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Infest Wisely

I’ve been famil­iar with Toronto writer Jim Munroe’s work for at least the past ten years. We both atten­ded York University in the early 90s and both of us signed up to work on existere, a lit­er­ary magazine. Only Jim never showed up, and I some­how always remembered his name. (Incidentally, existere is also where I met Brett Lamb, now Art Director for the Hot Docs fest­ival.) Jim went on to (mod­est) fame and (mod­est-er) for­tune as a nov­el­ist. After his first novel Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask was released by HarperCollins in 1999, he decided to self-pub­lish the rest of his work, and has built an amaz­ing resource for any­one look­ing at DIY pub­lish­ing. Now, he’s turned his atten­tion to film­mak­ing.

Infest Wisely was a col­lab­or­at­ive effort from start to fin­ish. Billed as “lo-fi sci-fi”, the film con­sists of seven sep­ar­ate epis­odes which together com­prise a com­plete fea­ture film. Munroe wrote the entire film, but each epis­ode was dir­ec­ted by a dif­fer­ent dir­ector, and every­one worked for noth­ing. What’s the story? “There’s a new, chew­able nan­o­tech­no­logy that lets you take pho­tos with your eyes, cures can­cer and elim­in­ates body odour. But the early adop­ters are real­iz­ing they got extra ‘fea­tures’ they didn’t count on. And no one told them once they spread through the blood­stream, it’s harder to unin­stall than your aver­age com­puter virus.”

If the film, or the concept, sounds inter­est­ing to you, there are sev­eral ways to see the film. First and best, the film will be screen­ing on Friday May 18th at 7:00pm at Innis Town Hall here in Toronto. Tickets are $5 for “Key Infestors” at the door with all pro­ceeds going to pay for the film’s entry fees to vari­ous film fest­ivals. If you’re not local, Munroe will be releas­ing the film for free via BitTorrent and pod­cast begin­ning May 20th, and there will be a DVD avail­able at some point as well, which will include a use­ful com­ment­ary from the film­makers with lots of DIY advice.

Look for a review of the film here soon.

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