I’ve watched this short film more times than I can count. Warning: adult language… the only language… and only for about 2 seconds.

It was shot by friends Jono Hunter and Darcy Campbell, and stars friends Ian MacDougall and Victor Tomiczek.

It’s 2 minutes of cinematic referential perfection.

The crooked, Crumb-esque telephone polls. The desolate, Burton-esque trees. The too-white, Gollum-esque hands(?!). The Trailer Park Boys meets French indie film piano music at the end.

The reflection in the ditch water. The glaze on the wet sidewalk. The ATV tracks in the mud. The car lights blurring in the fog. The reverse-backward gait of the actors.

(By the way, it was only after I watched it a bazillion times that I noticed that Victor’s character seems to strike an outstretched-arm SUPER MAN pose, as he walks away from the camera, after having encountered Ian’s original SUPER MAN. It’s contagious.)

Tom Fun

The Tom Fun Orchestra is embarking on a “Canada World Tour” in support of their sophomore release, Earthworm Heart, the follow-up to 2008’s You Will Land With A Thud. But you already knew all that.

What you might not know is that when lead singer Ian MacDougall plays solo/acoustic at Wentworth Perk, my kids sing back up. Or that the lyrics to Animal Mask (“Running out of methadone/get me to the clinic”) become “Running out of cookie dough, get me to the Sobey’s.”

The website I made for them is based on the new album’s cover art — a 75-year old photograph of Ian’s great-uncle fishing in Margaree River (or something like that). Find tour dates, get free downloads, and pre-order the new album at tomfun.ca.