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Gil Bellows

Gil Bellows, actor,

B: June 28, 1967 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Gil Bellows had a pretty good film career going before finally reaching a wide audience thanks to his role on the TV sitcom, Ally McBeal. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Southern California, then tried his hand in New York appearing on stage and in episodic TV roles on shows like Law & Order. His film debut was in the critically acclaimed prison drama The Shawshank Redemption in 1994, three years before landing the role of Billy Thomas on Ally McBeal. His character was originally a one season idea, but he ended up staying for three, leaving in 2000. The cast of the show shared a 1998 Screen Actors Guild award as Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Love and a .45 (1994)
Silver Strand (TV-1995)
Black Day Blue Night (1995)
Miami Rhapsody (1995)
Radiant City (TV-1996)
Looking for Richard (1996)
The Substance of Fire (1996)
Un amour de sorcière (1997)
Snow White (1997)
The Assistant (1997)
Judas Kiss (1998)
Dinner at Fred`s (1999)
Say You’ll be Mine (1999)

Second String (TV-2000)
Chasing Sleep (2000)
Beautiful Joe (2000)
The Courage to Love (TV-2000)
Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (TV-2001)
The Agency (TV-2001)
Whitewash: the Clarence Brandley Story (TV-2002)
Second String (TV-2002)
1st to Die (TV-2003)
Fast Food High (2003)
Blind Horizon (2004)
EMR (2004)
How’s My Driving (2004)
Childstar (2004)
Zevda and the Hitman (2004)
Pursued (2004)
A Bear Named Winnie (TV-2004)
The Weather Man (2005)
Keep Your Distance (2005)
Final Days of Planet Earth (TV-2006)
The Promotion (2008)
bgFATLdy (2008)
Kill Kill Faster Faster (2008)
Toronto Stories (2008)
Infected (TV-2008)
Passchendaele (2008)
24: Redemption (TV-2008)

Unthinkable (2010)
Happenchance (2010)
Hunt to Kill (2010)
A Night for Dying Tigers (2010)
The Maiden Danced (2010)
The Year Dolly Parton was My Mom (2011)
Girl Walks into a Bar (2011)
Neighbours (2011, short)
The Maiden Danced to Death (2011)
Trading Christmas (TV-2011)
Mad Ship (2012)
The Samaritan (2012)
House at the End of the Street (2012)
Three Days in Havana (2013)
Louis Cyr: l’homme le plus fort du monde (2013)
The Calling (2013)
Parkland (2014)
Extraterrestrial (2014)
Leading Lady (2014)
The Calling (2014)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Business Ethics (2015, short)
Girl on the Edge (2015)
Weepah Way for Now (2015)
Life on the LIne (2015)
She Has a Name (2016)
Dead Draw (2016)
Blood Honey (2017)
Between Us (TV-2017, short)
ADDicted (2017)
Business Ethics (2017)
Nation’s Fire (2018)
Run This Town (2019)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
Drowning (2019)

Two Deaths of Henry Baker (2020)
Awake (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Ally McBeal (1997-2000)

The Agency (2001-2002)
Terminal City (2005)
Final Days of Planet Earth (2006, mini-series)

Delete (2013, mini-series) Ascension (2014, mini-series)
Patriot (2015-2018)
Eyewitness (2016)
11.22.63 (2016, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Law & Order (1991)
Flying Blind (1992)
Going to Extremes (1993)
The Practice (1998)

Night Visions (2001)
The Twilight Zone (2003, 2020)
Karen Sisco (2004)
Final Days of Planet Earth (2006)
The Cleaner (2008)

Smallville (2010)
Flashforward (2010)
Criminal Minds (2010)
True Justice (2010, 2011, 2012)
Sanctuary (2011)
Boss (2012)
Vegas (2012)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2014)
Falling Skies (2014)
Bones (2014)
The Handmaid’s Tale (2019)
Suits (2019)
Jett (2019)

Cherish the Day (2020)
Love in the Time of Corona (2020)
American Gods (2021)
V.C. Andrew’s Ruby (2021)
V.C. Andrews’ Landry Family (2021)

Run This Town, move, poster,

Jennifer Irwin

Jennifer Irwin, actress,

B: June 17, 1975 in Toronto, Ontario

A graduate of Montreal’s McGill University where she received a degree in English, Jennifer Irwin went on to become a member of Toronto’s famed Second City where she wrote four productions, all of which were nominated for a Dora Award. Most of her work has been in the area of comedy, including being nominated for Pretty Funny Female at the 6th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards. She was also been nominated for a Gemini Award for her performance Slings and Arrows and in 2010, the Canadian Comedy Awards nominated her for Best Performance by a Female in TV for her work in Less Than Kind. She played the role of Sammy Dunbar on the series Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays as was nominated for an ACTRA Toronto Award in January 2012 for her work on that series. Jennifer Irwin is the voice of Sheila Wendall in the animated series, Crash Canyon. She plays the recurring role of Virginia Kremp in the series The Goldbergs.

