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Halifax Daily News


Star-powered Event hits Halifax

by Marla Cranston, Sensible Shmooze


The winter lull is over -- Halifax is Haliwood again, thanks

to Thom Fitzerald's new film, The Event. After several weeks filming

exterior shots in New York -- including Parker Posey on a rooftop,

gazing at the twin towers of light memorializing the fallen World

Trade Centre -- the production swooped into Halifax 10 days ago,

setting up camp in the old Halifax school board building on

Brunswick Street.


Between takes, the acclaimed U.S. indie film darling passes time

knitting a bulky, multicoloured sweater, and one of her first stops

here was the yarn shop in the Hydrostone Market.


She's the biggest name in town since last summer's spate of

blockbusters, and has starred in such movies as Best In Show, You've

Got Mail, Party Girl, Dazed and Confused and The Anniversary Party.

Her next role is in Christopher Guest's movie about a reunion

concert of early 1960s folk singers, with Michael McKean, Eugene

Levy, Catherine O'Hara and others.


She agreed to brave Halifax's harsh spring weather because she

loved the movie's script -- written by Fitzgerald and university

pals Stephen Hillier and Tim Malback -- and says there are very few

decent scripts about realistic human beings and actual life issues



She also relished the thought of playing a principled and tough

district attorney, delving into a series of suspicious deaths in New

York's AIDS community.


Joining her in Fitzgerald's incredible cast are Oscar-winning

actress Olympia Dukakis and Toronto's Sarah Polley (neither of whom

will appear in Halifax), Tony-winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the

Spider Woman), Frasier's Jane Leeves, L.A.'s Cynthia Preston and

Halifax's Chaz Thorne, Glen Michael Grant and Rejean Cournoyer, who

plays an outrageous drag queen. Don McKellar (The Red Violin, Twitch

City) stars as Matt, a dying musician who plans a huge farewell

party with lasting consequences.


Local film crew workers are also raving about the script, which is

heartwrenchingly sad yet beautifully warm and funny, and it raises

heavy moral questions about the complex issue of assisted suicide.


The low-budget digital film is produced by Fitzgerald's Emotion

Pictures, and he hopes to finish it in time for next winter's

Sundance Festival. He's also putting the finishing touches on his

last film, The Wild Dogs, for imX's series of linked digital movies.


Copyright 2002 / AP


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