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<Ron Mann's Altman at Venice Film Festival>

(August 28, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann's latest documentary, a loving visual tribute to the late, great iconic American director Robert Altman has been selected to screen at this year's Venice International Film Festival, which runs until September 7. Altman, Mann's ninth documentary, is the only Canadian film at Venice, the oldest film festival, this year.Arrow

<David James Elliott joins the cast of American Hangman> (August 29, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) Toronto-born actor David James Elliott, best known for his role as Lt.Cdr. Harmon Rabb Jr. on 227 episodes of the hit TV series, JAG, has joined the cast of the US-Canadian-Irish coproduction, American Hangman. Elliott grew up wanting to be a musician and singer and it wasn't until he read a bit of King Lear in a theatre history class that he got turned on to acting. American Hangman centres on a kidnap plot that explores the dark side of social media. Set to shoot in Canada and Northern Ireland starting this November, American Hangman will be available for pre-sale at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.Arrow
<Sound of Tears screens at Montreal film fest> August 28, 2014 - Montréal, Québec) The Montreal World Film Festival is in full swing and holds its place of honour kicking off the annual fall film festival season. One of the shorts screening this weekend is worth paying attention to. Titled Sound of Tears, the short marks the directorial debut of award-winning actress Dorothy Atabong. Born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, Atabong was educated in the USA and Canada. She obtained a BSc. in Biochemistry from Michigan before moving on to graduate from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York with a degree in Dramatic arts. She wrote, directed and stars in Sound of Tears.Arrow
<Ed Gass-Donnelly to create Pivot for Lotus Entertainment> (August 28, 2014 - Los Angeles, California) Lotus Entertainment has announced that Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly will write and direct a new sci-fi thriller titled Pivot. The essential story, which may change as work actually begins on its development, explores the story of a scientist who, following the death of his wife, invents a device to pivot between parallel universes to save her life. However, to be able to be with her, he’ll have to kill the parallel version of himself. Lotus Entertainment's Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will produce the film, with D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian, also of Lotus, Executive producing alongside Ed Gass-Donnelly.Arrow
<Emily Hampshire> Today's Birthdays:
Northernstars Henry MacRae, Lauren Collins, Emmanuel Bilodeau and Emily Hampshire were born on August 29. Born and raised in Montreal, Emily Hampshire has made an indelible mark on the Canadian film and television industry. Her work has been recognized with 3 Genie Award Nominations, a Gemini Award for her work on the small screen and she was chosen by her peers in the Canadian Actors Guild as a nominee for ‘Outstanding Female Performance’ at the ACTRA Awards. She was most recently awarded the Birks Canadian Diamond during at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival.Arrow
<Swearnet, 2014 production still> Now Playing:
The Trailer Park Boys are back but this time they're in real network trouble. They just might be the most successful, iconic Canadian comedy export since Bob & Doug McKenzie, but when they lose the rights to the Trailer Park Boys franchise, overnight they become three more out-of-work actors, struggling to pay the bills. Frustrated and desperate, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith all struggle with their post-Trailer Park Boys lives. Click here to watch the trailer and for more about the cast and crew of Swearnet, opening today.Arrow

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