Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Windsor's Mike Stasko's psychological drama

Windsor’s Mike Stasko brings his new psychological drama Iodine to the Capitol Theatre June 16 at 7 pm. Stasko, a graduate of University of Windsor communication studies and Brennan HS, made the film in cottage country near Georgian Bay. It had its world premiere at last summer’s Montreal World Film Festival. Besides acting as central character John Clem Stasko directs, wrote and produced the roughly hour-and-a-half flic, which also stars Ray Wise (Leland Palmer of Twin Peaks & VP Hal Gardner of 24), New Liskeard native Vicki Rivard (as Clem's girlfriend Laura), and Jason Collett of music group Broken Social Scene (his feature film debut as police Deputy Peel).....“He was looking for his father but what he found changed everything” is the tag line on the movie’s poster and web site.....The plot: Clem’s estranged father has disappeared and Clem leaves the city to revisit the family’s northern Ontario cabin, where his father had last gone. He runs into Avery (Wise) (the two are pictured left) his father’s colleague and a professor of physics. He receives no help from Avery in finding his father but discovers “a new set of eyes” to view the world around him, in the course crashing through his personal "insecurities and paranoia".....Several other Windsorites worked on the film. Stasko goes back to early high school days with Theodore Bezaire (co-producer) and Brian Parent (composer). Stasko says he acted in Bezaire’s “little films he would do” pre-college. Parent composed music for the film. In fact Stasko and Parent have been in three different bands over 15 years the current one Bloemfontein named after the South African city. A couple of the band’s pieces are on the soundtrack. Rounding out the local contingent are Eric Schiller and Stefanie Bezaire. Schiller is the cinematographer and Bezaire costume designer.....After working at YTV in Toronto Stasko studied film at Columbia University in New York and now makes his home in Carleton Place near Ottawa where he works for a company making online learning films.....Iodine is produced by Dot Film Co. The film’s web site is .....Tickets are also available through the Windsor International Film festival site at $10 will get you into the screening and a Q & A, $15 will get you into the screening, Q & A and after party....The film will also be screened in Toronto June 18, Barrie June 21 and Parry Sound June 24. It will be released widely in Canada on DVD July 6 and available at locations like Wal-Mart and HMV.....

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