Maryam Rahimi Blogs!
CGD hosts Meet The Directors seminar ones a year in Toronto where a group of well accomplished directors come together and discuss their latest films. This year my personal favorite Mario A. was there among many others.
The lecture was hosted by Ken Girotti whom witty and sarcastic sense of humor had the participants and guests laughing & his stimulating and intriguing questions feeding the minds, great stuff Ken!
First off, Don McBrearty discussed his latest project, episode 206 of Murdoch Mysteries. He seems somewhat traditional with a flavor of today's modern film making, nice break from all the new media and innovations in today's film making.
Next was Alex Chapple talking abut his latest project, Diverted.
3rd was Mario Azzopardi, on his latest project ZOS: Zone of Separation. Mario was my favorite director to listen and later converse with. I see much of myself in him when he is talking about his film, his passion for film making was intense.
Finally Norma Bailey was there to talk about her latest project 'Green River Killer'. This film is about the known American serial killer. Gary Ridgway is known to have murdered up to 90 women in Washington during the 1980s and 1990s.
Obviously films of this nature always have a powerful effect when delivered successfully and Norma definitely manages to captivate her audience. After the short exert was over, I heard the couple next to me just pull their breathe and let go a sigh, much like my reaction at the end.
Norma continued to win Best Direction in feature film this year on October 24th of 2009 for The Capture of the Green Rover Killer.
No matter what part of film making you are in, you should participate in as many events as you can as you will never know who you will meet & when you will meet them.
After the lecture, the guests and the participants went for a drink and Mario A. and I had a chance to discuss his upcoming feature which will indeed be a controversial piece that will definitely have certain parts of the world talking. After our discussion, Mario invited me to join his project. We will talk in two weeks when he is back from his trip. I will keep you blogged in on this piece of news.
These lectures take place once a year in Toronto, if your interested, bookmark CGD to be reminded of their upcoming events.