Features & TV Movies:
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Anne of Green Gables (TV-1985)
Easy Prey (TV-1986)
The Gate (1986)

Mr. Winterbourne (1996)
Elvis Meets Nixon (TV-1997)
Melanie Darrow (TV-1997)
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
A Cool Dry Place (1998)
Dog Park (1998)
Superstar (1999)

Harlan County War (TV-2000)
Exit Wounds (2001)
Spinning Out of Control (TV-2001)
Meet Prince Charming (2002)
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (TV-2002)
Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something (TV-2002)

The Vanishing Point (2010, short)
Bad Teacher (2011)
American Judy (TV-2012)
His Turn (TV-2013)
Fallen Stars (2015)
Another Evil (2015)
Zoom (2016)
The Legend of Master Legend (TV-2017, short) The Mortuary Collection (2019)
Long Weekend (2021)
The Exchange (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
The Gavin Crawford Show (2000-2003)
Still Standing (2002-2006)
Slings & Arrows (2003, mini-series)
Eastbound & Down (2009-2013)

Breaking In (2011-2012)
Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays (2011)
Crash Canyon (2011-2013)
The Goldbergs (2013-2022)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1993)
More Tears (1998)
The Red Green Show (1999, 2000)

Twice in a Lifetime (2000)
Inside Schwartz (2001)
The Ellen Show (2001)
Aliens in America (2008)
Lie to Me (2009)

Better Off Ted (2010)
Less Than Kind (2010, 2012)
Party Down (2010)
Raising Hope (2010)
Chozen (2014)
Motive (2014)
Working the Engels (2014)
Schitt’s Creek (2015)
Halt and Catch Fire (2015)
Bravest Warriors (2018)
Superstore (2018, 2019)
iZombie (2019)

Hacks (2021)
Physical(2021)

Zoom, 2016, movie, poster,
Poster for ZOOM courtesy of Elevation Pictures. Used with Permission.

Francis Leclerc

Francis Leclerc, film director,

B: 1971 in Québec City, Québec

Francis Leclerc has directed commercials, short and medium length fiction or drama for television and a handful of feature films. His adaptation for television of the Robert Lepage play Les sept branches de la rivière Ôta, won the Special Jury Prize at the Rencontres internationales de la télévision in Reims in 1998 and two Golden Sheaf Awards, one for the Best Dramatic Telefilm and the other for Best Art Direction at Yorkton in 1998. His first feature film, Une jeune fille à la fenêtre (Girl at the Window), was released to critical acclaim at the 2001 Montréal International Film Festival as well as numerous other international festivals. It went on to receive three Génie Award nominations and two Jutra Award nominations. His second feature, Mémoires affectives, was wildly praised by critics, and was honoured with Genie awards for Best Achievement in Direction, Best Original Screenplay and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Roy Dupuis. It also won acclaim in Québec winning Jutra Awards for Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Actor and the ultimate honour, Best Film of the year. Un été sans point ni coup sûr (A No-hit, No-run Summer) was his third feature film. His short, Trotteur was given a Jutra Award in 2012 as best short film.

Also see: Drunken Birds Swoop Iris.

Features & TV Movies:
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Une jeune fille à la fenêtre (2001)
L’Officier de la garde (TV-2003)
Mémoires affectives (2004)
Marie-Antoinette (TV-2006, co-directed with Yves Simoneau)
Un été sans point ni coup sûr (2008)

Trotteur (2011, short, co-directed with Arnaud Brisebois)
Pieds nus dans l’aube (2017)

L’Arracheuse de temps (2021)
Le Plongeur (2022)

TV Series:
Nos étés (2005)
Les rescapés (2011, 2012)
Apparences (2012)
Mon meilleur ami (2013, mini-series)
Les Beaux Malaises (2014)
Marche à l’ombre (2015)

Le Phoenix (2020)
Libre échange (2022)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Une jeune fille à la fenêtre (2001)
Mémoires affectives (2004)
Pieds nus dans l’aube (2017)

Vincent-Guillaume Otis

Vincent-Guillaume Otis, actor,

B: in Québec

Guillaume Otis is pictured in the title role of Babine. He founded the youth theatre company Picouille Théâtre and has worked on several stage productions both as a director and an actor. He appeared in Edmond Dantès at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, La Chanson de l’éléphant at Théâtre d’aujourd’hui and Une ardente patience at Théâtre de Quat’sous. In 2022 he was given a Prix Iris for Best Actor in a Leading Rle for his work on the feature Norbourg.

Also see: Drunken Birds Swoop Iris.

Features & TV Movies:
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Le survenant (2005)
Guide de la petite vengeance (2006)
Le silence nous fera écho (2006)
Marie-Antoinette (TV-2006)
Code 13 (2007)
Ce qu’il faut pour vivre (2008)
Babine (2008)
Gabrielle (2013)
La maison du pêcheur (2013)

Norbourg (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
René Lévesque (2005, mini-series)
Musée Eden (2010)
Apparences (2012)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Annie et ses hommes (2005)
Kif-Kif (2006)

Gabrielle, movie poster
Gabrielle poster courtesy of Entertainment One.

Molly McGlynn

Molly McGlynn, director, screenwriter,
Photo of Molly McGlynn at TIFF © 2017 by R.A.Lucas. Used with permission.

B: in Montréal, Québec

Molly McGlynn is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Honours in Film Studies and has a graduate certificate from Humber College in Writing & Producing for Television. She is an alumnus of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Writers’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. She began her career at TIFF in the Communication and Programme Administration departments. After working as a writer and researcher in factual television, she went on to work as executive assistant to Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta. Her second short film, Shoes, was featured as a notable project of the week on Indiegogo and was nominated for best short film at the Female Eye Film Festival. In 2012, Molly received a Drama Prize from the National Screen Institute for Given Your History. After screening at international film festivals, it aired on CBC in April 2015 and was featured on Air Canada’s En Route. She was the recipient of the Corus Fearless Female Directors Award for her work. Also in 2015, she was selected as a Talent Lab Resident at the Reykjavik International Film Festival and as a Samsung TIFF Emerging Director. Mary Goes Round is her first feature film.

