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Catherine Reitman

Catherine Reitman, actress,
Philip Sternberg and Catherine Reitman at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo © 2017 by Ralph Lucas. Used with permission.

B: April 28, 1981 in Los Angeles, California

American-Canadian actress, comedian, producer, writer and director Catherine Reitman majored in acting at the University of Southern California. Known for her role as Lucy on ABC’s hit show Blackish, and as the creator, executive producer, writer and star of the CBC series Workin’ Moms, which received five Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2017 including Best Actress, Comedy for Reitman, and Best Series, Comedy. She plays the role of Kate Foster on Workin’ Moms. Catherine Reitman’s dad is Producer-Director Ivan Reitman and she is sister to Caroline Reitman and director Jason Reitman. In 2016, she formed Wolf & Rabbit Entertainment with her husband Philip Sternberg (pictured above) to produce Workin’ Moms for CBC.

In September 2020 Catherine Reitman was recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media with two Gracie Awards for Workin’ Moms—one for Best Lead Actress, Comedy and one for Best Direction, Comedy. The Gracies® are named after media pioneer Gracie Allen, who embodied the character of the awards, and recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media.

Features & TV Movies:
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Twins (1988)
Ghostbusters II (1989)

Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Dave (1993)
Beethoven’s 2nd (1993)
Space Jam (voice, 1996)
Father’s Day (1997)

Crushed (2003, short)
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Soup of the Day (2006)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Knocked Up (2007)
Star Stories (TV-2008)
I Love You, Man (2009)
Jesus People: The Movie (2009)
Post Grad (2009)
Big Red (TV-2009)

Crazy/Sexy/Awkward (VR-2010, short)
How to Make Love to a Woman (2010)
The D-Monster (2010, short)
Friends with Benefits (2011)
Let Go (2011)
The Kitchen (2012)
Slow Learners (2015)
Babble-On Begins: The Director’s Cut (2016, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Farmed and Dangerous (2014, mini-series)
Blackish (2015-2017)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Charmed (2003)
Judging Amy (2005)
All of Us (2005)
Campus Ladies (2006)
The Real Wedding Crashers (2007)
Hollywood Residential (2008)
Kath & Kim (2008)
Reaper (2009)
Popzilla (2009)

How I Met Your Mother (2010)
The Ballad of Mary & Ernie (2010)
No Ordinary Family (2010)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
Weeds (2012)
Family Guy (voice, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Super Fun Night (2014)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2014)
Sullivan & Sion (2014)
Benched (2014)
American Dad (2015)
The Powerpuff Girls (voice, 2016)

Workin' Moms, poster,

MIBFF Kicks Off Today

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MIBFF Kicks Off Today
by Staff

(September 23, 2020 – Montréal, QC) Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), kicks off its 2020 schedule today with a film that’s been doing the festival rounds. Sergio Navarretta’s The Cuban centres on two main characters, a young woman who has landed her first job in a nursing home, and an elderly Cuban musician named Luis. Through his memories and music her love of music is reignited and it changes her life forever. Like most other festivals, the MIBFF will also be a virtual festival and The Cuban will be available at 7:00pm.

The rest of the fest gets underway tomorrow, September 24, when a record of 120 films from 30 countries will be available online until October 4 when the festival closes with Sonia Lowman’s Black Boys, produced by NFL New Orleans Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins.

“This historic 2020 online edition highlights the tales and events that have challenged conventions, left a distinctive mark on our times, and changed how we see the world. We feel privileged to be able to amplify the voices of more Black Filmmakers at such an important time in our history,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of MIBFF.

Some films you might consider as “must see” include Back of the Moon, Binti, Lusala, The Last Tree, We are the Heat, Kenbe Fem, Mrs. F, T Gros, Land of Dry Bones and the closing film Black Boys.

Like all major film festival there are several Panels and Events including The MBIFF Black Market. It’s a space dedicated to the film industry with a number or free discussions, including Racebending in Film and Television, Black Stories Matter, Show me the Money, Black Women Behind the Lens and Meet the Filmmakers. The MBIFF Black Market is co-presented by Telefilm Canada and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

There is more information online and All Access Passes, which provide access to the entire online film selection are available for purchase for only $49 here.

Click here for links to more September 2020 film festivals.

DGC Announces Noms

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DGC Announces Noms
by Staff

(September 22, 2020 – Toronto, ON) The Directors Guild of Canada has announced the nominee for the 19th Annual Directors Guild Awards. They Toronto-based organization that has branches across Canada received over 300 submissions this year representing a broad swath of the diversity and talent in the Canadian film & television industry.

“These nominees represent the inventiveness and perseverance of the Canadian film & television industry,” said DGC President Tim Southam. “The exceptional work that these filmmakers have created have earned them recognition not just in Canada but around the world. It is a privilege to be able to celebrate this talent year after year at the DGC Awards.”

