#1 - Be a patron one year at The Toronto International Film Festival
Completed: September 2007
This is one on my list that in some ways technically was really easy (I could have bought 1 rush ticket and called it a day), I've worked there, I've gone to screenins and I'm very familiar with the festival and how it works. But I wanted to do it, how I wanted to do it and so that is how I did it. 10 days, 42 films, very little sleep and a zillion teas later this one was complete. I survived the line ups and the weather, and I got to see some amazing films and even some stars.
(pass and ticket pick up day - I did not expect to spend my entire Labour Day in lines)
(not one of my best pictures, but was one of the best performances: Andrew Garfield in Boy A)
(my first ever Midnight Madness won't be my last... although next time I would go early as you can see how far back the seats were for SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO)
(Q&A with director Julien Leclercq from another of my favourite films: Chrysalis)
(and another Q&A for Wolfsbergen, director Nanouk Leopold)
(and another! Wilson Yip, director of Flash Point)
(this was a big surpirze for me seeing Juliette Binoche!)
(My only 100% star struck moment was being mere feet away from Guy Pearce)
(and more line ups....)
(a quiet moment outside the ROM, a nice place to kick back when the weather behaves)
The aftermath: notes, tickets, and for the first time ever a offical film schedule with an unripped cover)
Check out my TIFF 07 Coverage over at my film blog Movie Moxie to see all the details! It was a great year, there were so many great films, experiences and Q&A's. Well worth doing and I will absolutely attend again.
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