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TIFF and the City

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For 10 days in September, Toronto becomes ‘Hollywood North’. Celebrities flock to the city premiering their latest films in hopes of creating some Oscar buzz. For a veteran of the scene, the Toronto International Film Festival is more like a marathon of screenings and epic long lines. With over 40 celebrities in attendance, star gazing added an element to the festival that literally transformed public spaces into local stages with loyal fans waiting in the wings. Continue reading

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Urban Scenes on the Silver Screen

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My first visit to New York City was a disorienting experience. Manhattan is so thoroughly filmed and documented that you can’t help but feel you know the place through TV and movies alone. Turning the corner onto the former set of a film brings to mind the classic optical illusion My Wife and My Mother-in-Law, in which you can perceive a young lady or an old woman in the same illustration, but never both at once. Here’s the restaurant from Seinfeld. Here are the alien spaceships from Men In Black. Here’s that corner of Central Park from Home Alone. And here’s the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, which I can’t place but I’m positive I’ve seen somewhere before. And on top of all that, the actual geography of Manhattan — the way all these disparate scenes and settings fit together — was never quite what I expected. Continue reading

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