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Local filmmakers’ movie on-screen at Montreal World Film Festival


PHOTO BY SONIA PRIMERANO

Twenty-three-year-old Rigaud resident and filmmaker Jeremy Thibodeau, who’s been making movies since he was 11 years old, will screen his third feature movie The Union at the Montreal World Film Festival September 5 and 6.

There will be a decidedly regional connection this weekend (September 5-6) at the Montreal World Film Festival with the screening of The Union by Rigaud resident director/producer Jeremy Thibodeau and Hudson resident and executive producer, Rob Bracken.

Says Thibodeau, "The idea for film came about when I met Ben Edlin in a class at Dartmouth College during the spring of our sophomore year. With a mutual sense of ambition and career goals, the partnership seemed like an obvious course of action for the both of us.

“We gave ourselves a deadline in that, by the summer of our junior year, we would be in production for a full-length feature film that I would produce and direct and he would write, along with his friend Henry Michaels who shares similar goals, and star in. Needless to say, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. First-time filmmakers rarely do.”

Running at 81 minutes, it is an original story written by two of Thibodeau’s college friends and was shot in 2013 in and around beautiful Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. The dramedy - where drama meets comedy - is the tale of a young bartender who gets drawn into the dysfunctions of an extended family while working a wedding reception.

The film was cast out of New York but most of the crew and all of the post-production hails from Montreal, including the musical score and several original songs by award-winning composer, Ray Fabi.

Another local connection is director of photography, Rigaud resident Ben MacKinnon of Kin Fables fame who, along with Thibodeau, Bracken, and the rest of the cast and crew, crafted a feature that won the Audience Choice Award at the Hoboken International Film Festival at its world première in New York in May.

Adds Thibodeau, “It has been an incredible journey and I'm very excited to finally be able to share the culmination of our experience with my home town where so many of the cast and crew also reside. We've been so fortunate to find a team of such dedicated, passionate and talented people to embark on this journey with us. We can all be very proud of what we've accomplished."

A joint Canadian/USA production, the film is screening out of competition in Montreal as rules here dictate only world premieres may compete. Nonetheless a big crowd is expected the first night so better get your tickets soon by visiting the MWFF website at www.ffm-montreal.org

The Union screens at the Cineplex Latin Quarter Saturday, September 5, at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m.

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