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Fantasia and Nomad Circle: outdoor movies this weekend

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Chinatown is the place to be this weekend for all those who like to combine interesting film with public space. (Isn’t everything better when you do it outdoors?) In the Parc de la Paix, just outside the Chinatown gates on St. Laurent near René Lévesque, Fantasia is teaming up with the SAT to host a series of movies, music and visual performances. Show up tomorrow night at 9pm and you’ll be able to catch some of the best animated shorts shown at last year’s edition of the festival. Check out the Fantasia website for more programming information.

The Moment Factory, meanwhile, is using Chinatown as its base for the Nomad Circle, a three-day film event in which anyone can participate. Head down to Sun Yat Sen Park at the corner of Clark and La Gauchetière tomorrow at 8pm to pick a fortune cookie containing the title of a film; you then have one day to make the film, with the only condition being that it be shot within Chinatown. It could be a really interesting opportunity to reimagine and reinterpret the streets of a small but densely-packed neighbourhood. Those who enjoy watching movies, but not making them, can check out the resulting videos at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Moment Factory website has more details.


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