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Monday, February 21, 2005

He is dead to me...

Nope, not Ebola this time – Greektown’s yummy film producer/actor neighbor. Oh, and also, I am in love with the director of the film, who is also yummy. (And who may or may not be married – I was too busy asking questions about the film.) So anyhow, the film producer – CNB, invited Greektown to his film premiere/after party last Wednesday night…

So the doc… Les Chiefs, is a feature-length documentary about a semi-pro hockey team in Laval, Quebec.

Things started of with the CRAZY guy sitting in front of us, killing himself laughing at the opening act (dude from Air Farce, quite funny, though maybe not AS funny as the guy in front of us thought)… ha, ha, ha, (pause) haaaaaaaa. Also had GREAT hockey hair. I’m just sayin’… Okay, back to the film…

The Laval Chiefs are known throughout the semi-pro league they play in as a fighter team – renown for bench-clearing brawls that sometimes even start in the warm-up. It’s not unusual to see a player crack his stick over someone else’s head and guys recount stories of injuries by the number of stitches required…

The film focused on four players on the Chiefs team – the goons or fighters of the team, one of whom is producer CNB's brother Mike Bajurny. The four players featured in the film are mid-twenties to early thirties… didn’t quite make the NHL, and this is their only option if they want to keep playing for a living. There’s not a lot of money in playing for this league, several of the players live in an “apartment” under the bleachers IN THE RINK. Most of the guys make ends meet in the off-season as dishwashers, garbage collectors, etc… When they are playing however, they players, especially it would seem the fighters, are gods, as evidenced by the character, “Superfan.”

The movie chronicles the Chiefs season (although the film itself was shot over two seasons), ending with the team playing in the playoffs. Although about hockey, the film is really a character study on the four players as they come to terms with their choices as hockey players… Be a fighter or don’t play.

If you are a hockey fan (especially if you enjoy a little fighting), you will enjoy this film. If you like getting into the head of a character, you will enjoy this film. Shot digitally, the film really gives you the “behind the scenes” feeling, almost like the camera shouldn’t be there. For more on the characters, check out their site… http://www.leschiefs.com/. The film had limited theatre release last week/weekend and is being released on DVD on March 15. Pick it up!

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