Also see: Blood Hell Molly McGlynn.

Features & TV Movies:
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Office Daydreams (VR-2010, short)
I Am Not a Weird Person (2014, short)
Shoes (2014, short)
Given Your History (2014, short)
3-Way (Not Calling) (2016, short)
Mary Goes Round (2017)

Bloody Hell (2022)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
How to Buy a Baby (2016)
Workin’ Moms (2018)
Bad Blood (2018)
Little Dog (2018, 2019)
Speechless (2019)
Grown-ish (2019)
Bless This Mess (2019, 2020)
The Wonder Years (2021)
Kenan (2021, 2022)
Grace and Frankie (2022)
Welcome to Flatch (2022)
Chad (2022)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Shoes (2014, short)
Given Your History (2014, short)
3-Way (Not Calling) (2016, short)
Imposter (2016, short)
Mary Goes Round (2017)

Bloody Hell (2022)

Mary Goes Round, poster, movie,

Tanner Sawatzky

Tanner Sawatzky,

B: June 6, 1994 in Beamsville, Ontario

Tanner Sawatzky’s 12-minute short The Talk was selected as the 2017 Audience Choice Award Winner at the Oakville Film Festival. The film follows two parents as they try to navigate through the most uncomfortable conversation of all; the sex talk with their teenage daughter. It had previously picked up a Gold Award for Best Short Film and for Best Director, along with the Platinum Award for Best Screenplay at the L.A. Shorts Awards. It also won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Top Indie Film Awards 2017. We list his credits as a Screenwriter first.

Features & TV Movies:
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Choice (2016, short)
Good People (2016, short)
The Talk (2017, short)

Credits as a Director:
Halloween Jesus (2016, short)
Bad Kids (2016, short)

Credits as a Producer:
The Talk (2017, short)

Bruce McDonald

Bruce Mcdonald, film director,
Photo of Bruce McDonald © 2008 by Ralph Lucas

B: May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario

Bruce McDonald is a film and television director who also works as an editor, producer and sometimes actor. 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, which won the Norman Jewison Award for best student film at the 1982 Canadian National Exhibition. The short helped launch his professional career after it screened at the Toronto Festival of Festivals where his 1989 film, Roadkill won the award for Most Outstanding Canadian Film. His 2016 film, Weirdos will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Also see: Fade to Black: Bruce McDonald’s Rock ‘n Roll Road Trilogy
Also see: An interview with Bruce McDonald, originally published in 2004.
Also watch: Bruce McDonald talks about the making of Pontypool.

Features & TV Movies:
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Merge (1980)
Let Me See (1982)
Knock! Knock! (1985)
Roadkill (1989)

Highway 61 (1991)
Dance Me Outside (1995)
Hard Core Logo (1996)
Platinum (TV-1997)
American Whiskey Bar (TV-1998)
Elimination Dance (1998)
Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (TV-1998)

Road Songs: A Portrait of Robbie Robertson (TV-2001)
Picture Claire (2001)
The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess (2004)
Gay Like Me? (2006)
MaximumRockNRoll (2007)
The Tracey Fragments (2007)
The Dark Room (TV-2007)
Pontypool (2008)
Almost Audrey (TV-2009)

This Movie is Broken (2010)
Trigger (2010)
Music from the Big House (2010)
Hard Core Logo 2 (2010)
Yonge Street – Toronto Rock & Roll Stories (TV-2011)
The Husband (2013)
Hellions (2014)
Cashtown Corners (2015)
Weirdos (2016)
Ashram ’69 (2016, short)
Dreamland (2019)

TV Series: (at least one episode):
The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985)

The Hidden Room (1991)
Lonesome Dove (1992)
Liberty Street (1994)
Twitch City (1998)

Degrassi (2001, 2003, 2008, 2009)
Playmakers (2003)
This Is Wonderland (2004)
The Collector (2004)
Kevin Hill (2004)
The Tournament (2005)
Darcy’s Wild Life (2005)
ReGenesis (2006)
Killer Wave (2006, mini-series)
The Rawside of… (2008)
City Sonic (2009)

Living in Your Car (2010)
Yonge Street – Toronto Rock & Roll Stories (2011, mini-series)
Cracked (2013)
Bomb Girls (2013)
Reign (2013)
Heartland (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
Bitten (2015)
Lost Girl (2015)
Dark Matter (2015, 2016, 2017)
Creeped Out (2017, 2018, 2019)
Ransom (2018)

Malory Towers (2020)

Highway 61, movie, poster, Dreamland, movie, poster,

Noah Reid

Noah Reid, actor,
Noah Reid at TIFF 2017. Photo by R.A.Lucas. Used with permission.

B: May 29, 1987 in Toronto, Ontario

Noah Reid is a film and stage actor, also known for his voice work and as the voice of Franklin in the TV series and subsequent feature length releases. He plays the role of Patrick on the series Schitt’s Creek.

Also see: TIFF Waves the Flag.

