Underground Film Links: February 19, 2012

This is from a few months ago, but is highly relevant: Laura Major of Colorlab wrote an article for Screen Slate about the restoration of the films of Jack Smith, work that began way back in 2010. I also want to note that Laura helped me identify the clips of Smith’s work found in this video put up by the Microscope Gallery. So, thank you Laura — and Colorlab!It’s been known for awhile that film distributor Canyon Cinema has been in critical condition, but their plight recently made the New York Times in a thorough article, which discusses their need to become a non-profit, an issue that has plagued the group since they founded in the 1960s.Donna k. launches her Women in Culture interview series with an informative chat with Nancy Gerstman, co-founder of the Zeitgeist Films distribution company.Robert Maier posted up two absolutely amazing photographs this week.
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Degrassi star Neil Hope's death confirmed four years later

Family only just told by police in Hamilton, Ontario, that actor from groundbreaking TV show had solitary death and burial

The Degrassi Junior High star Neil Hope, who played Derek "Wheels" Wheeler on the popular 1980s TV series, died in near-anonymity over four years ago, his family has confirmed after lengthy attempts to track him down.

Hope had little contact with relatives and friends in his final years, and died alone in an Ontario rooming house in 2007, his ex-fiance Christina Boulard said on Friday.

Hope's family spent years trying to track him down after hearing rumours of his death several years ago but only had it confirmed last month by police in Hamilton, Ontario.

Boulard said the former star of Canada's groundbreaking Degrassi series died on 25 November 2007 of "natural causes" at the age of 35 but declined to elaborate, only saying Hope was diabetic.

Boulard, who last saw Hope in 2002, said
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Degrassi Actor Neil Hope's Death at 35 Goes Almost Unnoticed

A member of the Degrassi family has been gone for some time—but nobody knew until now! Neil Hope, who starred in the cult-favorite Canadian series Degrassi Junior High from 1987-1989 as Derek "Wheels" Wheeler, was found dead in a Hamilton, Ontario, rooming house more than four years ago, but his estranged family just learned of his passing last month. Police found Hope's body on Nov. 25, 2007 and ultimately determined that the 35-year-old, who was diabetic, had died of natural causes, according to the Toronto Star. But how did no one close to him know? Hope's onetime fiancée, Christina Boulard, told the Star that her ex's brother and sister-in-law had heard rumors...
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Cougar Town! Survivor! One Tree Hill! Oprah! The TV Addict Week in Rewind

Person Whose Drugs We Must Wanna Borrow: Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence thinks his show has a chance of coming back next season… despite its shabby treatment by ABC and the fact it just got its worst ratings ever. He’s probably swimming in the river of denial, but hey, we’ll gladly breast stroke with him if it keeps hope alive. Someone hold our wine glass while we dive in.

Wussiest Move: The men of Survivor opted to take a default win rather than beat the women fair and square

Silliest Whine: Charlie Sheen is apparently “tired of pretending Ashton doesn’t suck.” The former Two And A Half Men star told TMZ that his replacement is saddled with bad writing. Because, you know, the writing was so stellar when Sheen was on board.

Funnest Casting News: Designing Women alum Jean Smart will play Portia de Rossi’s mom in ABC’s new show,
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Rip ‘Degrassi’ Star Neil Hope: Actor’s Death Revealed 5 Years Later

It’s a sad day for the kids of Degrassi, as it was reported that Neil Hope, the actor that played the lovably troubled Derek ‘Wheels’ Wheeler on the cult Canadian television series, passed away in 2007. What’s even more unfortunate is that his family and friends were unaware of his death until just last month, almost 5 years after it happened.

Making Hope’s death public this past week, police confirmed that Hope died of natural causes in Hamilton, Ontario on November 25, 2007. He was 35 at the time of his passing.

While Hope’s brother and sister have said that they heard rumors of his passing 3 years ago, they simple brushed it off, as there had been no official confirmation. After not hearing from Hope for a significant length of time, the family contacted the Hamilton ...

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Brogren Mourns Hope's Death

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Brogren Mourns Hope's Death
Canadian actor Stefan Brogren has paid tribute to his Degrassi: The Next Generation co-star Neil Hope after news of his 2007 death broke on Thursday.

Hope, who played Wheels in the Canadian teen TV franchise, was 35 when he passed away in 2007 from natural causes, but his relatives chose not to report his death at the time.

They have since confirmed the tragedy and his former fiancee, Christina Boulard, has released a statement explaining, "The family regrets to announce that Neil passed away in Hamilton, Ontario on November 25, 2007 of natural causes.

"There was some confusion regarding his passing that they do not wish to go public with, which is why they are only announcing his death now to the public and the media."

Brogren has taken to his page to acknowledge the reports, writing, "Sad day for Degrassi. Rip Neil."

Meanwhile, Stephen Stohn, an executive producer on the show, also tweeted, "We have respected the privacy of the family by not saying anything until now, but our entire team is very emotional about his passing."

Hope shot to fame in the 1980s on Degrassi Junior High and reprised his role with appearances on Degrassi High, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and Degrassi Talks. A memorial is being planned for May.

Degrassi Actor's Death Revealed.. Years Later

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Neil Hope, the actor known for playing the character of Derek 'Wheels' Wheeler on Degrassi, reportedly died in 2007 in Hamilton.

The death was just revealed today, reported the Toronto Star.

"We were terribly saddened to hear the news," Degrassi creator Linda Schuyler said Thursday in a joint statement with executive producer Stephen Stohn.

"Neil made an important contribution to our lives, to the lives of our television team who are like a family to us and indeed to the lives of the many Canadians and others around the world who were influenced by Neil and the roles he played, starting from the early days of 'The Kids of Degrassi Street.' His life was not an easy one but the time he spent with us was a shining example of determination, hard work and hopeful optimism and he is sorely missed."

"We have respected the privacy of the family by not saying anything until now,
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