Originally Aired: 07/31/20 – We review Umbrella Academy Season 2. We talk with director Jeff Barnaby of Blood Quantum and also with singer/actor Jade Hassouné about his EP Love Letter to a Fandom.

Show Notes:

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We talk with director Jeff Barnaby. His latest film, Blood Quantum, was a hit at last year’s TIFF Midnight Madness program. The film is now available on Shudder. Jeff talks about Blood Quantum and more! Jeff Barnaby began his career directing short films. His 2010 short film File Under Miscellaneous was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. Barnaby made his feature film debut with Rhymes for Young Ghouls. The film premiered in the Discovery section of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2019, Barnaby premiered his sophomore feature Blood Quantum at the Toronto International Film Festival, as the opener for the festival’s Midnight Madness section. The film was named the second runner-up for the festival’s Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award.

Our review of The Umbrella Academy starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and David Castañeda. Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya’s 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right – the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three year period. Starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which – spoiler alert! – turns out is a result of the group’s disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?). Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything.

We also talk with actor Jade Hassouné! Jade played Meliorn on Shadowhunters, but he joined us to talk about his new music career. Jade released his first EP, Love Letter to a Fandom, under the name J4DE earlier this month. Jade Hassouné is a Lebanese-Canadian actor and musician born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. In 2016, Jade played Meliorn in the award-winning American supernatural drama television series SHADOWHUNTERS. The show is a winner of four 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards, including The Show of 2018 and The Binge Worthy Show of 2018 and has millions of fans worldwide. In June 2019, Jade officially released his debut single Insta Story. The single is part of his debut EP titled LOVE LETTER TO A FANDOM under the artist name J4DE.

It was a great show!

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Production Credits:

Geek Hard Logo – Candice Hibbard and Rich Robbins
Technical Production – Gary LaBarr, Recorded at the Reality Radio 101 Studio
Hosts/Producers – Andrew Young & James Green

Music Credits:

Opening Music “Eterna Teen” by Mark
“Love Letter to a Fandom” by J4DE
“She Came onto Me” by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
“Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” by Waylon Jennings
“Crazy” by Daniela Andrade
“Comin Home Baby” by Mel Torme
“Insta Story” by J4DE
Closing Music “Kelly’s Heroes” by Black Grape”