Features & TV Movies:
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In Love and War (1996)

Franklin and the Green Knight: The Movie (voice, VR-2000)
Franklin’s Magic Christmas (voice, VR-2001)
Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun (voice, VR-2002)
Terry (TV-2005)
From This Day Forward (2007, short)

Score: A Hockey Musical (2010)
Three Inches (TV-2011)
Old Stock (2012)
Grimey (2012, short)
Lay Over (2013, short)
The Dependables (2014)
The Date (2014, short)
Valentines Day (2014, short)
The Cliff and the Road (2014, short)
People Hold On (2015)
Cardinals (2017)
Plato’s Republic: Book 1 (2018, short)
Buffaloed (2019)
Clifton Hill (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Franklin (voice, 1997-2004)

In a Heartbeat (2000-2001)
Black Hole High (2002-2006)
Jane and the Dragon (voice, 2006)
Degrassi (2009)

Titanic (2012, mini-series)
Kevin From Work (2015)
Schitt’s Creek (2017-2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Nikita (1997)
Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend (voice, 1998)
Pippi Longstocking (voice, 1998)

Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall (voice, 2000)
Soul Food (2001)
Martin the Warrior: A Tale of Redwall (2001)
The Strange Legacy of Cameron Cruz (2002)
Naturally, Sadie (2007)

Rookie Blue (2012)
Alphas (2012)
Backpackers (2013, 2015)
Cracked (2013)
The Plateaus (2015)
House of Lies (2016)
Street Series (2019)

Cindy Sampson

Cindy Sampson, actress,
Photo of Cindy Sampson at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards © Ralph Lucas.

B: May 27, 1978 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Born Cindy Marie Sampson, the tall, athletic actor costars as Angie Everett opposite Jason Priestly as Matt Shade in the 2016 TV series Private Eyes.

Also see: Private Eyes Returns November 2.

Features & TV Movies:
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Riches (2001)
Mama Africa (2002)
Lift-Off (2002)
Sex & the Single Mom (2003)
Footsteps (TV-2003)
The Straitjacket Lottery (2004)
The Riverman (TV-2004)
Stone Cold (TV-2005)
Platinum Rush (TV-2006)
The Last Kiss (2006)
Mein Traum von Afrika (TV-2007)
Blind Trust (TV-2007)
Swamp Devil (2008)
The Christmas Choir (TV-2008)
My Claudia (2009)
High Plains Invaders (TV-2009)

The Shrine (2010)
The Factory (2011)
Long Gone Day (2012)
Trust Me (2012, short)
Camion (2012)
Wings of the Dragon (2012)
Charlie Zone (2013)
Elephant Song (2014)
My Secret Valentine (TV-2018)
Sila (2019, short)

TV Series – Cast:
A Guy and a Girl (2002)
October 1970 (2006, mini-series)
Rumours (2006-2007)

Supernatural (2010-2011)
Private Eyes (2016-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Lexx (1999, 2001)
Durham County (2007)
Supernatural (2007, 2008)
Reaper (2008)

Being Human (2011)
Played (2013)
The Listener (2014)
Degrassi (2014, 2015)
Rookie Blue (2015)
The Art of More (2015, 2026)
Rogue (2015, 2016)
Real Detective (2016)
Imposters (2018)
Hudson & Rex (2019)

Elephant Song, movie poster
Movie poster for the film Elephant Song courtesy of Mongrel Media

Monika Schnarre

Monika Schnarre, actress,

B: May 27, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario

Monika Schnarre was, at just 14 years of age, the youngest ever to win the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency’s “Supermodel of the World” competition. By fifteen, she was the youngest ever to have appeared on the cover of American Vogue and in the pages of the coveted Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. After five years of a short but remarkable career, she left modelling, finished high school with honors, published a book entitled; “Between You and Me” and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Her first break as an actor came in television with an appearance on Friday the 13th in 1989. She spends her free time enjoying photography, running, hiking and yoga.

Official website

Features & TV Movies:
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Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)
Warlock: The Armageddon (1993)
Killer (1994)
Junior (1994)
Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct: Ice (TV-1996)
Sanctuary (1997)
Dead Fire (1997)
The Peacekeeper (1997)

Vegas, City of Dreams (2001)
Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal (VR-2001)
Snowbound (2001)
Deluxe Combo Platter (2004)
Underfunded (TV-2006)

TV Series – Cast:
Boogies Diner (1994)
Beastmaster (1999)

Celebrity R.S.V.P. (co-host, 2007)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Friday the 13th (1989, 1990)

Designing Women (1991)
Sweating Bullets (1991)
The Bold and the Beautiful (1994, 1995)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1996)
The Adventures of Sinbad (1997)
Silk Stalkings (1997)
Breaker High (1997)
Team Knight Rider (1997)
The New Addams Family (1998)
Welcome to Paradox (1998)
Night Man (1998, 1999)
Caroline in the City (1999)
Earth: Final Conflict (1999)
Total Recall 2070 (1999)
First Wave (1999)

Code Name: Eternity (2000)
Hollywood Off-Ramp (2000)
Andromeda (2001, 2005)
Just Cause (2002)
Charmed (2003)
The King of Queens (2003)
Mutant X (2004)

Cracked (2013)
Saving Hope (2015)

Monika Schnarre is represented by:
Deb Dillistone
Lucas Talent Inc.
Sun Tower – 7th Floor
100 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 1R8

Ph. 604-685-0345
Fax 604-685-0341

email: deb.dillistone (at) lucastalent.com

Deluxe Combo Platter, movie poster

June 2022 Film Festivals

June 2022 film festivals, image
NOTE: (March 31, 2022) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many film festivals have postponed their schedules. The links we provide will take you to each festival’s website where they will have updated information about their plans and schedules. ** Indicates last year’s dates.
Also see festivals in: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMay – June – JulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Don’t see your festival listed? Email news(at)northernstars.ca to send us your information.

