THE CORRIDOR IN THE CORRIDOR


Foreword: the following entry is meant to be read as a companion piece to THE CORRIDOR and contains a few mild-spoilers. 

During the process of taking THE CORRIDOR around to film festivals and showing it to audiences, I learned very early on that my favourite part of the Q&A session was always when the conversation would inevitably turn to “So, what exactly is ‘the corridor’?”

We, the cast, along with our director Evan Kelly, and our writer Josh MacDonald were fortunate enough to have five days of rehearsals before we started shooting THE CORRIDOR. A lot of questions were answered, and a lot of the relationships were established. One afternoon though, Evan asked us all what we thought the corridor was. He and Josh allowed us to sputter on for a few minutes each, without applauding or disproving any theories. Evan said “Interesting”, and that was the last discussion we had.

We were never given the answer (which I’m thankful for), but instead were left to find our own fear of, and beauty within “the corridor”.

What I’d like to do today, is offer up my own interpretation of the corridor, not as any sort of definitive answer, but instead to start up a conversation among those of you who’ve seen the film, and offer up your own meaning…

One substantial ingredient to my theory comes from a seemingly silly internet video called “We Are All Connected” by Symphony of Science. Symphony of Science takes videos of famous quantum physicists (ie. Carl Sagan and Neil Tyson Degrasse) talking about many of the universe’s wonders, and they auto-tune their voices and add music to them. See below:

Pretty darn awesome, eh?

Aside from being fairly catchy, there are also some really staggering facts and theories lobbed around in there. The line that stuck with me the most, however, was Carl Sagan’s simple explanation for everything: “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself“.

In the film, David Patrick Flemming‘s character Chris says of the corridor “It’s a probe. It’s seeking.”

For me, once I combined these two pieces of information, I started to view the corridor as an evaluation process. This was the universe’s way of “checking in”, by sending this probe and seeing who it really was, as a sentient being.

The corridor connects those who connect with it (ie. Ev, played by Jim Gilbert, sitting on the snowmobile, hearing conversations in the airplane), it also intensifies their desires and their thoughts, illuminating their primal instincts, showing their true selves so that they can be judged by the universe.

Once it saw the truth (or at least the truth amongst these five men): the pain they caused each other, the jealousy, the unhappiness, it didn’t like what it was seeing and decided to do away with them, in an act of disgust.

The probe moved forward, and would continue to move forward, towards the city, until it could find something in itself that it found to be admirable. It was Tyler’s (played by Stephen Chambers) sacrifice at the end of the film that the corridor AKA the universe found to be noble, and as a result, it stopped seeking.

Are you still with me? I feel like I may have scared a few of you off.

Now as I said, this is in no way a definitive answer, and as we learned a few days ago with Matt Groening revealing that the Springfield from THE SIMPSONS is in Oregon, definitive answers are no fun.

Now that I’ve shown you mine, please show me your theories of what exactly the corridor from THE CORRIDOR is

THE CORRIDOR is available now on Video On Demand in Canada via Bell VOD, iTunes, Sony, Xbox, Cogeco, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw VOD, Telus, VCC, Videotron, Google, RODO and in America on IFC On Demand, iTunes and others.

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SOUND ON SIGHT REVIEWS “THE CORRIDOR”

Recently dubbed one of the Top 10 Podcasts for filmmakers to listen to by Movie Maker Magazine, SOUND ON SIGHT Radio caught up with THE CORRIDOR in Montreal at Fantasia Fest, and had this to say on their airwaves (podwaves?)…

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To listen to the entire episode, which includes an extensive interview with THE CORRIDOR’s screenwriter Josh MacDonald, check out the following link… http://www.soundonsight.org/sordid-cinema-podcast-28-best-of-canadian-genre-film-2011/

Big thanks to Ricky D and Justine Smith for their kind words, as well as the rest of the Sound on Sight team for featuring Canadian films prominently in their coverage. Well done, chaps.

Please check out the Sound on Sight website @ http://www.soundonsight.org and also give them a listen on iTunes!

SCREENING: THE CORRIDOR – FEB. 23rd

Not long after posting yesterday’s blog entry featuring the trailer for THE CORRIDOR, and lamenting about the fact that the film has not been screening very much, I received a message from a lovely Film Nova Scotia employee informing me that there is in fact a screening of THE CORRIDOR coming up in Halifax!

Not only a screening, but a FREE screening…

Film Nova Scotia and Empire Theatres will be hosting a free Screening night on Wednesday, February 23rd at the Oxford Theatre.

Produced by Craig Cameron and Mike Masters, directed by Evan Kelly and written by Josh MacDonald, this feature film follows five best friends through a male bonding weekend they will never forget. They’ve been best buddies for more than a decade, but now they’re changing – getting married, getting promoted, going bald, and going crazy. During a much needed weekend away to bring them together, they discover a special corridor through the woods – an impossible hallway where none should be. It will take these five men into fear, betrayal and the biggest change of them all; by weekend’s end…. they’ll all be dead!

To view the movie trailer, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pD_7pZm5Cg

Screening Nights are presented by Film Nova Scotia and Empire Theatres. They are held four times a year and allow local audiences to see homegrown film productions and enable local filmmakers to promote their work.

We hope to see you at the screening!

THE CORRIDOR Screening Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189779021044149

Also yesterday, I was reminded of the fact that the path to independent film distribution can be a long one, but not to lose hope, as there are many options still available (and that are being explored) for this story to be shared. Long-gone are the days of shooting something, and having it on Youtube 24 hours later (thank god). If there’s one lesson to be learned from yesterday’s paragraph of woe, is that I still have many aspects of the film industry of which I’m not knowledgeable.

Go to bed, Glen.

So Wednesday, February 23rd, get your butts to the Oxford Theatre at 7:00pm to be treated-to / tortured-by THE CORRIDOR!

TRAILER: THE CORRIDOR

If the cat wasn’t out of the bag that this film goes into some pretty dark places before, it sure is now. Chronicle Pictures along with Last Call Productions have released the trailer for THE CORRIDOR, Evan Kelly’s feature length film that played the Atlantic Film Festival this past September.

My favourite description of the film is now officially “The Big Chill meets The Evil Dead”. Appropriate.

Unfortunately, as far as I know (which believe me, is not much in the world of film distribution) there are no plans for a screening in the near future, so please pass this trailer along and help generate interest. Spread the word, you! I’ve said it before, I’m very proud of this film, and I hope it gets a chance to be seen by more people than just two screenings at the Atlantic Film Festival (nothing against AFF)…

Oh look at me, sounding all jaded and what-have-you in my mid-twenties! What a prick.

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