Author Archives: Sonia Sakamoto-Jog

MODRA plays this week at the Royal

I attended the Opening Night screening of Ingrid Veninger’s MODRA on Friday at the Royal. The film premiered at TIFF this year to rave reviews, and we met Veninger when she generously agreed to work the winning Pitch Team, A … Continue reading

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Honolulu and Vancouver visit

I took a glorious 10 day vacation to Honolulu and Vancouver, and had a chance to catch up with some old and great friends. Kevin Lim, former RA staff, is now a PhD student at the University of Hawaii in … Continue reading

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Celebrating Canada’s Top Ten at Yuzu

Last night, Heather, Joyce and I had dinner at Yuzu with 2 of Canada’s Top Ten – Deborah Chow (High Cost of Living) and Lixin Fan (Last Train Home). It was a treat to have a relaxed meal with these … Continue reading

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Casting Panel at Canada’s Top Ten

TIFF celebrates the best films of the year with its annual Top Ten selections – which felt especially significant this year with all events and screenings taking place in the Lightbox. Joyce and I attended Friday’s casting panel which included … Continue reading

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I’ll Be White For You

Joyce and I spent a hilarious night with Asiansploitation last night at the encore presentation of their Fringe Show “Spanks the Tiger” – there is nothing better than self-deprecating Asian humour to the tune of Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make … Continue reading

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“The Slumdog Millionaire of Documentaries” – WASTE LAND

One of my festival favourites this year was MOUNTAIN THIEF, filmed in the dumpsite town of Payatas in the Philippines and showing the hope and beauty that can be found amidst mountains of trash. WASTE LAND continues on this theme … Continue reading

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“After the Festival”

After all the build up, it is totally surreal to me that the festival is over!  I sit here at my desk in the quiet office – no interns, no phone calls, no badge pickups, no banner deliveries, no guest … Continue reading

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T-1

Last post before the festival!  It’s a bit like Christmas Eve – the anticipation is too much to bear. Opening, Closing, and TOILET are sold out – wow.  Tomorrow’s going to be wild. The office is cleared out of much … Continue reading

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T-2

I was hoping to take a day off today to get some downtime before the festival, but I realize that that was probably an optimistic expectation!  I did manage to do my work from home in my flannels which feels … Continue reading

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ED’s picks

If you’re not sure yet what to see, these are my suggestions – they’re not the ones with all the buzz, so you might miss them if you’re not reading carefully. If you’re the kind of person who wants to … Continue reading

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