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(July 6
, 2015 - Toronto, ON) A recent spate of shark attacks off the coast of North Carolina, seven at last count, reminded us about an article we first ran two years ago about summer blockbuster movies. The first, the one that set the trend and changed the way movies were distributed, was Jaws. We assigned then Associate Editor Wyndham Wise to take a look at some great Canadian summer movies.Arrow

<Barry Avrich to Produce 2016 Canadian Screen Awards> (July 7, 2015 - Toronto, ON) The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that Barry Avrich will produce the Academy’s 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. Avrich is well known for his successful Stratford HD series including The Tempest, King Lear, King John and Antony and Cleopatra as well as a number of highly acclaimed documentary productions. "The Academy’s Board and CBC undertook an extensive search process and I am delighted to say that the submission by Barry Avrich and Frank Content to produce our 2016 Canadian Screen Awards live broadcast on CBC-TV was unanimously supported," said Academy Chair Martin Katz.Arrow
<Meet Gina Dineen> (July 1, 2015 - Toronto, ON) Canada Day, 2015. The date not only marks our country's 148 birthday, but it also marks the apex of the year. We are halfway there and, as some might say, it's all downhill from here. Not for Toronto's Gina Dineen. Founder of the Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival, work on this year's festival is about to ramp up as the deadline for submissions approaches and plans to move the festival to a new, larger venue occupy much of Dineen's free time. We asked if she could find a few minutes in her busy schedule to sit down for an interview with Northernstars.ca's founder and publisher, Ralph Lucas.Arrow
<Cree Summer> Today's Birthdays:
Northernstars Paul Massie, Jean LeClerc and Cree Summer were born on July 7. For an actor you don't get to see Cree Summer very much. That's because she is one of the busiest voices working in Hollywood today. Born in California — her mother was a dancer and her father is the actor/musician, Don Francks — in 1969 the family returned to Canada. She began her career voicing cartoons and that's still the bulk of her work. Her most recent film was The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. She has lived in Los Angeles since she was 18 years old.Arrow
<The Amina Profile> Coming Soon:
The Amina Profile is a National Film Board documentary co-production. Amina Arraf, an attractive Syrian-American revolutionary, is having an online affair with Sandra Bagaria, a young, brilliant and well-informed Montreal professional. Amina launches a provocative blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog acquires a huge following. But it’s Amina’s abduction—carried out in broad daylight in Damascus—that sparks an international movement to save her from torture, rape or even death.Arrow

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