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FREEWORLD - a poli-sci-fi film at the Lost Film Fest

by Flick Harrison Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2000 at 12:03 AM
flick_harrison@canada.com 604-879-2748

In the year 2023, America rules the continent. Few Canadians resist! Doko and Hedwing are drafted into the USNA military and forced to fight the French-Canadian resistance in search of a weird robot...

In the year 2023,

America rules the continent.

Few Canadians resist!



A Canadian poli-sci-fi short film by Pat "Flick" Harrison


LFF is in response to the Republican National Convention

with guests Jello Biafra, Negativland, Seth Tobocman and more!

16mm -- Colour -- 25 minutes


Philadelphia, Sun, July 30th, 2000, 11:20 p.m.

Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 DeLancy Place

"In the news today, America attacks Canada as a haven for

hackers, terrorists, multiculturalism, cheap labour, socialized

health care and illegal immigrants. What are they leading up


-- Pat "Flick" Harrison, filmmaker

"They're not a real film festival, they're a bunch of troublemakers."

--Mayor John Street on the Lost Film Fest.

Doko (Shannon Woelk) and Hedwing (Peter Grier) end up

together as conquered Canadians forcibly drafted into the

yankee XX Secret Police, assigned to capture an idiosyncratic

robot (Simon Hayama, transformed by X-Files special makeup

effects artist Leanne Podavin). They end up battling each other,

their own doubts and fears, and the Army of the 49th Parallel:

the French-Canadian resistance.

"Subversive! Subverts politically, but also subverts genre."

-- Bruce Sweeney, Director, Live Bait and Dirty

"GEE, great!"

-- Michael Moore, on being handed a copy

"I loved it. It's on my to-see-again list."

-- Reg Harkema, director, A Girl is a Girl.

"The next US president will very likely face the opportunity

to absorb Canada, or at least bolster NAFTA's economic

shackles with monetary union. How he approaches the

quiet overthrow of one of the healthiest, most educated,

progressive, free and democratic nations on earth (whatever

these mean) will teach us much about humanity's immediate


-- Pat "Flick" Harrison, filmmaker.

FREEWORLD was produced as a graduate thesis at the

UBC Film Department (like Mina Shum's "Double Happiness,"

Bruce Sweeney's "Live Bait," Lynne Stopkewitch's "Kissed.").

FREEWORLD had its world premiere at the Chicago

Underground Film Festival, in a program with legendary

underground filmmaker Nick Zedd's "Why do you exist?"

(Zedd's false obituary in Film Threat inspired the Pulp Fiction

line, "Zedd's dead, baby. Zedd's dead.").

Slacker n. One who shirks their duties or avoids military service

in wartime; shirker.

HARRISON has credits which include videography on CBC's

pioneering series "Road Movies" (the Moose Jaw Times called

Harrison a "modern-day Jack Kerouac"), a documentary with

CIDA about Tribal Areas in Pakistan, the sweeping free-trade

documentary "Bordertown," (aired in Ontario, Maine, at the

Labortech and Columbus film festivals and netcast by

WorkingTV.com), the absurdist murder comedy "Tricycle of

Violence" (screened at Vancouver's Celluloid Social Club) and

Dr. Stanley Coren's "Testing Your Dog's IQ" (in stores now!).

Harrison also produced a documentary / promo video for David

Orchard's Progressive Conservative Party of Canada leadership


Patrick Harrison - Filmmaker flick_harrison@canada.com


(604)879-2748 weird outgoing message

OMNI SHORT FILM DISTRIBUTION: www.omnishortfilms.com

LOST FILM FEST: http://www.lostfilmfest.com

CONTACT Fest, or Pat Harrison in Philly Jul 29 - Aug 4:

Scott Beiben - scottb@bloodlink.com

4434 Ludlow St

Philadelphia PA 19104

215 662 0397

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