HE HATED PIGEONS a film by Ingrid Veninger – pUNK FILMS presents a special one-time screening, Oct 18, 3pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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He Hated Pigeons

a film by Ingrid Veninger 

Canada, 2015, Spanish/English, 80 minutes.

HD, Colour, Audio 5.1, Live Score.



Our favourite indie filmmaker Ingrid Veninger is back with her 5th feature He Hated Pigeons, and once again has created another deliberately low-budget film, this time  a remarkably well-measured tale of love and loss.

Special one-time screening at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, October 18, 2015, 3:00 PM.

We are never sure just how Veninger does it, but it’s clear that this fiction, just like her others, reveals a gifted filmmaker with undying respect for her actors. Gorgeously shot from the Atacama to Patagonia by cinematographer Dylan Macleod, and starring newcomer Pedro Fontaine, HE HATED PIGEONS is utterly devoted to exploring a young man’s confrontation with grief, trekking through the varied landscape of Chile to satisfy a mission and achieve resolution.

Another highlight is that Veninger conceived the film to have a live-score.

“This project has been the most intense,” says Veninger, “not because I booked the crew’s flights to Chile before there was a script, or because I planned to primarily shoot in a language (Spanish) that I don’t speak and in a foreign country, or because I wrote the lead role for an actor whose work I had never seen… but because every step of the process had to allow for the added uncertainty of a live-score. The idea of different musicians, in each city, improvising their own music was a commitment that influenced and informed every choice in making this film — from writing and shooting, through editing and sound design. There was no way the live-score could be a gimmick, it needed to be intrinsically woven into the fabric of the film so that it became essential. HE HATED PIGEONS deals with letting go. Life is uncertain. Filmmaking is uncertain. And, I want the audience to feel something which has its own intrinsic impermanence. So every public presentation will be a one-time-only event.”

Lead Actor Pedro Fontaine  “I met Ingrid while working at FEMCine, a women’s film festival in Santiago in March 2014. I was translating her Q&As. After one of the screenings, I told her I was an actor and said that we should do something together; I was half-joking. But, on her last night she suggested that we ‘repeat’. I had never done any Meisner exercises or ‘repeating’, but we sat on a sidewalk in Santiago and repeated for almost an hour. After she left Chile, Ingrid was doing a lot of traveling with THE ANIMAL PROJECT and we stayed in touch. Then one day, she told me she wanted to write a role for me. That’s how it all started.”

Cinematographer, DYLAN MACLEOD  “Years ago, when we were at Jarvis Collegiate, I was directed by Ingrid in a John Guare play, THE LOVELIEST AFTERNOON OF THE YEAR… This extended to shooting a CFC short, with Ingrid as producer, entitled THREE SISTERS ON MOON LAKE. Over the past years, I’ve attended the TIFF screenings of features she directed, and was excited at the prospect of working with her, especially on a shoot that would travel from the north to the south of Chile.”

Sound designer, JAKOB THIESEN  “This is my 4th feature with Ingrid, and she is generous in letting me see early cuts so that I can start planning and gathering audio. At first, the whole live-score idea unnerved me; I started to over-think it. Then, when the sound design process started and I began to interact with the picture, it actually freed me. The open spaces, the rhythm of the shots, Ingrid’s direction, and Pedro’s performance guided my work until the notion of a live-score was as organic as everything else in the film.”

INGRID VENINGER – Writer/Producer/Director
Born in Bratislava and raised in Canada, Ingrid formed pUNK Films in 2003 with a ‘nothing is impossible’ manifesto. Awarded the 2011 Jay Scott Prize, presented by the Toronto Film Critics Association, Ingrid Executive Produced five features with the cash award ($5000) and launched the 1KWave in Toronto with Stacey Donen (Royal Cinema). Since 2008, Ingrid has written/produced/directed 4 features (ONLY, MODRA, i am a good person/i am a bad person, THE ANIMAL PROJECT), all of which have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and have garnered awards and distribution worldwide. In 2014, Ingrid initiated the pUNK Films FEMMES LAB to foster features written and directed by Canadian women, sponsored by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. This fall, as one of five North American screenwriters, Ingrid will participate in Hedgebrook’s inaugural screenwriting retreat with her pUNK Films FEMMES LAB script, ROMEO’S HEAD, and she will be mentored by recent Emmy winner, Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge).

HE HATED PIGEONS featuring PEDRO FONTAINE, CRISTOBAL TAPIA MONTT director of photography DYLAN MACLEOD c.s.c. sound recordist  BRADEN SAUDER editor MAUREEN GRANT colorist RYAN RUSKAY titles & sketchbook art MARCOS SORENSEN production assistants ESTEBAN SANDOVAL CARRASCO & DANIEL DIAZ OYARZUN sound designer JAKOB THIESEN re-recording mixer ERIC APPS c.a.s. music OHAD BENCHETRIT & JUSTIN SMALL post facility DELUXE TORONTO

executive producers DON CARMODY, PAUL GAMMAL, JULIA GRANT, JAMIE PAUL ROCK associate producers Kay ARMATAGE, Jeremy Boxen, Laurel Bresnahan, Martin Katz, MiKE Milton, Joey Nolfi & Alice G. BECK, Renah Persofsky, Jeremy Podeswa, Warren P. Sonoda, John Switzer, Jacob Tierney

written, produced and directed by INGRID VENINGER supported by the CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS and THE TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL & many incredible indiegogo champions