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Mike Dopud

Mike Dopud, actor, Canadian,

B: June 10, 1968 in Montréal, Québec

Mike Dopud is also a talented stunt performer and has appeared in as many films as a stunt actor as he has as a member of the cast. He played the role of Varro in the series SGU Stargate Universe. One of Canada’s busiest actors, his credits list approaches 170 titles, and hundreds more appearances in series episodes in a career that began in 1993. He is pictured as the character Viktor from the series Arrow.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Alley (1998)
Futuresport (TV-1998)
The Silencer (1999)
The Guardian (1999)
As Time Runs Out (TV-1999)
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (TV-1999)

We All Fall Down (2000)
Fear of Flying (2000)
Chain of Fools (2000)
Black Point (2001)
Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal (VR-2001)
Rollerball (2002)
Lone Hero (2002)
First Shot (TV-2002)
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)
I Spy (2002)
Bulletproof Monk (2003)
See Grace Fly (2003)
A Peek Inside (TV-2004)
Walking Tall (2004)
Snowman`s Pass (2004)
White Noise (2005)
Alone in the Dark (2005)
After Tomorrow (2005)
The Deal (2005)
Sub Zero (VR-2005)
The Long Weekend (2005)
BloodRayne (2005)
Chaos (2006)
Canada Russia ’72 (TV-2006)
Deadly Water (TV-2006)
Trapped! (TV-2006)
Blade (TV-2006)
Hollow Man II (VR-2006)
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)
Postal (2007)
BloodRayne II: Deliverance (2007)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
Snow Buddies (VR-2008)
Ave of Hearts (2008)
Far Cry (2009)
Space Buddies (VR-2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Driven to Kill (2009)
A Dangerous Man (VR-2009)
Darkness Waits (voice, 2009)

Altitude (2010)
Born to Raise Hell (2010)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Possessing Piper Rose (TV-2011)
Marilyn (2011)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
Exit Strategy (TV-2011)
Chained (2012, short)
In No Particular Order (2012)
This Means War (2012)
Dawn Rider (2012)
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (TV-2012)
Tasmanian Devils (TV-2013)
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
The Package (2013)
Stalkers (TV-2013)
Bailout: The Age of Greed (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
Assault on Wall Street (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014)
Citizen Jane (2013, short)
Skin Trade (2014)
Christmas Icetastrophe (TV-2014)
The Last Night (2014, short)
The Sharpest Fingers in Clayburn County (2015, short)
Blackburn (2015)
Stolen Dreams (TV-2015)
Her Own Justice (TV-2015)
Christmas Truce (TV-2015)
Exit Strategy (TV-2015)
Deadly Voltage (2016)
All Things Valentine (TV-2016)
Virtual Revolution (2016)
Tao of Surfing (2016)
Project Eden: Vol. 1 (2017)
Sweet Virginia (2017)
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege (2017)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
The Predator (2018)
Every Day is Christmas (TV-2018)
A Christmas Duet (TV-2019)

Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story (TV-2020)
Sleeping with Danger (TV-2020)
Red Stone (2021)
Pineapple POint (2021, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Kaya (2007)
Smallville (2006-2009)
Durham County (2009)

SGU Stargate Universe (2010-2011)
Mistresses (2013)
Cedar Cove (2014-2015)
Power (2017-2020)
Caught (2018, mini-series)
Day of the Dead (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Viper (1997)
The Sentinel (1997, 1998)
Dead Man’s Gun (1998)
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998)
The Net (1998)
Night Man (1999)
Millennium (1999)
Harsh Realm (1999)
Seven Days (1999)

Secret Agent Man (2000)
Freedom (2001)
Dark Angel (2001)
Jeremiah (2002)
John Doe (2003)
Black Sash (2003)
The Collector (2005)
Stargate SG-1 (2005)
The L Word (2005)
Godiva’s (2005)
Battlestar Galactica (2005, 2006, 2009)
Stargate: Atlantis (2008)
Supernatural (2009)
Mental (2009)

The Bridge (2010)
Flashpoint (2010)
Caprica (2010)
Human Target (2010)
Blue Mountain State (2011)
True Justice (2012)
Continuum (2012, 2013, 2014)
Warehouse 13 (2012)
Grimm (2012)
Transporter: The Series (2012)
Beauty and the Beast (2012)
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012)
Arctic Air (2013, 2014)
Covert Affairs (2013)
White Collar (2013)
Motive (2014)
Strange Empire (2014, 2015)
Cocked (2015)
Allegiance (2015)
Dark Matter (2016)
The Strain (2016)
Mr. D (2016)
The X Files (2018)
The 100 (2018)
It’s Bruno! (2019)
A Million Little Things (2019)
The Annunaki Code (2019)

The Twilight Zone (2020)
Big Sky (2021)

Deadpool 2, movie, poster,

Donald Brittain

Donald Brittain
Photo of Donald Brittain © Lois Siegel. Used with permission.

