Montreal has plenty of film festivals, perhaps more so than any other city in the world. I believe the only month of the year which doesn’t feature a film festival is February, but strangely what this city doesn’t have, is a truly great repertory theatre. So I’m a little jealous of my friends who live in Toronto, a city with plenty of repertory video stores and cinemas. Austin has The Alamo Drafthouse, Los Angeles has The New Beverly, Toronto has The Toronto Underground Cinema, and Montreal has Cinema Du Parc – which technically screens more first run films than classics. So with that said, I have great interest in the following documentary titled The Rep. Originally conceived as a web series, it’s now being developed into a film about three friends who attempt to start a repertory theatre in Toronto while exploring some of the best ones from around the world. The documentary features interviews with Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright, John Waters, Atom Egoyan, George A. Romero and more. The first trailer was posted online a few days ago, and it proves a promising look of what we can expect from the doc.
Here’s a better description of the film:
The Rep follows the first year of business for Alex, Charlie, and Nigel as they try to make their theatre, The Toronto Underground Cinema, a success in the dying world of repertory cinema. The film also places the cinema in context to the larger world of rep. Featuring interviews with theatres such as Film Forum in NYC, The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, and The New Beverly Cinema in L.A., and celebrities such as Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright, John Waters, Atom Egoyan, and George A. Romero, the world of repertory cinema will come alive as a vibrant and culturally significant medium that needs to be preserved.