of a restless generation." - Brian Orndorf DVD Talk
"Not only should you seek out this truly independent film, but you should be excited about whatever they're going to do next." - Brian Tallerico Screentalk
Theatrical Screenings, a New Interview, and a review on CBC
Friday, January 19, 2007
We recently got back from Chicago where we did a couple Q&A's after some of the screenings. Thanks to everyone who came out, you made our time in Chicago really memorable. Here are a couple quotes from our theatrical run.
“A comic ode to contemporary Peter Pans, Things To Do is a pleasant indie diversion about the vagrant joys of dropping out, wasting time and having fun in your 20s.” - Michael Wilmington THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Things To Do is a must-see!" - FLAVORPILL.NET
"Very easy to fall in love with" - Steve Prokopy GAPERSBLOCK.COM
Also, last weekend Mario Bernengo did an interview with Theodore Bezaire and Mike Stasko about Things To Do opening in the United States, how the film was made, and other things. You can read the full interview at THE-FRAT-PACK.COM
And finally, CBC Radio host Dan Reynish recently did a little review of Things To Do. You can listen to it by clicking here. (Note: You need Real Player to listen, and we are the 2nd film reviewed)
We just returned home from the Stockholm International Film Festival. It was a great time. We met and hung out with many other filmmakers like Mia Goldman(Open Window), Ryan Fleck(Half Nelson), and Steve Anderson(F@*K). Overall, the response to our film was great. We were worried that the comedy wouldn't translate to a different culture very well, but we were wrong, the crowds were laughing at even the most subtle stuff, it was really nice. The festival staff was super helpful and they made us feel very comfortable. It was a fantastic festival experience!
Stockholm at dusk
Theodore, Daniel & Mike in the filmmakers lounge
Steve Anderson(F@*K) and Theodore
Theodore & Mike with the French Ambassador to Sweden
The Things To Do trailer on a promotional screen in the city center
"Things To Do" at Stockholm International Film Festival
Saturday, November 04, 2006
"Things To Do" will be playing at the Stockholm International Film Festival later this month. It will be screening on November 19, 20, and 26. Theodore Bezaire and Mike Stasko will be in attendance for the first two screenings. For more information check out the festival's website here. We are under the American Independents section.
"Things To Do" available at Blockbuster stores in Canada!
Monday, June 12, 2006
We are very excited to announce that "Things To Do" will be available for rent at all BLOCKBUSTER® locations in Canada starting on TUESDAY JUNE 13. It is part of "The Festival Collection" put together by Mongrel Media. For more information check out www.festivalcollection.com
On Friday night we had the Toronto screening at the Bloor Cinema and it was a great success. We were really excited to see the lineup before the film extend down the street and and around the corner of Bathurst. It was really nice to see the film in a packed theatre on a huge screen. The crowd seemed to really enjoy the film and laughed at all the right parts. Afterwards about 75% of the audience stuck around and we did about 15 minutes of questions and answers. Also, we should have some good news to report by the end of the week.
It's been a while since the last update. We've been super busy trying to put some things together and we should have some concrete news to post within the next week or so.
In the meantime, check out this month's issue of bpm magazine. We're included in their Sundance review section and we are the only entry it mentions from Slamdance, pretty cool. Here's a small quote from the review.
"Garden State meets My Name Is Earl, but its less pretentious than the former and as funny-but way more subtle-than the latter." Julide Tanriverdi, bpm Magazine
Theodore, Gerry, and Mike at the Slamdance Closing Night Party
The festival is now over and I think that everyone involved had a fantastic time. The crowds at our screenings were extremely receptive and positive about the film and I don’t think I could have asked for a better place to premiere “Things To Do”. I was told on many occasions by the festival staff that all week they were hearing great things about our film, which made us feel very proud about our accomplishments. Speaking of the festival staff, I can only say good things about them, they were super helpful all week and just great people to be around. They put a lot of work into the festival and it really shows. So, that’s it for Slamdance, we will keep this page updated as things progress.
All of us on our way to the New York Party in the "Music Taxi"
Jeff, Theodore, Mike, and Eric near the hot tub at the New York Party
Tuesday was a restful day and we were able to watch a few films. In the morning Mike, Stef, and myself went to see "The Hawk is Dying". I think all of us liked it on some level. Then in the afternoon we saw "The Guatemalan Handshake" another competition film at Slamdance. It was beautifully shot and had some really great moments. Wednesday started off early for Mike and I. We had an interview on a Park City TV morning show. The interview went well and they showed 2 clips from the film which was pretty cool. Then Wednesday night we all made our way to the New York State Film Party. On the way there we were brought in the "Music Taxi", a taxi equipped with lights, party favors and a full Karoake system. Needless to say it was a pretty funny/strange experience. We arrived at the party which was held in a huge mansion on the top of some hill. I think I ended up counting 7 bedrooms. The house was really great and had an indoor pool/spa, indoor basketball court, and many other cool things. Anyways we all had a good time and made our way back to our condo once again in the "Music Taxi".