We told you yesterday about some of the National Canadian Film Day events being held all across the country in celebration of our people and their filmmaking accomplishments. Here are some more notes and quotes from the big day.
“More days like this will help us not to need days like this,” says Patricia Rozema, via Global News, while Atom Egoyan says the reason someone goes to see a Canadian film is “because someone else tells them about it or because they’re really interested in film culture in this country.”
“When I was in high school, I didn’t know Canadian films even existed,” says Ravi Srinivasan, programming associate with the Toronto International Film Festival, to The Sarnia Observer.Things have changed. Students from Srinivasan’s former high school, St. Patrick’s, and three other Sarnia-Lambton secondary schools got a chance to see The Whale or Fido and talk with the filmmakers yesterday. This was presented by REEL Canada, and the South Western International Film Festival, a new event being launched Nov. 5 to 8 in Sarnia.
Meanwhile, grade 8 students from Orillia,Oro-Medonte, and Ramara saw another doc — one created especially for them. First mentioned here a week ago, SOAR seeks to “dispel the myths about high school and focus on the magic”, says filmmaker Stu Saunders to The Orillia Packet. And of course it’s “Canadian from start to finish.”
And finally, actor/writer/producer Vinay Virmani tells ET Canada: “To have a day that celebrates Canadians, Canadian talent…I just think there’s no other country that really does that.”