Following is the complete list of nominees:

Charles Officer – Akilla’s Escape
Jeanne Leblanc – Les Nôtres / Our Own
Sonia Bonspille Boileau – Rustic Oracle
Daniel Roby – Target Number One
Vincenzo Natali – In the Tall Grass

Yung ChangThis is Not a Movie
Michelle LatimerInconvenient Indian
Claude Guilmain – High Wire / Sur la Corde Raide
Charles Wilkinson – Haida Modern
Danielle Sturk – El Toro

Michelle LatimerInconvenient Indian
Tracey Deer – Beans
Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt – No Ordinary Man
Dusty Mancinelli, Madeleine Sims-Fewer – Violation

Andrew Moir – Take Me to Prom
Trevor Anderson – Jesse Jams
Tiffany Hsiung – Sing Me a Lullaby
Glen Matthews – Teething
Jesse Shamata – A Simple F*cking Gesture (formerly The Wave)

François Séguin – The Song of Names
Craig Lathrop – The Lighthouse
Diana Abbatangelo – Akilla’s Escape
David Pelletier – Mafia Inc

Ron Sanders – Falling
Matthew Hannam – The Nest
Michele Conroy – In the Tall Grass
Jorge Weisz – Hammer
Michelle Szemberg, Orlee Buium – Queen of the Morning Calm

Caroline Christie (with Roland Schlimme) – Meat the Future
Jennifer Abbott – The Magnitude of all Things
Lee Walker – Butterflies in the Storm
Caroline Christie – First We Eat
Nicholas Montgomery – No Roses on a Sailor’s Grave

Robert Bertola, Marvyn Dennis, Kelly McGahey – The Education of Fredrick Fitzell
Dave Rose, David McCallum, Adam Stein, Claire Dobson, Krystin Hunter, Kevin Banks, Jean Bot, Christopher Alan King – In the Tall Grass
David McCallum, Dave Rose, Krystin Hunter, Amelia Chiarelli – Akilla’s Escape
Adam Stein, Joseph Bracciale, Kevin Banks, Rose Gregoris – Ready or Not
Faustine Pelipel – Things I Do for Money

Daniel Grou – Vikings, Episode 610, The Best Laid Plans
Dawn Wilkinson – Locke & Key, Episode 107, Dissection
Holly Dale – Transplant, Episode 101, Pilot
Stephen D Surjik – See, Episode 106, Silk
Ken Girotti – Fortunate Son, Episode 105, For What It’s Worth

Daniel Levy & Andrew CividinoSchitt’s Creek, Episode 614, Happy Ending
Jordan Canning & Aleysa Young – Baroness Von Sketch Show, Episode 401, Humanity is in an Awkward Stage
Adriana Maggs, Sarah Polley & Will Bowes – Hey Lady!
Bruce McCulloch – TallBoyz, Episode 101, What’s it gonna be, boys?
Joyce Wong – Workin’ Moms, Episode 405, To Lure a Squirrel

Siobhan Devine – Gabby Duran & the Unsittables, Episode 118, Warm, Thick and Saucy
Bruce McDonald – Malory Towers, Episode 111, The Spider
Leslie Hope – Lost in Space, Episode 203, Echoes
Nimisha Mukerji – Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, Episode 116, Night Train and Vortex
Megan Follows – Heartland, Episode 1304, The Eye of the Storm
Felipe Rodriguez – Hudson and Rex, Episode 202, Over Ice

Michael Nankin – Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer
Caroline Labrèche – No Good Deed
Nathan MorlandoCardinal: Until the Night, Scott
Ali Liebert – Amish Abduction
Winnifred Jong – Mystery 101: Dead Talk

Britt Doughty – Impulse – Season 2, Episode 203, The Moroi
Armando Sgrignuoli – Frankie Drake Mysteries, Episode 301, No Friends Like Old Friends
Tony Ianni – The Expanse, Episode 401, New Terra
André Guimond – Transplant, Episode 101, Pilot
Ingrid Jurek – Titans, Episode 207, Bruce Wayne
Rory Cheyne – Locke and Key, Episode 101, Know what this is about?

Dennis Davenport – Cardinal: Until the Night, Robert
Britt Doughty – Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker, Episode 104, A Credit to the Race
Marian Wihak – Christmas 9 to 5
Jean Bécotte – Glass Houses

Zoe Sakellaropoulo – The Bold Type, Episode 310, Breaking Through the Noise
Lisa Soper – The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Episode 303, Heavy is the Crown
Chris Crane – New Eden, Episode 105, A Whole Lotta Buzz
Ian Brock – Utopia Falls, Episode 110, If I Ruled the World
Ciara Vernon – Hey Lady!

Aaron Marshall – The Handmaid’s Tale, Episode 309, Heroic
D. Gillian Truster – Anne With An E, Episode 307, A Strong Effort of the Spirit of Good
Teresa De Luca – Coroner, Episode 208, Fire Part 2
Roderick Deogrades – Killjoys, Episode 501, Run, Yala, Run

Hugh Elchuk – Cardinal: Until the Night, John & Lise
Sandy Pereira – Cardinal: Until the Night, Scott
James Patrick – Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer
Lee-Ann Cass – Christmas Chalet

David Wharnsby – Hey Lady!
James Patrick – Utopia Falls, Episode 109, Worst Behavior
Paul Winestock – Schitt’s Creek, Episode 613, Start Spreading the News
Mike Fly, Marianna Khoury, Aren Hansen, Sean Song, Nick Wong – Baroness Von Sketch Show, Episode 401, Humanity is in an Awkward Stage
Robert de Lint – Kim’s Convenience, Episode 413, Bon Voyage

