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The Second Time Around

in Canadian theatres March 24, 2017

February 21 2017

February 21, 2017 (Toronto) - In this heart-warming story full of hope, dreams and second chances, two seniors meet and discover that it's never too late to fall in love again. Already an audience favourite at numerous festivals, including the Whistler Film Festival, U.K. International Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta JFF, and more - The Second Time Around opens March 24 in Toronto at The Varsity Cinema; in Montreal at the Forum; and in Vancouver at the Fifth Avenue.

Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life

World Premiere at TIFF

August 26 2016

Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life
(Acqua e Zucchero: Carlo Di Palma, i colori della vita)
Directed by Fariborz Kamkari

A galaxy of cinema luminaries — from Ken Loach and Ettore Scola to Wim Wenders and Bernardo Bertolucci — pay tribute to the great Italian cinematographer Carlo di Palma, in this loving documentary that chronicles di Palma’s extraordinary work for such directors as Elio Petri, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Woody Allen.

In the Shadow of the Hill

World Premiere at Hot Docs

March 29 2016

Toronto, March 29, 2016 - IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILL is a timely and relevant feature length documentary that serves compelling evidence as to the extent of crime and corruption in modern day Brazil. Helmed by first-time director Daniel Jackson, the film puts the spotlight on the spirit of solidarity and resilience of the residents of Rocinha, Brazil's largest favela - where one man's disappearance galvanizes an inspiring movement to rally against the ruthless state oppression.

Between 2007 and 2013, ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, 38,000 people mysteriously disappeared from Rio de Janeiro, the vast majority being black males from the city's densely populated slums or 'favelas'. When Brazil was awarded the FIFA World Cup in 2007, the government introduced a program to 'pacify' favelas, aimed at retaking territories previously controlled by heavily armed drug trafficking armies. Using an elite military police squad called BOPE for the clean-up, in November 2011 Rocinha was seized without a single shot fired.

The dramatic story of a local man believed to have been tortured and murdered by authorities is at the centre of this film. Shortly after the 'pacification' - reports began to emerge of rampant police abuse, which culminated in the disappearance of a local bricklayer, Amarildo de Souza. Mistaken for a drug dealer, Amarildo was last seen being taken by the police for questioning. In the face of pervasive, and state-sanctioned brutal oppression, indicative of a larger conspiracy at play, the community mounted a large-scale protest movement, bringing together rich and poor while pushing Brazil's epidemic of missing persons to the centre of international attention.

Legendary Paint Guru Annie Sloan visits Canada

Live appearance on the Celebrity Stage at National Home Show

February 03 2016

Creative paint guru and trained fine artist, Annie Sloan, known worldwide for her Chalk Paint™, books, and style, is delighted to appear at North America's Largest Home and Garden Event, the National Home Show, located in Toronto. Annie will appear on the Unilock Celebrity Stage on March 13 at 11 am - and on the Ideas Stage on March 12 at 2:30 PM and March 13 at 1:30 PM.

In addition to talking about what inspires her and how to put a personal stamp on your home, she will unveil exciting new products to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of her line of decorative paint, Chalk Paint™. And as you would expect from the 'Queen of Paint', there will be 'Paint Your Own' ideas and a host of practical tips on how to achieve the looks in your own home.

Mike Mcleod reprises his award-winning role on Season 2 of Forgive Me

Premiering October 11, 8:00 pm on Super Channel

October 01 2015

SERIES FOLLOWS A YOUNG PRIEST IMMERSED IN THE VERY PRIVATE LIVES OF HIS CONGREGANTS WHILE TRYING TO PROTECT HIS OWN SECRET

TORONTO (October 1, 2015) - - Halifax-based Emotion Pictures is proud to announce that Mike Mcleod will reprise his award-winning leading role on Season 2 of the original Canadian TV series, FORGIVE ME. Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst, 3 Needles, The Hanging Garden), this innovative TV series will premiere on Super Channel on October 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET and will also be available on Super Channel on Demand the following day.

FORGIVE ME is a bold half-hour TV series that breaks the seal of the Catholic confessional. It follows a young priest straining under the ever-growing weight of his congregant's confessions while trying to protect a secret of his own that could put his calling in peril. Season 2 sees the return of rising star Mike McLeod as The Priest, a role which earned him an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role in a drama series, and a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Season 1.

The Globe and Mail praised McLeod's performance as "superb", noted "a visual sumptuousness that's startling" and called the series "a powerful 30 minutes of television." The Winnipeg Free Press said: "The confessional-confined dialogue is smart, and the stripped-down performances are seamlessly delivered and punctuated with moments of pure, stark, painful honesty."