B: June 10, 1928 in Ottawa, Ontario
D: July 21, 1989 in Montréal, Québec

Donald Brittain started out as a journalist and after a number of years with the Ottawa Journal he joined The National Film Board in 1955. A unique combination of talents he was a documentary producer-director who most often wrote his own scripts and narrated them too. His awards, 15 Genie and Canadian Film Awards in all, include 3 Genies for Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed; ACTRA Awards for The Most Dangerous Spy and A Blanket of Ice in 1981; another ACTRA Award for Something to Celebrate, 1983; 2 Geminis for Canada’s Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks, 1985, which was also named Best Canadian Production at the 1985 Toronto Festival of Festivals; 2 Geminis for The Final Battle in 1986. These are his credits as a director. The 1965 film, Ladies and Gentleman…Mr Leonard Cohen was co-directed with Don Owen. Shortly before his death, he had started work on Family: A Loving Look at CBC Radio. The project was competed in 1991 by Robert Duncan. A year after his passing, Brittain was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of “his masterful visual records of our social and cultural past.”

Features & TV Movies:
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Winter Construction? It Can Be Done (1958)
Setting Fires For Science (1958)
A Day in the Night of Jonathan Mole (1959)

Everybody’s Prejudiced (1961)
Return Reservation (1964)
Fields of Sacrifice (1964)
Bethune (1964)
Two Men from Montreal (1965)
Memorandum (1965)
Ladies and Gentleman…Mr Leonard Cohen (1965, with Don Owen)
Never a Step Backward (1966)
Saul Alinsky Went to War (1968)

Tiger Child (1970)
Small is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher (1970)
Starblanket (1973)
Cavendish Country (1973)
Catskinner Keen (1974)
Van’s Camp (1974)
King of the Hill (1974)
Dreamland: A History of Early Canadian Movies 1895-1939 (1974)
Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976)
His Worship, Mr. Montreal (1976)
Henry Ford’s America (1977)
Has Anybody Here Seen Canada (1978)
Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle (1978)
The Champions (1978)
The Dionne Quintuplets (TV-1978)
Paperland – The Bureaucrat Observed (1979)

Canada’s Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal Banks (1985)

TV Series:
Canada At War (1962)
Champions (1986, mini-series)
The King Chronicle (1988, mini-series)

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Barry Morse

Barry Morse

B: June 10, 1918 in London, England
D: February 2, 2008 in London, England

Barry Morse was born in England but spent enough time in Canada to be considered Canadian. That said, most of his career had been spent working in the United States and while he visted Canada on a regular basis, he settled in the country of his birth, England. He is usually associated with his role as Lieutenant Gerard from the television series, The Fugitive, which ran for four years. He considered it one of the best programs television ever produced.

Features & TV Movies:
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When We Were Married (1942)
Thunder Rock (1942)
The Goose Steps Out (1942)
The Dummy Talks (1943)
This Man is Alive (1946)
Late At Night (1946)
Daughter of Darkness (1948)

No Trace (1950)
The Fallen Idol (TV-1959)

The Heiress (TV-1961)
Kings of the Sun (1963)
The English Boy (TV-1969)
Justine (1969)

Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)
The Telephone Book (1971)
Running Scared (1972)
Poet Game (TV-1972)
Asylum (1972)
The Story of David (TV-1976)
Welcome to Blood City (1977)
One Man (1977)
Love at First Sight (1977)
Power Play (1978)
The Shape of Things to Come (1979)
Riel (1979)

Murder By Phone (1980)
Klondike Fever (1980)
The Changeling (1980)
Funeral Home (1980)
Hounds of Notre Dame (1980)
A Tale of Two Cities (TV-1980)
Whoops Apocalypse (1983)
The Rothko Conspiracy (TV-1983)
The Innocents Abroad (TV-1983)
Sadat (TV-1983)
Reunion at Fairborough (TV-1985)
Covenant (TV-1985)
The Return of Sherlock Homes (TV-1987)
Fight For Life (TV-1987)
Hoover vs The Kennedys: The Second Civil War (TV-1987)
Glory! Glory! (TV-1989)

TekWar (TV-1994)
Memory Run (1996)
Taxman (1999)
Love and Debt (1999)

Merely Players (2000)
Icon (TV-2005)

TV Series – Cast:
The Fugitive (1963-1967)

The Golden Bowl (1972, mini-series)
The Adventurer (1972)
The Zoo Gang (1975)
Space 1999 (1975)

The Martian Chronicles (1980, mini-series)
A Woman of Substance (1983, mini-series)
The Winds of War (1983, mini-series)
Master of the Game (1984, mini-series)
Race For The Bomb (1986, mini-series)
War and Remembrance (1989, mini-series)

JFK: Reckless Youth (1993, mini-series)

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, director,

B: 1979 in Québec

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is a graduate of l’Université de Montréal in International Studies and she received a diploma from l’Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS) in 2002. She has also lived and studied in the vicinity of the West Bank and cut her teeth on a slew of documentaries. Known for her documentaries, she made her first fictional feature, the critically acclaimed Le Ring, in 2007. Selected for the 2008 Pusan and Berlin festivals, it won awards such as the Grand Jury Prize at the Taipei Film Festival, the award for Best Director at the Miradas Festival (Madrid) and the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor at the Vladivostok Film Festival. The film Inch’Allah (God Willing) was her second feature-length non-documentary film. Her 2020 feature, La déesse des mouches à feu was named Best Film, one of several awards it won, including Best Director, at the 2021 Prix Iris.

Also see: The Gala Returns.

Features & TV Movies:
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Love on the Blip (1998, short)

Les petits princes des Bidonvilles (2000, documentary)
Sorcières comme les autres (2000, documentary short)
Buenos Aires!, ne pleure pas (documentary short – co-directed with Amaud Bouquet)
Les mots bleus (2001, short)
État d’urgence (2003, documentary short)
Ceux qui savent encore rêver (2004, documentary)
Les mains du monde (2004, documentary)
Si j’avois un chapeau (2005, documentary)
Le Ring (2007)
Tap-Tap (2007, documentary)
Les petits géants (2009, documentary – co-directed with Emile Proulx-Cloutier)

Se souvenir des cendres – Regards sure Incendies (2010, documentary)
Ina Litovski (2012, short)
Inch’ Allah (2012)
Sept heures trois fois par année (2012, short)
Prends-moi (2014, short)
Le Plancher des vaches (2015, documentary)
Ma fille n’est pas à vendre (TV-2017, documentary)

La déesse des mouches à feu (2020)
Yukonstyle (2021)

TV Series:
Nikan (2006, 1 episode)
Les Voix Humaines (2010)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Les mains du monde (2004, documentary)
Les petits géants (2009, documentary – co-directed with Emile Proulx-Cloutier)

Se souvenir des cendres – Regards sure Incendies (2010, documentary)
Ina Litovski (2012, short)
Inch’ Allah (2012)
Sept heures trois fois par année (2012, short)
Prends-moi (2014, short)
Le Plancher des vaches (2015, documentary)
Ma fille n’est pas à vendre (TV-2017, documentary)

TV Series:
Je voudrais qu’on m’efface (2019, mini-series)

Inch' Allah, movie, poster,

La déesse des mouches à feu, movie, poster,

Sébastien Ricard

Sébastien Ricard, actor,

Sébastien Ricard is pictured in his role as Dédé Fortin in a publicity still from the film Dédé, à travers les brumes. Ricard was the singer and a founding member of the group Loco Locass, which gave him the chops to take on the role of Fortin. A graduate of École Nationale de Théâtre in 1998, Ricard began his career on stage with part in the production Les oranges sont vertes in 1998 at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. Other plays include Les enfants d’Irène in 2000, Kamouraska in 2003, La Dame aux camélias in 2006 and Big Shoot in 2007.

Features & TV Movies:
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15 Février 1839 (2001)
Les invasions barbares (2003)
Histoire de famille (2006)
De ma fenêtre sans maison (2006)
Dédé, à travers les brumes (2009)

Avant que mon coeur bascule (2012)
Gabrielle (2013)
La cicatrice (2013)
Chorus (2014)
On this day I die (2017, short)
Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes (2017)
Mad Dog Labine (2018)
Pauvre Georges! (2018)
L’acrobate (2019)

Le club Vinland (2020)
Live Story (2020)
Maria Chapdelaine (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Tabou (2002-2004)
Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin de Richard Blaimert (2006-2008)

The Clan (2015-2016)
Les Simone (2017-2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Fortier (2004)
Nos étés (2007)

En thérapie (2012)
Délateurs (2017)
Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie (2017)
Olivier (2017)
Une Autre Histoire (2019)

Maria Chapdelaine, 2020 movie, poster,

Caroline Néron

Carline Neron
Photo of Caroline Néron by Eric Myre, courtesy of the Québec Cinema Gala.

B: July 21, 1973 in Boucherville, Québec

Caroline Néron is an actress and singer who moves easily between sound stage and recording studio. She is pictred above at the 2021 Gala Québec Cinéma.

Official website.

Features & TV Movies:
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Coyote (1992)
Zoya (TV-1995)
Strip Search (1997)
La conciergerie (1997)

Un petit vent de panique (2000)
Ice Cold (2002)
La grande séduction (2003)
Eternal (2004)
C’est pas moi, c’est l’autre (2004)
L’ Âge des ténèbres (2007)
Rise of the Gargoyles (TV-2009)
3 saisons (2009)
Throwing Stones (TV-2009)

Let the Game Begin (2010)

La déesse des mouches à feu (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Scoop IV (1995, mini-series)
Urgence (1996)
Diva (1997-1999)
Une voix en o (1998, mini-series)
Réseau (1998)
Cover Me (1999, mini-series)
Haute surveillance (2000
Tribu.com (2001-2002)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Traders (2000)
Caméra café (2003)
François en série (2006)

La déesse des mouches à feu, movie, poster,

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh, actress, actor,

B: July 20, 1971 in Nepean, Ontario

Sandra Oh won her first Genie Award in 1994 for her leading role in Mina Shum’s Double Happiness. Her performance in Don McKellar’s Last Night led to her winning a second Genie for Best Actress in 1999. In July 2018 she received an Emmy nomination for best actress in a drama for her role in the BBC America thriller, Killing Eve, becoming the first woman of Asian descent to ever score a nod in that category. Fellow Canadian actor Tatiana Maslany was also nominated for her work on the series Orphan Black. Maslany won an Emmy in 2016 for that same series. Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa received one of 22 nominations given to the series Game of Thrones, his specifically for his work on the episode titled The Dragon and the Wolf. Sandra Oh made TV history in 2019 when she was named as co-host (with Andy Samberg) of the Golden Globe Awards, the first woman of Asian descent to be tasked with such a high profile role. She also won a Golden Globe for her work in the mini-series Killing Eve.

UPDATE: (March 16, 2021: The 4th and last season of Killing Eve, eight-episodes, is scheduled to premiere next year.

Learn more about Sandra Oh.
Also see: Sandra Oh: Killing Eve.
Also see: 2019 Awards Season is Upon Us.
Also see: Canadians and The Emmy.
Alao see: Sandra Oh stars in The Chair.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Diary of Evelyn Lau (TV-1993)
Double Happiness (1994)
Prey (1995)
Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling (TV-1995)
Cowgirl (1996)
Bad Day on the Block (1997)
Bean (1997)
The Red Violin (aka Le violon rouge, 1998)
Last Night (1998)
Permanent Midnight (1998)
Guinevere (1999)

Waking the Dead (2000)
Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)
Three Lives of Kate (narrator, 2000)
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Big Fat Liar (2002)
Full Frontal (2002)
Date Squad (TV-2002)
Long Life, Happiness and Properity (2002)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Rick (2003)
Break a Leg (2003)
Sideways (2004)
Wilby Wonderful (2004)
3 Needles (2005)
Cake (2005)
Hard Candy (2005)
The Night Listener (2006)
For Your Consideration (2006)
Falling (2007)
Blindness (2008)
Defendor (2009)

Ramona and Beezus (2010)
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (voice, 2010)
Thorne: Scaredycat (2010)
A Helping Hand (2012, short)
Tammy (2014)
Snowtime! (2015, voice)
Window Horses (voice, 2016)
Catfight (2016)
Meditation Park (2017)

TV Series – Cast:
Arli$$ (1996-2002)

Further Tales of the City (2001, mini-series)
The Proud Family (voice, 2001)
Grey’s Anatomy (2004-2014)
Killing Eve (2018-2022, mini-series)

The Chair (2021, mini-series)

Window Horses, movie, poster,

Jeff Barnaby

B: in Listuguj, Québec

Jeff Barnaby is an award-winning director of narrative films and music videos but is best known for his short films that use unsettling elements of the horror and sci-fi genres to explore aspects of alienation and colonialism. A multidisciplined artist, he has won several awards for his art work, pœtry, short stories and films. His production File Under Miscellaneous was adapted from the poem Walking Around by Pablo Neruda and premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2007, The Colony premiered at TIFF and was named by the festival as one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films of the year. It went on to win the award for Best Canadian Short Drama at the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival and Best Short Film at the Whistler Film Festival in British Columbia and at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. CBC Television commissioned Barnaby’s From Cherry English, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and won three Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival. Barnaby received his BFA in film production from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where he now makes his home. Rhymes for Young Ghouls is his debut feature and it had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Features & TV Movies:
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Black Out (2003, short)
From Cherry English (2005, short)
The Colony (2007, short)
Finding Our Talk: Mi’gmaq (2009, short)

File Under Miscellaneous (2010, short)
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)
Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down) (documentary, 2015, short)
Blood Quantum (2019)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
From Cherry English (2005, short)
The Colony (2007, short)

File Under Miscellaneous (2010, short)
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)
Blood Quantum (2019)

Movie Poster for Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Movie Poster for Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Amybeth McNulty

Amybeth McNulty, actress,
Photo of Amybeth McNulty at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards © Ralph Lucas.

B: 2002 in

Irish-Canadian actress Amybeth McNulty was raised in Donegal, Ireland. She started acting at the early age of six, and has appeared in numerous productions on stage and on screen including in the feature film Morgan starring Kate Mara and in the television series Agatha Raisin for Sky and The Sparticle Mystery for CBBC in the UK. A trained singer, Amybeth also starred in London’s acclaimed Regent’s Park production of The Sound of Music. She was chosen out of 1,889 girls from around the globe to play the role of Anne of Green Gables in the CBC series, Anne with an E. She was given an ACTRA Outstanding Performance Award in February of 2019 for her work in the episode The Determining Acts of Her Life. At the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards Anne With An E took seven of the coveted awards and Amybeth McNulty is pictured above holding her award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Also see: Introducing a New Anne of Green Gables.
Also see: McGowan Shoots Puny Sorrows.

Features & TV Movies:
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A Risky Undertaking (2014, short)
Morgan (2016)

All My Puny Sorrows (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Anne with an E (2017-2020)
Stranger Things (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Agatha Raisin (2014)
The Sparticle Mystery (2015)
Clean Break (2015)

Josette Halpert

Josette Halpert

B: June 8, 1994 in Ontario

Features & TV Movies:
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Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front (TV-2006)
The Stone Angel (2007)
Flash of Genius (2008)

Franklin & Friends Deep Sea Voyage (TV-2014)
Big News from Grand Rock (2014)
Antisocial 2 (2015)
Level 16 (2018)

Letters to Satan Claus (TV-2020_

TV Series – Cast:
The Other Kingdom (2016)
Go Away, Unicorn! (voice, 2018-2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
‘Til Death Do Us Part (2007)
Super Why! (2008)
Franny’s Feet (2009)

Beauty and the Beast (2013)
Rookie Blue (2015)
Saving Hope (2017)
Hotel Transilvania (voice, 2018, 2019)

Level 16, movie, poster,

August 2021 Film Festivals

August 2021 Film Festivals, image,
NOTE: (March 31, 2021) 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: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJuly – August – SeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Don’t see your festival listed? Email news(at)northernstars.ca to send us your information.

Starts: Ends: Name: Location:
dd/mm dd/mm
23/07 01/08 Transilvania International Film Festival Romania
31/07 07/08 Woods Hole Film Festival Woods Hole, Massachusetts
05/08 25/08 Fantasia Montréal, QC leaf
09/08 15/08 Flickers Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival Providence, RI
12/08 21/08 Holly Shorts Film Festival Hollywood, California
12/08 22/08 Punjabi International Film Festival Toronto, ON leaf
12/08 22/08 Vancouver Queer Film Festival Vancouver, BCleaf
13/08 20/08 Sarajevo Film Festival Bosnia-Herzegovina
18/08 25/08 Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
23/08 29/08 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival Birmingham, Alabama
26/08 12/09 Dances with Films West Hollywood, California

September 2021 Film Festivals

September 2021 Film Festivals, image,
NOTE: (March 31, 2021) 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 information.

Also see festivals in: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugust – September – OctoberNovemberDecember

Don’t see your festival listed? Email news(at)northernstars.ca to send us your information.

26/08 12/09 Dances with Films West Hollywood, California
01/09 11/09 Venice International Film Festival Venice, Italy
09/09 16/09 SOHO International Film Festival New York, New York
09/09 11/09 Cabbagetown Short Film & Video *** Toronto, Ontario leaf
09/09 18/09 Toronto Independent Film Festival Toronto, Ontario leaf
09/09 18/09 TIFF (Toronto Int’l Film Festival) Toronto, Ontarioleaf
10/09 19/09 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Montréal, Québecleaf
24/09 05/05 Lakeshorts Int’l Short Film Festival Toronto, ON leaf
16/09 23/09 FIN Atlantic Film Festival Halifax, Nova Scotia leaf
18/09 26/09 Cinéfest Sudbury Sudbury, Ontario leaf
17/09 19/09 Coney Island Film Festival Brooklyn, New York
22/09 26/09 Toronto Palestine Film Festival Toronto, Ontario leaf
22/09 03/10 Montréal Int’l Black Film Festival Montréal, QC leaf
22/09 03/10 Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival Ottawa, Ontario leaf
23/09 03/10 Calgary Int’l Film Festival Calgary, Alberta leaf
30/09 10/10 Vancouver Int’l Film Festival Vancouver, B.C. leaf
28/09 07/10 Raindance Film Festival *** London, England

Graeme Ferguson

B: October 7, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario
D: May 8, 2021 in Lake of Bays, Ontario

Ivan Graeme Ferguson was one of the co-founders of IMAX Corporation. When he was attending the University of Toronto, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he was selected in 1950 to be a summer student at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) where he received his early professional training as a filmmaker. Ferguson was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1993. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Kodak Vision Award from the Large Format Cinema Association. Ferguson served as executive producer on the 2010 feature, IMAX: Hubble 3D. He was 91 when he died at his home in Lake of Bays, Ontario.

Also see: IMAX at 30: An Interview with Graeme Ferguson.

Features & TV Movies:

The Legend of Rudolph Valentino (1961)
The Seducers (1962)
The Virgin President (1969)

North of Superior (1971)
The Question of Television Violence (1972)
Snow Job (1974)
Man Belongs to the Earth (1974)
Ocean (1977)

Hail Columbia! (1982)
The Dream is Alive (1985)

Credits as a Producer:
The Love Goddesses (1965)
The Virgin President (co-producer, 1969)

North of Superior (1971)
Man Belongs to the Earth (1974)
Ocean (1977)
Nishnawbe-Aski: The People and the Land (1977)

Hail Columbia! (1982)
The Dream is Alive (1985)

Blue Planet (1990)
Journey to the Planets (1993)
Destiny in Space (1994)
Into the Deep (1994)
L5: First City in Space (1996)
Mission to Mir (1997)

Space Station 3D (2002)
Deep Sea (2006)
Under the Sea 3D (2009)

IMAX: Hubble 3D (2010)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino (1961)
The Love Goddesses (1965)
The Virgin President (1969)

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Michael Cera

Michael Cera, actor, Canadian,
Michael Cera in a publicity still for Molly's Game.

B: June 7, 1988 in Brampton, Ontario

Michael Cera attended Conestoga Public School, Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School, and then Heart Lake Secondary School until grade nine. He took correspondence courses to complete high school. It is thought that his first role was as in unpaid appearance in a Tim Hortons summer camp commercial. His professional career began when he was cast as Larrabe Hicks in the television series I Was a Sixth Grade Alien in 1999. His breakthrough role in Juno catapulted Cera into one of the busiest young actors in Hollywood. He played the title role in the 2010 feature, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He played George-Michael Bluth in 84 episodes of Arrested Development, which ran from 2003 until 2006 and was reborn in 2013 and ran until 2019. Michael Cera earned a 2018 Tony Award nomination for his work in the play Lobby Hero on Broadway. He also appeared in his third Broadway play The Waverly Gallery, which starred Elaine May and ran for three months from October 25, 2018 to January 27, 2019. May had not performed on Broadway for 60 years and won a Tony Award for Best Actress for her work in this play.

