Happy to announce that both THE PEDESTRIAN JAR (dir. Evan Morgan) and PATHWAYS (dir. Dusty Mancinelli) will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

Congratulations to Evan and Dusty, as well as our wonderful producers Jamie Cussen and Harry Cherniak.

The Pedestrian Jar will screen on September 11 and 12 at TIFF Bell Lightbox and Jackman Hall at the AGO, and Pathways will screen on September 14 and 15, also at Lightbox.



Spring is one of my favourite times to be in Toronto for many reasons but mostly because HOT DOCS takes over a bunch of theater screens and everybody in town flips through the schedule and makes a list of things to see. I’m happy to say that this year THREE WALLS will be screening at the festival, marking its Canadian premiere. Zaheed Mawani’s doc about office cubicles (and the people who spend their days working in and making the most of them) will be screening on Saturday, April 30th (9pm) at TIFF Bell Lightbox and on Monday, May 2nd (1:45pm) at the ROM. It will play alongside Abner Benaim’s MAIDS & BOSSES in the “Workers of the World” program.

You can read more about how we shot THREE WALLS in this post, which I wrote in July 09 after we wrapped shooting.

Here’s a frame of one of our participants, Dionne, in New York City:

Joyce Wong put together this sequence of out takes from our homemade hot air balloon shoot – we got what we needed so we let the thing burn and continued shooting in slo mo as it happened…

Come see the film, called HOW TO PARTY AND MAKE GOOD BALLOON (which features the balloon actually in flight!) screening as part of the 7-part omnibus feature SUITE SUITE CHINATOWN with live foley and score by an orchestra of high school music students alongside the Exercisers this Friday, November 13 at the Royal in Toronto.

See the official website for Suite Suite Chinatown here!

Shot off the screen. From my upcoming bootleg video.

If you’re in Montreal, Calgary or Vancouver you can see SLIP, along with a bunch of other hand-selected shorts from the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, screen as part of this NATIONAL TOUR! Dates: MONTREAL – Nov. 16, CALGARY – Nov. 24,  VANCOUVER – Nov. 30.

SLIP will also be screening in Amsterdam in December as part of CINEDANS – its first screening across the pond.

Back in May I shot a musical with director Sonia Hong and producers Olga Barsky and Claire Lowery called  A DRAGGED OUT AFFAIR – a campy satirical tale about forbidden love between drag queens from competing nightcubs and rival social circles. Starring four of Toronto’s most well-known queens in outrageous, vibrant costumes designed by Donnarama (one of our leads and a brilliant performer), we shot the musical short over four days on the theatre stage at St. Vladimir’s in downtown Toronto. Sonia and I talked a wide range of references within the musical genre, from Glee and All That Jazz to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and agreed that our visual priorities had to be movement and colour. The production design, headed by Miranda Morricone and art directed by Summer Gaal, made that challenge easier on my team: the sets pop off the screen, and it was a pleasure lighting and framing scenes so rich with colour and texture (not to mention humour!). The project was shot on the Red in 4K, then later colour graded at Alter Ego in Toronto by Tricia Hagoriles. Special thanks must go out to Videoscope and Charles Street Video for supplying the camera, lighting and grip, as well as Mike Armstrong (gaffer), Todd Thompson (key grip and fantastic jib op) and Josh Fraiman (1st AC).

Screen Grab: Daytona B Itch on the set of a sketchy nightclub dressing room

A DRAGGED OUT AFFAIR will premiere at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival on Thursday, November 11th, 2010.


ADOA screened at Toronto’s InsideOut film festival in May ’11 and the lovely Sonia Hong was awarded “Best Up-and-Coming Filmmaker”. Sonia, Olga Barksy and Claire Lowery make an awesome team, and I’m happy to have been a part of it on this film. 

Dusty Mancinelli’s short film SOAP will have its national television debut on Sunday, July 4th at Midnight (making that July 5th), on the CBC’s Canadian Reflections program. If you have a TV set that you can plug into a wall in Canada, check it out!

SOAP has also recently been accepted to screen at the LA Shorts Fest, marking Soap’s 15th festival screening following its premiere at TIFF in 09. Congratulations to Inflo Films!