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September 2014

Great Ontario films at TIFF® 2014 and coming to a theatre near you!

Ontario filmmakers are in the spotlight at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF®). If you like to discover films with an audience like no other, you are in the right place. Be sure to click on the links below and purchase your tickets today to see this year’s films screening at The Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF® 2014.

Three OMDC Film Fund-supported features are slated to screen at this year’s festival. Mark your festival calendar with these great picks below.

If you like a thriller that leaves you feeling tense, TIFF® 2014 Special Presentation October Gale (produced by Daniel Iron) is sure to keep you on your toes. Directed by Ruba Nadda, the film takes a quick turn when a doctor comes across a mysterious wounded man at her remote cottage with little idea that the man’s would-be killer is on his way to finish the job.

Canadian icon David Cronenberg gives us a dark look into the lives of those saturated by the Hollywood culture in his film Maps to the Stars (produced by: Martin Katz, Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt), featured as a TIFF® Gala Presentation. The film stars Julianne Moore, winner of the best actress award at Cannes International Film Festival 2014.

Wet Bum (produced by: Paula Devonshire, Lauren Grant, Sean Buckley) is a TIFF® 2014 Discovery by Canadian director Lindsay MacKay.  In this charming film, TIFF® 2014 Rising Star Julia Sarah Stone finds herself in an unlikely friendship with two of the elderly residents she works for at a local retirement home.

OMDC Welcomes New Minister

The Honourable Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Minister Responsible for Pan/Parapan American Games

Michael Coteau was first elected to the legislature in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East. He was re-elected in 2014.

Coteau currently serves as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. He was appointed Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in February 2013. Prior to entering government, Coteau served as a school board trustee for almost eight years.

As a trustee, Coteau worked to make schools more accessible to community groups that run after-school programs for children. He also served as the Vice-Chair of the Toronto District School Board and helped bring forward nutritional changes that increased awareness around student hunger and resulted in healthy food programs. In addition, he is a champion of the integration of technology in education.

Coteau is former CEO and Executive Director of a national literacy not-for-profit, Alpha Plus. He was also on the board of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and on the board of the Toronto Lands Corporation. He has also worked as an ESL teacher and curriculum director.

Coteau and his wife, Lori, live in Toronto with their two daughters, Maren and Myla.

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