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<VIFF Announces Juries>

(September 16, 2014 - Vancouver, BC) Organizers of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) have announced the members of the various juries that will be responsible for deciding who gets the bling when the festival, which begins on September 25, wraps on October 10. There are four juried programmes in the festival including Canadian Images, BC Spotlight, Best New Director Award and the VIFF Impact Award.Arrow



<Remembering Kent Nolan> (September 16, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario) Northernstars.ca has learned of the passing of the young actor Kent Wolkowski, who often appeared in the credits as Kent Nolan. We have few details, but believe he died in Toronto on September 8 after being admitted to a hospital emergency room. Born in Regina, Wolkowski would have turned 25 this December. He wanted to be an actor from a very young age. During his high school years he juggled school, dance, singing, musical theatre classes, as well as appearing in over 40 Musical Theatre Productions, both at Winston Knoll Collegiate and Local Theatres. A celebration of his life is planned for this Sunday in Regina. Click here to learn more about Kent Wolkowski.Arrow
<Everything Will Nne to screen at VIFF> (September 5, 2014 - Vancouver, BC) Julia Kwan’s feature documentary Everything Will Be, which focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown will have its British Columbia premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Everything Will Be is the first documentary film by Kwan, a Sundance award-winner for her 2005 debut feature Eve & the Fire Horse.Everything Will Be opens as dawn breaks and the long-time merchants of Vancouver’s Chinatown are hard at work preparing for what they hope will be a busy day. But this once-thriving neighbourhood is in flux as new condo developments and non-Chinese businesses gradually move into the community.Arrow
<Mommy, movie still> Coming Soon:
Mommy is the latest film from actor-writer-director Xavier Dolan. At a special screening earlier this month at Place des Arts in Montréal it received a standing ovation. It opens in Québec this Friday. Synopsis: A single-parent inherits custody of her teenage ADHD son who can often be impulsive and violent. She finds hope when a inserts herself into their home, providing the mother with needed support. There is infatuation and difficulty, but they try to make ends meet, find a kind of balance and hope. Click here to watch a trailer for Mommy.Arrow
<Sylvia Stewart> Today's Birthdays:
Northernstars Tim Burd, Stéphane Rousseau, Sylvia Stewart and Neill Blomkamp were born on September 17. Born in Montreal, Sylvia Stewart got her start doing stunts on TV series like, Soldier of Fortune, and Inc. Even after her career as an actor started, she continued to do stunt work. She finds it easy to do physical stunts because of her background as a gymnast. Look for her in the mini-series Ascension, which is a Canada-US co-production. The science-fiction mystery is set to air on the American channel SyFy beginning in late November and running until early December.Arrow
<The Masked Saint> Today at Cinéfest Sudbury:
Warren P. Sonoda's new film, The Masked Saint screens in a gala presentation tonight at Cinéfest Sudbury. Based on the book by Chris Wally, The Masked Saint revolves around the life of Chris Samuels (US actor Brett Granstaff), a professional wrestler and family man who realizes he needs something more. His calling to become a pastor prompts him to retire from wrestling and move with his wife and daughter to a small town. Click here for a link to Cinéfest Sudbury and other September 2014 film festivals.Arrow


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