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Jeff Roop

Jeff Roop, actor,

B: August 21, 1973 in Montréal, Québec

Jeff Roop was born Jeffery Robert Roop and grew up in Montreal. He began taking acting classes while working toward a finance degree at McGill University. He appeared in both college and local theatre in Montreal then moved on to the theater school at the Moscow Art Theatre, in Russia, and at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His first professional theatre role was an off-Broadway production of A.A Milne’s Mr. Pim Passes By. He returned to Canada landing his first feature film role in Free Money, starring Marlon Brando. He also founded the critically acclaimed Arbat Theatre Company. He played Drew on the series Vampire High.

Features & TV Movies:
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Free Money (1998)

Xchange (2001)
Critical Assembly (TV-2002)
Deception (VR-2004)
Widow on the Hill (TV-2005)
Awake (2005)
Sombre Zombie (TV-2005, short)
Code Breakers (TV-2005)
Canada Russia ’72 (2006)
Jekyll + Hyde (VR-2006)
14 Days in Paradise (2007)
Before You Say ‘I Do’ (TV-2009)

In the Dominican (2010, short)
Reel Love (TV-2011)
Hollywoo (2011)
Prairie Dogs (2013, short)
The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom (TV-2014)
Backcountry (2014)
A Dog’s Journey (2019)

A KIller in My Home (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Vampire High (2001-2002)
11 Cameras (2006)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (1998)
Big Wolf on Campus (1999)
Twice in a Lifetime (1999)
Misguided Angels (1999)

Mutant X (2004)
ReGenesis (2007, 2008)
Heartland (2008, 2009)
Without a Trace (2009)

Numb3rs (2010)
CSI:NY (2010)
Saving Hope (2012)
Good Witch (2016)
Ransom (2017)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2017)
Suits (2018)
Titans (2018)

Backcountry, movie, poster
Poster for the 2014 movie, Backcountry

Mylène MacKay

Mylène MacKay, actress, actor,
Photo of Mylène MacKay at TIFF 2016 © 2016 Ralph Lucas. Used with permission.

B: July 7, 1987 in Saint-Didace, Québec

Born in Saint-Didace Québec, Mylène Mackay is based in Montréal where she graduated from that city’s prestigious L’École nationale de théâtre du Canada in 2011. Mylène Mackay played the title role of Nelly based on the life and work or author Nelly Arcan in a film by Anne Émond selected to screen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Features & TV Movies:
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Pour le meilleur et pour Shakespeare (2012, short)
Nous irons ensemble (2013, short)
Ludivines (2013, short)
Acrobat (2013, short)
C’est plus facile de liker que dire je t’aime (2014)
Obamas: A story of Love, Faces and Birth Certificate (2015)
Endorphine (2015)
Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes (2016)
Nelly (2016)
Le trip à trois (2017)
Charlotte Cardin: The Kids (VR-2017, short)
La Bolduc (2018)
Wolfe (2018)
La beauté du monde (2018)
Genèse (2018)
Pauvre Georges! (2019)
Laurence Nerbonne: Back Off (VR-2019, short)
Mafia Inc. (2019)

Brain Freeze (2021)
The Seacrets (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Faits divers (2017, mini-series)
L’Âge adulte (2017-2018)
Victor Lessard (2017-2019)
Lee 422 (2019-2020)
Amours d’occasion (2020, mini-series)
Les honorables (2020, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Les rescapés (2012)
Les beaux malaises (2014, 2017)
Unité 9 (2014, 2019)
Faits Divers (2017)
Mensonges (2018)

Mafia Inc., movie, poster,

Kate Corbett

Kate Corbett, actress,

B: July 5, 1986 in Holyrood, Newfoundland

Kate Corbett began acting in repertoire summer theatre at a very young age. Once graduating high school, she moved to Toronto to study theatre at Ryerson University. She continued her training years later at the Canadian Film Centre’s Acting Conservatory. Corbett’s feature film credits include two Toronto International Film Festival film selections, Empire of Dirt (2013) and The Animal Project (2013); as well as Barn Wedding in 2014. Recent theatre credits include; a Canadian stage English premiere production of Yukonstyle by Sarah Berthiaume and directed by Ted Witzel. As well as, a Toronto and Newfoundland “Tarragon Theatre/RCA” production of Rocking the Cradle by Des Walsh and directed by Richard Rose.

