Thursday, November 12, 2015

Grass Fed - My new documentary is here...

Grass Fed poster designed by Heath Cairns

Hello Ez Sez Friends,

Exciting news to share... my first feature-length documentary, Grass Fed, has just premiered on Canadian TV (Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 on CBC's Documentary Channel) and is now up on iTunes (Canada only) for purchase.

To watch the film, if you live in Canada, simply go to iTunes and search for Grass Fed. Or, this link should take you right there. The film can also be streamed or rented on Google Play here

(Note: I'll keep you posted once U.S., international, and web air dates are announced.)

Mike in Venice Beach, CA
I worked on this doc for over a year with the amazing team at Muse Entertainment and super-editor Rosella Tursi

Mike and Ezra in Cancun
The film stars normally high-energy Montreal actor/comedian Mike Paterson as he desperately tries to overcome his debilitating sciatica back pain by securing a medical marijuana prescription and embarking on a marijuana and hemp-infused diet.

Mike and his wife, Monika Schmidt, at home in Montreal
Mike supplements this regime with exercise, vegetarian eating, no booze and sheer determination - all in an attempt to turn his health around and lose 50 lbs in the four months before his destination wedding in Mexico.

Mike and "Dr. Dina", cannabis provider to the stars, in Hollywood
Mike also hits the road to California and Colorado to immerse himself in their blossoming 'edibles' scenes to learn how cannabis edibles work and why they’ve suddenly become all the rage.

As Mike exclaims in the film: "Medicine never tasted so good."

Mike with Bob Eschino and Joshua Fink at the Incredibles medicated chocolate bar factory in Denver

Grass Fed contains highlights of Mike Paterson’s live standup act taped at Montreal’s famed Comedy Nest. Grass Fed was filmed in Montreal, Smiths Falls (Ontario), Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Denver and Cancun.

Mike with company president Mark Zekulin and cannabis grower Corey Evans at Canada's largest licensed producer of medical marijuana, Tweed, in Smiths Falls, Ontario. 
Grass Fed had its first showing for a crowd at a private screening on December 16th, 2015, at Santé Cannabis in Montreal. Here are a couple of photos from the event which was sponsored by Tweed...

A full house at Santé Cannabis
From LT: Ezra Soiferman (director/camera), Monika Schmidt & Mike Paterson (Grass Fed stars),
Adam Greenblatt & Erin Prosk (Co-Founders of Santé Cannabis)
UPDATE: Here is some press coverage of the film for which I'm very grateful...

CityLife on MaTV Montréal - TV Interview with me by host Tina Tenneriello (starts at 43:20)

Montreal Gazette - Bill Brownstein Article & bonus yoga video by the Gazette photographer Pierre Obendrauf.

The Suburban - Article by Mike Cohen. "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is somewhat busy these days, but it would be interesting to get his take on Muse Entertainment’s excellent new feature-length documentary called Grass Fed about marijuana edibles... Find a way to see it. You won't be sorry!” - Mike Cohen, The Suburban

CBC-Radio - Daybreak interview featuring Mike Paterson and Ezra Soiferman with host Mike Finnerty.

CHOM-FM - Radio interview featuring Mike Paterson and Ezra Soiferman with hosts Terry Dimonte and Heather Backmon.“Ezra Soiferman is one of my favorite documentary filmmakers.” - Terry Dimonte, CHOM-FM

Lift Cannabis - Review of Grass Fed by Owen Smith. "Grass Fed is funny, informative and inspirational all at once….Mike’s life-altering journey offers something for everyone. With very little experience but a lot of determination, Mike shows what’s possible with a combination of exercise, support, courage and cannabis… Grass Fed’s high quality production and enjoyable soundtrack make it a highly recommended movie for Canadians interested in cannabis.” - Owen Smith, LiftCannabis.ca

Civilized - Podcast interview with Mike Paterson by James Mullinger. "I'm a massive, massive fan of Grass Fed…I absolutely loved the documentary. It’s a beautiful film. What’s amazing about it, as well as being hilarious, it’s truly heartwarming."  -James Mullinger, Civilized

Canadian Jewish News - Article By Jonathan Dick

The Comedy Wives Blog - Eight or More Things You Need to Know About Grass Fed by Mike Paterson's wife Monika Schmidt.

