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Media Stuff and Kevin

10 September 2011 No Comment

It’s already Day 3 of the Festival and I haven’t updated at all! I’ve been quite busy, and rarely tweeting either. This must be corrected, immediately!

I had a very low-key start to the festival, on Opening Night I didn’t attend any parties, screenings or events. I simply read the Twitter and Blog posts of those attending, which I quite enjoyed. There’s something thrilling about getting a thousand different viewpoints of a single event.

Day 2 however was a different story. I had two Media-related events to attend, and saw my first screening: “We Need to Talk About Kevin”.

First up was the RealTV Social Lodge, where I had already RSVP’d but luckily had also won a Twitter Contest the day before for a gift bag!

I was treated to info about some great local and international products trying to gain the attention of Media and Celebrities for interviews and Red-Carpet events. It was a treat learning about some interesting products and people, and will be highlighting some of them in my upcoming article on the CBC.ca Community TIFF Blog. Here are a few pics to tide you over (thanks to Angelina, for being the best personal assistant/photographer for the day!)

Second up was the TDotTv Lounge, in support of CanFar. This was at the Bata Shoe museum, and I really wish I had time to visit the museum, but my schedule was packed! Gail was a brilliant hostess and really helped feature Micalla jewelry by Danish-born Montreal based Designer Camilla Jørgensen. I was very fortunate in receiving a wonderful bracelet from them, and here some some photos of the event;

Further information about the event, and the awareness campaign for CanFar will be on the CBC Blog in the coming days.

Finally, I got to see my first movie of the Festival, and what a doozy!

We Need to Talk About Kevin was a buzz filled film, ever since it’s debut at Cannes earlier this year. Tilda Swinton steals the show with an emotional but quiet portrayal of a mother dealing with the aftermath, and reflecting on the lead-up, to her son having committing a school massacre. It’s a poignant film (a phrase, I know, used way too often), but an interesting one. Simple, but profound, and similar in tones to my favorite film of last year, Womb. There’s no way this film isn’t going to have a much wider release, and I’d be shocked if Tilda didn’t get awards noms for her role. This is the exact sort of film I love seeing a the festival, independent, controversial and emotional.

A couple pics at the film Q&A that Ahli took with her amazing new Papparazzi Camera!
(Or see Angelina’s pictures from the whole day – TIFF Day 2 Flickr Album)