Starts: Ends: Name: Location:
dd/mm dd/mm
26/05 05/06 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival Toronto, ON leaf
03/06 12/06 Brooklyn Film Festival Brooklyn, New York
08/06 19/06 Tribeca Film Festival New York, New York
09/06 12/06 Female Eye Film Festival Toronto, ONleaf
09/06 19/06 Dances with Films West Hollywood, California
09/06 26/06 30th Toronto Jewish Film Festival Toronto, ON leaf
12/06 15/06 Banff World Television Festival Banff, AB leaf
13/06 19/06 Nickel Independent Film Festival St. John’s, NL leaf
16/06 19/06 Breakthroughs Film Festival Toronto, ON leaf
16/06 30/06 Toronto Japanese Film Festival Toronto, ON leaf
17/06 21/06 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Monte-Carlo, Monaco
17/06 23/07 ImagesFestival Toronto, ON leaf
17/06 26/06 Transilvania International Film Festival Romania
21/06 27/06 Palm Springs International ShortFest Palm Springs, California
22/06 27/06 Nantucket Film Festival Nantucket, Massachusetts
22/06 28/06 Oakville Film Festival Oakville, ON leaf
27/06 16/07 Italian Contemporary Film Festival Toronto, ON leaf

Molly Dunsworth

Molly Dunsworth, actress,

B: May 25, 1990 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Molly Kathleen Dunsworth is best known for her starring role in Hobo with a Shotgun, playing the character of Abby alongside Rutger Hauer.

Also see: John Dunsworth.

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

Deeply (2000)
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (TV-2008)
The Tenth Circle (TV-2008)
Treevenge (2008, short)

Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (TV-2011)
Room Service (2012, short)
Bunker 6 (2013)
Septic Man (2013)
Lure (2014)
Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It (2014)
Relative Happiness (2014)
Ingrid and the Black Hole (2016, short)
Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter (TV-2019)

Face Off (2021, short)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Haven (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Mr. D (2012)
Everyone’s Famous (2013, 2018)
Diggstown (2019)

Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series (voice, 2020)
I Am Syd Stone (2020)
From (2022)

Reel East Coast (2017)

Hobo With a Shotgun, movie, poster,

Rick Mabe

Rick Mabe, actor,

B: May 24, 1983 in Pointe-Claire, Québec

Rick Mabe is pictured as Eric Magnusson in a publicity still from the TVA release, The Wild Hunt. Mabe’s break came when he was just 12-years-old opposite Burt Reynolds and Ryan Gosling in Frankenstein And Me. Four years later he bought his own one-acre island off the coast of Montreal. He is usually credited as Ricky Mabe but might be outgrowing that now.

Listen to Rick Mabe when he was interviewed by Peter Anthony Holder.

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

Frankenstein and Me (1996)
Sci-Fighters (1996)
Little Men (1997)
Kayla (1999)
Who Gets the House (1999)
Nightmare Man (1999)

Isn’t She Great (2000)
Phantom of the Megaplex (TV-2000)
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas (voice, 2000)
Believe (2000)
Pressure Point (2001)
Two Summers (2002)
Student Seduction (TV-2003)
A Day in the Life of a Bathroom Key (2005, short)
Trailer Park of Terror (2008)
Wargames: The Dead Code (VR-2008)
Zack and Mini Make a Porno (2008)
The Trotsky (2009)
Peepers (2009)
The Wild Hunt (2009)

Faith, Fraud, & Minimum Wage (2010)
Peepers (2010)
The Kate Logan Affair (2010)
The Truth Below (2011)
Goon (2011)
Burden of Evil (TV-2012)
This is the End (2013)
Gigi’s Bucket List (TV-2014)
Dirty Beautiful (2014)
Goldfish (2015, short)
The Bed (2015, short)
Antidepressant (2015, short)
The Disaster Artist (2017)
Angry Angel (TV-2017)
The Wolves (2017, short)

The House Call (2020, short)
Teller Number Four (2022, short)

TV Series – Cast:
The Little Lulu Show (1995)
Flash Forward (1996)
Arthur (voice, 1996-2000)
Princess Sissi (voice, 1997)
Sci-Squad (1999)
Mona the Vampire (voice, 1999-2003

Wunschpunsch (voice, 2000-2001)
Seriously Weird (2002)
Pig City (voice, 2002)
Commando Nanny (2004)
Beautiful People (2005-2006)
Killer Wave (2007, mini-series)

Gigi Does It (2015)
Fantasy Field Test (2016, mini-series)
Preacher (2016)
Future Man (2019)

Goon, movie, poster,
Movie poster for Goon courtesy of Alliance Films

Will Sasso

Will Sasso, actor,

B: May 24, 1975 in Lardner, British Columbia

Will Sasso played the role of Curly, as in Larry, Curly & Moe, in The Three Stooges.

