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<Léa Pool on Women Directors>

(July 1, 2015 - Toronto, Ontario) Two weeks ago, the 13th annual Female Eye Film Festival kicked off in Toronto when founder Leslie Ann Coles took her place behind the podium to welcome a nearly sold-out audience to the opening night Gala. In addition to a short film and the screening of a new feature, one of the highlights of the evening was an on-stage interview with this year's Honourary Director, Léa Pool conducted by President and CEO of Creative Woman Workshops Association, Carol Whiteman. But before that, Pool accepted her award in a short, moving speech about the role of women in filmmaking today. Northernstars.ca requested a copy of that speech and although we've had it for the past two weeks, we decided to hold it for publication until today, Canada Day. Pool began her
remarks by saying' "Good evening! Thank you...."Arrow



<Meet Gina Dineen> (July 1, 2015 - Toronto, ON) Canada Day, 2015. The date not only marks our country's 148 birthday, but it also marks the apex of the year. We are halfway there and, as some might say, it's all downhill from here. Not for Toronto's Gina Dineen. Founder of the Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival, work on this year's festival is about to ramp up as the deadline for submissions approaches and plans to move the festival to a new, larger venue occupy much of Dineen's free time. We asked if she could find a few minutes in her busy schedule to sit down for an interview with Northernstars.ca's founder and publisher, Ralph Lucas.Arrow
<Grass Fed Doc Headed to CBC d> (June 23, 2015 - Montréal, QC) This could easily be one of those stories that is subtitled "Ripped from the Headlines." It was only about two weeks ago that the Supreme Court of Canada legalized the use of marijuana edibles for medical purposes. Today comes the news that Montreal-based Muse Entertainment is producing a feature-length documentary called Grass Fed about marijuana edibles. Featuring actor/comedian Mike Paterson and writer/director Ezra Soiferman, the doc centres on Paterson who treats his debilitating back pain with a marijuana and hemp-infused diet, the film completed principal photography earlier this year.Arrow
<Deep Web at Hot Docs> Now Playing:
One of the most talked about films on the festival circuit is now playing at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. Deep Web, chronicles one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century — the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur recently convicted of being the creator and operator of Silk Road, an online black market. Narrated by Keanu Reeves, Reeves and Winter last worked together in 1993’s Freaked, which followed their co-starring roles in the successful Bill and Ted films.Arrow
<The Amina Profile> Coming Soon:
The Amina Profile is a National Film Board documentary co-production. Amina Arraf, an attractive Syrian-American revolutionary, is having an online affair with Sandra Bagaria, a young, brilliant and well-informed Montreal professional. Amina launches a provocative blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog acquires a huge following. But it’s Amina’s abduction—carried out in broad daylight in Damascus—that sparks an international movement to save her from torture, rape or even death.Arrow


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