Tracy Nita Pender

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Toronto anthology runs gamut of genres

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA: TORONTO STORIES

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Canuck FX shops dazzle on summer blockbusters

When the Hulk, Indiana Jones, Maxwell Smart and ‘a love guru’ swing into town – not to mention a host of plesiosaurs and a T. rex – it makes for some large-scale entertainment. It also means great special effects years in the making, with shops from Winnipeg to Toronto and Montreal having a hand in their creation.

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Small doc crew spanned the world

Traveling light helped the Global Metal gang shoot their sequel doc in Israel, Dubai and Tiananmen Square, though they were turned away from Iran

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Small town charms Bessai

When Carl Bessai and producer Jason James went looking for a place to shoot the small-town drama Cole, they wanted something ‘claustrophobic with character.’

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Small town charms Bessai

Three hours north of Vancouver, the makers of Cole thought they’d found a perfect and authentic location to shoot their small-town drama. They were half right

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Motel story eyes TIFF

A motel on Highway 400 in northern Ontario prompted Ingrid Veninger to co-write Only, a 75-minute feature with which she is taking a run at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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New fest debuts in Stratford

Ontario town better known for stage performances hosts festival about docs and digital media. Organizer looks to bridge culture and technology

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Illuminating balloons

Large inflatable lights hovering over film shoots are gaining in popularity, according to Michael St. Eve, president of Toronto manufacturer Airstar Canada.

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Betting on a Trojan Horse

Runup to the U.S. election sets stage for Whizbang’s sequel to its 2004 political thriller H2O

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Maple Flavour doc debuts at all-Canadian fest

Talking to insiders and the public for his Maple Flavour Films, Michael Sparaga says he was surprised ‘how much people want to like Canadian movies’

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Rival companies rush to air HD

HDTV Networks has big plans to air high-definition for free across Canada, but it faces an opponent that has its own ideas, almost the same name and a head start

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Stories make a comeback at Reel Asian fest

Documentaries, once the hot genre for the Toronto festival, take a back seat this year to comedies and dramas, starting with Justin Lin’s spoof Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee