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We had the opportunity to talk with writer/director/producer Jude Klassen on her indie musical, Love in the Sixth. She shares lots of great insight on making an independent feature musical with what you have available to you. Read for more details and where to watch Love in the Sixth!

Why?
Love in the Sixth is my first feature – a kind of accidental musical that was inspired by watching a cool film made for a grand (Mourning Has Broken) by my now producing partners, The Butler Brothers. At the time I was making political satire music videos with LITS DP, Rob McGee and we decided that we could definitely afford to make a feature for that amount of coin. We ended up spending more, but we did keep costs to a bare minimum with an incredible volunteer army. 

I dusted off a script I was working on and started to assemble a team. At my pal Asher Ettinger’s music jam party, in April 2014, I met TC Folkpunk aka Tim Cameron who ended up being my co-star and co-composer on Love in the Sixth. Together with Asher we rather spontaneously started writing songs for the characters to perform. 

What?
It’s an “enviromantic” musical about living in the sixth extinction. LITS has been called “Blondie meets Cassavetes” and I think that’s pretty accurate. It’s not your typical musical, it’s a gritty, funny, naturalistic drama intercut with documentary footage – the main character, Dani interviews strangers on the street about love, relationships, and politics. OK, maybe a nod to the documentary style footage in When Harry Met Sally.

Some of the songs are full color productions like Fucking Love! and Mancation, others are weighty, black and white, dark night of the soul numbers like Murder Us to Sleep. An audience favorite is Bitch in My Pants that was recorded live – an authentic glimpse into the song-writing process where mating and making music meet. Dani is fighting the “Bitch in her Pants” who keeps ruining her life with bad man choices.

Where?
We shot all over Toronto: west side, east side, my house, the actor’s houses, nobody was spared. The beauty of truly independent filmmaking is that you really can be spontaneous and that can lead to some pretty magical shit. LITS is a cool window into the Toronto artistic community with not-so-ordinary people coping with life in what feels like the end of days.

When?
I started working on LITS in April of 2014 at the end of an intense breakup and threw every good, bad, beautiful, toxic emotion into the film. We had our World Premiere at the 2015 Whistler International Film Festival, and our US premiere at the 2016 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFEST). LITS screened in Toronto at the Fox Theatre in June of 2017 and November 2017 at a launch for being on the NFB / First Weekend Club’s Canada Screens website.

Who?
Starring whoever showed up! That was our running joke. Thankfully, I know a lot of naturally hilarious people. Actors, musicians, painters, story tellers. The story revolves around single mom, tutor, and entertainment writer/host Dani (me) who films interviews: Martini Think Tanks in her living room. Her bestie, Mavis (Wendy Sinclair) is in a thruple with two brothers (Brett Butler, Jason Butler) and is falling for one of the bros. Dani’s daughter, Kat (Mikhael Klassen Kay) is the 11 year-old climate activist who fights the power and questions her mom’s choice of a boyfriend. Dani’s friend Qalie (Shay Steinberg) is in a dysfunctional relationship with Tamara (Lisa Santonato), and has some beautiful moments of romantic breakdown that includes putting on lipstick while driving.

Since in real life I was an entertainment writer/host I was able to wrangle a few interesting cameos from the likes of Survivorman (Les Stroud) who helped me recreate our Movie Entertainment interview as fiction with the intrusion of the jealous boyfriend, Sid (TC Folkpunk), who scares him off before Dani can finish the interview. There’s a sweet cameo from actor/comedian Dennis Trainer who plays a Survivorman super fan who pops out of the shrubbery to ask a few questions. Globe and Mail TV critic, John Doyle plays himself on Dani’s live streamed Martini Think Tank show with model/actor/voice of The Corporation, Mikela Jay playing a cynical Canadian TV star set on pissing off her controlling publicist who shuts Dani’s livestream down. We also have a cameo from environmental bad boy/musician John Lefebrve who does a duet with Bitchumen Bitch (me in a black wig) called Dirty Lies which we shot on both the Scarborough Bluffs (with epic paper-mache oil-covered duck costumes by Laura Lind) and Salt Spring Island in BC. John’s footage was captured by my second cameraperson, Jeremy Gilbert, who was on the island visiting his sister. “Hey Jer, while you’re there…

How?
You can catch Love in the Sixth on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, and the UK. Final tidbit: I’m currently in post on my second feature as writer/director, Stupid For You, also a musical with the Dani and Kat characters in another time/dimension and the focus is on the teenage LBGTQ love triangle. Produced by the aforementioned Butler Brothers (Substance Productions Inc), with the same musical production team: Tim Cameron, Asher Ettinger and me. Still has that living at the end of the world atmosphere and wicked tunes but with a John Hughes nouveau vibe.

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With Godzilla vs Kong set for release in a couple days, now would be a good time to revisit older movies from the Godzilla and King Kong collections. While I was browsing IMDB TV, I stumbled on Godzilla 2000 available to watch online for free! In the Takao Okawara movie, the monster must once again save Tokyo…

“Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga.”

Click here to watch Godzilla 2000 for free on IMDB TV! The monster movie stars Takehiro Murata, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida, Mayu Suzuki, and Shirô Sano.

