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Cinema Subterrain does Indie

By Jeff Zon
Gazette Staff

Skot Deeming has been into the underground scene for a long time. As a self-proclaimed “indie enthusiast,” Deeming has been searching for a way to share his passion.

Saturday, Jan. 17 marks the date this indie guru brings you to the underground scene, literally. Cinema Subterrain, his new project, will be screened in the basement of L.A. Moods Comics in London.

As a Western film alumnus and former post-production worker in Toronto, Deeming is very familiar with the independent movie-making scene. He realized there was a booming supply of media just waiting to be discovered. Specifically, the advent of computer filmmaking has created an ease of production that has led to an increase in the amount of talented, active media-makers in North America.

Although Deeming recognizes that big cities house plenty of indie cinemas, he stresses that “there is nothing like this here in London yet.”

This epiphany was the inciting point for Cinema Subterrain, Deeming’s first attempt at running a film house. With his partner, Jason Krauskoph, and their media company NoFrequency, Deeming will be curating Cinema Subterrain in monthly themed installments: each month will feature a new genre or motif, with the first screening featuring a selection of ingenious kung fu fusions.

The purpose of Subterrain is to provide an outlet for indie filmmakers in London and the surrounding area. “Submissions have come from everywhere,” Deeming says, but he expects to receive a healthy portion of work from both Western and Fanshawe College arts students. Those interested in applying merely have to send an e-mail Deeming’s way, and suggest screening the piece.

Clearly, not every tape stuffed in his mailbox makes it to the show. In order to ensure that only the best talent is showcased, Deeming draws a fine line between his roles as showcaser and critic.

“I see myself as a critic and an artist. The two should never be that far apart. The best filmmakers are critics and the best critics are filmmakers. Still, I am a showcaser first and foremost.”

For those unfamiliar with what the loaded word “indie” really means, Deeming gives a lesson or two in the indie media scene: “There are two levels of indie cinema, people who make them just until they start making big pictures and people who make them ’cause they love it. In independent filmmaking, the production values are low but the passion level is high.”

He’s also concerned with the perception that inexperienced viewers may have of indie films. Although some may label indie films as boring or dramatic, Deeming thinks indie films are entertaining because they are more “real” than big budget movies, as they attempt to show “the other side of filmmaking.”

“By associating genres to a film, people know what to expect,” Deeming continues. “Indie filmmakers are using this conditioning to their advantage. These films at Subterrain really go ‘outside the box’ and change people’s expectations of filmmaking conventions.”

Still not sold on Saturday? Put simply, here’s what to expect:

“There are two longer films; one is called Kung Fu Jew, created by a couple of guys in New York City who do music videos. It combines a classic kung fu-style story with Jewish mysticism, Blaxploitation (think ’70s afro-American genre) and comedy. The plot begins in prehistoric times when the Hebrews are in exile and the rabbis are kung fu masters.”

Do Kung Fu Jews interest you? L.A. Moods Comics is located at 350 Richmond St., and the show starts Saturday, Jan. 17 @ 8 p.m..



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