J.R. Fountain, Dustin Harris, Jill Purdy, Dashen Naidoo, Craig McLellan, Kevin Banks – Locke & Key, Episode 110, Crown of Shadows
Nelson Ferreira, Alex Bullick, Dustin Harris, Craig MacLellan, Tyler Whitham – The Expanse, Episode 401, New Terra
David McCallum, Jane Tattersall, Brennan Mercer, Brent Pickett, Krystin Hunter, Yuri Gorbachow – The Handmaid’s Tale, Episode 309, Heroic
Nelson Ferreira, Alex Bullick, Danielle McBride, Dashen Naidoo, Gerald Trepy, Mitch Bederman – Altered Carbon, Episode 202, Payment Deferred
Tyler Whitham, Danielle McBride, Joe Bracciale, Joe Mancuso, Kayla Stewart – Anne With An E, Episode 306, The Summit of My Desires

David McCallum, Barry Gilmore, Jane Tattersall, David Caporale, Brennan Mercer – Cardinal: Until the Night, John & Lise
Jeremy Kessler, Ray Campbell, Steven Blair – Christmas 9 to 5
Faustine Pelipel – Christmas Chalet
Jill Purdy, Marvyn Dennis, P. Jason MacNeill, Steven Blair, Kelly McGahey – Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter
Claudia Pinto, Faustine Pelipel, Mark Gingras, Tom Bjelic – Matchmaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement

Janice Ierulli, Bryson Cassidy, Matthew Hussey, Dave Johnson, Steven Roberts – Hudson & Rex, Episode 217, Graveyard Shift
James Robinson, John Smith, P. Jason MacNeill – Odd Squad: Mobile Unit, Episode 301, Odd Beginnings
David Caporale, David McCallum, Krystin Hunter – Hey Lady!
Danielle McBride, John Smith – Baroness Von Sketch Show, Episode 401, Humanity is in an Awkward Stage

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 5,000 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming.

SOURCE: Directors Guild of Canada, National Office

Up Schitt’s Creek With a Paddle

Schitt's Creek, image,
The cast of Schitt's Creek at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo by Ralph Lucas for Northernstars.ca.

Up Schitt’s Creek With a Paddle
by Staff

(September 21, 2020) CBC’s Schitt’s Creek made Canadians proud at the 72nd Emmy® Awards, winning a total of nine awards including a historic win for Outstanding Comedy Series, marking the first time a Canadian television program has won an Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy or Drama series category, and the most primetime Emmy awards ever for a Canadian series. The series also made history by sweeping all Emmy comedy categories with the most wins in a single season for a comedy including Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series for Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy; Outstanding Supporting Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series for Annie Murphy and Daniel Levy; Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy; and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Daniel Levy. The beloved CBC and Pop TV comedy is also the most Emmy-nominated series in Canadian television history, with 15 nominations in 2020 and four in 2019, for a total of 19.

“Congratulations to the entire Schitt’s Creek team on this remarkable achievement,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports, CBC. “We are so honoured to have worked with this infinitely talented team and proud to have commissioned this groundbreaking comedy that celebrates family and inclusive values with brilliance and unparalleled humour. Schitt’s Creek became an anchor for a new era of scripted comedy at CBC, and is truly one of the greatest comedies ever created. It is beloved around the globe and CBC is delighted to be a partner in bringing the best of Canada to the world.”

In April 2020, Schitt’s Creek ended its six-season run on CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, as Canada’s most-watched homegrown comedy. The Canadian series was commissioned and ordered straight to series by CBC in May 2013, with Pop TV coming onboard as the show’s U.S. broadcast partner and co-commissioner in 2014. The series first started production in Ontario in spring 2014, and premiered on CBC on January 15, 2015.
Since its debut, Schitt’s Creek has garnered more than 170 award nominations and appeared on dozens of ‘Best Of’ lists. The series is consistently recognized for promoting acceptance of the LGBTQ2+ community, most recently collecting a 2020 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and sweeping the Dorian Awards’ first ever TV awards with Best TV Comedy, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. The comedy also won big at the 2020 Television Critics Association annual awards taking Outstanding Achievement In Comedy and Individual Achievement In Comedy for Catherine O’Hara, and picked up six 2020 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Comedy Series. 
As Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC has a long-standing commitment to develop and nurture world-class Canadian comedy creators and bring them to audiences in Canada and the world, including a rich legacy of sketch comedy (Read: A Brief History of Canadian Sketch Comedy on TV). Other groundbreaking CBC comedy series over the years include Wayne and Shuster; The Royal Canadian Air Farce; The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour starring SNL’s Lorne Michaels; SCTV starring John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short; The Kids in the Hall starring Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson; and recent acclaimed series Baroness von Sketch Show, Kim’s Convenience, The Rick Mercer Report, TallBoyz, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Workin’ Moms. Other CBC series that have received primetime Emmy recognition include the iconic SCTV, which received 15 nominations from 1982 to 1983 and two consecutive wins for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program; influential sketch comedy The Kids In the Hall, which received three consecutive nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program from 1993 to 1995; and historical drama The Tudors, which received 15 nominations and six wins from 2007 to 2010 in multiple craft categories.
CBC also played an important role in the early careers of many Canadian comedy legends including Dan Aykroyd, John Candy and Catherine O’Hara, who starred in CBC children’s series Coming Up Rosie from 1975 – 78; Mike Myers, who first debuted his Wayne’s World character Wayne Campbell to TV audiences in 1987 on a CBC series called It’s Only Rock & Roll; and Jim Carrey, who showed off his early comedic and dramatic chops in the 1981 CBC movie Introducing Janet
The complete list of Schitt’s Creek 2020 Emmy Awards is as follows:
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Catherine O’Hara
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Eugene Levy
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Andrew Cividino, Daniel Levy
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Daniel Levy
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Annie Murphy
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Daniel Levy
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Jon Comerford and Lisa Parasyn
Outstanding Contemporary Costumes, Debra Hanson and Darci Cheyne
Commissioned by CBC, Schitt’s Creek is produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The executive producers are Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read and Ben Feigin. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; and Greig Dymond is Executive in Charge of Production. Schitt’s Creek is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV and distributed internationally by ITV Studios.


