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just a not-so-discreet little reminder that you can now purchase "conversion", a feature film i wrote and starred in, alongside paul ash, one of montreal's hottest comedic talents and which dominic, my long-suffering other half, directed.

it tells the story of two friends trying to make it home through the city in the middle of the night with no money to their name and with a cast of bizarre characters waylaying them at every turn.

a mere $5 will get you streaming access to the film for six months, courtesy of vimeo's "on demand" service. you don't even need a credit card, since the site accepts paypal. every penny goes to supporting the film and its makers, helping us offset some of the costs of making it available and producing it to begin with, as well as to supporting our continued efforts to promote our little 100% indie flick.

in case you haven't noticed "big movie" is having some problems lately and the timing has likely never been better than it is at this moment for creative people as the availability of cheap technology dovetails with the realities of a restless and dissatisfied movie-watching public.

check out exactly what you can accomplish by checking out what we accomplished!

here's a little peek to pique your interest:



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