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article imageNew Year — The Movie: Limited theatrical release starts March 15 Special

By Bryen Dunn     Mar 8, 2011 in Entertainment
Toronto - A group of 20-somethings reunite at a New Year’s Eve bash in middle-class suburbia. When a near-death experience, a pregnancy, and the appearance of past rivals disrupt the night, how will each see their place in the world come New Year's Day?
Numbed by the 9-to-5 conformity of real life after university, the year-ending gathering provides a welcome escape full of drinking, smoking, making-out, and bag-tag. The random murder of a gas station attendant acts as the catalyst for lovers Jason (Julian DeZotti ) and Allison (Joanna Douglas) to take stock of their lives and relationship. When Allison's high school sweetheart returns home for the holidays from his tour as a Canadian peacekeeper in the Middle East, he magnifies the unspoken gap that has grown between her and Jason.
Julian DeZotti is an actor, writer, and director currently based in Toronto, who graduated from the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto in 2005. He has his own theatre company, The Original Norwegian, that produced ‘Half Empty’, which he co-wrote and co-directed for the Festival Of Original Theatre in 2006. As a director, he co-directed the Rose Theatre hit ‘The Taming Of The Dude’ by David Carley for their summer season last year. He was also producer on the 2010 Summerworks hit ‘Kayak’ by Jordan Hall. His film and television credits include ‘Murdoch Mysteries’, ‘Nikita’, and the Lifetime Movie of the Week, ‘The Front’.
New Year is his first feature film, which he not only played the lead in, but also co-wrote and co-produced. I had a chance to chat with him prior to the theatrical screenings to find out where he gets his inspiration, and his energy. “Most of my experience was in theatre, and I’m hoping this film will be a great calling card as an actor, and also as a writer for film and television”, he explains. Creating the film with little cash and minimal resources is an ambitious project in itself, but then having to pound the pavement to get it noticed is a whole other avenue to tackle. “An independent film is tough because you are doing everything yourself, especially if you can't afford a publicist. You have to build a buzz starting with your own friends and co-workers, and hope it takes off from there”, he continues.
New Year (The Movie)
New Year (The Movie)
New Year
As for the inspiration behind making another coming-of-age movie for twenty-something disenfranchised youth, he admits, “There weren't a lot of films out there that we (as a collective) liked that spoke to our generation, so we thought we could put our own stamp on the genre.” He gets his personal inspiration for his work in film and on stage from various individuals. “Paul Thomas Anderson and David Chase instilled in me a curiosity for the ensemble drama mixed with dark comedy. As for stage, I'm still a sucker for the visionary director or company, such as Peter Brook, Peter Stein, and Theatre Complicite”, he confesses.
His third play 'Guns & Roses' was a part of the '09-'10 season of The Toronto Centre For The Arts, and will be remounted this Fall courtesy of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. He’s also already starting working on his next project that he says is “inspired by banquet hall wars out in Woodbridge.” Mark your calendar to get out and support local talent. Ambitions and accomplishments like this are something we all need to be proud of.
DoubleSee Productions presents New Year, an independent film release by Director Phil Borg. Starring Julian DeZotti, Joanna Douglas, Nick Rose, John Bregar, Morgan Kelly, Eli Ham, Romina D'Ugo, Tommie-Amber Pirie, Kathryn Haggis, Kate Lynch, R.H. Thomson, Peter Pasyk. Rated 14A, 76 Minutes
Tuesday March 15th, 2011 - 9:15pm
Wednesday March 16th, 2011 - 9:15pm
Thursday March 17th, 2011 - 7:00pm (Special St. Patrick's Day Screening)
The Royal, 608 College Street, Toronto, Tickets: $10.00 @ the door – cash only
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