Inconvenient Indian

Inconvenient Indian, movie, image,

90 minutes – Documentary, Indigenous
Language: English, Inuktitut, Cree, Anishinaabemowin
Festival release date: September 12, 2020 (TIFF, Toronto – World Premiere)
Release date: TBA
Production company: 90th Parallel Productions, National Film Board of Canada
Canadian distributor: National Film Board of Canada

Inspired by the stinging bestseller, The Inconvenient Indian, written by one of the world’s foremost Indigenous intellectuals and one of the greatest storytellers Thomas King (who serves as narrator), this documentary journeys across North America to explore the ways Indigenous peoples continue to inconvenience colonial states with their existence and their resistance. Like most documentaries, Latimer weaves archival footage, interviews, dance, visual arts, and traditional customs like tattooing and hunting into her original footage. Well-known figures like visual artist Kent Monkman and filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril are some of people Latimer focuses her camera on, along with hunters, community workers and emerging film artists.

Inconvenient Indian was given the Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature presented by Canada Goose at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The prize comes with a $10,000 cash prize.

Inconvenient Indian, movie, poster,


Stuart Henderson (90th Parallel Productions)
Justine Pimlott
Jesse Wente

Executive Producer:

Gordon Henderson
Anita Lee

Associate Producer:

Rita Kotzia

Line Producer:

Catie Lamer


Michelle Latimer


Michelle Latimer


Chris Romeike


Katie Chipperfield


Brennan Mercer

Production Designer:

Andrew Berry

Costume Designer:

Adriana Fulop


Thomas King
Gail Maurice
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Miss Chief Eagle Testickle
Steven Lonsdale
Nyla Innuksuk
A Tribe Called Red
Kent Monkman
Jason Edward Lewis
Carman Tozer
Christi Belcourt
Brandon Oakes


Gabby Velis

Gabby Velis, actress,

B: in Toronto, Ontario

Gabby Velis made her acting debut in the 2020 film Falling, which was the directorial debut for actor Viggo Mortensen. She is the daughter of actor Juan Carlos Velis.

Features & TV Movies:
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Falling (2020)

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Eli Goree

Eli Goree, actor,

B: May 26, 1994 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Eli Goree earned a degree in Film and Television acting from the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He played the role of Dave Albritton in the film Race, which was about Jesse Owens life leading up to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Goree plays the role of Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali in the 2020 feature One Night in Miami, based on the play by first-time playwright Kemp Powers, which was first performed in 2013. The movie marked the directorial debut of actress Regina King.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Enough (2006, short)
Abducted: The Carlina White Story (TV-2012)
Far from Home (TV-2014)
Godzilla (2014)
Christmas Truce (TV-2015)
Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (TV-2016)
Race (2016)

One Night in Miami (2020)
Let’s Die Together (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
‘Da Kink in My Hair (2009)
Eve of Destruction (2013, mini-series)
Dead of Summer (2016)
Riverdale (2018-2020)
Pearson (2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Soul (2009)
Pure Pwnage (2010)
Supernatural (2012)
Emily Owens M.D. (2012, 2013)
Motive (2013)
The 100 (2014, 2017)
Heartbeat (2016)
Legends of Tomorrow (2016)
Glow (2018)
Ballers (2018)

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Joy Coghill

Joy Coghill, actress,

B: May 13, 1926 in Findlater, SaskatchewanD: January 20, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Born Joy Dorothy Coghill. She played Portia Da Vinci in 6 episodes of Da Vinci’s Inquest between 1998 and 2003.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Never Say Never (TV-1955, General Motors Theatre)
Shivers (1975)
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1978)

The Trout That Stole the Rainbow (1982, short)
Change of Heart (1984)
Nobody’s Child (TV-1986)
Blue Monkey (1987)
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (TV-1987)
The Little Match Girl (TV-1987)

From Flores (1990, short)
Omen IV: The Awakening (TV-1991)
My Son Johnny (TV-1993)
Miracle on Interstate 880 (TV-1993)
Sherlock Holmes Returns (TV-1993)
Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (TV-1994)
Andre (1994)
The Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie (TV-1995)
Color Me Perfect (TV-1996)
Silence (1997)
The Sleep Room (1998)
Double Jeopardy (1999)

Flight of the Reindeer (TV-2000)
A Day iof Life (2000)
Living With the Dead (TV-2002)
Betrayed (TV-2003)
Regarding Sarah (2006, short)
Amma (2008, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Anyone for Alice (1959, mini-series, Studio Pacific)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Beachcombers (1980, 1984)
Red Surge (1988)
Airwolf (1987)
Unsub (1989)

21 Jump Street (1991)
Street Justice (1991)
The Commish (1994)
The X Files (1995)
Sliders (1995)
My Life as a Dog (1995)
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996, 1997)
Viper (1997)
The Outer Limits (1998)
Stargate SG-1 (1998)
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998)
Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy (1999)
Da Vinci’s Inquest (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003)

Change of Heart

Change of Heart, movie, image,

56 minutes – Drama
Release date: 1984
Production company: National Film Board of Canada

Change of Heart is a compassionate drama about the disintegration of a loveless marriage. Edna and Bob have spent all their married life working on their farm. After thirty years, no longer willing to tolerate Bob’s hostility and bullying, Edna packs her bags. Her decision to leave her husband and build a new life throws the family into an uproar and dramatically brings into focus the issue of a farm wife’s right to a share of the family gains, and the problems associated with mid-life divorce and older women’s re-entry into the workforce.

