So just because I’ve dug myself into a comfortable rut of not giving a toss about anything local, current or relevant doesn’t mean you should, and if you’re possessed of an actual interest in Montreal’s booming underground film culture, you should probably head down to Cinema Excentris this Thursday for the second installment of Made in Montreal.

A two-program smorgasbord of locally made shorts, the fest aims to “merge a variety of approaches in moving-image art, demonstrating the rich diversity of current practices by Montreal’s film and video artists.” or in layman’s terms “Showcase some funky shorts, some local weirdos made, to see if we can get any of that sweet underground film action going”.

The evening will include the works of Ralitsa Doncheva, Meryam Joobeur, Nika Khanjani, Zohar Kfir, Georges Mauro, Robin Pineda Gould, Brian Virostek, Michael Wees, Erin Celeste Weisgerber, Michael Yaroshevsky and Myriam Yates, who will also be on hand to do a Q & A after the screenings, which include titles like I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates my Traces and Racetrack Superstar Ghost.

Though I will definitely feel cheated if Racetrack Superstar Ghost isn’t about exactly that and they don’t pull some metaphor bullshit.

The shindig starts at 9 on Thursday, March 14th at the Excentris Theatre, and I’ll be there, probably fighting against the urge to go home and watch a Frank Henenlotter movie the whole time. Be there, or most assuredly be square.

PORTRAIT ZERO Dir. Michael Yaroshevsky (super-8/16mm/35mm scope transferred to HD, colour & b/w, stereo, 5:21 min, 2012, no dialogue)