Features & TV Movies:
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Switching Goals (1999)
What Katy Did (1999)

Steal This Movie (2000)
Frequency (2000)
Ultimate G’s (2000)
Custody of the Heart (TV-2000)
The Familiar Stranger (TV-2001)
My Louisiana Sky (TV-2001)
Walter and Henry (TV-2001)
Stolen Miracle (TV-2001)
Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun (voice, VR-2002)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Darling Darling (2005)
Parental Guidance Suggested (2007)
Juno (2007)
Superbad (2007)
Extreme Movie (2008)
Nick and Horah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Paper Heart (2008)
Year One (2009)
Youth in Revolt (2009)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Bad Dads (2011, short)
The End of Love (2012)
The Immigrant (2012, short)
Crystal Fairy (2013)
Magic Magic (2013)
Brazzaville Teen-Ager (2013, short)
Gregory Go Boom (2013, short)
This is the End (2013)
Failure (2013, short)
Rock and Roll Legends Present: Islands (2013, short)
Bitch (2013, short)
Hits (2014)
How and Why (TV-2014)
Entertainment (2015)
That Dog (2015, short)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Sausage Party (voice, 2016)
Man Rots from the Head (2016, short)
Person to Person (2017)
Lemon (2017)
The Lego Batman Movie (voice, 2017)
How to be A Latin Lover (2017)
Cooking with Alfred (voice, VR-2017, short)
Molly’s Game (2017)
Tyrel (2017)
Spivak (2018)
Gloria Bell (2018)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Water Crisis (VR-2020)
Cryptozoon (voice, 2021)
The Lego Batman Movie 2 (voice, 2021)
Blazing Samurai (voice, 2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Rolie Polie Olie (voice, 1998-2003)
I Was a Sixth Grade Alien (1999)

Braceface (voice, 2001-2005)
I Was a Rat (2001, mini-series)
Picola (voice, 2001-2003)
Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013-2019)
Exit 9 (2003)
Howard Stern: The High School Years (voice, 2006)
Clark and Michael (2007)
Children’s Hospital (2008-2016)
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Twice in a Lifetime (1999)
Noddy (1999)

Nikita (2000)
Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (voice, 2001)
Doc (2001)
The Ripping Friend (2001, 2002)
The Grubbs (2002)
The Berenstain Bears (voice, 2003, 2003, 2018)
Tom Goes to the Mayor (voice, 2006)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007)
Derek and Simon: The Show (2007)

Drunk History (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016)
The Simpsons (voice, 2012)
Burning Love (2013)
Louie (2015)
Twin Peaks (2017)
The Shivering Truth (voice, 2018)
The Berenstain Bears (2018)
Weird City (2019)

Medical Police (2020)
At Home with Amy Sedaris (2020)
Life & Beth (2021)

Molly's Game, movie, poster,

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

B: June 8, 1969 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

David Sutcliffe, pictured above as detective Aidan Black in a publicity still from the CBC series, Cracked. When he was young, Sutcliffe was only interested in sports but while playing on the University of Toronto basketball team he suffered a terrible back injury that ended any hope of a career as an athlete. Turns out his roommate was a budding playwright looking for actors. Sutcliffe auditioned and ended up being a successful actor with a degree in English literature. Moving to New York, he broke into television acting by doing commercials. He played the role of Christopher Hayden in 37 episodes of Gilmore Girls between 2001 and 2007. He returned to that role in the 2016 mini-series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Features & TV Movies:
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Where’s the Money, Noreen (TV-1995)
Night of the Twisters (TV-1996)
Holiday Affair (TV-1996)
Melanine Darrow (TV-1997)
Bad Day on the Block (1997)
Half Baked (1998)
Jack & Jill (1998)
Two or Three Words (1999)

Testosterone (2003)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Happy Endings (2005)
Break a Leg (2003)
Cake (2005)
Murder in the Hamptons (TV-2005)
Snow Wonder (TV-2005)
His and Her Christmas (TV-2005)
Towards Darkness (2007)
Sticks and Stones (TV-2008)
Inconceivable (2008)
Norm (2008, short)
Misconceptions (2008)
Before You Say I Do (TV-2009)

The Wish List (TV-2010)
On Strike for Christmas (TV-2010)
Mega Cyclone (TV-2011)
Hunting Season (2013)
Charming Christmas (TV-2015)
The Convenient Groom (TV-2016)
Deadly Inferno (TV-2016)
Milton’s Secret (2016)
A Man for Every Month (TV-2017)

TV series – Cast:
Cold Feet (1999)

Grapevine (2000)
Gilmore Girls (2001-2007)
I’m With Her (2003-2004)
Private Practice (2007-2009)

Cracked (2013-2014)
Proof (2015)
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016, mini-series)

TV series – Guest appearances:
Forever Knight (1995)
Nancy Drew (1995)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996)
Two of a Kind (1998)
Will & Grace (1999)

Friends (2000)
Providence (2001)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2001)
Mutant X (2002)
CSI: Miami (2003)
The Division (2003)
Accidentally on Purpose (2009)
Drop Dead Diva (2009)

Lie to Me (2010)
Rookie Blue (2015)
Degrassi: Next Class (2016)
Timeless (2016)
Insecure (2017)
The Romanoffs (2018)

Milton's Secret, movie, poster,
Poster for Milton’s Secret courtesy of Entertainment One.

