Issue: September 2014 - The TIFF Issue

Stand-up fatherhood: An interview with Mark Myers, director of Delivery

Accessing stand-up comedy is as easy as ever. Going to comedy clubs and venues to enjoy (or endure) some stand up is still common, and it’s even easier to find your favourite comedian, and their most recent set, on YouTube. What isn’t easy is actually developing a stand-up routine and going through with it. In Delivery, director Mark Myers shows exactly how hard it is. Mark and his friends decide to venture into the world of stand-up comedy to try something new, even though he is about to have his first child. Toronto Film Scene recently sat down with Mark Myers, director, producer...

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Creating creatures: An interview with Graham Annable, co-director of The Boxtrolls

Kids and creatures go hand in hand, and for anybody who happens to have children of their own, there can be times where it’s hard to tell them apart. With The Boxtrolls, Laika Entertainment blurs these two worlds by having their creatures actually raise a child. Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has been raised by the Boxtrolls, a strange group of creatures who live under the city of Cheesebridge. The citizens of the city are afraid of the Boxtrolls, and enlist the help of Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) to capture all of the trolls. Winnie (Elle Fanning) is the daughter of...

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Spotlight On: Raindance Canada

For aspiring filmmakers in Canada, the process of making a movie can seem overwhelming. It’s not always as simple as grabbing your camera and shooting your film — but that’s where Raindance Canada comes in. Whether you’re just thinking of starting a career in film, or have been doing it for years, Raindance Canada offers something for everybody. In fact, there’s so many things for filmmakers to learn, or take part in through Raindance Canada, that even explaining it can be a bit of a challenge. We spoke with Mik Adrik, head of Community Engagement at Raindance Canada, to get a better...

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Made in Canada: how Hollywood North became a production hot-spot

Canadians may affectionately nickname Toronto and Vancouver “Hollywood North.” However, these two film and TV production hubs are slowly starting to eclipse Hollywood at its own game. As California struggles to retain the luster of glittery decades before, Canada is luring more productions away from sunny weather. For the first time, there are more film and TV production jobs in Canada than in California. Even with the distance from major American studios, there are many reasons why Canada keeps gaining production jobs. Several provinces have tax credits, which support both local projects and entice foreign producers to make films and shows here. ...

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Listen to This: is TIFF really your festival?

The marketing for the 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) features the tagline “This is Your Film Festival.” In many ways, this is a valid tagline for a top tier film festival, which prides itself for being accessible to the public. Unlike other top film festivals such as Cannes, which are typically industry-only events, TIFF has public screenings for all of their films and considers the People’s Choice Award to be their top prize. However, the “This is Your Film Festival” tagline also comes off as ironic, in a year when criticism about the increase of TIFF’s ticket prices has...

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Mobile MD: writer/star Vinay Virmani discusses Dr. Cabbie

Vinay Virmani is an Indo-Canadian actor from Toronto, who is probably best known for co-writing and starring in the 2011 hockey comedy Breakaway. Virmani returns as the co-writer and star of the new comedy Dr. Cabbie. In the film, Virmani plays Deepak Veer Chopra (no relation to his more famous namesake), an aspiring doctor-turned-cabbie, who starts treating patients in the backseat of his cab. In advance of the film’s release on September 19, 2014, Vinay Virmani sat down with Toronto Film Scene to discuss Dr. Cabbie. Not all that surprisingly, Vinay Virmani received the idea for Dr. Cabbie after a real experience he had riding...

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Media Impact: the imperative voice of Alanis Obomsawin

“My name is Kahentiiosta.” A soft voice states her name, upbringing, and birth place. A colourful photograph appears of Kahentiiosta and a young girl. Her soft-spoken voice is a double-edged sword: a calm, yet bold resistance against authority. Kahentiiosta is the subject of Alanis Obomsawin’s docu-memoir, My Name is Kahentiiosta. The 30-minute memoir is a compelling portrait of a young Kahnawake Mohawk. Set in July 1990, the film is a companion piece to Obomsawin’s most well-known documentary, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance. Kahentiiosta was arrested after the 78-day armed conflict—known internationally as the Oka Crisis— between the Mohawk, the...

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