It was a success right off the bat. After a few months of ‘reading rounds’ and scoring screenplays from around the world, we short listed about 8 scripts and sent them to our agent of record who chose the Top 3 scripts. Two of the top three scripts our agent chose were by the same writer! Mr. Joe Acton from Washington State.
As part of their prize, each of the Top 3 Feature Screenplay Winners receives a rehearsed cast-to-type Live Read in front of a festival audience. We were the only festival to do this at the time.
We started auditions in April and that year we saw close to 200 actors. Some are still alumni to this day and act every season for us.
But one actor came to the audition that was really different. He was quirky, tall and slim with these super expressive eyes and an unusual voice. He spoke with high and low tones in the same sentence. – Really fun on the ears.
4 years ago Today, March 02, 2008, I joined FaceBook.
Looking back, I absolutely dreaded joining. As filmmakers and friends know, I am not comfortable having my picture taken at all. So the name FaceBook, to me meant I had to show my face. Then one day, a colleague said, you don’t really have to show your face.
So I took the plunge and joined, using some forgettable avatar until I arrived at the current series of “South Park Shannonn” with my favorite dirty old Yankee cap and my long brown hair flowing beneath.
I also started a page for my cat, Franklin who was an abandoned cat who ‘adopted’ me. I’m a horse and dog kind of person. I never had a cat before. I didn’t like them. I thought they were creepy. And the girlfriends who owned them were quite bonkers. Plus I was allergic to cats. But, as some of you know, I now have 3 cats. All rescues.
At one point, Franklin the cat had more friends than me, somewhere around 30.
At first I joined groups and added likes. I eventually beat Franklin with 78 friends. Then the friend requests poured in. I decided to handle them on my day off. Trouble was, at that time I didn’t have any days off, generally (at that time) working from 5AM until 9PM, 6 – 7 days a week.
My first film of the 10 days will be the Midnight Madness opener from Indonesia, The Raid, directed by Welsh born director, Gareth Huw Evans. The Raid is a martial-arts action flick about a SWAT team’s attempted raid to take down drug king-pin Tama in a sketchy apartment block inhabited by dreadlocked criminals and crazy-ass drug dealers.
According to TIFF “Midnight Mastermind Programmer”, Colin Geddes” , we are in store for another crazy crop of “Films For The Witching Hour” at this season’s TIFF Midnight Madness:
“Martial arts assassins, cops and robbers, escaped lunatics and vampire ballerinas will take over Ryerson Theatre every night at midnight, and deliver the shocking and rocking experience that our loyal audience flocks to take part in, helping make these screenings so memorable.” – Colin
Last year Colin was obsessed with the word “Sparkly“. This year he’s obsessed with World Premieres!
Here’s what I’ll be watching and reviewing for TIFF 2012 AT Midnight Madness:
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By Shannonn Kelly
4:53AM, EST, Saturday
September 19, 2009
With questionable programming, I never thought I’d see it. The end of TIFF 2009.
On a bright note, if I never see another f%*#cking bottle of Vitamin Water again in my life, I’ll be happy.
Today is the last day where something that costs $1.79 will be shoved into my hand instead of something I really want like a leisurely lunch with George Clooney or Government funding… Continue reading “TIFF – Day 10”