Movies that make you think 

On July 25 filmmaker Patrick "Flick" Harrison shows a 10-year retrospective of his work in Vancouver, including Map of a Restless Northwest, about last year’s PNWER protest in Whistler.

The film includes some ’50s-style graphics akin to NFB’s cinema verite.

"I’m more Truffaut than Goddard," says Harrison, who says he comes from a CBC, journalism and military background (through his father the family moved from bass to bass).

Many of the video docs are taken from Road Movies, the one year CBC series, which sent Harrison and additional young videographers, on a limited budget, to shoot life across Canada.

Since that time, he says he has become "more radical in form, content, and politics."

Additional segments include Spot the War, as the filmmaker wanders his Vancouver neighbourhood the day of March 14, 2002 , the same day National Post headlines reported new conflicts in Afghanistan.

"I went around my neighbourhood (near Main Street and Broadway) to see what kind of impact this news was having on our lives."

Included at the July show are images from Mexico’s illegal border crossings, black revivalists in Edmonton, and Innu musicians in Labrador.

The show garnered an audience of around 2 million people, the only series to be shot entirely on Hi8.

"On Road Movies, we were encouraged to get out there and do it, rather than waiting our whole lives to get permission to make a film."

Harrison shot Bruce Sweeney’s behind the scenes video of The Last Wedding, in addition to working with Reg Harkema among other Canadian film notables.

He also edits the film section for Broken Pencil, an online zine from Toronto.

Harrison, who got his start in cable in Ottawa, runs a production company and online Web site, Armed Rabble Communications.

"On Road Movies, we were encouraged to get out there and do it, rather than waiting our whole lives to get permission to make a film."

A rough cut of his first feature, Longshot, a "surrealist romantic comedy with a Marxist twist," will be included at the show.

The retrospective takes place at The Blinding Light, 36 Powell Street in Vancouver, Thursday, July 25, 2002. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Crowe goes Crazzydog

Allison Crowe Trio has signed with New Jersey’s Cazzydog Management.

The soulful renditions of Allison Crowe and her trio, who have played Whistler several times this past year and appeared at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, have attracted the eye of Jack Ponti of Cazzydog Management. Based in New Jersey with offices in the U.K., Atlanta, and L.A., Ponti as worked with acts Alice Cooper and Jon Bon Jovi.

Nikki Ponti says "we are thrilled to be working with Allison and her whole team, and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship in bringing her talent to world-wide audiences."

Ponti confirmed they company is re-recording some of Crowe’s material, and confirmed that trio members Dave Baird (electric and acoustic bass) and Kevin Clevette (drums and percussion) will remain as band members under the terms of the new contract.

Crowe could not be reached for comment.

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