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October 25, 2015 @ 2:00 pm


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Behind the Camera
Live on-stage discussion with MICHAEL McGOWAN
Sunday, October 25, 2:00 pm
Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop St., W., Barrie
Tickets: $15

We invite you to a special facilitated talk with film producer, writer, director Michael McGowan, and guest host Thom Ernst, an on-air film critic, playwright, freelance writer and columnist.

As a filmmaker, the Toronto-born McGowan is a multi-hyphenate, professional, whose features include Still Mine, Score: A Hockey Musical, One Week and Saint Ralph. This event will offer an opportunity to hear him discuss his work and provide insight into what drives this great Canadian artist. His broad area of experience covers many areas such as writing, directing and producing for both film and television.

After the screening you are welcome to join us downstairs for some hors d’oeuvres catered by Cravings. Cash bar.

Advance tickets are available at Uptown Theatre and MacLaren Art Centre

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Thom Ernst was the producer and host of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies, and has been with the team since 1998. He’s covered over 15 years of the Toronto International Film Festival and has appeared as a regular film critic and commentator on TVO’s More to Life, Studio 2, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, NewsTalk1010 with Richard Crouse, CBC Fresh Air, and CBC Radio Syndication. Ernst’s reviews have appeared in The Toronto Star and he had a bi-weekly column in Toromagazine where he covered film and did in-depth one-on-one interviews with filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, and authors. Presently Thom is working on a feature documentary with award-winning filmmaker, Matt Gallagher.



Michael McGowan’s Filmography:

Still Mine (2012) which was based on a true story starred James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold and won five awards including the Directors Guild of Canada and a Genie for James Cromwell’s performance in the lead role. Score: A Hockey Musical, starring Olivia Newton-John, opened five major 2010 Canadian festivals (Toronto, Atlantic, Sudbury, Calgary and Edmonton) and screened as the Anniversary Gala at the Vancouver Film Festival. It went on to win the Best Fiction Feature Award at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. One Week (2008) took in $1.3 million at the Canadian box office, won numerous festival awards and garnered Joshua Jackson a Genie Award for best actor. It was picked up in the U.S. by IFC and has sold internationally. Saint Ralph (2004) won an array of international prizes and was distributed in Canada, the U.S. and around the world, including major releases in Japan, Germany, France and South Korea. Winner of the WGC Canadian Screenwriting Award for Best Screenplay, the Directors Guild Award for Best Director, and nominated for five Genie Awards, including Best Feature Film, Saint Ralph created a box office sensation in Japan. It also won the Grand Prix at the Paris Film Festival, the Audience Award at the London Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award for the Canadian Film Circuit. McGowan is also the creator and executive producer of the stop-motion animated children’s TV series, Henry’s World, which is broadcast in over 50 countries worldwide and has won a variety of awards, including the Alliance for Children and Television Award of Excellence. McGowan is the best-selling author of the Young Adult novel Newton and the Giant. published in 2003 by HarperCollins, and the sequel Newton and the Time Travel Machine, released in 2008. Recently Michael McGowan has been involved with TV series such as writing and directing Between (2015) and he directed two episodes of Murdoch Mysteries (2014).

Presented in Partnership with TIFF Film Circuit


October 25, 2015
2:00 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Five Points Theatre
1 Dunlop Street West
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A1 Canada
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