Features & TV Movies:
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How Eunice Got Her Baby (2009, short)

Final View (2012, short)
Empire of Dirt (2013)
The Animal Project (2013)
The Tunnel (The Big Dirty Ol’ Hole, 2013, short)
Dennis (2014, short)
Barn Wedding (2014)
The Steps (2015)
For Love & Honor (TV-2016)
Once There Was a Winter (2017)
Dead Serious (2017, short)
An Audience of Chairs (2018)
Goalie (2019)
The Silence (2019)
Samanthology (2019)
It Chapter Two (2019)
Black Conflux (2019)

Rule of 3 (TV-2020)
The Righteous (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Family Biz (2008)
Good Witch (2015-2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
InSecurity (2011)
The L.A. Complex (2012)
Call me Fitz (2013)
Satisfaction (2013)
Republic of Doyle (2013)

Lost Girl (2014, 2015)
Fargo (2015)
Murdoch Mysteries (2016, 2019)

The Steps, 2016 movie poster

An Audience of Chairs, movie, poster,

Black Conflux, movie, poster,

Trevor Mack

Trevor Mack, director, screenwriter,

B: June 28, 1992 in Tsilhqot'in Nation, British Columbia

Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot’in nation filmmaker. He started his film career at 17 when he helped create a freelance video editing and motion graphics group called ‘Viral Design’. He was 21 when he completed his first short, The Blanketing, which screened across North America and in New Zealand at festivals such as the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, Toronto Independent Film Festival, and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival among others. His second short film, Clouds of Autumn, debuted at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and went on to screen at other film festivals such as the Vancouver International Film Festival, Ottawa International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, and the Maoriland Film among others. Clouds of Autumn received the Best Canadian Short Drama award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. He directed 7 of the 13 episodes in the third season (2016) of the APTN series The Other Side.

Also see: imagineNATIVE Announces 2021 Fest

Features & TV Movies:
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The Blanketing (2013, short)
Clouds of Autumn (2015, short)
Sech’el (2016, short)
Grandmother (2017, short)
In The Valley of Wild Horses (Co-director, 2018, short, documentary)

Portraits from a Fire (2020)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
The Other Side (2016)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
The Blanketing (2013, short)
Clouds of Autumn (2015, short)
Grandmother (Co-writer, 2017, short)

Portraits from a Fire (2020)

Credits as a Producer:
The Blanketing (2013, short)
Clouds of Autumn (2015, short)
Grandmother (Co-writer, 2017, short)
In The Valley of Wild Horses (2018, short, documentary)

Portraits from a Fire (2020)

Pat Mills

Pat Mills, director, actor,
Photo of Pat Mills at TIFF 2017 © 2017 by R.A.Lucas. Used with permission.

B: in Ottawa, Ontario

Pat Mills is a Writer-Ditrector-Actor. A former child actor who appeared on the television series You Can’t Do That on Television, Mills studied filmmaking at Ryerson University and the Canadian Film Centre. We list his credits as a Director first.

Features & TV Movies:
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I’m Not Martin! (2000, short)
The Affected Turtleneck Trio (2001, short)
Secondary High (2002)
Babysitting Andy (2007, short)
Pat’s First Kiss (2008, short)
Marjorie (2008, short)

5 Dysfunctional People in a Car (2009, short)

Guidance (2014)
Don’t Talk to Irene (2017)

TV Series:
Strays (2021)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
I’m Not Martin! (2000, short)
The Affected Turtleneck Trio (2001, short)
Secondary High (2002)
Babysitting Andy (2007, short)
Pat’s First Kiss (2008, short)
Marjorie (2008, short)
5 Dysfunctional People in a Car (2009, short)

Guidance (2014)
Don’t Talk to Irene (2017)

Credits as an Actor:
The Affected Turtleneck Trio (2001, short)
Secondary High (2002)

Guidance (2014)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
You Can’t Do That on Television (1979)

Don't Talk to Irene, movie, poster,
Poster for the 2017 film Don’t Talk to Irene.

Giacomo Gianniotti

Giacomo Gianniotti, actor, Grey;s Anatomy,

B: June 19, 1989 in Rome, Italy

Born in Italy, Giacomo Gianniotti moved with his family to Canada at a young age and grew up in Toronto. Working in both in English and Italian, he is pictured in his role as Dr. Andrew DeLuca in 136 episodes of the hit US series Grey’s Anatomy between 2015 and 2021. He lends his voice to the 2021 Disney-Pixar feature animation Luca, as does Jacob Tremblay.