Green Rush Daily - Blog post by Chuck Ludley. “…stories like this could go a long way in helping to change cultural attitudes.” Chuck Ludley, GreenRushDaily.com

Wise Women Canada - Devouring Cannabis - Op-ed by Ezra.

Interview with Mike Paterson & Ezra Soiferman on the Tweed Vault blog.

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This is a really fun one, guys. Hope you're able to see it! Enjoy the Grass Fed trailer below...

And, please remember to visit and Like the film's Facebook page! Lots more cool stuff there.

Thanks!

Ezra


Monday, October 26, 2015

Leaf Sandwich







"Red, White and Blue", "Leaf Sandwich", "Fisheye Fall Tree", 10/15, Montreal


Friends,

Have a ball this fall and regards to all from Montreal. 

Ez

Monday, September 28, 2015

Supermoon Rainbow

"Supermoon Rainbow", by Ezra Soiferman, 9/28/15

Hello Ez Sez Friends,

A rainbow refracting off the clouds next to the Supermoon eclipse last night. I shot this at the very end of the eclipse, from my street corner in Montreal's NDG neighbourhood.

Here's a technical explanation about how this very special rainbow phenomenon occurred: I have no idea.

I hope you got a chance to see the eclipse too!

Ez


Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer in the city...


A little something I whipped up for the spirit of the summer in La Belle Ville.

Ez

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pickles


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Big Tree

"Big Tree", 3/15, Montreal, by Ezra S. 

It all starts with one small seed and one big idea to plant it.

One of my favourite trees in Montreal. Taken on a nice walk recently.

When the spirit moves you... move it!

Ez


Monday, March 30, 2015

Tangle

"Clothesline Tangle", 3/15, Montreal, by Ezra S.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A warm pocket...

"Crystalline Sun-Up", 1/15, Montreal, by Ezra S. 

Some days, even a gloved hand needs a warm pocket.

Ez

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"Slidewalk"

Click image to watch "Slidewalk" (0:35) on YouTube

Happy New Years, Guys! 

I shot this ultra-short short film, "Slidewalk", in 2004, but it's still timely today what with all the icy sidewalks in Montreal. 

Click here to watch.

Fun fact: CBC Montreal's Canada Now nightly newscast aired the film the same day I shot and edited it after I "cold" called them and showed them a copy. They told me it was the first time they'd ever shown a complete short film on their newscast.

The film was also shown in 2010 up on a big outdoor screen at the NDG Off The Wall Film Festival which took place 250 feet from the Sherbrooke/Old Orchard sidewalk where the film was shot. 

Ez sez: If you're late, skate! 

Easy does it out there, but have fun... 

Ez

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wheelie

"Wheelie", 11/14, Montreal, by Ezra S.

Public transport in Montreal has been SO fun ever since they trained the drivers to do wheelies.

(Actually, this bus was being towed away after a breakdown.)

Ez

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall in Montreal

"Hydrant and Tree", 10/14, Montreal, by Ezra S.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Emoticoncrete



Dear Ez Sez Readers,

My new photo series and its smiley blog is now up...

www.emoticoncrete.com

Enjoy!

Ez

P.S. Feel free to share with friends, especially kids who might enjoy it too.

Update 10/15/14: Now you can Follow the Emoticoncrete journey on Instagram too.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YidLife Crisis



(YidLife Crisis creators/stars Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman. Click above image to watch Episode 1.)

If you like Yiddish, food, or out-of-left-field short comedy web series, you should check out the first instalment of YidLife Crisis by my buddies Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman. It's a 4-part series with episodes being rolled out leading up to Christmas.

It's meshuggah. Fully.

Enjoy!

Ez


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Basketball recline

("Basketball Recline", 8/14, Montreal, by Ezra S.)

Wander the city
Here's what you might find
A slam dunk
Of relaxation time

Have a great end of the summer, Ez Sez friends. 

Ez

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This vine...

("Lamppost and Friend", 8/14, Montreal, by Ezra S.)

This vine, divine.

Ez

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Street bolt

(Street Bolt, 7/14, Montreal, by Ezra S.)

A bolt squashed into the asphalt on a busy street. I love these kinds of urban finds. 

Thought I'd share.

Lookin' out for your nuts & bolts,

Ez

Monday, June 30, 2014

Knish book launch




Hey, fellow food-lovers!

I've been invited to MC the book launch for my NYC friend Laura Silver's new book Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.

