The second part of his multi-part epic, “Perspective,” screens on Sept. 20 at Silver City, as part of Cinéfest Sudbury's First Cut program. Show time is 3:30 p.m. A question and answer session will take place after the premier showing.
The film centres on the romantic relationship between three characters, who are portrayed by Sudbury actors Stéphane Paquette, Pandora Topp and Patricia Tedford. What makes the film unique is that each 10- to 20-minute segment of the evolving story will be released slowly, over a period of four to eight years.
One of Paquette’s motives for making the movie was to get the pupils from his classes some experience.
“This is a very innovative approach to filmmaking,” said Paquette. “At most schools, students rarely get such direct and complete access to the production of a professional feature, from start to finish. I am also very pleased that my students have landed jobs on movie sets in Northern Ontario as a result of their experience working on this film.”
Once complete, the film is expected to run approximately 90 minutes. The time lapse between chapters is integrated into the drama, thus allowing the performers to literally age on screen.
Paquette said the temporal nature of the project was inspired by the British documentary “Up,” a film that used similar methods to chart the changes in the lives of a group of British children starting in 1964.
The first chapter of the film, entitled “Salt and Soda,” was released at Cinefest in 2012. The second part is entitled “Chris and Other Beards.” Remaining chapters will be released at the film festival until the project is complete.
“Benjamin Paquette, an accomplished filmmaker and educator, saw Cinéfest as an ideal venue for a project that would appeal equally to film lovers, filmmakers and film students, and so proposed Perspective for the First Cut program,” said Tammy Frick, executive director of Cinéfest.
“The first chapter was a great success for audiences, and we are delighted to again offer a platform for such a unique project. The films that are screened as part of the First Cut program are meant to provide a unique experience for students and others interested in the filmmaking process.”
Produced for Sudbury-based Nortario Films by Jason Ross Jallet, who also teaches film courses at Thorneloe, "Perspective" features the work of acclaimed cinematographer Ivan Gekoff, music and sound design by Sudbury-based Daniel Bédard, and production design by Joseph Kabbach.
Kyle Doucette is a freelance writer in Greater Sudbury.