There Really is a Phantom…of Winnipeg!

Some news to report on the long-awaited, much-anticipated documentary Phantom of Winnipeg!

The trailer for this project will be screened twice in February at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, prior to their annual screenings of Phantom of the Paradise.

The Feb. 12th event is sold out, but a second date on Feb. 26th has just been added. Tickets are available here.

The trailer will be introduced by Phantompalooza alum Doug Carlson, who has also pulled double duty as Production Consultant and talking head in the documentary.


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Off and Flying

Filming continues on the ‘Phantom of Winnipeg’ documentary, with director Malcolm Ingram sitting down with actor/composer/legend Paul Williams last Wednesday to get his take on wonderful wacky Winnipeg. We here at Phantompalooza are all choked up inside, man..!



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Winter Comes and the Winds Blow Colder

The whole “Phantom of Winnipeg” gang wants to thank you for all your support so far. This campaign has gotten our documentary some great ink in the press (see below) and it has also garnered us some attention from celebrities and other folks interested in being involved with or be in the film itself. In celebration of this good news and because we know everyone’s spending their dough during the season we’ve lowered our target goal. Please help us spread the word during the campaign’s final days, we can’t wait to tell you more about what’s coming up with this project. You’ll love it, trust us.

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Phantom of Winnipeg Wins Indiewire’s Project of the Week!

Phantom of Winnipeg has won the Indiewire Project of the Week, for the week of Dec. 25, 2015.

With a plurality of the votes cast, Winnipeg’s Phantom of the Paradise fans have spoken.  The documentary will next become a candidate for December Project of the Month. That winner will receive a Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12 License and will be in the running for Project of the Year, where the prize will be a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4k camera.

As one commenter so aptly put it:  “The Phantom has spoken…Swan approved…”


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Please Fund Phantom of Winnipeg!

What is Phantom of Winnipeg?

In 1974 acclaimed film director Brian DePalma took an artistic gamble and created his own version of the classic tale Phantom of the Opera. Phantom of the Paradise is an over- the-top glam horror comedy movie musical, featuring a starring role and songs from musical legend Paul Williams (the award-winning writer behind classic songs like “Evergreen”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and “Rainbow Connection”).

On release, the film landed with a mighty thud and quickly disappeared back whence it came…

… this would be where the story ended if it weren’t for the brave denizens of the small and frigid Canadian city of Winnipeg who didn’t get the memo. Instead local kids (shockingly between the ages of 9-13) turned the film into an enduring phenomenon with local box office grosses larger than the studio blockbuster Jaws.

These little Winnipeggers did this by buying up thousands upon thousands of tickets, sending the soundtrack up the charts and even flying in Williams for a concert where he was treated like a member of the Beatles by the mobs of teens assembled. An entire generation of kids grew up on The Phantom of the Paradise and they continue to keep the cult around the film alive today with sold out screenings and events still happening in Winnipeg to this day.

Phantom of Winnipeg tells the story of the unique fan community that sprung up around the film and the people whose rock and roll obsessions are still going strong decades later. This documentary will be an exploration of an outsider community and the very DNA of fan culture itself told via the true life stories of those fateful Winnipeg kids who just got it, the cast and creative team behind the original film who saw it all go down first-hand and the famous artists who swear that Winnipeg  was definitely on to something.



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