Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We're going back! To a school of sorts... This Friday, Barbara and I are making our third annual pilgrimage to Toronto to swirl among the glitterati in that big snow globe of cinematic schmooze affectionately known as TIFF.

Once again, we head on down the 401 to pay our respects to many of the people who have been instrumental in getting our film made and who will be instrumental in getting our film seen once it's finished.

And we also go every year to pay our respects to all the films that actually ARE finished (a herculean accomplishment unto itself). We go to support films that have, first and foremost, been made by people we know and love! And have been selected to screen at one of the most important film festivals in the world ...

Films like :

"Score: A Hockey Musical" opening the festival, this vaguely Canadian-sounding project is distributed by our own Mongrel Media and showcases an honorary "Dolly" alumnus, Nelly Furtado. What's not to love?

"The High Cost of Living", shot by our own fabulous cinematographer, Claudine Sauvé (second year in a row a film shot by her has been selected for TIFF) written and directed by Deborah Chow - a talented young filmmaker we were introduced to at last year's TIFF. Way to go, Deborah and Claudine!

"Barney's Version", featuring our own dear Macha Grenon in the juicy role of Solange. This is a star-studded, big-ticket film based on Mordecai Richler's book of the same name. Can't wait!

"Trigger" starring Molly Parker and Tracy Wright as ex-rock n roll bandmates, written by Daniel McIvor and directed by Bruce McDonald. Need I say more?

So somewhere between the overlapping parties and the business meetings actually scheduled to take place in a hotel lobby, we hope to get to see a couple of these movies. Hoping you'll all get a chance to go out and see them soon at a theatre near you too!