Guess this is the personal part of the blog... was out at a pub/bar near my apt tonight for a little do for a friend who is leaving the city for a short time and a girl on her bike stopped by the patio to say, "Hey! Aren't you the kung fu guy?" Wow. It will be the end of that shortly. Maybe replaced with, "Weren't you the kung fu guy?" Sadly she was with a boy on a bike, but that is besides the point... an event that I have been running for 10 years is coming to an end. I say the end because the announcement of the closure of the Toronto rep houses has been so sudden, I have had no time to be able to move to another venue. This is the busiest time of my year with the film fest and all that that entails. Wish I could continue, but it just doesn't seem feasible or even to have the possiblily of keeping the same spirit of what I have been trying to keep alive. 10 years. I get my Fridays back. I loved sharing these films and offering an alternative to big box cineplex fare, but in the end it has always been a hobby and one that I often lost money at. That never mattered, but maybe it is time to move on? A sign perhaps, with the darkening of the cinemas that meant so much to me? This has been a boozy entry but I end it with a thought from my cinema sifu in HK:
"It dies, slowly. Not just HK films. Or repertory cinemas. But 35 mm as a medium. See it within the largest context and it may make you feel better.
In the end, everything will be made beautiful when it becomes nostalgia. Beyond death, there will always be memory, and then nostalgia."