The Red Pill Pitch (December 24-30)

Jason Asbell
December 21, 2021
A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jason Asbell. I only mention it 'cause some- times there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about Jason here-- sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there--and that's Jason, the Programming Director of The Civic Theatre. . . sometimes there's a man. Wal, I lost m'train of thought here. But--aw hell, I done innerduced him enough.

The Red Band Pitch

Merry Christmas, you are nothing but a battery. That realization blew my mind when I saw The Matrix back in ‘99.  After an incident at a New Years party at The Church of Pointless Hysteria, an abandoned loft space off of East Hastings Street at Chinatown in Vancouver, I was actually momentarily convinced that my seeing the film a few days earlier, was in fact my ‘red pill’ trying to wake me up from what ever constructed reality I was stuck in. After a bout of paranoia drove me from the building an hour or so later, I found the street, bustling with activity upon our arrival, was now completely empty, no people or cars even. As I stood there in shock at the eerily quiet scene, huge snowflakes started falling silently from the sky.  A flashing yellow street light pulsed with an audible tick which drove the gears of my mind. All alone, I yelled out into the empty street, “what do I do now!” Alas, Morphius (nor any approximation of him) came to guide me, but the experience was and remains, a powerful cinematic moment for me.  

22-years later this battery is still putting out full power, which provided me the energy to help revive this amazing community cinema, which I am so proud and grateful for. 1999 was also the year I started film school in Vancouver. I met my future wife, who grew up in Nelson, on the set of a student film shortly following. And here we are living in Nelson and about to return to the Matrix where it all started. 

Follow the white rabbit to The Civic Theatre for the one-week run of The Matrix Resurrections this Christmas Eve. And for the record, I didn’t know Kung Fu then, and still don’t. 

Coming next: Sing 2 



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