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Done (2013, short)
Still (2014, short)
Race (2016)
Azzurro (2018)Edging (2018)
Acquainted (2018)
The Cuban (2019)

Luca (voice, 2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Selfie (2014)
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (mini-series 2015)
Grey’s Anatomy (2015-2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Medicina generale (2010)
Beauty and the Beast (2013)
Copper (2013)
Time Tremors (2013)
Murdoch Mysteries (2013, 2014)
Reign (2014)
Backpackers (2015)
Cut N’ Dry Talent TV (2017)
Station 19 (2018, 2021)

The Cuban, movie, poster,

Luca, Jacob Tremblay, movie, poster,

Oluniké Adeliyi

Oluniké Adeliyi, actress,
Photo of Oluniké Adeliyi © 2018 R.A.Lucas

B: January 5, 1977 in Toronto, Ontario

Oluniké Adeliyi was born in Toronto and raised in St. Anne’s, Jamaica and Brampton, Canada. She got the acting bug at a very young age after being cast as the Artful Dodger in her middle school play Oliver Twist. She studied her craft at The Canadian Academy of Method Acting and continued her studies at the Professional Actors Lab working with one of Canada’s well-known artistic directors, David Rotenberg. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, she has performed in theatres throughout Canada and the U.S., playing leading roles in Blue Window, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Children’s Hour, Jitney and Michael Cristofer’s The Shadow Box. A multi-talented performer, she is also an accomplished dancer who has toured for major international recording artists including Shaggy, George Clinton and other renowned musicians. Her other stage performances include The Marriage of Anansewa by Efua Sutherland, Wedding Band, by award winning playwright Alice Childress, where she starred as Julia Augustine and as Fatumata in How To Stay Sane in Paris written and directed by award-winning director Omonike Akinyemi. Her full name is Wendy Oluniké Adeliyi. She is pictured at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards where she was nominated for her work in the film Boost.

Also see: CDN Films at TIFF 2020 – Take 2.
Also see: Porter Series Underway.

Features & TV Movies:
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John Q (2002)
Undercover Brother (2002)
Do You Like to Watch Dot Com (TV-2003)
New York Minute (2004)

Saw 3D (2010)
Book Club (2010, short)
Two Cities (2010, short)
Who is Simon Miller? (TV-2011)
French Immersion (2011)
Her Husband’s Betrayal (TV-2013)
Three Days in Havana (2013)
The Returned (2013)
Half Way Home (voice, 2013, short)
Agape (2014, short)
A Wish Come True (TV-2015)
Group Home (TV-2015)
The Parting Glass (2017)
The Emissary (2017, short)
Boost (2017)
Taken Too Far (TV-2017)
The Drop In (2017, short)
Darken (2017)
GUION (2018, short)
Deep Space (2018)
The Prodigy (2019)
Chaos Walking (2019)
Tammy’s Always Dying (2019)
She Never Died (2019)
Sila (2019, short)

Akilla’s Escape (2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Flashpoint (2009-2012)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)
Deep Space (2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Blue Murder (2003)
The Border (2008)

Combat Hospital (2011)
Being Human (2012)
The Listener (2012)
Cracked (2013)
Republic of Doyle (2013)
Remedy (2014)
Saving Hope (2015)
Lost Girl (2015)
Killjoys (2016)
The Girlfriend Experience (2017)
American Gods (2017)
Deep Six (2018)

Porter (2021)

Akilla’s Escape, movie, poster,

Jacob Tremblay

B: October 5, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Jacob Tremblay began acting in 2010 when he was featured in several national and international commercials. At five years old, he quickly transitioned to the big screen when he booked his first audition for film or television and was cast in Raja Gosnell’s Smurfs 2. In the film, Jacob plays the young son of Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays. Following that he went on to supporting roles in the television shows like Motive for ABC and Mr. Young for Disney and a supporting lead role in the television movie My Mother’s Future Husband. Jacob Tremblay costars in two films released in August of 2019. The comedy Good Boys, (co-produced by Seth Rogen) and Xavier Dolan’s drama, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. He provides the voice for the title character Luca in the Disney-Pixar 2021 animated feature.

Also see: Luca to Open ICFF 2021.

