The Rough Draft Reanimates With Movie Brunch

by Karen Ponzio | Oct 15, 2018 2:44 pm

Karen Ponzio PhotoUp on the screen that hung over the stage at the Rough Draft this past Sunday, Gene Wilder as the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein screamed as he brought back to life the body of a man with some recently deceased parts in the Mel Brooks classic Young Frankenstein, a not-so-scary take on Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel and the film featured during the venue’s monthly Movie Brunch.

The Rough Draft had undergone a rebirth itself only a couple of weeks before, as the fairly new venue (it replaced the old Space) had a setback after it became flooded during a torrential rainstorm during the last week of September.

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Prison Reentry Through Fine Dining

by Thomas Breen | Sep 20, 2018 8:01 am | Comments (1)

Thomas Breen photoWhen Brandon Chrostowski was 18, he was arrested for drug possession and for running from the police in his home city of Detroit. He could have gotten 10 years behind bars, but a judge sentenced him to probation and no prison time instead.

Now Chrostowski owns and runs a nationally celebrated French restaurant where he teaches the formerly incarcerated to be chefs, waiters, and house managers, extending the second chance that he received decades ago to a population of diligent, aspiring culinary employees just looking for an opportunity to work.

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Toronto Film Festival Dispatch #2

by Thomas Breen | Sep 10, 2018 11:43 am

Thomas Breen photoA misfit family of Japanese thieves. The Nazi occupation of France, set in 2018. An Arkansas teen caught in a gay conversion therapy program. A rock’n’roll singer-songwriter in a L.A. drag bar.

Those stories are at the center of a few of my favorite movies thus far from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which Westville resident and Madison Art Cinemas owner Arnold Gorlick and I have been at since Wednesday.

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Toronto Film Fest Dispatch #1

by Thomas Breen | Sep 7, 2018 12:10 pm

Thomas Breen photoFor people who love watching, making, writing, and talking about movies, the first two weeks of September are a special time of year. Because that’s when the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place.

And for the third year in a row, I’ve managed to secure a press pass for the festival. On Wednesday afternoon, I traveled up to the Queen City with Westville resident and Madison Art Cinemas owner Arnold Gorlick to spend the better part of the next week feasting on terrific new films.

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