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

Ski School 2 (1994)
Ernest Goes to School (1994)
Malicious (1995)
Magic in the Water (1995)
Annie O (TV-1996)
Susie Q (TV-1996)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Heck`s Way Home (TV-1996)
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
Doctor Who (TV-1996)
Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
The Sixth Man (1997)
Dad’s Week Off (TV-1997)
Brown’s Requiem (1998)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Best in Show (2000)
I Got You (TV-2002)
Bad Boy (2002)
Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (voice, VR-2005)
Southland Tales (2006)
Five Year Plan (TV-2008)
Spaced (TV-2008)
College Road Trip (2008)
Just the Worst (2008)
Lower Learning (2008)
Year of the Carnivore (2009)

Pornstar (2010)
For Christ’s Sake (2010)
The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (2010)
Life as We Know It (2010)
Division III: Football’s Finest (2011)
Arthur Christmas (2011)
The Guys Who Move Furniture (2012)
The Three Stooges (2012)
Moving Day (2012)
Finding Mrs. Claus (TV-2012)
Movie 43 (2013)
Middle Age Rage (TV_2013)
The Right Kind of Wrong (2013)
The Ugly Life of a Beautiful Girl (2014)
Hit by Lightening (2014)
Beautiful Girl (2014)
Corner Gas: The Movie (2014)
Russell Madness (2015)
Killing Hasselhoff (2016)
A Miracle on Christmas Lake (2016)
Ozzy (2016)
Army of One (2016)
Budding Prospects (TV-2017)
Follow Me (2017, short)
The Female Brain (2017)
Killing Hasselhoff (2017)
Super Troopers 2 (2018)
Henchmen (voice, 2017)
American Woman (2018)
The Grizzlies (2018)
Henchmen (voice, 2018)
Inside Game (2019)
Klaus (voice, 2019)

Irresistible (2020)
Boss Level (2020)
Film Fest (2020)
Night of the Animated Dead (voice, 2021)
The Throwback (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Madison (1994-1998)
MADtv (1997-2016)

Less Than Perfect (2003-2006)
Robson Arms (2007)

Neighbors from Hell (voice, 2010)
$h*t My Dad Says (2010-2011)
The Britishes (2014, mini-series)
Assassin Banana (voice, 2015, mini-series)
Fool Canada (2015)
Another Period (2015-2018)
Loudermilk (2017-2018)
Mom (2019-2021)
F is for Family (2020-2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Neon Rider (1991)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993)
Madison (1993, 1997)
The Odyssey (1994)
Sliders (1995, 1996)
Family Guy (voice, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010,2012, 2017)

The X Files (2000)
Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2005)
‘Til Death (2006, 2007)
Entourage (2007)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2007)
October Road (2007)
How I Met Your Mother (2008, 2012)
Two and a Half Men (2009)
Brothers (2009)
The Cleveland Show (voice, 2009, 2010)

Children’s Hospital (2010, 2016)
The 3 Minute Talk Show (2011)
Mongo Wrestling Alliance (voice, 2011)
Dream Crushers (2011)
WWF Raw Is War (2012)
Sullivan & Son (2012)
Up All Night (2012)
Family Tree (2013)
Drunk History (2013)
The League (2013)
Modern Family (2014, 2015, 2017)
Spun Out (2014)
About a Boy (2014)
Where’s the Party (2014)
Anger Management (2014)
Hot in Cleveland (2014, 2015)
Young Drunk Punk (2015)
Honest Trailers (2015)
Key and Peele (2015)
Robot Chicken (voice, 2015)
Another Period (2015, 2016)
Shameless (2016)
Hashtaggers (2016)
Love (2016)
Motive (2016)
Those Who Can’t (2016)
Raising Expectations (2016)
American Housewife 2017)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2017)
Great News (2017)
Keven (Probably) Saves the World (2017, 2018)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2018)
Hawaii Five-0 (2018)
Grey’s Anatomy (2018, 2019)
The Orville (2018, 2019)
Tacoma FD (2019)
Harley Quinn (2019, 2020)

Russell Maniac (voice, 2020)
United We Fall (2020)

The Grizzlies, movie, poster,

Gema Zamprogna

Gema Zamprogna, actress,

B: May 24, 1976 in Hamilton, Ontario

Gema Zamprogna played Felicity King on the series Road to Avonlea. Her brother Dominic and sister Amanda are also actors. Gema received a Bachelor of Arts in drama and film from Queen`s University in Kingston in 1997.

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

The Challengers (TV-1989)

In Defense of a Married Man (TV-1990)
Happy Christmas, Miss King (TV-1998)
Pirates of Silicon Valley (TV-1999)
Dear America: Sa Far From Home (TV-1999)
Johnny (1999)

Jewel (TV-2001)
Avenging Angelo (2002)

TV Series – Cast:
Road to Avonlea (1989-1996)

By Way of the Stars (1992, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
My Secret Identity (1988)
Friday the 13th (1989)

War of the Worlds (1990)
Forever Knight (1992)

Twice in a Lifetime (2000)
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2003)
ReGenesis (2004)
Murdoch Mysteries (2008)

Jennifer Baichwal

Jennifer Baichwal, director,
Nicholas de Pencher & Jennifer Baichwal at TIFF 2017 with their documentary Long Time Running. Photo © 2017 by R.A.Lucas.

B: in Montréal, Québec

Jennifer Baichwal is a documentary filmmaker. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. Her documentary, Act of God, about survivors of lightening strikes, was selected to open the 2009 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. Her new feature documentary, Along Time Running, will have its World Premier at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in early 2017.

Learn more about Jennifer Baichwal.
Also see: Northernstars reviews Manufactured Landscapes.

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

Looking You in the Back of the Head (TV-1997)
Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998)
The Holier It Gets (1999)

The True Meaning of Pictures (2002)
The Hockey Nomad (2003)
Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
Act of God (2007)

Payback (2011)
Watermark (2013)
Long Time Running (2017, co-directed with Nick de Pencier)
Anthropocene (2018)

Into the Weeds (2021)

TV Series:
Ontario Arts Council 40th Anniversary Profiles (2004)

Into the Weeds, movie, poster,

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett, actor,

B: May 20, 1975 in Whitehorse, Yukon

Best known for his roles as Karl “Helo” Agathon on the series Battlestar Galactica and as Paul Ballard on Dollhouse, Tahmoh Penikett is the son of former Yukon premier Tony Penikett. He graduated from the Victoria Motion Picture School and studied at the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver.