Drop in for knish tastings, signed books, a knish drawing contest, 'waffled knishes' (!?) and a general fress-fest.

Taking place this Friday, July 4, 7pm, Librairie Drawn + Quarterly (211 Bernard St. West, Montreal).

Best wishes + knishes to all.

Ez

Update: Here's a great review of the event that was posted by Drawn + Quarterly.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Glow Habs Glow


Don't you mope
Habs have hope
Go Toke Go!

Good luck to newly-promoted Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski and the whole team. 

Take a look at previous Montreal playoff goalie miracles.

Ez

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Yes we can...

(Crushed, 5/2014, Montreal, by Ezra S.)


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Half Upon the Curb

(Half Upon the Curb, 5/14, Montreal, by Ezra S.)


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Trash TV

(Trash TV, 4/14, Montreal, by Ezra S.) 

A usual site these days... 
abandoned tube TVs
plunked upon the pavement 
left behind to be smashed, trashed 
and carted of to the landfill

Had your fill of Trash TV?  

Ez

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy beardsday...

(click pic quick for juicy view)

For my birthday, this past Sunday, I created the photo series above.

In a nutshell… as my beard got sheared, things got weird!

Ez

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bring the Bonfire

Click the image above to watch

Hello Again Friends and Foodies!

Here is the 2nd Urban Bonfire video I directed: "Bring the Bonfire: Epis. 1 - Blackstrap BBQ"

This one has Urban Bonfire's Ryan Bloom taking a stock Kamado Joe grill out on the road and challenging award-winning Blackstrap BBQ "Pitmaster" Dylan Kier to a flame-filled duel to see if his famous steaks, ribs and pork roasts come out as well on the "Joe" as with his prized, industrial-grade hickory smokers.

Please watch the video to find out and thanks for sharing it with your food-lover friends.

You can also visit Urban Bonfire's Facebook page for lots more backyard and BBQ-related fun.

If you still haven't seen the first video in this series, "Meet Urban Bonfire", you can watch it here. Thanks to all who checked it out last week and sent feedback. I loved reconnecting with you all.

Have a great weekend,

Ez

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's Bonfire time...


(click to watch "Meet Urban Bonfire")

Spring is here and warm outdoor time is (~hopefully~) right around the corner up here in Montreal and out where you are.

Cool news to share... I was asked by an old friend, Ryan Bloom (co-owner of the exquisite Rustique Pie Kitchen), to direct two short films for his brand new venture, Urban Bonfire, located right next door to Rustique on Notre-Dame West in St-Henri.

Ryan describes Urban Bonfire like this: "Our goal is to work with people and their spaces to maximize both the economic and experiential elements of every rooftop, balcony, backyard, deck or country home they want to bring to life."

Urban Bonfire will not only sell you a sweet barbecue, they'll also take your backyard and whip it into an oasis for family & friends. For Ryan and Urban Bonfire partner/designer Stefan Marchant, everything revolves around "Celebrating Outdoor Gathering Spaces".

And that's exactly what we went for in the two videos we created for their gorgeous new shop.

Please watch the first video, Meet Urban Bonfire, which just launched on the store's website and on YouTube. It features music by among others, another old friend, Dylan Silverstein, and was deftly edited by Rebecca Lessard.

If you enjoy the video, feel free to share with a friend who may need a barbecue, some grilling accessories, or even a spruced-up backyard.  There's even a bbq promo on now at the shop too.

The 2nd video, in which I follow Ryan and a barbecue to Verdun's beloved Blackstrap BBQ, will launch next week. I'll share that with you then.

Enjoy the spring! Hope you're outside grilling and chilling soon...

Ez

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Presque-Spring…

"Log Peddler", 2/13, Montreal, by Ezra S.

It was one of those
"that was a cold one"winters
"that was a hard one" winters
"that was a long one" winters

But we have emerged at what feels like the other end
And the sun is burning on through

Happy presque-Spring from Ez to you.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter rolls along…

"Slush Balloons", 1/14, Montreal, by Ezra S.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday cheer...

Happy holidays to all from ezsez.com.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Eagle

"Self portrait as an eagle on the surface of a trampoline", Oct. 2013
Smith's Falls, ON, by Ezra S.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fuzzy Cactus

("Soft & Fuzzy", May, 2013, St-Adolphe d'Howard, QC, By Ezra S.)

Sometimes even a cactus looks soft and fuzzy. But be careful….