Canadian Grand Prix 2014 Meets Breakout Director Sean Brosnan and fiancé Sanja Banic

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“The Kid”, which was Sean Brosnan’s directorial debut and now he is on a roll. Sean Brosnan and Sanja Banic set up Knight Marcher Films in 2012 to make films together. They are currently in Canada as Sean is acting in a film being shot on location in Toronto, and Ottawa.

The timing could not be more perfect with a break in filming taking place the weekend of the Canadian Grand Prix. Sean Brosnan has not been to a Grand Prix since his dad Pierce Brosnan took him as a little boy, and Sanja has never been so they are about to get a taste of Montreal, and the spirit of one of the coolest events that takes place in Canada the Canadian Grand Prix in a city from where so many great Canadian film makers have emerged from Montreal. Sean and Sanja are not in bad company as one of the biggest fans of Formula 1 is none other than Pierce (No NOT Brosnan) but Pierce Handling the CEO of the number one film festival in the world the Toronto International Film Festival and the director of the festival Warren Spitz. Let it be known want to make films in Canada then we are ready and encourage you to come we will show you a good time and you will never want to leave.

Look for Sean and Sanja rocking the paddock Sunday they are about to take Canada with a storm a looking to do a lot more work in Canada.
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TIFF 2013 – Rehka Bhardwaj – MTV Unplugged To Indian Cinema 100 – Toronto

Rekha As a boy I grew up going to recording studios to watch my uncle Saleem Raza a great playback singer record music. Visiting film sets with my grandmother to see her friend Pakistani singer, actress Noor Jahan with whom I would fall in-love each every-time. Music is central to any film, but none more than Indian films or for that matter Pakistani films.

Deepa Mehta Canadian filmmaker director, knows full well the magic that music add’s to the screen her films have never cheated you on the musical score. She is planing a treat for all those who get a ticket, to this years Toronto International Film Festival Gala, Indian Cinema 100. The event is filled with music.

The Tiff-Gala team is working at a frantic pace, and I can tell you this is going to be one very special event. Into the mix those attending will be treated to the amazing voice of Rekha Bhardwaj an Indian playback singer. She is known in the industry for her distinctive singing style. She is the recipient of a National Film Award for the Best Female Playback Singer for the film Ishqiya in 2011. In 2012, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer (Female) along with Usha Uthup for the song “Darling” from 7 Khoon Maaf. She is married to the famous director, producer, and music composer, Vishal Bharadwaj.

First let me share my uncles voice with you, who loved living in Vancouver. Vancouver is also where the Co-Chair of the Tiff Gala comes from Warren Sptiz as does the chef that will dazzle the taste buds at the Tiff Gala chef Vikram Vij.

Here is the voice that all at the TIFF Gala will be treated too. In this MTV Unplugged event Rekha pays tribute to another great Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who’s album I played to a film director Tim Robbins which resulted in a collobaration between Nusrat and Eddie Vedder in Tim’s movie ‘Dead Man Walking’

Are you ready for the treat, of music, fashion, food, and film? Toronto International Film Festival is ready to rock.

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TIFF 2013 – Lisa Ray At TIFF Gala Indian Cinema 100

Lisa Ray The first time I saw Lisa Ray in a film was in film directed by Deepa Mehta and written by Anurag Kashyap called ‘Water’. I watched it with a Mexican actress Bárbara Mori Ochoa who herself had been in an Indian film ‘Kites’. After watching the film I was torn between the two women, Lisa Ray or Bárbara Mori, the subject of the film causing both Bárbara and I to hit the bottle of tequila (Don Julio) of which I had several cases thanks to Seagrams (now defunct) thanks to Edgar Bronfam Jr.’s (how to loose a family fortune by going into the movie business).

Toronto International Film Festival’s gala of 2012 ‘The Night That Never End’ recently won for the event company of Jocelyn Flanagan, Best Entertainment Production – Esprit Awards (International special event society) . You can check it out below some of what it looked like.

Canadian Lisa Ray is a well known actress, model, host, activist and cancer graduate who was raised in Toronto by an Indian father and Polish mother. It is her love of food and exposure to cuisine all over the world that brought her to this exciting role as host of Top Chef Canada. An iconic figure in India – where she started her career at 16 – and abroad, Ray is a successful cover model and award-winning actress. With starring roles in Bollywood Hollywood and Oscar nominated Water to name a few, Ray has achieved international success, appearing in more than 27 film and television titles. Her hosting experience spans her own entertainment show in India, to hosting India’s popular series OMG (Oh My Gold) on TLC, and hosting award shows such as The Genies and The Giller Prize amongst others. She has also been featured in Hello! Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the Country and on the cover of People Magazine.

So what is the team of Deepa Mehta, Warren Spitz, and Jocelyn Flanagan up to this year. It’s just going to be one more notch above last year, and the red carpet is certainly going to be all glam with Lisa Ray. September 7, 2013, corner of University and Queen Street, at Four Seasons Center, get your smartphone ready.

