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#ICastIt 1 Reason the Details Matter to Filmmaker Pascal Payant

To make an indie film all you need is “pure passion, determination, and drive,” says Pascal Payant, who wanted his film “On the Horizon” to “inspire people to do something without waiting, without giving yourself any excuse not to do so.” The film visually details a road trip which leads two lovers to take very different paths that spring from that one moment in time. Although the endeavor (and its beautiful locations) seemed ambitious, Payant took a minimalist approach, filming with a film crew consisting of himself, a sound recording artist, and an assistant. He gave life to his vision with a camera and the actors. Because of his approach, he took two years to find his two leads to ensure he had the right actors. “I don't like to transform the actor. I cast them ‘cause they are the character naturally... It makes it more real on film,” he says.
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Fantasia to close with 'Attack on Titan'

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Fantasia to close with 'Attack on Titan'
Montreal’s genre film festival to showcase 135 features and almost 300 shorts across its three-week run from July 14-Aug 4.Scroll down for line-up

Fantasia International Film Festival has unveiled its full line-up for its upcoming 19th edition which kicks off next Tuesday [July 14].

Over its three-week run, the Montreal-based genre film festival will showcase 135 features, including 22 world, 13 international premieres and 21 North American premieres, and almost 300 short films.

Shinji Higuchi’s Attack on Titan will receive its Canadian premiere as the closing film of this year’s edition on Aug 4. The live-action film is based on Hajime Isyama’s steampunk fantasy war opera manga series.

Additional highlights of the final wave of titles include the world premieres of Malik Bader’s thriller Cash Only and Ken Ochiai’s Ninja the Monster, as well as the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion’s horror comedy Cooties starring Elijah Wood.

A trio of Sion Sono films will also be shown at this
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‘Attack on Titan’, Sion Sono, ‘Cop Car’ among full Fantasia ’15 lineup

The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.

This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.

See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at fantasiafestival.com for additional information.

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Fantasia 2015:

36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films

- Including 22 World Premieres,
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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles: Looking back at the August offerings

Come January, when MovieMaker launches its new site, we'll be doing a monthly update with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles where we look at the slate of films and filmmakers they bring to the screen at Sunset Gower Studios. In the meantime, here's a look back at the August offerings. Below you'll find links to interviews with Alex Calleros (Anamnesis), Ryan McDuffie (Forest Falls), Tyler Gillett (Funny In Love), Paul Young (The Glowing Hours), Michael Tucker (Imperfect), Jason Z. Wong (Reunion), Ari Hyman (Ride Along), and Pascal Payant (White Blossoms).

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