Change of Heart took the Blue Ribbon Award in the Drama Category at the Itinerant – American Film and Video Festival in 1986.

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Anne Frank

Executive Producer:

Tom Radford
Sig Gerber (for CBC)


Anne Wheeler


Sharon Riis


Richard Leiterman


George Appleby


Matthew McCauley

Production Designer:

David Moe

Costume Designer:

Wendy Hudolin


Joy Coghill
Tom Heaton
Ken James
David Neale
Susan Stackhouse
Joy Thompson-Allen
Ian Tracey
Molly Whalen
Paul Wood
Patricia Hamilton
Bruce Parkhouse
Graham McPherson
Warren Graves
Orest Kinasewich


Cameras Roll for Coroner 3

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Serinda Swan stars as Dr. Jenny Cooper in the series Coroner.

Cameras Roll for Coroner 3
by Staff

(September 16, 2020 – Toronto, ON) Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios have announced the start of production on Season Three of the hit CBC original drama series Coroner. Inspired by the best-selling series of books by M.R. Hall, Coroner was created for television by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue) and stars Serinda Swan in the title role as Dr. Jenny Cooper.

“We are ecstatic to be returning to Coroner for season three! It has been no small feat to resume production amidst this pandemic, and we are truly grateful to the CBC for their support. This season, Jenny and team will continue to explore intriguing cases, as they grapple with our quickly shifting times,” said showrunner Morwyn Brebner and lead director and executive producer Adrienne Mitchell. “We are excited to share these powerful and relevant stories with our loyal Canadian and international viewers, as well as our new American fans.”

In Season Three, Jenny Cooper moves past her Season Two trauma and embraces her whole self. In the process of healing, she and live-in boyfriend Liam are now separated, while Detective Donovan McAvoy (Roger Cross) faces his mortality in a new way. Ross (Ehren Kassam) stumbles his way through identity challenges, while Gordon (Nicholas Campbell) hallucinates about the possibility of a life once lived. In a series of touching, personal, and harrowing cases, this season addresses unorthodox therapy sessions, and uncomfortable, messy, and beautiful personal encounters. Jenny and those around her begin to truly understand what it means to be alive as they dance with death.

Joining the cast this season are Mark Taylor (Flashpoint) as Clark, a crown attorney working with Jenny on a new inquest, and Uni Park (Kim’s Convenience) as Melanie, the coroner office’s new pathologist. Season three ups the number of episodes to 10 and is scheduled to debut on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service in Winter 2021.

Shot in Toronto, the series has been sold around the world and can be seen in the United States, in sub-Saharan Africa, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Romania, Serbia as well as in Latin America and Brazil. In the UK, Coroner premieres on Sky Witness, with Season Two currently on air and Season Three to follow next year.

Coroner is produced by Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios. Morwyn Brebner is executive producer and showrunner, Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bellevue) is lead director and executive producer for Back Alley Films, Jonas Prupas is executive producer for Muse Entertainment with Peter Emerson and Brett Burlock executive producers for Cineflix Studios. Aren Prupas and Janis Lundman serve as Consulting Executives for Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films, respectively. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports; Trish Williams is Executive Director, Scripted Content; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Sarah Adams is Executive in Charge of Production. Cineflix Rights has the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to Coroner.


SJIWFF to Open with Little Orphans

SJIWFF to Open with Little Orphans
by Staff

(September 15, 2020 – Toronto, ON) The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival has announced its opening and closing gala films. It has also announced that this edition, the festival’s 31st, will be (almost) all digital during its run from October 14 to 18.

The ExxonMobil Opening Night feature, Little Orphans, is a film that’s creating some buzz in Canada. It is one of 14 films on the The Directors Guild of Canada list in the running for the 2020 DGC Discovery Award. This list highlights the top new emerging directors to watch for during this festival season. Written by and costarring Emily Bridger, Little Orphans is directed by Ruth Lawrence. The film is about unresolved fallout on important things relationships, family abandonment and secrets of the self. And it’s set against a backdrop of a St. John’s winter. Click here to watch the trailer and learn more about the film.
While the festival is headed online, there will be a special in-person event for Little Orphans on Saturday, October 17 at Cineplex Mount Pearl Square. The festival will announce details of that soon.

The RBC Closing Night feature will present Queen of the Morning Calm, the debut feature by Vancouver writer and director Gloria Ui Young Kim. The story follows a young Korean sex worker trying to make a better life for her little girl, Mona. A mother-daughter love story, Queen of the Morning Calm is a powerful journey of emancipation and redemption.

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival runs from October 14 to 18. Look for a link on our October 2020 Film Festivals page.


