Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Director to attend 'Big News from Grand Rock' showing at Fox Theatre

Toni Lucas

The last Monday Night at the Movies for the season will come with something different this time.  The director.  "It's called 'Big News from Grand Rock', It's Monday night at the Fox Theatre at 7:00," said Allied Arts Council volunteer Janet Costa, who is very excited that the screenwriter and director of the movie Daniel Perlmutter will be in attendance to answer questions after the film.  "When I was booking the films back in December for this season they said  'If you wanted to get this movie in April, he's (Perlmutter) going to be touring with the film'."

About 'Big News from Grand Rock' from "To save his struggling, small-town newspaper, journalist and editor Leonard Crane (Ennis Esmer, The Listener, Billable Hours), makes up stories based on old movies in order to keep people reading and to bring in advertisers. His scheme works until Lucy, a big city reporter, figures it out and exposes his lies. Leonard finds himself in even more trouble when one of the stories might actually be true. It's a story of a lifetime, but who will believe him now? Leonard needs Lucy to help him save his newspaper, his career, and the town of Grand Rock. This modern take on the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf was the winner of the 2009 Telefilm Pitch This! contest.

Daniel Perlmutter is a Toronto-based writer and filmmaker also known for Peepers (2010), Beware of Dog (2008) and The Clock Strikes Doom (2006). Other films and shorts to his credit include Dancing With Myself, What They Ate, Beware of Dog, and The Recommendations. He was mentored by Eugene Levy as part of the 2012 Governor General Performing Arts Awards.

Costa thought this was a wonderful way to wrap up the Allied Arts season.  "It's our last film of the season, and our 14th year of doing this," she explained, adding that the Monday Night at the Movies that has been offered through the Allied Arts Council will be continuing but may be re-tooled depending on what happens with the Orpheum Theatre in Crowsnest Pass (currently for sale).

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