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Toronto Film Fest Puts Spotlight on Need for Female Filmmakers and Their Stories

Toronto Film Fest Puts Spotlight on Need for Female Filmmakers and Their Stories

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

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Actor Geena Davis and actor and filmmaker Nandita Das share a laugh onstage during the Share Her Journey Rally in Toronto, Saturday, Sept, 8, 2018. Share Her Journey is a campaign organized by the Toronto International Film Festival to empower women in film. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marta Iwanek)

TORONTO – Red carpet glitz and celebrity ogling were momentarily supplanted by chants of “Women rock!” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, when hundreds of film fans and filmmakers gathered to demand gender parity at a rousing street rally.

Speakers including actress and activist Geena Davis, inclusion expert Dr. Stacy L. Smith, actress Amanda Brugel and actress and #AfterMeToo co-founder Mia Kirshner issued a clarion call to directors, producers, writers, financiers and executives to support female voices.

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‘A Life on the Line’: Manitoba Filmmaker Returns to Rural Roots

‘A Life on the Line’: Manitoba Filmmaker Returns to Rural Roots

By RoseAnna Schick (@ras_creative)

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A Life on the Line premieres January 14 at 6 p.m. on APTN. (A LIFE ON THE LINE / HANDOUT)
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Filmmaker Sam Karney revisits his roots in the one-hour documentary. (A LIFE ON THE LINE / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — When Sam Karney set out to make a news piece about his father’s trapline, he unknowingly set the course for something much larger. This weekend, his one-hour documentary “A Life on the Line” debuts on APTN, revealing what turned out to be a heart-warming story about reconnecting with family, tradition, and history.

“For as long as I can remember, fur trapping has been in my life,” says Karney, a Métis filmmaker from Roblin, Manitoba. “My dad Chuck started working on a trapline when I was very young, so to me, the sights and smells became everyday things.”

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