Raoul Bhaneja

Raoul Bhaneja

B: June 6, 1974 in Manchester, England

Born to a South Asian father and an Irish mother Raoul Bhaneja grew up in Ottawa and Bonn, Germany. A graduate of the Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa and the National Theatre School of Canada, he began acting at 15 as a founding member of the Shakespearean street theatre group A Company of Fools. An accomplished musician, his band, Raoul and the Big Time was formed in 1998. In 2007 they were named Best Blues Artist by Toronto’s NOW Magazine and they have opened for blues legends Buddy Guy, Bobby “Blue” Bland and The Downchild Blues Band. His interest in music began in high school, where he also had his own band and wrote music. His stage credits include appearances in Hamlet, Helen’s Necklace and The Domino Heart to name just a few.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Gospel of Mary (1998)
Extraordinary Visitor (1998)
Happy Face Murders (TV-1999)

Violet (2000)
Recipe for Murder (TV-2001)
Picture Claire (2001)
Ararat (2002)
Control Factor (TV-2003)
Open House (TV-2003)
Dermott`s Quest (2003)
The Fare (2003)
Cold Creek Manor (2003)
Touch of Pink (2004)
Godsend (2004)
Beyblade: The Movie – Fierce Battle (voice, VR-2004)
Open Heart (TV-2004)
The Sentinel (2006)
I Am an Apartment Building (2006)
Just Visiting (2006)
Weirdsville (2006)
Matters of Life and Dating (TV-2007)
Warehouse 13 (TV-2008)
Repossession Mambo (2009)
At Home, by Myself… with You (2009)
A Wake (2009)

Take this Waltz (2011)
Labour Laws (2011)
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (TV-2012)
Empire of Dirt (2013)
The Right Kind of Wrong (2013)
Ice Soldiers (2013)
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2014)
As Good As You (2015)

Miss Sloane (2016)
Case Of The Massey Bodice Ripping (2017, short)
Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Possessor (2020)

I Do, or Die – A Killer Arrangement (TV-2020)
Pigs (2020, short)
Lamya’s Poem (voice, 2020)
Paw Patrol: The Movie (voice, 2021)
Charlotte (voice, 2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Cover Me (1999, mini-series)

Braceface (voice, 2001)
Medabots (voice, 2001)
Liquid Soap (2002)
Patti (2002)
Beyblade (voice, 2002)
Train 48 (2003)
At The Hotel (2006)
Runaway (2006-2008)
The Dresden Files (2007-2008)
The Summit (2008, mini-series)
Warehouse 13 (2009)

The Best Laid Plans (2014, mini-series)
Pure (2019, mini-series)

Clarice (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Newsroom (1996)
Traders (1997)
Twitch City (1998)
Total Recall 2070 (1999)

Foreign Objects (2000)
The Famous Jett Jackson (2000)
The Associates (2001)
The Endless Grind (2002)
The Holmes Show (2002)
Street Time (2002)
The Gavin Crawford Show (2003)
The Eleventh Hour (2003)
Totally Spies! (voice, 2004)
Runaway (2006)
Puppets Who Kill (2006)
At the Hotel (2006)
Time Warp Trio (2006)
Moose TV (2007)
The Border (2008)
Warehouse 13 (2009)
The Ron James Show (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)

Cra$h & Burn (2010)
Insecurity (2011)
Nikita (2011)
Little Mosque on the Prairie (2011)
XIII: The Series (2011)
Alphas (2011)
Against the Wall (2011)
Flashpoint (2011)
Republic of Doyle (2012)
Rookie Blue (2012)
Nikita (2011, 2012)
Murdoch Mysteries (2013, 2019)
Motive (2013)
The Listener (2013)
Saving Hope (2013)
Bitten (2015)
Remedy (2015)
Suits (2015)
Rogue (2015)
Beauty and the Beast (2016)
The Art of More (2016)
Private Eyes (2017)
Crawford (2018)
The Writers’ Block (2018)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2018)
Bajillionaires (2018)
Pure (2019)
Departure (2019)
Titans (2019)
V-Wars (2019)
Blindspot (2019, 2020)Hudson & Rex

Hey Lady (2020)
Hudson & Rex (2020)
Grey’s Anatomy (2020)
Grand Army (2020)
Making It Up (2020)
Elinor Wonders Why (voice, 2020, 2021)
Baroness Von Sketch Show (2021)
he Lst Symbol (2021)

Possessor, movie, poster,

Ron White

Ron White, actor,

B: June 9, 1953 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia
D: April 4, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario

Ron White had an extensive career in film and television. Some of his most notable roles include Conrad Peters in the Tom Stone series and Donny Caswell in Black Harbour. A few of his made-for-TV movies include Another Country, Trudeau and The Arrow. He played the role of Captain Ciaran Joseph Sullivan in 19 episodes of Copper between 2012 and 2013. Fellow actors, commenting on his passing on Facebook include Heidi von Palleske, who wrote, “He was so committed, so much fun, so wonderful to work with and be around.” Ron White should not be confused with the American stand-up comedian and actor of the same name.