Coroner, series, image,
Serinda Swan stars as Dr. Jenny Cooper in the series Coroner.

60 minutes – Series, Drama, Medical
Date of first broadcast: January 7, 2019
Originating Network: CBC
Production company: Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films, Cineflix Studios
Distributor: Cineflix Rights

2019 – 8 episodes
2020 – 8 episodes
2021 – 10 episodes

Coroner is inspired by the best-selling series of books by M.R. Hall and was created for television by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope). This character-driven drama is about Dr. Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), a recently widowed new coroner who investigates suspicious, unnatural or sudden deaths in Toronto. The series reflects the rich diversity of Toronto, and each case brings Jenny into a new arena in the city, touching on buzz-worthy contemporary themes.

Also see: Cameras role for Coroner 3.

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Executive Producer:

Morwyn Brebner (also Showrunner)
Adrienne Mitchell (Back Alley Films)
Jonas Prupas (Muse Entertainment)
Peter Emerson (Cineflix Studios)
Brett Burlock (Cineflix Studios)


Adrienne Mitchell
Paul Fox
Sherren Lee
Winnifred Jong


Morwyn Brebner
Seneca Aaron


Samy Inayeh

Production Designer:

Elisa Sauve


Serinda Swan
Tamara Podemski
Alli Chung
Saad Siddiqui
Roger Cross
Nicholas Campbell
Lovell Adams-Gray
Sherilyn Allen
Éric Bruneau
Ehren Kassam
Mark Taylor
Uni Park

Dr. Jenny Cooper
Alison Trent
Taylor Kim
Dr. Neil Sharma
Det. Donovan McAvoy
Gordon Cooper
Dr. Dwayne Allen
Liam Bouchard
Ross Khalighi
Clark (2021)
Melanie (2021)

Rhiannon Morgan

Rhiannon Morgan is pictured in a publicity still from the 2019 short movie Always Going Never Gone about a Banshee that clings to the last living soul of a forgotten community. Rhiannon Morgan plays the Banshee.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Gift (TV-1998)

Pretty Girls (2008, short)

Brad (2010, short)
Made in Dagenham (2010)
Newfoundland at Armageddon (TV-2016)
Away from Everywhere (2016)
Waste It (2017, short)
New Woman (2019, short)
Black Conflux (2019)
Always Going Never Gone (2019, short)

Little Orphans (2020)

TV Series Guest appearances:
Republic of Doyle (2016)

Always Going Never Gone, movie, poster,

Kyra Harper

Kyra Harper, actress,

Kyra Harper is an actress and producer. She played the role of Dr. Virginia Coady on the hit series Orphan Black. She olays Aunt Maureen in the 2020 film Little Orphans.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Parallels (1980)
Whodunit? (VR-1980)
Renegades (1989)

Getting Married in Buffalo Jump (TV-1990)
Strange Horizons (1992)
Replikator (1994)
To Die For (1995)
Swann (1996)
Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story (TV-1996)
…First Do No Harm (TV-1997)
The Defenders: Payback (TV-1997)
Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story (1999)
Forget Me Never (TV-1999)
Johnny (1999)
Dear America: A Journey to the New World (TV-1999)

All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story (TV-2000)
Cheaters (TV-2000)
Baby (TV-2000)
Fast Food High (2003)
Gracie’s Choice (TV-2004)
The Good Shepherd (2004)
Martha Behind Bars (TV-2005)
Find (2006, short)
Eye of the Beast (TV-2007)
Cyborg Soldier (VR-2008)
Of Murder and Memory (TV-2008)
Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (TV-2008)

The Camera and Christopher Merk (2010, short)
Embryonic (2012)
What We Have (2014)
Boxing (2015, short)
The Death of Ian Hall (2017, short)
The Glass Castle (2017)

Final Exam (2017, short)
Hellmington (2018)
It’s Nothing (2019, short)

Little Orphans (2020)
Six Days to Die (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000, mini-series)
Hard Rock Medical (2013-2018)
Orphan Black (2015-2017)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Night Heat (1987)
Street Legal (1987, 1991)
The Campbells (1990)
Seasons of Love (1999)

Wonderfalls (2004)
This is Wonderland (2004, 2005)
The Dresden Files (2007)
Heartland (2009, 2019)

Human Target (2010)
Warehouse 13 (2010)
Lost Girl (2011)
The Firm (2012)
Damien (2016)
Mary Kills People (2017)
Ghostwriter (2019)
Running with Violet (2019, 2020)

Coroner (2020)

Little Orphans, movie, poster,

A Star is Lost

A Star is Lost, movie, image,

75 minutes – Musical comedy
Language: English
Release date:
Production company: National Film Board of Canada
Canadian distributor: National Film Board of Canada

A musical comedy feature about the trials and tribulations of making an old-time musical spectacular. Take an inexperienced studio head, add a villainous competitor, an eccentric director, and an exquisite star who has never sung a note in her life, and you’ve got problems, but they’re nothing to compare with the situation once your exquisite star is lost!

