DIY, Lo-Fi, Sci-Fi

What if by chewing gum you could eliminate your body odor, cure yourself of cancer and take pictures with your eyes? You’d do it, wouldn’t you? Of course there may be a few side effects, but you don’t need to worry about that now, do you? Open your mouth and say ah!

In Toronto writer and director Jim Munroe’s first feature, Infest Wisely, a chewable nanotechnology gives people who gnaw on the tech some amazing abilities. It also loads them up with a few unadvertised “features” that spread through their bloodstream like a porn virus and are about as easy to uninstall.

Infest Wisely consists of seven 12 minute films all written by Munroe but helmed by separate Toronto directors. While designed to stand alone they can combine, much like the giant 1980s mecha robot Voltron, into a feature length film. Minus all the bad dubbing, of course. Check out the trailer.

The individual episodes will be released as a free download and podcast once a week starting on May 22 but for those who would like to see the project in its entirety there is an advance screening this Friday May 18 at 7pm at the Innis Town Hall. For a mere $5 you become an Infestor and get to see the film on the big screen and help fund its entry into film festivals.

Munro, who turned his back on Harper Collins to peruse self-publishing and other forms of do-it-yourself culture, says the no-budget project came together because everyone donated the resources they could – be it camera skills or props. "Hopefully we'll see more and more people realizing that making indie movies is more achievable now than it has ever been."

(This post was originally written for the Torontoist, where I now occasionally hang my hat.)


  1. AnonymousMay 18, 2007

    I love this! My husband and I are constantly referring to the blink camera. Well, he refers to it whenever I do something ridiculous. Which is quite often.

  2. Wow. I love the concept. And the trailer looks really good. I can't wait to see it.