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TIFF 2013 – How I Got My Oscar – 100 Years Of Indian Cinema

Ismail, Ruth, James Rain was pouring down in Manhattan flooding the streets. President Ronald Reagan was in town to meet Mikhail Gorbachev, if you live in Manhattan then you know what this means, the city was impossible to navigate. Flights had been delayed or cancelled I was walking the streets with film producer Ismail Merchant from a meeting, principal photography was to commence the next day on ‘Slaves of New York’ based on a novel by Tama Janowitz. New York did not have one decent hotel room left and I was not about to settle with one with less then four stars. Ismail Merchant assured me in his very confident manner not to worry, the trio Ismail, Ruth, James, team of filmmakers 30 years and entered the Guinness Book of Records as the film world’s longest, each had an apartment in the same building in Manhattan. Ruth was not in town and I was to sleep in her apartment commanded Merchant.

As I walked into Ruth’s apartment, it was as if I had walked into those detox spas where you pay $1,000. a day and all that is in your room is a bed. Ruth’s apartment had the bed, a table, chair, her window had a view of Warren Beaty’s (the dude who had slept with every women in Hollywood), sister’s flat Shirley MacLean and her crystal collection.

The austere flat did have some glitter, you could not miss it, it was staring at me. It was gold. A statue. It was an Oscar. I picked it up, it was heavy, and read ‘Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’ Oscar for her script an adaptation ofEM Forster’s novel RoomIsmail, Ruth, James with a View (1986). Naturally I walked around the apartment holding the Oscar giving speeches in my head, or in front of the mirror, eventually taking it to bed. This was not just an Oscar, it was awarded to the only person to have won the Booker and at the Oscar. Ruth was responsible for the screenplays of such classics as Howards End, Room with a View and Remains of the Day. She won a second Oscar for her adaptation of Forster’s Howards End (1992), which was brought to the screen at her insistence. In 1990 she won the Best Screenplay Award from the New York Film Critics’ Circle for her adaptation of Evan Connell’s Mr and Mrs Bridge. To have Paul Newman in Mr. and Mrs Bridge a film that was partly filmed in Toronto required that I do a few laps around Queens Park with him prior to his Gala at The Toronto International Film Festival The Glass Menagerie.

Ruth died this year and her contribution to 100 Years of Indian Cinema can not go without notice. 100 Years of Indian Cinema this years TIFF Gala is not just about Bollywood.

This year my friend Warren Spitz, the high-rolling TIFF board member who put the festival into the big-money charity race with its initial gala last year, has recruited Deepa Mehta to ensure that this year’s event will be a memorable one. It’s set for Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Spitz and a great lady Jennifer Tory, the co-chairs, act as executive producers and take charge of selling tables at $25,000 a shot. If you want tickets you can get those as well that will run you $2,500. a shot.tiff_gala.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

As for Mehta she has recruited Rashmi Varma to do the costumes and Tamara Deverell to be the production designer. At a pre-dinner reception, with entertainment designed by writer Devyani Saltzman (Mehta’s daughter), emcees Anita Majumdar and Zaib Shaikh (both cast members of Mehta’s movie Midnight’s Children) will guide guests through a few of India’s landmark films over the past century projected in the lobby of the Four Seasons Centre.

After the reception, guests will be ushered through the auditorium to the stage of the opera house, where tables will be set for dinner. That’s when the live entertainment will go on. As for the food, Mehta was determined not to serve guests anything less than great Indian cuisine by chef Vikram Vij.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, I will miss you at Toronto International Film Festival Gala, but you will be in my heart and you will be saluted for you enormous, brilliance and contribution to Indian Cinema.

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TIFF 2013 – Toronto International Film Festival – Countdown

Alvaro Longoria The Toronto International Film Festival hasn’t unveiled the full slate of films set to play during TIFF, but if last month’s initial announcement was any indication, this year’s edition will be chock full of stars and a bevy of Oscar hopefuls.

The guest list and complete movie list will be released later this month, so even though there’s still a ton of films yet to be named.

Get ready as Toronto International Film Festival Gala will honour ‘One Hundred Years of Indian Cinema’, so all the stars you want to see will be right there on Queen Street, and University at the Four Season Center red carpet.  Get your smart phones ready, and get ready to see the stars.   The event is chaired by Warren Spitz a director of TIFF with the creative director being the talented Canadian film director Deepa Mehta . The food for the TIFF Gala, will be a journey for all those jetting in a sleek private jet by Bombardier private jets one of the sponsor’s of the Gala, thanks to chef Vikram Vij.

TIFF has been cranking it up a notch each year, and this year will be no different as Toronto International Film Festival reigns supreme.

Stay on these pages for the tips on some very exciting insight into TIFF and TIFF Gala.

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