No TIFF this year, which means rethinking my strategy. To make up for this disappointment I’ve decided to have my own screening.
As a side note: a friend sent me a link this this festival called STIFFED film festival. Basically, it’s a festival for all the Canadian shorts that didn’t get expected into TIFF. Pretty good, maybe I’ll submit.
I thought an interesting way to get people’s attention would be to have an evening of films that star actors with special needs. I’ve never seen anything like it before and it’s bound to create awareness for struggling actors with special needs. It’s called Making Connections: Untapping Emerging Talent in Toronto’s Special Needs Community. Anyways, here’s the details on the event…
Friday September 28th, 2012
Venue: Cinecycle (129 Spadina Ave. in old coach house down the alleyway)
Doors @ 8:30pm
Screening @ 9:30pm
There will be 4 films playing. Here comes the info. Are you ready for it?
RT: 16 minutes
Director: Rodrigo Barriuso
Producer: Rodrigo Barriuso
Oliver, a controlling yet loving father is shaken abruptly when forced to recognize his son Dorian, a teenager living with Down syndrome, as an emerging adult with sexual urges who yearns for his independence. As Oliver begins to discover the changing dynamics within his home, he starts to fear that his son might not only be different by virtue of his disability, but also his sexual orientation.Director Bio:
Rodrigo is a Havana-born filmmaker who moved to Toronto in 2006 to pursue his love of filmmaking. He studied film in Toronto and London, UK, where he developed a keen interest for writing, directing and producing. Rodrigo’s work has screened at the Short Film Corner Cannes International Film Festival, the Miami International Film Festival, Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche, the IMA Gallery, Maximum Exposure Festival and the Annual Showcase at the University of Westminster in London, UK.
RT: 10 minutes
Director: Gerald Patrick Fantone
Producers: Gerald Patrick Fantone
Marvin, a mentally challenged young man spends his afternoon writing to his long time penpal, Princess Lulu from a theme park. Thinking of what to write, he takes inspiration from repeatedly watching his home video of her. As he writes, his endearing and innocent messages gradually turn into a confession of his hidden sexual desires for his beloved princess, but is she who he thinks she is?Director’s Bio:
Gerald Patrick Fantone is an award winning filmmaker, a graduate of York University’s Film Production program and a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni, he has acted as the assistant director for DramaWay Theatre Productions, a Toronto-based theatre organization that provides creative programs to individuals with specialneeds for many years. His most recent films include Urban Zoo (TUFF 2012), & Play. Stop. Rewind. (VIFF 2010).
RT: 15 minutes
Director: Lizz A. Hodgson
Producer: Lizz A. Hodgson
Starring: DramaWay students
The Nature of Creativity follows “DramaWay’s” founder & director Danielle Strnad through her drama classes for exceptional youth and adults within the GTA. We encounter many wonderful people along the way, through the philosophy of the program and with lessons learned we begin to see through new eyes as this population of artists and individuals expand their natural ability in living creative lives.
Lizz A. Hodgson is a graduate of York Universities film production program where she focused mainly on Documentary cinema. Currently in the midst of making her first alternative piece, she works with exceptional individuals working towards their daily and long term life goals. She is a proud supporter of inclusion practices in the realms of artists and individuals with special needs.
RT: 19 minutes
Director: Kire Paputts
Producers: Kire Paputts
Eugene, a teenager with Down syndrome, spends hours drawings his favourite thing, rainbows. But behind his seemingly colourful world is a reality he can’t escape, his mother’s illness. Desperate to help her, Eugene soon learns that hanging onto the life he knows means losing more than he ever imagined.Director Bio:
Kire Paputts is an award winning producer/director. A Ryerson University Film Program graduate, Kire has made a name for himself with short and feature length films that have played around the world, including TIFF, SXSW, and The Edinburgh International Film Festival. He is currently finishing a documentary entitled The Last Pogo Jumps Again, about the first wave of Punk/New Wave in Toronto with fellow filmmaker Colin Brunton.