With its endless capital and battalion of stars, Hollywood habitually eclipses everything else and leaves North American cineplexes turgid with stale super-hero flicks, listless comedies, and their sequels.
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.
During the final days of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, I had the opportunity to speak to three Canadian women, all at the festival promoting their feature directorial debuts: Deborah Chow (winner of the Skyy Vodka Award for Best First Feature by a Canadian Director), Katrin Bowen, and Ingrid Veninger.
The first thing I noticed upon arriving at the Gala screening of Janie Jones at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was the inordinate number of beautiful and svelte six-foot-tall women towering over me -- enough to make anyone of normal proportions (i.e. myself) a trifle self-conscious.