Features & TV Movies
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The Great Sambini & Booger the Magic Ferret (VR-2013, short)
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
Extraterrestrial (2014)
My Mother’s Future Husband (TV-2014)
Santa’s Little Ferrets (TV-2014, short)
Before I Wake (2015)
Room (2015)
Gord’s Brother (2015, short)
Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (TV-2016)
Before I Wake (2016)
Burn Your Maps (2016)
Shut In (2016)
The Book of Henry (2016)
Wonder (2017)
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
NKPC: New Kid Placement Committee (2018, short)
Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas (voice, TV-2018)
Good Boys (2019)
Doctor Sleep (2019)

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (2020,short)
Luca (voice, 2021)
The Little Mermaid (voice, 2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Pete the Cat (voice, 2017-2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Motive (2013)
Mr. Young (2013)
The Last Man on Earth (2016)
American Dad! (2016, 2017)
Family Guy (2017)
Animals (voice, 2018)
The Twilight Zone (2019)
Harley Quinn (voice, 2019, 2020)

Death and Life of John F. Donovan, movie, poster,

Good Boys, movie, poster,

Luca, Jacob Tremblay, movie, poster,

Sam De Grasse

Sam De Grasse

B: June 12, 1875 in Bathurst, New Brunswick
D: November 29, 1953 in Hollywood, California

Now all but forgotten, Sam De Grasse appeared in many of the most important early films. He was in the great and controversial Birth of a Nation from pioneering director D.W. Griffith, playing the role of Senator Sumner. De Grasse also had a featured role in Griffith’s 1916 masterpiece Intolerance. He played mostly secondary characters until Mary Pickford set up her own studio with her husband Douglas Fairbanks, and he joined them. Skillfully cast as a shifty-eyed villain, De Grasse began to specialize in the role of the “bad guy.” When Douglas Fairbanks made the first “big scale” version of Robin Hood in 1922, Sam De Grasse was cast, some might say type-cast, as Prince John.

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Texas Bill’s Last Ride (1914)
The Stolen Radium (1914)
The Peach Brand (1914)
The Burden (1914)
The Gunman (1914)
On the Border (1914)
The Bank Burglar’s Fate (1914)
Through the Dark (1914)
Turned Back (1914)
Broken Nose Bailey (1914)
Runaway Freight (1914)
The Tardy Cannon Ball (1914)
A Woman Scorned (1914)
The Kaffir’s Skull (1914)
Who Shot Bud Walton (1914)
The Beat of the Year (1914)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
A Man and His Mate (1915)
A Child of God (1915)
Martyrs of the Alamo (1915)
Cross Currents (1916)
Acquitted (1916)
The Price of Power (1916)
The Good Bad Man (1916)
An Innocent Magdalene (1916)
The Half Breed (1916)
Intolerance (1916)
Diane of the Follies (1916)
Children of the Feud (1916)
Jim Bludso (1917)
The Scarlet Car (1917)
Her Official Fathers (1917)
An Old Fashioned Young Man (1917)
Madame Bo-Peep (1917)
Anything Once (1917)
Wild and Woolly (1917)
The Empty Gun (1917)
Brace Up (1918)
The Guilt of Silence (1918)
The Mortgaged Wife (1918)
A Law Unto Herself (1918)
The Narrow Path (1918)
The Hope Chest (1919)
Sis (1919)
The Silk-Lined Burglar (1919)
The Exquisite Thief (1919)
The Mother and the Law (1919)
Blind Husbands (1919)
Heart o’ the Hills (1919)

The Devil’s Passkey (1920)
The Little Grey Mouse (1920)
Unseen Forces (1920)
Uncharted Channels (1920)
Moon Madness (1920)
The Broken Gate (1920)
The Cheater Reformed (1920)
A Wife’s Awakening (1921)
Courage (1921)
Robin Hood (1922)
Forsaking All Others (1922)
Slippy McGee (1923)
Circus Days (1923)
The Spoilers (1923)
A Prince of a King (1923)
In the Palace of the King (1923)
The Dancer of the Nile (1923)
Tiger Rose (1923)
The Courtship of Myles Standish (1923)
A Self-Made Failure (1924)
The Virgin (1924)
Painted People (1924)
Pagan Passions (1924)
On the Threshold (1925)
The Mansion of Aching Hearts (1925)
Heir-Loons (1925)
Sun-Up (1925)
Sally, Irene and Mary (1925)
One Year to Live (1925)
The Black Pirate (1926)
Her Second Chance (1926)
Broken Hearts of Hollywood (1926)
The Eagle of the Sea (1926)
Mike (1926)
Love’s Blindness (1926)
When a Man Loves (1927)
The King of Kings (1927)
Captain Salvation (1927)
The Country Doctor (1927)
The Fighting Eagle (1927)
The Wreck of the Hesperus (1927)
Dog Law (1928)
Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
The Farmer’s Daughter (1928)
The Racket (1928)
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
Honor Bound (1928)
Silks and Saddles (1929)
The Last Performance (1929)
Wall Street (1929)

