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Celebrate Ontario
2016

Ontario Filmmakers Shine at #tiff16!

OMDC congratulates all Ontario Filmmakers in the spotlight at the Toronto International Film Festival®. OMDC is proud to have nine OMDC films produced by Ontario Filmmakers at TIFF® 2016 including: Fred Peabody’s All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone, April Mullen’s Below Her Mouth, Nicholas de Pencier’s Black Code, Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams, Brigitte Berman’s The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent, Jamie Kastner’s The Skyjacker’s Tale, Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers And A Bear and Alan Gilsenan’s Unless.

Watch the OMDC Film Fund trailer here featuring clips from the nine OMDC-supported features in the spotlight at TIFF® this year. It also features the new song Got Your Number from Ontario’s own Serena Ryder. There are over 30 films at TIFF this year that have been touched by Ontario. Let’s follow, tweet, and promote our filmmakers at #tiff16 and beyond @OMDCtweets #ONcreates!

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone TIFF® Special Presentations
White Pine Pictures
Producers: Peter Raymont, Fred Peabody, Andrew Munger, Steve Ord
Director: Fred Peabody

Vancouver-based filmmaker and TV news veteran Fred Peabody explores the life and legacy of the maverick American journalist I.F. Stone, whose long one-man crusade against government deception lives on in the work of such contemporary filmmakers and journalists as Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, David Corn, and Matt Taibbi.

Below Her Mouth TIFF® Special Presentations
Serendipity Point Films
Producer: Melissa Coghlan
Director: April Mullen

Writer: Stephanie Fabrizi
Cast: Natalie Krill, Erika Linder, Sebastian Pigott, Mayko Nguyen, Tommie-Amber Pirie, Melanie Leishman, Andrea Stefancikova

One of the boldest and sexiest dramas of the year, the new film by Canadian actor-director April Mullen (Dead Before Dawn) tells the story of an unexpected romance between two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.

Black Code TIFF® Docs
Black Code Media Inc. | Mercury Films Inc.
Producer | Director: Nicholas de Pencier
Cast: Ronald Deibert
Toronto-based documentary filmmaker and cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier (Four Wings and a Prayer, Watermark) examines the complex global impact that the internet has had on matters of free speech, privacy and activism.

Maudie TIFF® Special Presentations
Painted House Films
Producers: Bob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan Mullen
Director: Aisling Walsh

Writer: Sherry White
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke

Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

Mean Dreams TIFF® Special Presentations
Woods Entertainment | euclid431 pictures
Producers: William Woods, Allison Black
Director: Nathan Morlando

Writers: Kevin Coughlin, Ryan Grassby
Cast: Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton, Colm Feore

Two teens in a small rural community seek solace from their dark pasts and troubled home lives in a forbidden romance, in the powerful new film from Canadian director Nathan Morlando (Edwin BoydCitizen Gangster).
*Congratulations to TIFF 2016 Rising Star Sophie Nélisse!

The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent TIFF® Docs
Bridge Film Productions Inc. | 2445881 Ontario Inc.
Producers: Victor Solnicki, Brigitte Berman, Daniel Pellerin
Director: Brigitte Berman

Cast: Gordon Pinsent, Norman Jewison, Mary Walsh, Christopher Plummer, Richard Ouzounian, R.H. Thomson, Leah Pinsent, Beverly Pinsent, Barry Kennedy, Krystin Pellerin

Director Brigitte Berman profiles Canadian icon Gordon Pinsent, who left Newfoundland in the late 1940s to launch a storied, seven-decade career as one of the leading actors and most beloved figures in Canadian film and television.

The Skyjacker’s Tale TIFF® Docs
Cave 7 International
Producers: Jamie Kastner, Laura Baron Kastner
Director | Writer: Jamie Kastner
Cast: Ishmael Muslim Ali, Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Michael Ratner

Canadian documentarian Jamie Kastner (The Secret Disco Revolution) looks back at a notorious 1970s murder trial in the Virgin Islands — where five politicized young islanders were convicted of a massacre at a ritzy country club — and its dramatic aftermath a decade later, when the culprits’ ostensible leader staged a skyjacking and found refuge in Cuba.

Two Lovers and a Bear TIFF® Special Presentations
JoBro Productions | Max Films Productions
Producers: Roger Frappier*, Jonathan Bronfman, Ellen Hamilton
Director | Writer: Kim Nguyen
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Tatiana Maslany

Montreal-born director Kim Nguyen's first fiction film following his Oscar-nominated Rebelle is a hypnotic romance about two star-crossed lovers (Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan) who find that even the icy expanses of the Arctic offer little refuge from their pasts.

*Producer, Roger Frappier wins CMPA’s Established Producer’s Award at TIFF 2016!

Unless TIFF® Special Presentations
Sienna Films Inc.
Producer: Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Tristan Orpen Lynch, Aoife O'Sullivan
Director | Writer : Alan Gilsenan
Cast: Catherine Keener, Matt Craven, Hannah Gross, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Martha Henry, Brendan Coyle, Hanna Schygulla, Linda Kash, Benjamin Ayres

Academy Award® nominee Catherine Keener and Hannah Gross (I Used to Be Darker) star in this adaptation of the final novel by the late, great Canadian novelist Carol Shields, about a writer who discovers her runaway daughter panhandling on the street and seemingly deprived of speech.

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