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Chronicles of a Cinemaniac
There is one thing I am more passionate about than chocolate - cinema. I remember falling asleep in my mother's arms at a screening of the Rock Hudson/Doris Day film,
Lover Come Back
. Other childhood memories include family outings to movie drive-ins (remember those), and regularly attending with my older brother Saturday afternoon double-headers at a theater just half a block from home.
It was while in university that I discovered the world of independent cinema, but offerings in my home town of Hamilton were meager. Several years later, my family entered the video store business and I did a lot of catching up, often taking home armfuls of videos.
After moving to Toronto, I was introduced to what was then called the Festival of Festivals and is now known as the Toronto International Film Festival.
It was not long before I started taking a week's vacation to attend TIFF full time, viewing four to five films a day during the nine, now ten-day festival. I have been an attendee for twenty years and have been blogging about the festival before the term "blog" existed.
TIFF exposed me to great documentaries and they soon became part of my life. I currently take an additional week's vacation annually to attend Hot Docs, considered the most important documentary film festival after IDFA (Amsterdam) and I attend Hot Docs' monthly screening, Doc Soup.
Toronto As a Film Capital:
Besides being home to two of the world's most renowned and seminal film festivals, Toronto hosts a few specialized film festivals every month of the year.
Film Lover's Paradise:
Within fifteen minutes walk from home, I have access to theaters with a total of 20+ screens. Thanks to public transit, I am within 20 minutes of a grand total of 50+ screens, including a 40-seat screening room in the building in which I live (screening DVD's five nights a week). And I am a seven-minute run from the TIFF Lightbox, one of the world's foremost film centers.
I see three to five movies a week (about a 50/50 mix of commercial and independent films). But, I call myself a cinemaniac, not a cinephile.
Chick on Flicks:
Follow my blog or Twitter for highlights of my weekly film viewing. But h
aving worked for an independent film company for a year and seeing first-hand the sweat, blood and tears people put into their art, don't expect to find catty, scathing reports. I just don't see the point of trashing anyone's work. And I am just a lover of film, not an expert.
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