Captain of the Guard (1930)

Gordie Tapp

Gordie Tapp, actor,
Gordie Tapp. Click to enlarge.

B: June 4, 1922 in London, Ontario
D: December 8, 2016 in Burlington, Ontario

Gordon Robert “Gordie” Tapp was a comedian, musician, script writer who built his television career on his popularity as a radio host in the early and mid-1950s. He worked in his hometown of London, Ontario before moving to Guelph and radio station CJOY. It was a career path common in those days; starting in a smaller market to gain experience and then moving on to larger and larger markets. Tapp left Guelph for Hamilton and radio station CHML where he became a mainstay and laid the foundations for his later success. He gained fame for Main Street Jamboree, a radio program that successfully moved to television. It was here that he honed his comedic abilities, and it was this show that put him on the map. He then worked for 13 years as the host of the CBC program Country Hoedown before being lured away by the promise of a huge American audience. Based in Nashville he joined the cast of Hee Haw where his country bumpkin character of Cousin Clem became a show favourite. He was both a writer and a performer on the show. Tapp was awarded the Order of Canada in 1998 for his years of fund-raising for medical charities, including Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Easter Seals. He was given the Order of Ontario in 1999. He had become a member of the Canadian Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 1990. Tapp’s memoir, What’s On Tapp? The Gordie Tapp Story Alias Cousin Clem, was written with John Farrington and was published in 2006. Gordie Tapp was 94 when he died due to complications of pneumonia.

Features & TV Movies:
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Wild Horse Hank (1979)

Sweet Country Music (host, 1983)

TV Series – Cast:
Country Hoedown (1956-1965)

Hee Haw (1969-1988)

Alexandria Benoit

Alexandria Benoit

B: April 16, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario

Alexandria Benoit is an actress, singer and writer. She played the role of Sadie Rowland for one season on the TV series, Degrassi.

Features & TV Movies
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A Midwinter’s Daydream (2006, short)

Small Town Murder Songs (2010)
The Garden (2010, short)
A Cry in the Dark (2010)
Guidance (2014)
Q (2014, short)
The Industructible (2015, short)
Ozion (2016)
Girls & Roses (2016, short)
Seeds (2016, short)
Adrift (2017, short)
Thomas and Amy (2017, short)
Fowl Play (2017, short)
Destruction Makes the World Burn Brighter (2017, short)
The Bridge Where The Leaves Never Fall (2018, short)
The Cradle Falls (2018, short)

Dark Web: Cicada 3301 (2021)
A Cry in the Dark (2021)
An Intrusion (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Degrassi:The Next Generation (2011)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Being Erica (2009)

Haven (2011)
Karma’s a B*tch! (2013)
Make It Pop (2016)
Barbelle (2017)
Yo Fam! (2018)

Guidance movie poster courtesy of Edyson Entertainment
Guidance movie poster courtesy of Edyson Entertainment

Sophie Dupuis

Sophie Dupuis, director
Photo of Sophie Dupuis © 2018 by Maurie Alioff. Used with permission.

B: in Val-d'Or, Québec

Sophie Dupuis is a director and screenwriter from Val-d’Or, Quebec. She is one of the major figures in the new generation of Quebec filmmakers that emerged after the year 2000. She has directed several short fiction films which have won awards at festivals both in Quebec and elsewhere. Chien de garde started out as Toujours ensemble and is titled Family First in English. Chien de garde is Dupuis’ first feature length film. It was nominated for eight Prix Iris awards in 2018 and won three. Her 2020 film, Souterrain (Underground), was 1 of 5 films nominated for Best Motion Picture for the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards.

