Last week, on assignment for France 24, I attended the U.S. premiere of film historian Kevin Brownlow’s most recent restoration of Abel Gance’s monumental 1927 silent epic Napoleon. Under the auspices of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, over the course of four nights, roughly 12 000 people experienced cinematic history. Gance’s film hadn’t graced […]
About Eric Veillette
My name is Eric Veillette and I am a Toronto-based journalist, researcher and film programmer. As a journalist, my musings on cinema, censorship, architecture and Toronto history appear regularly in the Toronto Star‘s flagship Insight section. For Entertainment, I’ve covered various local film festivals and event profiles. At Rue Morgue Magazine, I examine horror films both old and new and look at the ways in which horror has intermingled with pop culture over the decades. I am also working on several writing projects with Heritage Toronto, but in the past, my work has appeared in Goldmine, Wire, Perfect Sound Forever, Parks Canada publications, and Archival Outlook, the print publication for the Society of American Archivists. In the world of film programming, I run classic retrospectives in two of Toronto’s oldest repertory theatres. The Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Ave. is home to Silent Sundays, a semi-monthly celebration of the lost art of silent film. Accompanied by acclaimed silent pianist William O’Meara, the series caters to the Revue’s neighbourhood base, offering an assortment of slapstick and adventure from cinema’s golden age. Earlier this year I launched Classics From The Vault at the Fox Theatre in the Beaches. Aimed at highlighting the best from the 30s and 40s that are rarely seen on Toronto’s big screens, the Fox is also the new home for the my classic horror-focused Creepy Classics series which began at Cine-Cycle in 2008. For the 2009 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, I curated an assortment of silent films titled SHHH. Held at Dundas Square in the bustle of the afternoon, festival-goers were treated to seldom-seen films featuring Buster Keaton, Colleen Moore, Clara Bow, John Gilbert and Douglas Fairbanks.
The following is an edited version of an article originally published in the Toronto Star on Sunday, January 29. As the conversion to digital projection is taking place in theatres all over North America, I wrote this as part of my on-going examination of the movie-goers interaction with film. In October, 2010, a digitally colourized […]
This week, the former Madison, Midtown, Capri, Eden and Bloor Cinema is revived anew as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. I’m looking forward to checking out the renovation, as well as the flick — The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls — which may or may not be a remake of Getting Gertie’s Garter, which played the […]
This article was originally published by CBC Music on February 29, 2012. It appears here in a slightly edited form. On the screen of the Museum of the Moving Image, Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character prompts roars of laughter from the audience. The film is The Immigrant (1917), and the seats of the Brooklyn-based theatre […]
I was incredibly honoured when the Images Festival called on me to curate an exhibit looking back at Toronto’s 116 year-old movie-going traditions. I hope you all get a chance to check it out. Toronto: Cinema City runs March 22-April 28, 2012 at Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W, Toronto. Toronto’s movie-going history stretches […]