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TIFF '16 Festival Onstage Moments
Inspiring and surprising scenes from the Festival
Going to the movies is often referred to as a holy experience, with good reason: you head into a dark space with your fellow film worshippers. You all turn your faces toward the light. And you are transported from your daily cares (albeit sometimes into the daily cares of the people onscreen, but no one ever said the analogy was perfect).
But if attending a screening is already potentially profound, how much moreso when the practitioners of the magic that happens on screen are there to talk about what they made? That's one of the most incredible things about TIFF: the opportunity to hear from the brilliant people who directed, wrote, acted in, and otherwise created the whole reason we're here — the films themselves.
Here are a few choice moments from the hundreds that occurred at TIFF '16. Check out even more in Part One.
"I like to take you with my arms around your shoulders into sheer poetry, into sheer imagination"
If you're wondering which director Ewan McGregor felt the most kinship with as he headed behind the camera, prepare to be surprised (in an action-packed way):
Canadian director Kim Nguyen talked about how Iqaluit and the Great North helped to reshape his film Two Lovers and a Bear:
The Terry Kath Experience, a documentary about the legendary band Chicago, was directed by Michelle Sinclair, whose father was Terry Kath, co-founder and guitarist of the band. To celebrate the film, Michelle and Danny Seraphine performed some of Chicago's tunes live on stage:
If any TIFF '16 filmmaker was going to ask "how do escaped crocodiles view ancient cave paintings?", it would have to be Werner Herzog:
Human organ lessons from Roger Corman:
Rebecca Hall is not afraid to play a difficult part (or to insult Hollywood agents):
Playing a younger version of the leader of the free world? NBD:
Adam Driver will do anything Jim Jarmusch is involved in. But he's especially glad he did Paterson:
Leehom Wang took a pretty circuitous (and exciting) route from Rochester to Toronto, as documented in Leehom Wang's Open Fire Concert Film:
Christopher Guest built a career on "yes, and." But he can also say "no":