No poster available, image,


Daisy de Bellefeuille

Executive Producer:

John N. Smith


John Howe


John Howe
Don Arioli


Savas Kalogeras


Marie-Hélène Guillemin


Don Arioli
Jack Creley
Tom Harvey
Eric House
Ken James
Tiiu Leek
Les Nirenberg
Al Waxman

Billy Norman
Chief Dingo
Alfred E. Sydney
Junior Mammoth
Gloria Glyde
Inspector Bruno

Emily Bridger

B: in St. John’s, NL

Emily Bridger is an actress, director and screenwriter. Her 2020 film, Little Ophans was selected to open the 2020 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. She is seen on the right in the trailer for Little Orphans above. We list her credits as an actor first.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Patiently Wasting (2008, short)
Pretty Girls (2008, short)
Epilogue (2008, short)

Brad (2010, short)
The Fourth Minute (2010, short)
The Wake (2011, short)

Little Orphans (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Three Chords from the Truth (2009)
Republic of Doyle (2010)
Little Dog (2018)

Hudson & Rex (2020)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Epilogue (2008, short)

Brad (2010, short)
Kathy (2011, short)
Sadie (2014, short)
In So Many Words (2016, short)
Waste It (2017, short)
Hopeless Romantic (2018)

Little Orphans (2020)

TV Series:
Reel East Coast (2015)
Absolutely Canadian (2019, mini-series)

Credits as a Director:
Epilogue (2008, short)

Brad (2010, short)
In So Many Words (2016, short)
Waste It (2017, short)
Lamenting Pluto (2018, short)

Credits as a Producer:
Epilogue (2008, short)
In So Many Words (2016, short)

Little Orphans, movie, poster,

Ruth Lawrence

Ruth Lawrence, actress, director,

Ruth Lawrence is an actor and director. Her 2020 film Little Orhpans was selected to open the 2020 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. It was also included on the Directors Guild of Canada list of 14 films in contention for the 2020 DGC Discovery Award. This list highlights the top new emerging directors to watch for during the festival season. We list her credits as an actor first.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Behind the Wall (2008)
Screamers: The Hunting (VR-2009)

Snarbuckled (2010, short)
Four Sisters (2010, short)
Contracts (2010, short)
Surprise! (2011, short)
Clipper Gold (2011, short)
Cracker Barrel (2012, short)
Desperate Scribbles (2013, short)
Body and Bones (2019)

Under the Weather (2020)

TV Series- Cast:
Random Passage (2002, mini-series)

Credits as a Director:
Two Square Feet (2012, short)
Little Orphans (2020)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Two Square Feet (2012, short)
Hopeless Romantic (2018)

Credits as a Producer:
Wind MOney (Associate Producer, 2013, short)
Hunting Pignut (Co-producer, 2016)
The Perfect Family (Co-producer, 2016, short)
Waiting Outside (Co-producer, 2017, short)

TV Series:
Reel East Coast (2017)

Little Orphans, movie, poster,

Little Orphans

80 minutes – Drama
Language: English
Festival release date: October 14, 2020 (St.John’s International Women’s Film Festival)
Release date: TBA
Production company: Imagine That Productions
Canadian distributor: Game Theory Films

Little Orphans follows Gwen (Emily Bridger), who begrudgingly comes home for her sister’s wedding, where she is confronted by unresolved fallout on relationships, family abandonment and secrets of the self. Set against a backdrop of a St. John’s winter, Little Orphans tackles ideas of home and discovery.

Little Orphans was selected to open the St.John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2020.

Little Orphans, movie, poster,


Jennifer Hawley

Executive Producer:

Sherry White


Ruth Lawrence


Emily Bridger


Stéphanie Anne
Weber Biron


Kimberlee McTaggart


Justin Merdsoy

Production Designer:

Gina Anderson

Art Director:

Michele Stamp (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Karen Pottle


Emily Bridger
Marthe Bernard
Kyra Harper
Andy McQueen
Rhiannon Morgan
Des Walsh
Anouk Cornelissen-May
Allison Woolridge
Monica Walsh
Patricia Andrews
Andrew O’Brien
Peter Halley
Andrea Monro
Jenina MacGillivray
Nabila Qureshi
Luke Lawrence
Karen Monie

Aunt Maureen
Uncle Billy
Singer 3
Singer 2
Singer 1
Preschool Worker
Fancy Mom

Nadia, Butterfly

107 minutes – Drama
Language: French, English
Festival release date: 2010 (Cannes)
Release date: September 18, 2020 (Québec)
Production company: Nemesis Films
Canadian distributor: Maison 4:3

Twenty-three year old Nadia has decided to retire from professional swimming after the Olympics. She sees her life as a life of sacrifice and needs a change. After her last race, she slips away into nights of excess, but this new phase is simply transient and cannot hide her real inner quest: to define her identity outside the world of high level sport.

Nadia, Butterfly is an official selection of the 73rd edition of the Cannes film Festival. It stars Olympic swimmer Katerine Savard in the role of Nadia. This is Pascal Plante’s second feature film.

Nadia Butterfly, movie, poster,


Dominique Dussault

Executive Producer:

Sylvain Corbeil


Pascal Plante


Pascal Plante


Stephanie Weber Biron


Amélie Labrèche

Art Director:

Joëlle Péloquin

Costume Designer:

Renée Sawtelle


Katerine Savard
Ariane Mainville
Pierre-Yves Cardinal
Hilary Caldwell
Cailin McMurray
John Ralston
Amélie Marcil
Eli Jean Tahchi
Andrew Di Prata
Andrew Simms
Marie-José Turcotte

Greg Dale
Massage therapist
Lebanese fencer
Italian rower
Ronnie Bennett

Around the Festivals

Around the Festivals, image,
Promotional still for David Byrne’s American Utopia courtesy of HBO.

