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<Charlotte Cook leaving Hot Docs Festival>

(May 27, 2015 - Toronto, ON) Hot Docs has announced that Charlotte Cook, the Festival’s Director of Programming, will be departing the organization to pursue a new, to-be-announced career opportunity at the intersection of documentary film production and curation. Cook joined Hot Docs in 2011, and through four outstanding festivals helped raise the caliber and reputation of the Festival’s programming slate. Officially leaving at the end of the month, Charlotte will remain involved to assist in the transition when her successor is hired later this summer.Arrow

<Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik has been named the recipient of the 2nd Annual Nell Shipman Award> (May 26, 2015 - Toronto, ON) The Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC) has announced that Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik (pictured on the right above) has been named the recipient of the 2nd Annual Nell Shipman Award. The award was presented at a gala celebration at The Spoke Club in downtown Toronto last night. The evening also featured a special screening of Girl Couch, a short film created through TAWC’s Toolkit 2.0 professional development program. Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik (pictured with Nicole St. Matin on the left) is known for her recent work as the creator, writer and showrunner of Strange Empire.Arrow
<NFB CFC Launch Creative Doc Lab> (May 22, 2015 - Toronto, ON) Filmmakers all over the world are pushing the boundaries of documentary filmmaking, creating new and exciting ways to engage with expanding audiences. On the heels of this new wave of feature documentary filmmaking, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) have joined forces to present an innovative high-level creative and marketplace catalyst, the NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab, which will focus on cultivating creative risk-taking and helping to further establish Canadians as world-class documentary storytellers.Arrow
<Léa Pool Honoured by Female Eye Film Festival> (May 19, 2015 - Toronto, ON) The 13th annual Female Eye Film Festival gets underway on June 16th and organizers have named writer-director Léa Pool as their Honourary Director. Pool, who is a recipient of the Order of Canada, has won numerous awards for her work in narrative and non-narrative film and television. "I have always tried to tell stories as authentically as possible, from the personal emotional point of view of the characters," said Pool. "I’m grateful for being given the opportunities to make the kinds of films that I have. Recognition and being the recipient of the Honourary Director Award from the Female Eye Film Festival is a great honour and privilege."Arrow
<Bruce McDonald © R.A.Lucas> Today's Birthdays:

Northernstars Johnny Wayne, Paul Hébert, Bruce McDonald and Robbi Chong were born on May 28. Bruce McDonald is a film and television director who also works as an editor, occasional actor and producer. Born in Kingston, McDonald grew up in the Rexdale area of Toronto where he started making 8mm films. When he was 19 he entered his first films in the Toronto Super-8 Film Festival. Encouraged by that experience he went on to study film and photography at Ryerson Polytechnical in Toronto where he completed the short films Merge in 1980 and Let Me See two years later.Arrow

<Jennifer Connelly as Nana. Photo by Jose Haro, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.> Coming Soon:
Aloft is a is a Spain, Canada, France coproduction that was shot in Manitoba. Costarring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy, Canadian actors include Ian Tracey, Mike Bell and Sarah Constible. The story is about a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and her son (Cillian Murphy), and a past marred by an accident that tears them apart. She will become a renowned artist and healer. Her son also becomes a falconer. Meanwhile a journalist (Mélanie Laurent) sets up an encounter for the two of them not knowing the possible consequences. Aloft opens June 5th.Arrow

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