Thursday, October 6, 2011

Next week: Alex Ross Perry's THE COLOR WHEEL!

Hey gang!

Long time, no update! I got a little distracted and forgot all about the site/blog, and was just updating the Facebook and Twitter pages. Oops.

Our next screening is less than a week away though, and it's going to be a great one! We're pleased as heck to present the Toronto Premiere of Alex Ross Perry's self-described "Hate Filled Comedy", THE COLOR WHEEL. Probably the funniest film we've screened so far, THE COLOR WHEEL is about a weekend trip between bickering brother and sister, Colin and JR, to move JR out of her professor and ex-lover's apartment. Of course, along the way, things get a bit strained and chaotic.

As always, Refocus screenings are free in exchange for attendees doing their part to spread the word about the films and the series before and afterward. Blog, talk, sing, dance... Whatever! Just spread the good word.

Wednesday, October 12th
7:30 PM
at Double Double Land in Kensington Market
209 Augusta Ave (down the lane)

Alex Ross Perry | 83 min | 2011 | USA

Starring Carlen Altman, Alex Ross Perry, Bob Byington, Kate Lyn Sheil, Anna Bak-Kvapil, and Ry Russo-Young.

Written by Carlen Altman & Alex Ross Perry

Photographed by Sean Price Williams (FROWNLAND, YEAST, and BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO)

Official selection: Sarasota Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, BAMcinemaFEST, Vancouver International Film Festival

"(THE COLOR WHEEL) is a small-scale symphony of petty squabbles and verbal sideswipes." - Jason Anderson, The Toronto Star

"In this new comedy, the director Alex Ross Perry gives a harsh, sarcastic twist to the intimate rivalry of siblings. He co-stars as Colin, a diffident aspiring writer whose older sister, J.R. (Carlen Altman), a proud and caustic aspiring actress, has dropped out of college after ending a relationship with “one of the top broadcast-journalism professors in the entire state.” She recruits Colin to join her on a road trip to her ex’s house to get her belongings. The siblings’ antic humiliations begin at a Christian-themed motel, where they must pretend to be a married couple, and continue through a series of chance encounters, including one with their former high-school friends (Kate Lyn Sheil and Anna Bak-Kvapil). Along the way, they pummel each other verbally with their constant squabbling and dredge up several decades of pent-up grudges. Perry directs these uproarious rapid-fire flareups with exquisite comic timing and incisive comic framing (the black-and-white cinematography is by Sean Price Williams); he and Altman go at each other with claws bared, revealing the terrifying vulnerability of a pair of wounded souls who know each other’s wounds all too well." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

THE COLOR WHEEL - Preview from Alex Ross Perry on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Spreading the Word

Hey guys,

So here's a sampling of the feedback and social media support we got for our screening of SEPTIEN, this month. Thanks so much to everyone who's helping to spread the word about both Refocus and SEPTIEN.

And here are our great reviews from Jason Anderson (Toronto Star), and Adam Nayman (The Grid). Thanks to them too!

I'm very grateful for all of the support guys. Writing about the films we screen is extremely helpful to both the films and the series, and I hope that eventually, EVERYONE who comes out to Refocus will support the idea of giving back in this way.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Refocus #5 - SEPTIEN

It's been a while, hasn't it? I'd even say it's been too long. What're you up to Thursday night? Want to get together, catch up a bit, and watch a movie together? I hope so!

I just got a sweet blu-ray of Michael Tully's new film, SEPTIEN, that I think would look great projected on the wall at Double Double Land. So should we say, 9 o'clock? It's the film's first time screening in Canada, and it was an official selection of both Sundance and SXSW film festivals.

Double Double Land is at 209 Augusta Ave, just down the lane. I'll tape a sign up on the door to remind you which door.

Same as always... no need to bring any money. These screenings aren't about cash dollars. Just promise you'll tell a bunch of your friends about the film and Refocus. Ya know?

Here's the trailer for SEPTIEN:

Hope to see you on Thursday,

Here's the Facebook event so that you can RSVP and invite anyone I've forgotten about.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Back from the holidays!!! Refocus' next screening is in February, and we are excited. More on the film shortly but here's the basic info.

Wednesday, February 23rd
GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY (Toronto Premiere)
@ Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave)
$FREE as always, in exchange for your spreading the word about the film and the series afterward... Heck! Why not start spreading the word now?

Check out the trailer: