• Chase Joynt as Mars the bike courier
  • Alexander Chapman as Detective Epicene
  • Arsinee Khanjian as Mayor Keele
  • Nina Arsenault as the Chemist
  • Ramzi Ayash as the Reporter
  • Guierllmo Verdechia as the CEO
  • Moynan King as the Bike Boss
  • Stephen Chen as the Cop
Project Dates:
January 07, 2013
March 01, 2013

Toronto subway platform screens and online

Murder in Passing – January 2013

Solve the Mystery of Murder in Passing  – Unravel the Clues on the Toronto subway system!

Murder in Passing, the first-ever transmedia whodunit series for commuters, features new episodes appearing daily on Toronto’s subway platform screens and online from January 7, 2013 to March 1, 2013.

Daily, silent 30-second episodes of Murder in Passing will play every 10 minutes on Pattison Onestop’s subway platform screens, with Friday’s episode repeating on Saturday and Sunday.

Written and directed by John Greyson, Murder in Passing is a multi-layered murder mystery shot in the film noir style, featuring Greyson’s signature intricacy, use of symbolism and metaphor. “Murder mysteries have always engaged social issues — perhaps especially Ruth Rendell, but even Agatha Christie — so I’m excited to be working in this genre, exploring complex transgender and environmental issues. The script evolved from diverse sources — especially stories of cyclists, lesbians, gays and transpeople killed in various cities over the past decade — and evolved into a larger meditation about the opportunism of greenwashing, the politics of gender — and the fugue form in classical music and opera.” said John Greyson, writer and director.

Visit murderinpassing.com to review the current episode or catch up on past instalments. Listen online to the daily operatic ‘fugues’ composed by David Wall after each episode for a trace of evidence and fun. Find the daily clues on twitter @MurderIP, in the Metro newspaper, and the project website. Read our citizen detective’s blog posts, and share your suspicions with fellow sleuths. Follow the clues and solve the mystery of Murder in Passing. 

Murder in Passing 
Bike courier Mars Brito (Chase Joynt- Akin, Everyday to Stay) has been murdered … and everyone in the town of Passing B.C. is a suspect! The extensive roster of suspect characters include his keen green bike boss (Moynan KingMothering, Trace), his troubled train conductor fiancé (Erin BarduaLucy, The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill), the ambitious Chemistry Professor (Nina Arsenault40 days and 40 Nights, The Silicone Diaries), Passing’s anti-bike Mayor (Arsinee KhanjianCruel and Tender, Ararat) and the CEO of an SUV manufacturer (Guillermo Verdecchia – The Adventures of Ali & Ali; bloom, Fronteras Americanas) with Gramsci issues. Detective Epicene (Alexander ChapmanFig Trees, Sugar, After Alice, Lilies), harbouring secrets of her own, must untangle a bewildering conspiracy involving bikes, cars, opera, gender and corporate green-washing to expose the murderer.

John Greyson’s award-winning films/videos include Fig Trees, Lilies, and Zero Patience. David Wall is an award-winning composer and lead singer of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band. Co-Producer, Anneli Ekborn acclaimed shorts and features include TIFF-winner, Big Girl. Co-Producer Sharon Switzer has been producing art and film projects for public screens since 2007.

Murder in Passing was commissioned by Art for Commuters and Pattison Onestop, is a Future Cinema Lab/Greyzone Production supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Where to find Murder in Passing online
Website: www.murderinpassing.com
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MurderInPassing
Twitter: @MurderIP
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MIPassing

Murder in Passing, is part of Pattison Onestop’s year-long arts and culture programme, presenting thought-provoking projects that enhance our shared environment and transport city-dwellers, if only momentarily, out of our daily routines. www.artintransit.ca

Press Contact: Marie Nazar, Pattison Onestop Arts Publicist – 416.762.7702 or mnazar@idirect.ca