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Behind The Camera with Michael McGowan

michael mcgowan at barrie film festival
18 October 2015

Behind The Camera – Live on-stage discussion with Michael McGowan

Sunday, October 25, 2:00 pm
Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
1 Dunlop St. W.
Party Tickets: $15. Advanced tickets are available at the Uptown Theatre


Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear film producer, writer, director Michael McGowan, discuss his work and provide insight into what drives this great Canadian artist. His broad area of experience covers many areas such as writing, directing and producing for both film and television.

As well as guest host Thom Ernst, an on-air film critic, playwright, freelance writer and columnist. He was producer and host of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies, and has been with the same team since 1998. He’s covered over 15 years of the Toronto International Film Festival. Ernst’s reviews have appeared in The Toronto Star and he had a bi-weekly column in Toromagazine. Currently he’s working on a feature documentary with award-winning filmmater, Matt Gallagher.

After the screening you are welcome to join us downstairs for some hors d’oeuvres catered by Cravings.


Saturday, October 24, 3:00 pm


In 1982, three 11 year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took seven turbulent years and severely tested the limits of their friendship. By the end – and nearly burning down one of their houses in the process – they had completed every scene except one. Thirty years later, they attempt to finally complete their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75 foot “Flying Wing” plane from Raiders in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi… and then proceeding to blow it up. This documentary delivers the remarkable story behind the making of what is known as “the greatest fan film ever made”.

Once you’ve seen this documentary of the story behind “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation”, you will likely want to see the original fan film… and here is your chance!

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
Directed by Eric Zala

Free Screening:

Sunday, October 25, 3:00 pm

From 1982-1989, this shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark was produced and directed by three boys from the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb.

Films showing today:


1:00 pm

How To Change The World:

3:30 pm


7:00 pm

Slow West:

9:00 pm

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