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<VIFF Announces Juries>

(September 16, 2014 - Vancouver, BC) Organizers of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) have announced the members of the various juries that will be responsible for deciding who gets the bling when the festival, which begins on September 25, wraps on October 10. There are four juried programmes in the festival including Canadian Images, BC Spotlight, Best New Director Award and the VIFF Impact Award.Arrow

<Remembering Kent Nolan> (September 16, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) Northernstars.ca has learned of the passing of the young actor Kent Wolkowski, who often appeared in the credits as Kent Nolan. We have few details, but believe he died in Toronto on September 8 after being admitted to a hospital emergency room. Born in Regina, Wolkowski would have turned 25 this December. He wanted to be an actor from a very young age. During his high school years he juggled school, dance, singing, musical theatre classes, as well as appearing in over 40 Musical Theatre Productions, both at Winston Knoll Collegiate and Local Theatres. A celebration of his life is planned for this Sunday in Regina. Click here to learn more about Kent Wolkowski.Arrow
<Everything Will Nne to screen at VIFF> (September 5, 2014 - Vancouver, BC) Julia Kwan’s feature documentary Everything Will Be, which focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown will have its British Columbia premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Everything Will Be is the first documentary film by Kwan, a Sundance award-winner for her 2005 debut feature Eve & the Fire Horse.Everything Will Be opens as dawn breaks and the long-time merchants of Vancouver’s Chinatown are hard at work preparing for what they hope will be a busy day. But this once-thriving neighbourhood is in flux as new condo developments and non-Chinese businesses gradually move into the community.Arrow
<Mommy, movie still> Coming Soon:
Mommy is the latest film from actor-writer-director Xavier Dolan It screened in Montréal on Monday last night to a standing ovation and opens in Québec this Friday. Synopsis: A single-parent inherits custody of her teenage ADHD son who can often be impulsive and violent. She finds hope when a inserts herself into their home, providing the mother with needed support. There is infatuation and difficulty, but they try to make ends meet, find a kind of balance and hope. Click here to watch a trailer for Mommy.Arrow
<Peter Keleghan> Today's Birthdays:
Northernstars Peter Keleghan, Jennifer Tilly and Brad Peyton were born on September 16. Most Canadian TV viewers know Peter Keleghan as fatuous anchorman Jim Walcott on The Newsroom, or as the vain production executive Alan Roy on Made in Canada. In real life, Peter's mother hoped he would grow up and enter the priesthood, but he had other ideas. He was part of the drama class in high school but has admitted that it was, for him, just a way to meet and impress girls. The girl he impressed the most is Leah Pinsent. The couple make their home in Toronto.Arrow
<Heartbeat> Today at Cinéfest Sudbury:
One of the highlights of the year in Sudbury, Ontario is the annual film festival known as Cinéfest. The 9-day festival has a Features Canada programme and from that the Andrea Dorfman film, Heartbeat screens today. It's quirky and combines animated sequences, like the swirls on the still on the left. The star is Tanya Davis who plays the role of Justine and Justine plays guitar. In fact all the songs in the film were composed by Davis, but this intelligent, different love story isn't one long music video. Click here for a link to Cinéfest Sudbury and other September 2014 film festivals.Arrow

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