Michael Melski – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

Occupation: Writer-Director in Film and Theatre

Place of Birth: Sydney, NS

Currently Resides: Halifax, NS

Where’s your favourite place in  Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?

Just Us on Barrington in Halifax, the Atlantic Restaurant at Keltic Lodge, the Dancing Goat in Northeast Margaree.

Where’s your favourite place in  Nova Scotia to grab a pint?

Michael's Bar and Grill is my local (I'm not the owner). Nicest bar staff in Halifax and great place to decompress away from the downtown scene. I'm also known to occasion the Economy Shoe Shop, The Carleton, and Tom's Little Havana.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?

I'm not a big shopper, but I'll tell you some of my favorite restaurants. Caribbean Twist, Mexico Lindo and Athens make Halifax awesome. I also like Chabaa Thai, Morris East, and The Bicycle Thief.

Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?

That's tough, I love hiking and backpacking so I could write pages on this. The top of the final descent to Pollett's Cove in the Cape Breton Highlands is spectacular. Anything on the west coast of CB is special at sunset. As is the view above the Boar's Back Pool on the Margaree River in Portree. The panorama of North Bay, Ingonish at the end of the Cape Smokey trail is worth the trek. This province is blessed with many stunning sights. Some you have to earn.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit  Nova Scotia:

1. If you're here or visiting Halifax in the next few months, I hope you will check out my feature film CHARLIE ZONE, a dramatic thriller which has screened at festivals worldwide and won several awards. It opens Feb.7/13 and then on April 30/13 my new play "EIGHTEEN", a comedy, has its Canadian premiere at Neptune Theatre (co-produced by Eastern Front Theatre). It's already selling very well, so get your tickets soon.

2. When I'm away for a long time, I love getting back to Point Pleasant Park in Halifax. I run, and it's a great place to be physically active plus escape the city vibe without leaving its limits. Obviously from my other answers, you can tell how much I recommend Cape Breton. But P3 is a treasure.

3. Check out the excellent Atlantic music scene. In my films, particularly my first feature GROWING OP, I've used almost exclusively local music from  talent like Gloryhound, Joel Plaskett, Three Sheet, Matt Mays, Sloan, Jill Barber, Two Hours Traffic, Amelia Curran, In Flight Safety, Classified and more. Not all of these acts live here, but chances are you'll find one or more playing in NS any given night, and you might catch the next rising star opening for them.

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While you're here check out our feature interview with Michael on SABStv - "MOVIE MAKERS" Special - click here for that.

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For a truly cool look at everything on Michael Melski's award winning movie CHARLIE ZONE visit www.charliezonethemovie.com

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SABS Note of Noteworthiness

New Movie NewsMichael Melski's most recent project is MILES FROM NOWHERE - a film which he wrote and directed that "documents famed Canadian runner Johnny Miles' 27-mile run across Nova Scotia - before he wins the Boston Marathon and becomes an Olympian." The movie stars Josh Cruddas (COPPERHEAD) in the title role along with Robbie O'Neill as John Miles Sr.  Stay tuned for more details on that.  source

1 Comment »

  1. Ahh...Mike is the nicest Caper you'll ever meet!

    Comment by Karen Antle Filek — November 27, 2012 @ 8:31 pm


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