Also see: 2018 Prix Iris winners

Features & TV Movies:
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J’viendrai t’chercher (2007, short)
Si tu savais Rosalie (2009, short)

Félix et Malou (2010, short)
Et puis on s’habitue… (2010, documentary, short)
Contente pour toi (2010, short)
Faillir (2012, short)
Forces tranquilles (aka Quiet Forces, 2013, short)
L’hiver et la violence (2014, documentary, short)
Suzanne Lebeau (2016, documentary, short)
Chien de garde (2017)

Souterrain (2020)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
J’viendrai t’chercher (2007, short)
Si tu savais Rosalie (2009, short)

Félix et Malou (2010, short)
Et puis on s’habitue… (2010, documentary, short)
Contente pour toi (2010, short)
Faillir (2012, short)
Forces tranquilles (aka Quiet Forces, 2013, short)
L’hiver et la violence (2014, documentary, short)
Suzanne Lebeau (2016, documentary, short)
Chien de garde (2017)

Souterrain (2020)

Souterrain, movie, poster,

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sami) is a filmmaker, actor and writer. Her films have screened at numerous international festivals including Toronto’s imagineNATIVE and the Vancouver International Film Festival. In 2012, her short film A Red Girl’s Reasoning won the Best Canadian Short Drama at imagineNATIVE. In 2013, she was selected for the Indigenous Film Fellowship by the International Sámi Film Centre in Norway to develop her first feature-length screenplay. In February of 2016 it was announced that her film When The Dust Settles would receive a $10,000 production fund grant from the Hot Docs/R&M Lang Foundation CrossCurrents program. She co-wrote and co-directed the 2019 feature The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open with Kathleen Hepburn.

We list her credits as a director first:

Features & TV Movies
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Bloodland (2011, short)
A Red Girl’s Reasoning (2012, short)
Bihttos (documentary, 2014, short)
Rebel (documentary, 2014, short)
The Embargo Project (2015)
c’sna?m: The city before the city (2017, documentary)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (co-director, 2019)

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy (2021, documentary)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Bloodland (2011, short)
A Red Girl’s Reasoning (2012, short)
Bihttos (documentary, 2014, short)
Rebel (documentary, 2014, short)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (co-writer, 2019)

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy (2021, documentary)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
Queen of the Oil Patch (2018)

Credits as an Actor:
Another Cinderella Story (VR-2008)
Howard & Betty (2009, short)

Bloodland (2011, short)
A Red Girl’s Reasoning (2012, short)
Rez Carz (voice, 2013, short)
Not Indian Enough (2014, short)
The Embargo Project (2015)
Love in Paradise (TV-2016)
On the Farm (TV-2016)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)
Blood Quantum (2019)

Night Raiders (2021)

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, movie, poster,

Night Raiders, movie, poster,

Peter Keleghan: Once an Immigrant

Peter Keleghan, actor,
Peter Keleghan at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo © 2015 by Ralph Lucas.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2016, but as it centres on actor Peter Keleghan’s search for “the Irish history in Canada,” we thought it appropriate to post it again today, St-Patrick’s Day 2021. The broadcast dates in the story are no longer accurate.

(December 15, 2016 – Toronto, ON) It’s a story shared by virtually all non-native North Americans, a story that can be summed up with the words “we’re all from somewhere else.” It’s an idea explored by award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael McNamara who has turned his attention and camera on award-winning actor and writer Peter Keleghan. Keleghan is the son of immigrants from Ireland and Poland, and now in mid-life he is seeking to understand his parents’ complex and contradictory feelings about their adopted home, Canada.

Peter Keleghan’s mom Rita is turning 90 and to celebrate, he and his big sister Tecky take her on a trip “back home” to Navan, her hometown (and also Pierce Brosnan’s) in County Meath, Ireland. Navan-born national radio celebrity Hector Ó hEochagáin takes the trio on a personal tour. Rita lights up as the memories come flooding back but is equally dismayed to see that progress means a McDonald’s restaurant has taken up residence in the historic post office and a new highway cuts through the quiet countryside of her youth. The tears well up when Rita enters her old stone schoolhouse after 80 years and has an unexpected reunion with 93 year-old childhood friend Sally Hart. Somewhat typically, out of ten siblings in Rita’s family, only three stayed in Ireland, and she catches up over high tea with two sisters, Marie and Joan and with baby brother Frank and his wife Lil at their B&B in Kilkenny.

