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Don McKellar

A Word from the Management

"Forgive me if I sound like a pandering rock star, but you audiences here are amazing! Over the years, in my various Festival guises - film-goer, staff member, movie-maker guy - I have found myself both moved and inspired, and sometimes slightly scared, by the boundless enthusiasm of T.O. Festival patrons. The determination. The hunger. I like to think this has something to do with the movies, of course; the enduring hold of the movies, and the ability this Festival has to transform a routine unspooling of the medium into a one-time, collective benediction. And this is certainly good, yes - just don't get in their way."

Don McKellar

While in residence at the Canadian Film Centre, Don McKellar wrote and directed BLUE and THE BLOODY NOSE, both of which screened in Perspective Canada in 1992. He co-wrote the scripts for 1993's THIRTY TWO SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD (winner of four Genie Awards, including Best Picture) and 1998's THE RED VIOLIN (winner of eight Genie Awards including Best Picture, and the Oscar® for Best Original Score) with director François Girard. In 1998, McKellar was associated with more Festival films than anyone, including his feature film directing debut, LAST NIGHT, which made its North American premiere as the Perspective Canada Opening Night film. LAST NIGHT won the Citytv Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Festival, the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes, and two Genie Awards. McKellar is the recipient of the Claude Jutra Award, and was born in 1963 in Toronto.

Writer and Director - Don McKellar
Executive Producer - Niv Fichman
Producer - Jody Shapiro
Co-Producer - Jennifer Weiss
Cinematographer - Douglas Koch, CSC
Editor - Christopher Donaldson
Sound - John Thomson, Steve Munro, Daniel Pellerin
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