12.08.2011 (9:53 am) – Filed under: News

XENO Founder and CEO Paul Hartmann has been a long time supporter of the efforts of Sheatre. Their new film, Far From the Heart, premieres in Toronto on September. Take a read through their press release.

New Interactive Film Tackles Taboo Youth
Issues In A Fresh & Innovative Way
Far From The Heart Premieres in Toronto September 1st, 2011

Toronto, ON, August 2011 – A groundbreaking online interactive film gives teens a safe and simulated setting to virtually live out the issues they face today: sexual assault, dating violence, alcohol abuse, and self-image.
“It’s a powerful production with lots of grit and humour. Perfect for Canadian teens right now in this day in age,” says Joan Chandler, Artistic Director of Sheatre, a cutting-edge film and theatre organization. “We want this film to inspire teens to not only make the right choices, but discuss what those choices may be.”
Far From the Heart is a unique concept that explores taboo social issues and promotes a practiced and positive response to teen pressures. The innovative film calls teens to action, motivating them to submit their own alternative ending via iPhone, blackberry or other digital filming devices and then upload it to YouTube.
“The digitized methodology of online forum-style film allows youth to make their own choices and explore difficult issues in a safe environment,” says Chandler. “For some kids, this is the first time these important issues have been brought up.”
The project has received critical acclaim and support from the family of the late world-renowned Canadian-born talent, Phil Hartman of Saturday Night Live (Bill Clinton) and The Simpsons (Troy McClure). “The statistics are horrifying. There is a skewed psyche out there of what is appropriate,” says Paul Hartman, brother of Phil Hartman, and major supporter of Far From The Heart.
Through the power of interactive online film, Far From the Heart encourages a higher-level of thinking in young people when faced with common social situations including underage drinking, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
“The blurring of moral lines is a growing trend in society,” says film producer, Stephen Gardner, “in the film, we confront some really tough subject matter and ask teens to reestablish the boundaries of what is acceptable behavior, what is not, and how to avoid these situations completely.”
“Sheatre is a great organization which works to promote social change and fix what is socially wrong. We need to stand up and speak out about these issues, bringing them out of the closet and onto people’s lips,” says Hartman.
Far From the Heart will launch at 6:00PM, September 1st at Toronto’s Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto. For more information and to see the film trailer, go to
About Sheatre: Founded by Joan Chandler in 1985, Sheatre is quickly becoming a national presence in community arts. The theatre group is currently traveling through Ontario and Saskatchewan to share the groundbreaking theatre Forum, Far From the Heart, with young people in various community groups. Through this interactive form of education, they aim to turn peer pressure into positive action by exposing and encouraging discussion on common youth issues. This revolutionary interactive film will be featured on the highly anticipated Far From the Heart website, to be launched in August. For more information, link to
Facebook: | Twitter: @FarFromTheHeart
Far From the Heart and Sheatre are proudly supported by: Canadian Women’s Foundation, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Ontario Arts Council, The Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, RBC, Bruce Power, Tippet Foundation and Lotus Leaf Communications.
Media Contacts:
Katherine Dempster, 416 928 1978,
Julia Che, 416 928 1978,
• The results of a 2011 study showed that 61% of male participants did not consider forcing sex on an acquaintance as rape (Weiler-Polak, 2011)
• In 2007, over half of all sexual assault victims were under the age of 18 (Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, 2010)
• Children and youth accounted for 61% of sexual assault cases reported to police in 2002 (Statistics Canada, 2004)
• 51% of Canadian Women have experienced at least one incident of violence since the age of 16 (Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Sexual Assault Fact Sheet. Ottawa: C.A.C.S.W., 1985)
• Sixty-three percent of all sexual assaults reported to the police involve girls under the age of 18. (Russell 1996)
• Fifty-four percent of girls under the age of 16 have experienced some form of unwanted sexual attention. Twenty-four percent have experienced rape or coercive sex, and 17% have experienced incest. (Holmes and Silverman 1992; Russell 1996)
• Four out of five female undergraduates reported that they had been victims of violence in a dating relationship. Twenty-nine percent of that number reported incidents of sexual assault. (OWD 1995, 1)
• Girls are two to three times more likely to experience sexual abuse than boys. (Johnston and Saenz 1997)
• Sixty percent of Canadian college-aged males report that they would commit sexual assault if they were certain that they would not be caught. (OWD 1995, 2)
• Thirty-one percent of sexual assaults occur in dating and acquaintance relationships. (OWD 1995, 2)
• Twenty percent of Toronto secondary school students reported that they had experienced at least one form of assault in a dating relationship. (OWD 1995, 5)
• In a Canadian study, 25% of all female post-secondary students in 1993 had been physically and/or sexually assaulted by a male date or boyfriend. (Johnson 1996, 115)
• In a Canadian study, 1 in 5 male students surveyed said that forced intercourse was all right “if he spends money on her”, “if he is stoned or drunk”, or “if they had been dating for a long time.” (Johnson 1996,120)
• In 51% of all incidents of dating violence reported by Canadian women, the perpetrator was under the influence of alcohol. (Johnson 1996, 128)


21.06.2011 (4:12 pm) – Filed under: News

We received the news today that Phil Hartman did not get a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so this means we reapply to be eligible for the next two years (reapplication must be done by May 31, 2012 – it’s on the calendar already…). However, news about the campaign to get Phil his star on Canada’s Walk of Fame is just one week away.