Along the way Keleghan traces the Irish history in Canada as one facet of the Canadian immigrant experience, citing the Great Famine of 1845 – 1852 as Ireland’s Holocaust, when one million perished and one million left Ireland creating the great Irish diaspora. In Dublin, Peter visits a memorial dedicated by Prime Minister Jean Chretien to the Irish immigrants who fled to Canada during the Great Famine. More recently the crash of the Celtic Tiger’s economic boom in 2007 has created a new wave of Irish immigrants to Canada seeking a better future, the same circumstances that pushed Rita to leave Ireland as a young woman in the 1950’s. In Navan, Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin MP relays that in 2016 fully a third of Irish young people age 20– 30years have left to make a life somewhere else.

Back in Canada, Keleghan visits with the “ongoing mystery that is my Dad” who still lives in the isolated house where he and his sister were raised, in St Bruno, Québec. A farmer’s son in Kalisz, Poland, Stanislaw Krakus was interned as a ten year-old boy to hard labour camps by the Nazis who separated the family after seizing their farm. After the war, Stan joined other young cadets in the UK at 17 years and finally reconnected with his family, but was told not to come home at risk of being shot by Stalin’s army. Now amicably separated from Rita whom he met in the UK, and married 6 months later, the couple immigrated to Montreal Canada in search of a better life in 1957.

Stan’s negative experiences as an immigrant in the U.K. led him to encourage Peter to change his last name to something less “foreign sounding” if he was going to pursue an acting career – so Peter took his mother’s surname. As an insecure “foreigner” with a strange name and strong accent Stan thought this would help make Peter more accepted.

Known for Workin’ Moms, Saving Hope, Made in Canada, Murdoch Mysteries, and so many more films and TV shows, as Keleghan embarks on his journey of discovery – brandishing his playful sense of humour and irony to find answers in his parents’ immigrant experience, he also turns to his circle of friends from the film, television, comedy and theatre community – Ted Dykstra, Elvira Kurt, Maria Vacratsis, Grace Lynn Kung and Raoul Bhaneja – who also happen to be children of immigrants from Greece, The Netherlands, Ireland, India, Hungary, China and Taiwan.

Director Michael McNamara and Markham Street Films announced today that Once an Immigrant will have its World Broadcast Premiere on CBC Television’s Firsthand series on Thursday, January 12 at 9PM (9:30PM NT).

Kim’s Convenience (2016-2021)

Kim's Convenience, cast, photo,
The cast of the TV series Kim's Convenience. Photo courtesy of CBC.

Series debut: October 11, 2016
Originating Broadcaster: CBC (Canada)
Episodes:
13 x 30-minutes (2016)
13 x 30-minutes (2017)
13 x 30-minutes (2018)
13 x 30-minutes (2019)
13 x 30-minutes (2020)

Kim’s Convenience is a comedy yet it is also the heartfelt story of The Kims, a Korean-Canadian family, running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. The series is based on the award-winning play by Ins Choi, who adapted it for television. Mr. and Mrs. Kim (‘Appa’ and ‘Umma’) immigrated to Toronto in the ’80s to set up shop near the neighbourhood known as Regent Park. They had two kids, Jung and Janet who are now young adults. However, when Jung was 16, he and Appa had a major falling out involving a physical fight, stolen money and Jung leaving home. Father and son have been estranged ever since. Now, Appa and Umma run the store along with Janet who is studying photography at art school. Meanwhile Jung, who secretly stays in contact with Umma and Janet, is trying to turn his life around and recently landed a job at a car rental agency. The world of Kim’s Convenience is real, colourful and urban – a diverse landscape of people and places and at the heart is the Kim family and their store. While the family continues to work and live, finding humour in the everyday tasks of running the store, they long for the day when the rift between Appa and Jung is mended and the family is whole once again.

Also see: Kim’s Wraps.

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Crew:

Producer:

Ivan Fecan

Executive Producer:

Ins Choi
Ivan Fecan
Tim Gamble
Alexandra Raffe
Kevin White

Co-Executive Producer:

Garry Campbell

Supervising Producer:

Robin Cass
Sandra Cunningham

Line Producer:

Derek Rappaport

Director:

Peter Wellington
James Genn
Dawn Wilkinson

Screenwriter:

Ins Choi
Kevin White
Anita Kapila
Garry Campbell
Sonja Bennett
Rebecca Kohler

Cinematographer:

Johnny Askwith
Fraser Brown
Joe Turner

Editor:

Kye Meechan
Robert de Lint

Production Designer:

John Dondertman

Art Director:

James Oswald
Elizabeth Calderhead (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Ruth Secord

Cast: Roles:

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Jean Yoon
Simu Liu
Andrea Bang
Nicole Power
Andrew Phung
Benjamin Beauchemin
John Ng
Michael Musi

Appa
Umma
Jung
Janet
Shannon
Kimchee
Gerald
Mr. Chin
Terence

Lola Tash

Lola Tash, actress,

B: September 4, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario

Lola Bridgette Tash grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She was working with a singing coach who one day suggested she should meet with an agent that she knew. Admitting that she was “incredibly sky and introverted” Tash wasn’t sure but met with the agent, signed on to be represented and landed her first gig from her first audition. For Wild Girl, a Hallmark made-for-television production, Tash played the entire lead role speaking only Apache. Sge played the role of Gisela Calicos in 39 episodes of Conner Undercover between 2010 and 2011.

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

The Wild Girl (TV-2010)
Reviving Ophelia (2010)
Molly Maxwell (2013)
A Wife’s Nightmare (TV-2014)
After the Ball (2015)
Natasha (2015)

TV Series – Cast:
Connor Undercover (2010-2011)
Republic of Doyle (2013-2014)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Latest Buzz (2007)

Rookie Blue (2010)
Reign (2013)
Four in the Morning (2016

Natasha, 2015 movie poster
Poster for Natasha courtesy of Mongrel Media.

Celebrating Black History Month – Tré Armstrong

Tré Armstrong, actress,

(February 28, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Tracey ‘Tré’ Armstrong, a dancer, choreographer and actress, was born in Toronto and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. From the age of five she studied ballet, tap and jazz dance, and later fell in love with Latin, hip hop and urban forms of dance. She was featured in the 2005 NFB documentary Breakin’ In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer written and directed by Elizabeth St. Philip, which highlighted Armstrong as one of Canada’s top rising stars. Her breakout moment occurred after seeking out Missy Elliot. The hip-hop queen gave her a place on an international tour, and since then Armstrong has travelled the world sharing her experience through workshops, seminars and classes in hip hop, urban and freestyle dance.

Read more about actress, dancer and choreographer, Tré Armstrong.

Celebrating Black History Month – Charles Officer

Charles Officer, actor,

(February 27, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Growing up, Toronto-born Charles Officer wanted to be an architect. He focused on sculpting during his foundation year at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), but he had always been active in sports and left OCAD to play professional hockey in the UK. Upon being picked in the draft by the Calgary Flames, Officer moved from England to Salt Lake City to play for a Flames’ farm team. While there he developed tendinitis in his wrist, and after a brief stay with a minor league team in Canada he concluded that the NHL was not in his future and he quit the game altogether. He returned to OCAD to complete his studies and had a brief career as a designer and creative director for a major Toronto ad agency.

Read more about Charles Officer.

Celebrating Black History Month – Clark Johnson

Clark Johnson, actor,
Clark Johnson publicity still from The Wire. Click to enlarge.

(February 25, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Born in Philadelphia to interracial parents, Clark Johnson arrived in Montreal with his sister Taborah at the age of 15. He attended Concordia University and Eastern Michigan University on a partial athletic scholarship for football. He attended several other universities including Loyola and the University of Ottawa before ending up at the Ontario College of Art as a film major. Johnson was drafted by the CFL and even played stints with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburg Steelers before he decided to make a go of it in the film and television business.

In 1980 he broke into the business as a special effects technician on David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and The Dead Zone. He began appearing in front of the camera with small parts in films like Nowhere to Hide, Adventures in Babysitting and Colors before securing a recurring part in the popular Canadian cop series Night Heat (1985–88). A busy and highly respected director, look for his new film, Percy, opening in August.

Read more about actor-director Clark Johnson.

Celebrating Black History Month – Clement Virgo

Clement Virgo, film, director,

(February 23, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Clement Virgo arrived with his family from Jamaica in 1977. He attended West Preparatory Public School in north Toronto before the family moved to Regent Park, the city’s largest public-housing estate, known for its troubles with drugs and crime. He completed high school at Danforth Technical School, where his interest in men’s fashion landed him a job as a window dresser. Always very strongly visually oriented, film directing was a life-long dream for him. He applied for and was accepted into the inaugural 1991 Summer Lab program at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre.

Read more about director Clement Virgo.

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