Mark Nistico strolls into the Filmmaker's Lounge on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Toronto flanked by his mother and brother -- his gait suggests an inkling of hesitation; a feeling of not quite belonging. The director is younger than most, lean and lanky with the shadow of a beard lending his visage an air of maturity it might otherwise lack.
For the second time I was given the pleasure of interviewing Toronto-based filmmaker Ingrid Veninger. Since the debut of her film Modra at last year's festival, she has become one of the most recognizable new faces in Canadian cinema. Physically, she is distinctive as well: her dreadlocked hair sits massed atop her head, almost threatening to topple her itty-bitty frame.