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movie," says debut director Bruce
McDonald, "usually has someone going
on the mad for the slimmest of reasons, meeting a variety of characters and then having some sort of personal catharsis at the end. I wanted to make one with a bit more of a back beat."

Thus, when Ramona is dispatched by her
rock promoter boss to the wilds of northern
Ontario to find the renegade band The Children of Paradise, the journey is anything but run-of- the-mill. Ramona's dual search for the band and herself - remember, this is a road movie - begins to run astray as soon as she steps into a taxi driven by a drug-addled groupie who warns her about the "weirdos out there".

McDonald insists that the characters
Ramona encounters - there's a rock star on a
spiritual quest, a loner trying to break into the
"competitive field of serial killing", a filmmaker
searching for a bang-up ending to his intense
documentary (played by McDonald) - rep-
resent aspects of rock mythologies. "Much of it
is centered around the idea of the rock martyr
theme, the idea that you've got to make it," he

McDonald uses a remarkable range of
altemative music, from The Ramones and The
Ugly Ducklings to 10 Seconds Over Tokyo and
Nash the Slash to complement this off-the-wall
odyssey. McDonald previously worked as an
editor; his credits include Comic Book
, Atom Egoyan's Speaking Parts and Family Viewing (screened at previous MIFFs).