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FOXWARREN: Canadiana At Its Finest

In January I was driving around when I heard FOXWARREN on the radio. I quickly pulled into a 7/11 parking lot and whipped out my phone to see if they had an upcoming show in Vancouver (they didn’t at that point in time). It’s rare for me to have such an instant love of a bands’ music, but hopefully that conveys how impressive Foxwarren is. I was so excited to get to see them play a sold-out show at The Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver last night! The show was pretty special and I more than got my $$$’s worth.

This morning I just bought their self-titled album on Bandcamp (rather than just ripping off their music by listening to it on YouTube). The band consists of (l to r) Andy Shauf, Darryl Kissick, Dallas Bryson, and Avery Kissick. If you’re looking for some good music, I hope you’ll give Foxwarren a try. Thank-you so much to Foxwarren for taking the time to do the interview and pose for pics! Interview’s up on VANISREAL.com.

The next video takes place after the band asked the audience if they had any questions. I was nervous to throw it out there, but glad that I did!

 

Asher Penn: Producer of Maggie Lee’s Documentary Mommy

I love watching documentaries but sometimes it can be hard to find ones that are exciting, interesting, and that tell really personal stories. I believe there’s lots of them out there, I just don’t always know where to find them.

If you’re a docu-film-fan like myself, please watch Maggie Lee’s MOMMY (click here for a link to rent or purchase the film on Vimeo–it’s worth it! I spent $15 to see it tonight at The Cinematheque–my first time seeing a film there–and it was worth every penny).

The movie is 55 minutes long. Mommy involves Maggie Lee telling the story of her mother’s life as well as her own, and letting us see what Maggie Lee experiences in the aftermath of her mother’s death. The film is funny and honest. It is also sad, touching, and heartbreaking. It made me feel a lot of things and it made me reflect on my own relationship with my mom, because I can’t imagine what I’d do if my mother died suddenly.

This film is unique from many other documentaries that I’ve seen in that it has beautiful, vibrant visuals: words, drawings, colours, flashing lights and other artistic creations that make Mommy that much more engaging and gorgeous to watch (Maggie Lee is a successful artist so these touches make sense). As well, I want the soundtrack to the film (at the Q and A after it we were told it’s on Spotify). The music was energizing, painful, and fun. The movie is so much more than just a few things, and the many things it is are superb. I have a short attention span, but this film held my focus throughout. I love Maggie Lee and how vulnerable she was in letting the viewer see what she went through after losing her mother.

Mommy was so easy to watch and the film sped by too quickly–I wished there was more!

After the viewing, I talked to Asher Penn who produced and took part in the creation of the film with Maggie Lee. Asher is currently working on a documentary about Gabor Mate. Watching film to overcome feeling like a freak or an outsider is something Asher suggests doing: I agree!

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