Victoria Film Festival Features SMUS Pictures

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The 2012 Victoria Film Festival runs from February 3–11 and includes two pieces from the SMUS community: Figaro on the Go, a documentary created by parent Art Makosinski about the 2010 Junior School opera The Barber of Seville, and Brücke, an animated short from alumnus Kristen Turcotte ’07.

Figaro on the Go
by Duncan Frater, director of The Barber of Seville
It’s an honour and privilege to be a part of Art Makosinski’s Figaro On The Go. It was interesting to have someone outside of the production film and edit the process. Art captured scenes that I would pass off as normal, but in the end, translated well into the film. He did a great job of piecing the rehearsals together, as well as showing raw footage of the good times and the difficult times. It was also fun to watch the personalities of the boys and girls shine throughout the whole film. It’s a great reminder as to why schools tackle these big shows. It’s about the kids and they are amazing!

Hopefully, people will see the film and be inspired to come and see this year’s opera, Ceneretola (Cinderella) on May 28 and 29 at The Royal Theatre. Like The Barber of Seville, the opera was composed by Giovanni Rossini and will be a modified version from the original. The characters are cheeky and the show is full of humour. I guarantee you will be entertained.

Brücke
by Kristen Turcotte ’07

I wanted to send an update to SMUS on my animated short, Brücke, that I created in my graduating year of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2011. In addition to being nominated for the Emily Carr President’s Media Choice Award and being picked up through Moving Images Distribution, so far Brücke has been accepted into two film festivals.

Brucke will be screened at the Victoria Film Festival alongside several other short pieces in Animations Alive! on February 11th at the Odeon at 12:15. It will also be screened in San Francisco at the SFIndie Fest and at the Roxy Theatre.

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