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

Murder on the Iditarod Trail (TV-1996)

Wildfire 7: The Inferno (TV-2002)
Under the Cover (TV-2003)
Battlestar Galactica (TV-2003)
Hush (TV-2005)
Sandra Goes to Whistler (2005, short)
Lesser Evil (TV-2006)
Stanley’s Girlfriend (2006)

Trapped Ashes (2006)
The Green Chain (2007)
Taming Tammy (2007)
Trick ‘r Treat (2008)

The Hostage (2010)
Riverworld (TV-2010)
Jabberwock (TV-2011)
Innocent (TV-2011)
Big Time Movie (TV-2012)
Down River (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
The Portal (2014, short)
Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy (TV-2014)
Check, Please (2015, short)
Justice League: Gods and Monsters (VR-2015)
Painkillers (2015)
Angel of Christmas (TV-2015)
Pure Pawnage (2016)
All Cock and No Bull! (2016, short)
Deadly Secrets by the Lake (TV-2017)
Deep Space (2018)
Killbird (2019)
The Devil Has a Name (2019)
Ride of Die (TV-2019)

The Color Rose (2020)
2 Hearts (2020)
Ann Rule’s Circle of Deception (TV-2021)
The Last Victim (2021)
Supposition (2021)
Kiri and the Girl (2021)
Sheltering Season (2022)
Rehab (2022)
Final Invasion (announced)

TV Series – Cast:
Cold Squad (2004-2005)
Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
Dollhouse (2009-2010)

Riverworld (2010, mini-series)
Riftworld Chronicles (2015, mini-series)

Devil in Ohio (2022, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Dark Angel (2002)
Stargate SG-1 (2002)
Just Cause (2003)
The L Word (2004)
Smallville (2004, 2007)
Robot Chicken (voice, 2007)
Whistler (2007)
Titan Maximum (voice, 2009)

Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011)
Haven (2011)
The Killing (2011, 2012)
Fairly Legal (2012)
Castle (2012)
Arrow (2012)
Continuum (2012, 2013, 2014)
Bomb Girls (2013)
Supernatural (2013, 2014)
Criminal Minds (2014)
Star-Crossed (2014)
Strange Empire (2014, 2015)
The Hillywood Show (2015, 2019)
Real Detective (2016)
Motive (2016)
Beauty and the Beast (2016)
Con Man (2016)
Incorporated (2017)
Rogue (2017)
Altered Carbon (2018)
Taken (2018)
Deepo Six (2018)
BH90210 (2019)

Medinah (2020)
GenZeroes (2022)

Man of Steel, movie poster

Géza Kovács

Géza Kovács, actor,

B: May 23, 1975 in Budapest, Hungary

Géza Kovács first showed signs of being interested in acting while in high school. He can now look back on a career that includes performances at the old Theatre Centre, and seeing the very first productions when Toronto landmarks like Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory, Studio Lab and others were born. He has toured the country with Graham Greene and GaryFarmer in the James Reaney classic Wacousta and was co-director/actor with John Dunsworth and Nick Mancuso of Pier 1 Theatre in Halifax. Early in his film career he worked with David Cronenberg who cast him in Scanners, and two years later in The Dead Zone.

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

Search and Destroy (1979)

Scanners (1981)
Mephisto (1981)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Big Deal (1985)
Courage (TV-1986)
Ford: The Man and the Machine (TV-1987)
Nowhere to Hide (1987)
Hanussen (1988)
Blind Fear (1989)

Baby on Board (1991)
Stepping Out (1991)
The Lost World (1992)
Secret Nation (1992)
Return to the Lost World (1992)
In the Eyes of a Stranger (TV-1992)
Twin Sisters (VR-1992)
Psychic (1992)
Back in Action (1993)
April One (1993)
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (TV-1994)
Between Love and Honor (TV-1995)
Expect No Mercy (1995)
Street Law (1995)
Morgan’s Fall (1995)
The Donor (1995)
While My Pretty One Sleeps (TV-1997)
Evidence of Blood (TV-1998)
Blackjack (TV-1998)
His Bodyguard (TV-1998)
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within (TV-1998)
Mean Streak (TV-1999)

Keep the Faith, Baby (TV-2002)
Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (TV-2005)
The Sentinel (2006)
Crazy Lovin’ (2007)
Ten for Grandpa (2009)

Butterflies of Trip City (2010, short)
The Last Mermaids (2012, short)
Sidestep Goose Step (2012, short)
Real Gangsters (2013)
The Big Fat Stone (2014)
No Deposit (2015)
La Trattoria Sitcom (TV-2015)
Joseph and Mary (2016)
Death & Grieving Men (2016, short)
Born Dead (2017)
The Child Remains (2017)
Bird (2017, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Race for the Bomb (1987, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest Appearances:
Teleplay (1976)
Adderly (1987)
Seeing Things (1987)
Night Heat (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1988)
Diamonds (1987, 1988)
The Twilight Zone (1989)
The Hitchhiker (1989)

