Burgers and burnout
Norman Jewison was in a bubbly mood at the CFC bbq.
“Here we are again, and the rain’s held out” proclaimed Norman Jewison at this year's Canadian Film Centre barbecue. The annual fete remains a pretty big draw for the Canadian industry, and despite grey skies, the turnout was strong as usual. TIFF burnout was being grumbled about my many, usually followed by an immediate beeline to the food stations – the Lick’s Burgers were a hit — as plenty of folks were out until the wee hours, but dutifully got up and made their way there.
Jewison spoke about how the CFC now has 1,300 alumni, with 40 of them being involved with films in this year’s fest. As well, they should have been in a celebratory mood, as Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism and Culture announced $9 million in funding for the CFC.
There were several Canadian celebs in the house including Gordon Pinsent, Kathleen Robertson, Tara Spencer-Nairn and Deborah Kara Unger. The music was provided by Whaletooth and “the” Tokyo Police Club. All in all, a fine, fun afternoon.