Be sure to check back here or on any of our Phil Facebook pages for the latest. THIS IS THE YEAR FOLKS – WE HAVE TO GET A STAR FOR PHIL!

In case you’re curious, here’s the link for those that got elected to the Hollywood Walk this year – congrats to America, one of the bands Phil worked closely with during his days at Hartmann and Goodman.


26.04.2011 (2:14 pm) – Filed under: News

The results are in. Alex Stevens, founder of the movement to get Phil Hartman his star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, emerged victorious last night over his two opponents: XENOVISION CEO Paul Hartmann (yes, and Phil’s brother) and XENO Chief Technology Officer and Jr. Philologist, Tony Turino. It was a low scoring battle, all in good fun and good cheer. Alex now moves on to our Championship Show on May 2nd, where he will pit his knowledge against XENO writer (and XENO COO Angel Rosenthal’s son) Mark Rosenthal, and die hard Phil Phan Dale (no relation to Paul) McCartney. The winner of the match will get a special prize as well the title of Honorary XENO Philologist.
Angel, our Senior Philologist, in the mean time is working on some advanced Phil classes for Paul and Tony…

Be sure to catch the final show May 2nd, right here at


25.04.2011 (1:57 am) – Filed under: News

There are a mere six more days to go in this year’s campaign to get Phil Hartman his long overdue and much deserved star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. We’ve been posting all over Facebook and Twitter, and emailing those that worked alongside Phil during his career. Thanks go out to Poco and their great fans, the Poconuts, Melanie Hutsell, Tim Meadows, Dave Koz, Nora Dunn, Tom Cherones and countless others that have posted the link to vote on their pages or circulated petitions or tweeted or…you get the idea. And thanks to each and every fan that has not only voted, but posted, reposted, or adopted our campaign profile picture.

These final six days are critical – you will see our posts on the Facebook pages we administer and on most of the pages that are in any way associated with anything Phil did. We will not give up, we will not rest, we will continue to press and push until midnight of April 30th. THIS IS THE YEAR!
To vote for Phil, go to


24.04.2011 (5:42 pm) – Filed under: News

There is a message in there somewhere…anyhoo, Monday, April 25th is the final week before the Championship Round on May 2nd. Our contestants this week? Well, Paul Hartmann, brother of Phil and our XENO CEO for one. Anthony Turino, our XENO Tech Officer and Jr. Philologist for two. And Alex Stevens, the man who started it all back in 2007 with the Phil Hartman for Canada’s Walk of Fame campaign. Angel Rosenthal, our Sr. Philologist and COO is wearing all the hats this week – playing Alex Trebek, keeping score and acting as judge.

It promises to be a very, very interesting show to see who earns the right to move onto to meet Mark Rosenthal and Dale McCartney in our Championship Show where we will name our newest Philologist.

XENOVISION LIVE! Monday, April 25th at 7 pm PST/9 EST/10 CST right here at


17.04.2011 (10:48 pm) – Filed under: News

Catch this week’s XENOVISION LIVE! Phil Hartman Jeopardy with our three fans: Dale McCartney, Derek Pollachi and Ray Rogers showing their knowledge of all things Phil. Who is going to join Mark Rosenthal, our week one winner in the championship May 2nd? You’ll have to tune in and see for yourself right here at 7 PST/9 CST/10 EST.


17.04.2011 (1:24 am) – Filed under: News

Only two more weeks till the end of this year’s Walk of Fame campaign. It has been a long fight, with lots of support from Phil’s fans, but these last few days will be key! Cast your vote today at and help us get Phil Hartman his long deserved recognition on Canada’s Walk of Fame! THIS IS THE YEAR!


12.04.2011 (4:34 pm) – Filed under: News

Congrats to the winner of our first Phil Jeopardy show last night on XENOVISION LIVE! Who was the best? Mark Rosenthal, nosing out Chris Glen in Final Jeopardy. And does the name sound familiar? Mark is our staff writer and the son of yours truly, the XENO Senior Philologist and COO , Angel Rosenthal. Mark proved himself as a Phil expert in his own right, though Mom was miffed he missed a couple of easy questions just the same.
Tune in on April 18th for our next round of three more Phil-heads going to battle for the chance to meet Mark in the Championship on May 2nd.


11.04.2011 (3:53 pm) – Filed under: News


A first look at the lineup for Bullets Off Broadway! From the mind of Paul Hartmann, B.O.B. is a twisted, violent and sexy look at what happens when weapons rule the world and run amok in Bullet City! Bullets is being scripted by our staff writer Mark Rosenthal, and this phenomenal art work has been done by Damon Mark. Stay tuned for more peeks at the wildness that is Bullets Off Broadway in coming days!


11.04.2011 (3:36 pm) – Filed under: News

The first of our series of Phil Jeopardy shows kicks off Monday, April 11th to celebrate the final few weeks of our campaign to get Phil Hartman his star on Canada’s Walk of Fame! Three fans test their knowledge of all things Phil and vie for a spot on the Championship show May 2nd. Tonight’s contestants are Mark Rosenthal, Dale McCartney and Chris Glen, and Paul Hartmann will be doing his best Alex Trebek in hosting the show. Tune in for all the fun tonight at 7pm PST/9 CST/10EST right here at