In 2012, I woke up to a snowstorm at Sundance and rose to a thunderstorm in Sierra Leone.
My short film, Little Mao, premiered at the TIFF Lightbox and screened at the Facets cinema in Chicago.
I worked on The Beatles Live! Project and helped cover the final Canadian Auto Workers' conference.
I met Irvine Welsh, Danny Glover, Ken Burns and David Chase.
I spoke at TIFF and the CMPA Conference.
I pitched Leone Stars at the Hot Docs Forum.
I visited Chess Records in Chicago and a week later stood before Abbey Road in London.
I saw the sun rise over the Atlantic.
That was 2012.
|January: Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. With Leone Stars co-director Ngardy Conteh. We were both invited to Sundance as Sundance Documentary Fellows to attend workshops and networking meetings.|
|March: Above: In Ottawa to speak about crowdfunding for Leone Stars on a panel at the Canadian Media Producers Association Conference, Prime Time. Right: The Bloor Cinema re-opens.|
April: My short film, Little Mao, receives its world premiere at TIFF Kids at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Three of the four screenings sell-out, and at one nine cast members appear with their families. Actors take part in post-screening Q&As with audiences. (Group photo by Mira Dimovski Budd)
|May: With co-director Ngardy Conteh pitching Leone Stars before international broadcasters at the Hot Docs Forum, only one of four Canadian teams chosen to present. (Photo by Joseph Michael)|
|Summer: I was a researcher on the multiplatform project, The Beatles Live! Project which is compiling fans' homemade movies of The Fab Four's concert tours of 1963-66. Produced in cooperation with The Beatles' Apple Corp.|
|August: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band blow away Toronto at the SkyDome.|
|September: Little Mao plays Cinefest Subury. (Thanks to Marsha Cummings' family for hosting me up there.)|
|October: I programmed the Industry Series of panels and networking events for the Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival. Ticket sales rose this year across the board. The fest took place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Below is the sold-out Networking Lounge which paired filmmakers with funders.|
|October: Little Mao plays the Chicago International Children's Film Festival at the renown Facets cinema. Allan meets fellow filmmakers Julio and Leslie Cabrera (two photos above) and Caru Alves de Souza (immediately above). The bottom was taken at The Bean by Julio. (Great image.)|
|October: At 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chess Records. home of the Chicago Blues...|
|....a week later, standing outside Abbey Road Studios in London, where The Beatles recorded their music.|
November: Days after screening Little Mao in Chicago I joined Ngardy in Sierra Leone to finish filming our documentary, Leone Stars. Cinematographer Colin Akoon and our fixer Hash Magona.
|November: Grey Cup champions, The Toronto Argonauts, give Torontonians something to cheer about during a hockey strike.|