Posted on March 29th, 2021 by MHD | Leave a Comment
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There are so many streaming websites offering free movies that it can be really hard to choose what to watch online! Today we’re going to spotlight three classic Sci-Fi films that are all available to watch online for free (legally with commercials). Today’s spotlight looks at movies that are available on YouTube.

THE TERMINATOR
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, & Michael Biehn.
Description: A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector – Kyle Reese – also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg?
Watch The Terminator for free on YouTube

CONTACT
Starring Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, & Angela Bassett.
Description: “We are not alone…” Two-time Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster and Hollywood’s brightest new star, Matthew McConaughey, shine in this spellbinding drama of a dedicated astronomer’s quest to make first Contact.
Watch Contact for free on YouTube

STARGATE
Starring Kurt Russell, James Spader, Alexis Cruz, Jaye Davidson, & John Diehl.
Description: Set against the wondrous backdrop of the Great Pyramids, “Stargate” tells the story of two very different men (Kurt Russell, James Spader) who join forces to unravel the mystery of a curious artifact which could reveal the origin of civilization.
Watch Stargate for free on YouTube

How do you choose what movies to watch online? Whenever The Terminator is available to watch, I watch it. What are the movies that you need to watch when you stumble on it?

We’re always excited to present a new mix of independent movies that you can watch for free online. These four movies are all dramas, but are all very different types of dramas! Check them out then come back and share your thoughts!

CALL FOR DREAMS
Directed by Ran Slavin
Description: In rainy Tokyo the lives of a Japanese girl and an Israeli police detective intertwine. Eko complicates her life by publishing a ‘Call for Dreams’ ad in a Tokyo newspaper. With her scooter visiting strangers in the city, who leave descriptions of their dreams on her analog answering machine and for a fee acts them out. As dreams seep into reality and a parallel police investigation of a murder in Tel Aviv unfolds, what is real and what is not is hard to distinguish. (Source: Official Website)
Watch for Free on IMDB TV

SUMMER OF ’67
Directed by Sharon Wilharm
Description: Two sisters live in the shadow of their mother’s suicide, struggling to live their lives and protect their loved ones in the face of the Vietnam war. (Source: Producer)
Watch for Free on IMDB TV

NINETEEN SUMMERS
Directed by Rod S. Scott
Description: The time taken by the planet to make its revolutions around the sun. A point of time as measured in hours and minutes, a paradoxical transition from boy to man. Each summer the gang violence heats up in South Los Angeles. Born in the generational Los Angeles Street culture, his parents from the hood, a 19-year-old father seeks a better life in the midst of a turf war. (Source: Producer)
Watch for Free on IMDB TV

EKAJ
Directed by Cati Gonzalez
Description: A film packed with real life drama and a real sense of humor. The film capture’s a naive teen’s runaway journey to one of the most difficult city’s to survive in, New York City. (Source: Producer)
Watch for Free on TUBI TV

Let us know what movies you have watched online for free recently! A lot of stuff that was only available with an Amazon Prime membership is now free (with commercials) on IMDB TV!

LoadedToday’s spotlight indie movie, Ekaj, is a little different than a lot of the movies we spotlight. Director Cati Gonzalez crafted the LGBTQ drama Ekaj by casting non-actors in all of the roles. She did this to make this particular story more authentic and “as real-to-life as possible.” It helps the movie feel different and unique.

Official Description: Ekaj is a film packed with real life drama and a real sense of humor. The film capture’s a naive teen’s runaway journey to one of the most difficult city’s to survive in, New York City.

The movie stars Jake Mestre, Badd Idea, Scooter LaForge, and the movie’s director, Cati Gonzalez. You can watch Ekaj for free on Tubi TV. The LGBTQ crime drama is also free for Amazon Prime members on .

What are your favorite platforms to watch movies online? Tubi TV? Amazon Prime? Hulu? Netflix? Let us know in the comments!


LoadedWho doesn’t love watching free movies online? Click here for all of our movie spotlights on what there is to watch online.

Today we are spotlighting Broken Ceiling, an independent film from 2018 that was released by Indie Rights Movies. The movie is a drama/thriller starring Karan Kendrick as a woman who has had enough.

Official Description: After countless disappointments and chronic mistreatment at her job, a woman turns a routine meeting into a career-changing confrontation.

The movie was directed by Adam Davis and stars Karan Kendrick, Jaime Gallagher, Torran Kitts, Adam Davis, Jay Disney, and Regen Wilson. You can watch Broken Ceiling for free on Tubi TV. The thriller is also free for Amazon Prime members on Prime Video.

Have other movies you enjoy watching online for free? Let us know in the comments!


purdah-posterLast week we shared the link to watch End Trip, a horror/thriller focused on modern social interactions, for free on Tubi TV. Today we are sticking with Tubi TV, but turning to an inspiring documentary which is also free to watch. One of my favorite things about watching movies online is the variety. There really is something for everyone.

Purdah is a documentary directed by Jeremy Guy and produced by Guy and Sushrut Jain, and executive produced by Tracy Guy.

Official Description: The inspiring story of a young Indian Muslim woman who trades her burka for dreams of playing on the Mumbai Senior Women’s Cricket Team and how the harsh realities for women in her country creates an unexpected outcome for her own family, ultimately shattering and fueling aspirations.

Click here to watch Purdah for free on Tubi TV.

After you watch Purdah for free, you can purchase it and check out these other documentaries for purchase or rent…

Posted on November 11th, 2019 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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