Happy Thanksgiving and a little Celtic Soul

November 25, 2016 | By

CelticSoul_picHappy Thanksgiving to readers south of the 49th parallel, and may the day be filled with plenty of delicious coma-inducing turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie.

Today also marks the debut of Black Friday madness, in which everything you’ve been eyeballing for months might – MIGHT – be radically reduced in a clever ploy to start knocking down over-packed inventories. It’s a brilliant concept that inevitably went global – starting in the U.S., it had to become the norm in Canada and Europe – and I’ve blown past Xmas budgets many times in Black Friday binges.

I’m actually behaving this year – time and resources going into submitting my video store doc BSV 1172 into film festivals in USD isn’t cheap – and after spurts of activity, I should have the first set of clips ready for purchase from a nascent stock footage & loops setup that offers material culled and adapted from the visual elements of my visual podcasts and other projects.

There’s two major components left to finalize before I start dropping frame grabs, sample wallpaper, and trailer links via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the first of what’ll be a bi-weekly offering of material.

Once that endeavour’s done, I’m playing catch-up to several Blu-ray sets that have piled up while I stole time to get the film and the footage projects done. I moved way back in August, and I’ve found most of the Arrow Video sets – one key set is still missing, but it’s somewhere – and plan to do a decent amount of binge reviewing, plus sneak in a few more podcasts before the year’s done.

The fact we’re on 2017’s doorstep is good – 2016 was a horrible year – and things have to be even incrementally better. ‘Nuff said.

Posted is a review of the short, dry, and often profane Celtic Soul (2016) that starts its run today at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. This evening’s screening features a Q&A with actor Jay Baruchel and Fox sports commentator Eoin O’Callaghan, who travelled buddy-buddy from Montreal to Ireland and Scotland in search of family roots, beer, soccer, and sports idols.



Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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