Special Presentation: Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
Hugh Hefner’s image in the public mind is practically indelible. He’s the aging Lothario of the Playboy empire, an enterprise built on Bunnies, booze and the hedonistic lifestyle of the ’60s.
Special Presentation: Cairo Time
Though Cairo Time is her first feature at TIFF, Ruba Nadda is no neophyte. Sabah, the 36-year-old director’s drama starring Arsinée Khanjian and produced by Atom Egoyan, had a successful international festival run.
Norman McLaren: Animation genius created poetry
Few meetings in Canadian film history have been as momentous as the one that took place in Manhattan between the National Film Board’s pioneering commissioner John Grierson and the mild-mannered, immensely talented Glaswegian animator Norman McLaren in mid-1941.
Maria Topalovich: Passion for arts propelled Academy veteran
It is no easy feat to sum up Maria Topalovich, but her friend, colleague and Hall of Fame alum, Trina McQueen, does it best.
Ruba Nadda – Writer/Director
‘I come from making short films that cost me $500,’ says Ruba Nadda, director of the romantic drama Cairo Time. ‘Now I’m making multimillion-dollar films.
Charles Officer – Writer/Director/Actor
When docmaker Ron Mann won the prize for best individual artist at the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, he was tasked with choosing the winner of the $15,000 emerging artist prize. He chose Charles Officer.
Christin Simms – Writer
Crackerjack kids writer Christin Simms, a self-described ex-’nerd-girl’, clearly understands what makes a story tick.
Polka Dot won gold in final season
Michael McNamara, co-CEO of Markham Street Films, producers of the upcoming David Bezmozgis feature Victoria Day, directed and helped co-write the TVO hit Polka Dot Shorts, which won the best preschool series at the 2000 Geminis.
Multiple winner Walker still shines on A Winter Tan
Fresh off a win at the Banff World TV Festival for Best Canadian project (Passage), filmmaker John Walker says: ‘Life is good.’ The director and cinematographer has won one Genie and five Gemini Awards over 23 years in both documentary and fiction categories.
30 candles for Canada’s Academy
The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television ushered in an era of glitz, glamour and national media awareness of this country’s filmmakers 30 years ago when PR was nothing but a dream north of Hollywood.
Genie’s ‘plumbing’ never the same after a lively party
Documentary activist and two-time Genie winner Velcrow Ripper recalls winning his first award for the lyrical ecological feature Bones of the Forest. (His second Genie came for ScaredSacred in 2004.)
Big win for White Pine
Hot Docs’ Toronto Documentary Forum concluded with Canwest commissioning editor Sara Jane Flynn handing the $40,000 prize for best Canadian pitch to White Pine Pictures for its project The Team.