Mom P.I. (1990)
E.N.G. (1990)
Neon Rider (1990)
Friday the 13th (1990)
Sweating Bullets (1991)
Counterstrike (1991, 1993)
Secret Service (1992)
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993)
The Hidden Room (1993)
Highlander (1993)
Goosebumps (1995)
Due South (1996)
Road to Avonlea (1996)
Wind at My Back (1996)
Fast Track (1998)
La Femme Nikita (1998)
Earth: Final Conflict (2000)
Cra$h & Burn (2009)

King (2011)
Cracked (2013)
Hemlock Grove (2014)
The Art of More (2016)
Orphan Black (2016, 2017)

Scanners, movie, poster
This poster for Scanners was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas, actor, writer,

B: May 20, 1949 in St.Catharines, Ontario

Dave Thomas was born in St. Catharines, Ontario but he spent quite a few of his formative years growing up in North Carolina. He also spent some time living in England which, according to him, gave his sense of humour that unique cross between slap stick, and standup American and the so-called “black humour” of the British. It was this complicated package that returned to Hamilton to attend McMaster University where he graduated with a master`s degree in English literature.

Learn more about Dave Thomas.

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

Home to Stay (TV-1978)
Reil (1979)

Double Negative (1980)
Stripes (1981)
Strange Brew (1983)
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird (1985)
My Man Adam (1985)
The Rocket Boy (1987)
Love at Stake (1987)
Moving (1988)

Boris and Natasha (TV-1992)
Public Enemy #2 (1993)
Cold Sweat (1993)
Coneheads (1993)
Kidz in the Wood (TV-1994)
Picture Perfect (TV-1995)

MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000)
Rat Race (2001)
Fancy Dancing (2002)
The New Beachcombers (TV-2002)
The True Meaning of Christmas Specials (TV-2002)
Big Paw: Beethoven (VR-2003)
Whitecoats (aka Intern Academy, 2003)
Brother Bear (voice, 2003)
Trial and Error: The Making of Sequestered (2003)
A Beachcombers Christmas (TV-2004)
Deluxe Combo Platter (2004)
Santa’s Slay (2005)
Brother Bear 2 (voice, VR-2006)
Bob & Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary (TV-2007, documentary)
Rush: Snakes & Arrows – Live in Holland (VR-2008)

Take 22: Behind the Scenes of Sequestered (VR-2010)
House of Crow: Legend of the Melon Heads (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
The David Steinberg Show (1976-1977)
Second City (1976-1978)

SCTV (1980-1981)
SCTV Network (1983-1984)
The New Show (1984)

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (1990)
The Red Green Show (1991)
Raw Toonage (voice, 1992)
Grace Under Fire (1993 – 1998)
King of the Hill (voice, 1998-2007)

The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie (voice, 2003)

Bounty Hunters (2013)

Strange Brew, movie poster
This poster for Strange Brew was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Stephen Young

Stephen Young, actor,
This photo of Stephen Young was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

B: May 19, 1931 in Toronto, Ontario

Stephen Young, the son of a Toronto financier, started out in life as Stephen Levy. He was 18 when he signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians, but his professional athletic career ended before it began when he injured his knee playing hockey. He spent the next few years as a salesman for a variety of items, then took up radio and TV commercial production. While on vacation in Europe with a friend he landed a bit part in the production of Cleopatra and so, almost by accident, he began his career as an actor. He is pictured as Ben Caldwell in a publicity still for the series Judd for the Defense in the Northernstars Collection.

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

Cleopatra (1963)
55 Days at Peking (1963)

Patton (1970)
The Mask of Sheba (TV-1970)
Rage (1972)
Soylent Green (1973)
Lifeguard (1975)
The Death Squad (TV-1974)
The Clown Murders (1975)
Breaking Point (1976)
Lifeguard (1976)

The Little Dragons (1980)
Deadline (1981)
Portrait of a Showgirl (TV-1982)
Spring Fever (1982)
Between Friends (TV-1983)
Picking Up the Pieces (TV-1985)
Not Another Mistake (1988)
Who’s Harry Crumb (1989)

The Gumshoe Kid (1990)
Scorned (1994)
Perry Mason: The Case of the Jealous Jokester (TV-1995)
When Husbands Cheat (TV-1998)
Strange Justice (TV-1999)
Execution of Justice (TV-1999)

The Last Debate (TV-2000)
The Rendering (2002)
The Skulls II (VR-2002)
Charlie Bartlett (2007)

The Angel Inn (2013)

TV Series – Cast:
Moment of Truth (1965)
Seaway (1965-1966)
Judd for the Defense (1967-1969)

Chairman of the Board (1981)

Foreign Affairs (1992)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
12 O’clock High (1966)

The Most Deadly Game (1970)
The Young Rebels (1970)
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1971)
Dr. Simon Locke (1971)
Owen Marshall: Counselot at Law (1971)
The Mod Squad (1971)
Ironside (1972)
The F.B.I. (1973)
The Starlost (1973)
Faraday and Company (1973)
Police Woman 1975)
The Streets of San Francisco (1975, 1976)
McMillan & Wife (1976)
Bert D’Angelo/Superstar (1976)
The Bionic Woman (1976)
Hawaii Five-O (1977)
CHiPs (1978)
Flying High (1978)
The Littlest Hobo (1979, 1981)

Hart to Hart (1981)
Seeing Things (1981)
Trapper John, M.D. (1982)
Magnum, P.I. (1983)
Danger Bay (1985)
Airwolf (1987)
Hunter (1988)

Murder, She Wrote (1990)
The Black Stallion (1991)
In the Heat of the Night (1991)
Counterstrike (1993)
Traders (1997)

Jeff Ltd. (2006)

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