Grades 7-12, College, Adult
Directed by Larry Weinstein
Produced by Jessica Daniel, Matthew Hornburg, Larry Weinstein
DVD Purchase $250, Rent $85
VHS Purchase $250, Rent $85
US Release Date: 2006
Copyright Date: 2005
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-356-0
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-355-2
Awards and Festivals
Golden Sheaf Award, Best Original Music (Fiction)
Golden Sheaf Award, Best Editing (Fiction)
Toronto International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Music on Film--Film on Music, Prague
Victoria International Film and Video Festival
One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Video Festival, Calgary
Eight comedic mini-operas, each depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship.
BURNT TOAST is comprised of a series of eight comedic mini-operas, each depicting a different stage of a romantic relationship set in contemporary settings. With original music and libretti, each vignette is a self-contained story, but together they work as a cohesive single piece. The relationships are of all types: the passionate, the fantasized, the bored and of course, the dead relationship.
An opera program that actually appeals to a wide general audience, BURNT TOAST is the brainchild of the same team that created "Toothpaste", the five-minute domestic opera that has been screened throughout the world and showered with international prizes.
"The entire process of love, pain and the whole damn thing is uniquely played out in the mock-opera, Burnt Toast...TV is rarely this good...Weinstein's established visual style...is applied here...with striking effect."
The (Toronto) Globe and Mail
"Inspired...Composed by Alexina Louie, with a playfully ironic libretto from Dan Redican, the comedia opera features a virtual Who's Who of Canadian actors -- Paul Gross, Colm Feore, Colin Machirie, Leah Pinsent, Cathy Jones, Mark McKinney among others -- lip-synching their way through the melodie madness."
"A laugh-filled treat...Not just for opera fans."
"Burnt Toast is a somewhat unusual and brave release from Bullfrog Films...thrilling...Create[s] the interest to listen to more. What else could anyone ask of contemporary opera? A Highly Recommended purchase for all libraries."
Gerald Notaro, University of South Florida, Educational Media Reviews Online