Around the Festivals
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(September 10, 2020 – Toronto, ON) When it comes to film festivals at this time of year the big news, naturally, belongs to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which gets underway tonight. In some ways it might be the smallest festival since those early days when it was known as The Festival of Festivals, yet in other ways it might be the largest TIFF ever. Smallest in that the big stars are missing, there are far fewer on-screen showings and those in-cinema films will be subject to social distancing in the seating arrangements. However, by going digital, more people than ever may get to see festival films, albeit on their home screens.

The 45th edition opens with David Byrne’s American Utopia (pictured above), directed by Spike Lee. It’s a filmed version of Byrne’s Broadway show with the former Talking Heads frontman singing his most popular songs backed by 11 musicians from around the world. Making history, this opening Gala screening will occur with both in-cinema and drive-in screenings combined. TIFF runs until September 19. Northernstars took at look at some of the Canadian films at TIFF here and here.

Speaking of reaching a larger audience through digital distribution, the OIAF (Ottawa International Animation Festival) opens September 23 and goes online worldwide, with single tickets or passes available. While Canada has produced some terrific feature animated movies, you mention animation in this country and people usually think of the National Film Board and their long award-winning record of producing animated shorts. There are two world premieres in official competition this year. The first Thanadoula, is an animated documentary from Toronto-based director Robin McKenna. We have written about Thanadoula before, but the short synopsis is: Layering real-life details with an otherworldly magic, Thanadoula recounts the story of an end-of-life doula brought to her calling through the loss of her beloved sister. It runs a little more than six and a half minutes.

Also screening in competition is the international co-production HIDE by UK-born, Hungary-based creator Daniel Gray whose 2006 short t.o.m. (with Tom Brown) was named Best Graduation Animation at OIAF. HIDE runs 11 minutes and it’s about two brothers who entertain themselves playing hide and seek. As one counts, the other hides in a small cabinet. Seconds pass… then minutes… years…and decades.

Other NFB productions and coproductions at OIAF include Quebec animator Jean-François Lévesque’s I, Barnabé (NFB with the participation of ARTE France), the latest NFB work from the creator of The Necktie (2008). 4 North A is the first collaboration between Newfoundland native Jordan Canning and Saskatoon-born Howie Shia, now both based in Toronto. And then there’s Altötting (Studio Film Bilder/NFB/Ciclope Filmes) by German animator Andreas Hykade, featuring design by Portugal’s Regina Pessoa.

There is far more from the NFB including some VR productions, as well as productions from around the world at OIAF. The festival runs from September 23 to October 4. There is a link to their website on our September Film Festivals page.

The Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) also starts September 23. We don’t pay a lot of attention to it as our focus is strictly on Canadian films and filmmakers but there is a link on our September Film Festivals page.

Also on Wednesday, September 23 Canada’s biggest Black Film Festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) kicks off at 7PM with Sergio Navarretta’s The Cuban starring Louis Gossett Jr. The festival ramps up the next day when a record 120 films from 30 countries will be available online and across Canada and around the World. Films will highlight topics such as the Environment, Immigration, Music, Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Systemic Racism, LGBTQ identity and Black Lives Matter. The MIBFF wraps on October 4 and a link to their website can be found on our September Film Festivals page.

There’s also a link to the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) where, for the first time, the full lineup of selected films will be available for streaming to audiences in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The opening film on September 24 is Falling, a Canada-United Kingdom-Denmark coproduction that marks the feature directorial debut of Viggo Mortensen.

John Ware Reclaimed, movie, image,
Image from John Ware Reclaimed courtesy of the National Film Board.
The NFB is also well represented here with the world premiere of a feature documentary on a vital piece of Alberta’s history titled John Ware Reclaimed, which follows acclaimed Calgary-born filmmaker, author and playwright Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology of Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta before the turn of the 20th century. Her research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present. Three award-winning NFB features are in the festival’s DGC Canadian Documentary Competition: Wintopia by Mira Burt-Wintonick (EyeSteelFilm/NFB), Stateless (Hispaniola Productions/NFB) by Michèle Stephenson and The Forbidden Reel (Loaded Pictures/NFB) by Ariel Nasr.

It’s a bit of a look ahead but we’ve had updates from two Toronto-based October festivals. The ReelWorld Film Festival runs October 14-19. This year, the festival includes 36 features, shorts, and webseries created by Canadian filmmakers identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. The entire festival will be available online and passes go on sale today.

On October 20 the 21st imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will begin its five day run. This year they’re trying something uniquely different. The opening gala film isn’t a single film but a shorts program featuring a gathering of international shorts created by artists from seven different nations: Êmîcêtôsêt: Many Bloodlines by Theola Ross (Cree); Between Two Lines by Jack Steele (Wiradjuri); Te Wao Nui by Ngariki Ngatae (Māori); Nuxalk Radio by Banchi Hanuse (Nuxalk); Audrey’s Story by Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe); Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (Kanaka Maoli); and The Fourfold by Alisi Telengut (Mongolian, Telengut). The Closing Night Gala will be the Canadian premiere of Compañía by Bolivian director Miguel Hilari, which follows the daily rhythms of a small mountain community. Click here for information about festival passes.

Click here for a list of October 2020 film festivals.

As we have over the past many years, this is our first look at the 2020 Film Festival Season. There will be more to report on as the weeks unfold.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.