Young and In Love….With Film? Check Out TIFF’s Young Creators Co-Lab.

Young filmmakers and movie enthusiasts will gather in Toronto this weekend for TIFF Next Wave 2017. The three-day event will feature 19 screenings, a 24-hour film challenge, and a Battle of the Scores.

Attendees will also be able to participate in the Young Creators Co-Lab, where they will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other young filmmakers and industry professionals. The Co-Lab schedule includes two panels; Women of the Web: Taking Space in the Digital Sphere, and Making the Change: A Conversation About Systemic Racism, The Media and Evolving the Story.

“I think sort of as like inspiration and also affirmation to what young creators are already doing, the panels are in place to support them on their journey,” said Brigid Tierney, senior coordinator at TIFF. “But I think young people are really leading the way so we’re just responding to things that they are asking for and things they’re participating in.” In keeping with the themes of diversity and inclusion in the media, the co-lab ends with a Close-Up with James Laxton, the cinematographer on Oscar-nominated film Moonlight.

The festival itself is planned by a committee of twelve students, ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old. For all the young filmmakers looking for inspiration, collaboration and knowledge, the Co-Lab is worth taking a look at. With the world constantly changing, young filmmakers have the opportunity to drive the conversations on diversity, and representation in both on and off screen. When asked what she hopes participants take away from the event, Tierney said “We notice a lot of our high-schoolers, sometimes they don’t go to art high schools and they feel like they’re the only ones who are like really into film. So I hope that they meet other people who are into film, maybe people to work with and collaborate with.”

The TIFF Next Wave Young Creator Co-Lab is on Feb. 17th at 9:30am-5pm in the TIFF Bell Lightbox. You can find more info on the co-lab and all the other parts of the festival at their website; http://www.tiff.net/next-wave/.

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An Interview With Lisa Lightbourn-Lay and Rhonda-Marie Avery, Director and Star of 8% No Limit

This week I am attending the Zonta Film Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo, a festival showcasing films that matter and are inspired by women. 9 films are being screened between November 8-10th, some of which have Q&A’s with the director afterwards. I had the opportunity to interview Lisa Lightbourn-Lay and Rhonda-Marie Avery, the director and the star of 8% No Limit, before their opening night screening.

8% No Limit follows Rhonda-Marie Avery, a woman with 8% vision who sets out to run the entire Bruce Trail. The Bruce Trail is 885km and Rhonda plans to run it in 20 days, with the help of approximately 50 guides. Keep reading to see the full interview!

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An Interview With Una Lorenzen, Director of ‘Yarn’

Hi friends. The Guelph Film Festival is this weekend, and it is showcasing some really incredible films this year. In addition to it’s great selection of interesting films, the festival also has some really fantastic venues (such as the Golden Bus!). The festival runs from November 3rd-6th, and even though I am unable to attend, I highly recommend you check it out.

One of the films being shown this year is Yarn, a documentary follows those who are using yarn and crochet to create art in an interesting new way. The director of the film, Una Lorenzen, tells the story of artists using are taking a stance using the creative method of yarn. In anticipation for the Guelph Film Festival this weekend, I spoke to Una Lorenzen about her film and what she hopes people take away from it.

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An Interview With Erin Bagwell, Director of Dream, Girl

Hello, lovelies.

You may remember that a few months ago, I attended a screening of Dream, Girl with The Rhyze Project and other incredible local women. We all loaded up on to a school bus and road-tripped to a different town to see the film, and it was SO worth it. Dream, Girl is a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs.

If you can find a Dream, Girl screening in your area, I highly recommend you go see it. This film is beautifully made, and showcases female entrepreneurs in such a well-rounded and REAL way. Erin Bagwell and producer, Komal Minhas, were also featured in Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. Oprah knows what’s up. I knew as soon as the film ended that I wanted to interview Erin Bagwell, as part of the Local Ladies. In this interview, we talk about her ENTIRELY female crew, the importance of self-care, and the power of vulnerability.

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Erin Bagwell (right) and Joanne Wilson (left).

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