Features & TV Movies:
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Pygmalion (TV-1983)
9B (TV-1986)
Prettykill (1987)
Too Outrageous! (1987)
Nightstick (TV-1987)
Cowboys Don’t Cry (1988)
Passon and Paradise (TV-1989)
Day One (TV-1989)
Where the Spirit Lives (1989)
Justice Denied (1989)

Stella (1990)
Matinee (TV-1990)
last Train Home (TV-1990)
Love & Murder (1991)
the House on Sycamore Street (TV-1992)
Unforgiven (1992)
Deadly Matrimony (TV-1992)
Woman on the Run: the Lawrencia Bembenek Story (TV-1993)
Guilty as Sin (1993)
Ordinary Magic (1993)
Manic (TV-1993)
Blood Brothers (1993)
Intersection (1994)
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (TV-1994)
Harvest for the Heart (TV-1994)
Treacherous Beauties (TV-1994)
Strange and Rich (1994)
Esso (1995)
Johnny’s Girl (TV-1995)
Harrison Bergeron (TV-1995)
Screamers (1995)
Soul Survivor (1995)
Kissinger and Nixon (TV-1995)
Shadow Zone: The Undead Express (TV-1996)
Conundrum (TV-1996)
The Arrow (TV-1997)
The Wall (TV-1998)
Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly (TV-1999)
The Secret Path (TV-1999)
Joan of Arc (TV-1999)
Locked in Silence (TV-1999)
Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (1999)

A House Divided (TV-2000)
The Ride (TV-2000)
Danger Beneath the Sea (TV-2001)
Tagged: the Jonathan Wamback Story (TV-2001)
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (TV-2002)
Another Country (TV-2003)
Jasper, Texas (TV-2003)
Cake (2005)
Lie with Me (2005)
Plague City: SARS in Toronto (TV-2005)
Sybil (TV-2007)
Deadliest Sea (TV-2009)
Defendor (2009)

Kill Brass (2010, short)
Erased (2012)
Life (2015)

TV Series – Cast:
Dog City (voice, 1992)
Joan of Arc (1999, mini-series)

Trudeau (2002, mini-series)
Answered by Fire (2006, mini-series)
The Line (2008-2009)

Copper (2012-2013)
Republic of Doyle (2014)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Hot Shots (1986)
Night Heat (1985, 1987)
Street Legal (1987, 1989)
Alfred Hitchcock Pesents (1988)
E.N.G. (1989)

The Campbells (1990)
Top Cops (1990)
Road to Avonlea (1990, 1991)
Counterstrike (1990, 1991)
Mom P.I. (1991)
My Secret Identity (1991)
The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1992)
Dog City (1992, 1993, 1995)
Lonesome Dove: The Series (1995)
Dark Eyes (1995)
Forever Knight (1996)
Traders (1997)
Due South (1997)
The Outer Limits (1998)
Black Harbour (1998, 1999)
Total Recall 2070 (1999)

The Associates (2002)
Tom Stone (2002, 2003)
Playmakers (2003)
This is Wonderland (2004)
Puppets Who Kill (2005)
Heartland (2009)

Haven (2011)
Nikita (2011)

This poster for Too Outrageous was scanned from an original in The Northernstars Collection..

Surmenage

13 minutes – Drama
Language: French
Release date:
Canadian distributor: Locomotion Distribution

Jérôme needs to deliver an important contract and the deadline is just hours away. Then his 3-year-old son disappears. He must now race against the clock to find his missing child. Surmenage (Losing It) screened at the 2009 Montreal World Fim Festival.

No poster available, image,

Crew:

Producer:

Olivier Sabino

Director:

Alexandre Leblanc

Screenwriter:

Alexandre Leblanc

Cinematographer:

Julien Fontaine

Composer:

Michel Lam

Cast: Roles:

Daniel Parent
Fanny Mallette

Jérome

Rémi-Pierre Paquin

Rémi-Pierre Paquin, actor,
Photo: Copyright © 2007 Alliance Atlantis/Vivafilm

B: in Grand-Mère, Québec

Rémi-Pierre Paquin is pictured anove in a publicity still from the film, Ma tante Aline. He was nominated for a Gémeaux Award in the Category Best Actor in a Leading Role Comedy for Mauvais Karma in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has played the role of Bidou Laloge in more than 45 episodes (2021) of Les Pays d’en Haut since 2016.

Features & TV Movies:
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Après tout (2006, short)
Ma tante Aline (2007)
Allée 12 (VR-2007, short)
Sous les vents de Neptune (TV-2008)

Frisson des collines (2011)
Manigances (2012)
Bécyk (2012, short)
1987 (2014)
Puisqu’il le faut (2014, short)
Chaloupe (2014, short)
12 weeks (2015, short)
Le trip à trois (2017)
For Heaven’s Sake! (2018, short)

TV Series – cast:
La vie rêvée de Mario Jean (2004)
Les Invincibles (2005)
Mablonde.tv (mini-series, 2009)

Mauvais Karma (2010-2012)
La théorie du K.O. (2014-2015)
Les Pays D’en Haut (2016-)
Béliveau (2017, mini-series)
Les Simone (2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Caméra Café (2002, 2003)
3 x rien (2003)
Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter (2003)
La vie rêvée de Mario Jean (2004)
Les invincibles (2005)
Collection Fred Vargas (2008)
Nos étés (2008)
Bienvenue aux Dames (2009)

30 vies (2012)

C’est comme ça que je t’aime (2020)

Ma tante Aline, movie, poster,

Todd Perrin

Todd Perrin, actor,

Features & TV Movies:
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Rare Birds (2001)

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

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