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CNN Selects Audrey Guth, Founder of Nanny Angel Network As 2014 'CNN Hero'

March 28 2014

Audrey Guth has been named an official 2014 'CNN Hero' for her ongoing work providing free relief childcare to mothers with cancer.

Nanny Angel Network is proud to announce that its founder and executive director, Audrey Guth has been named an official CNN Hero for her ongoing work providing free relief childcare to mothers with cancer. Now in its eighth year, CNN Heroes is a global, year-long initiative that honours everyday people for their selfless, creative efforts to help others.

Audrey Guth founded the Nanny Angel Network in 2008 to provide free, in-home childcare relief to mothers undergoing cancer treatment in Toronto and the surrounding area. The trained volunteer Nannies care for children 12 years and under and provide timely, compassionate support to families throughout treatment, recovery, palliative care and bereavement. Nanny Angel Network envisions a world where every mother with cancer receives the care she needs for her children so that she doesn't feel alone during cancer treatment and she can care for herself, rest and recover from her treatment. The network offers Nanny Angels, who are professional, experienced childcare providers who volunteer their time so that mothers with cancer know their children are well cared for while they go to appointments, get some much needed rest or simply have time for themselves.

Each week, a CNN Hero is profiled on the global networks of CNN and CNN.com. The 2014 Top 10 CNN Heroes will be announced this fall. From the Top 10, viewers select the CNN Hero of the Year via online voting. The CNN Hero of the Year will be revealed during "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" this fall, hosted by Anderson Cooper. Each of the top 10 receives $25,000. The Hero of the Year receives an additional $100,000.

Click to read about Audrey's story.

The Girl King Goes Into Production

Directed by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki

February 10 2014

The Girl King (La Reine garçon) the story of Queen Kristina of Sweden, starts principal photography on February 11. The film is directed by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki and boasts an international cast including Malin Buska (Sweden) in the title role as well as Sarah Gadon (Canada), Michael Nyqvist (Sweden), Hippolyte Girardot (France) and Martina Gedeck (Germany), who are joined by Canadian actors Lucas Bryant and François Arnaud.

Principal Photography takes place in Turku in west Finland with additional locations in Sweden and Germany. The Girl King is an international co-production between Finland (Marianna Films), Canada (Triptych Media and Galafilm), Germany (Starhaus Filmproduktion) and Sweden (Anagram). International sales are handled by The Yellow Affair.

Based on the life of one of the most iconic queens in history, The Girl King is an original screenplay written by award-winning screenwriter and playwright Michel Marc Bouchard (Tom à La Ferme / Tom At The Farm, Lilies) with the English language version by Linda Gaboriau. He also created the successful stage play inspired by Kristina, Christine, la reine garçon, which premiered in 2012.

Acoustics With Design Introduces 'Wobedo' Decorative Acoustic Panels

Launching at the Canadian Market at IDS14

January 17 2014

TORONTO, ON, January 17, 2014 - - ACOUSTICS WITH DESIGN, a newly launched company focused on bringing visually enhancing products to the Canadian acoustics sector, today announced its plan to offer a stunning line of decorative sound absorbing wall panels by Wobedo of Sweden to the Canadian marketplace. The decorative acoustic panels, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colours, will be shown for the first time in North America during IDS14, Canada's premier showcase of new products, innovative designers and avant-garde concepts, from January 23-26 in Toronto.

Acoustic panels are employed to make noisy rooms more comfortable by absorbing some of the sound and thereby reducing its reverberation time, or in lay language, the "echo". While acoustic panelling is common in large spaces such as auditoriums and arenas, these new decorative panels are ideal for smaller rooms and areas, such as restaurants and bars, boardrooms, meeting rooms, offices, workspaces, study areas, home theatres, playrooms and living areas, to reduce excessive noise reverberation while at the same time beautifying the décor.

2nd Edition of Italian Contemporary Film Festival Announces Winners

July 08 2013

TORONTO, ON - July 8, 2013 - - The 2nd edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, presented by IC Savings, drew to a close on Saturday night with the announcement of the ICFF Awards, the screening of Silvio Soldini's Come Undone and a post-screening Gala at Andrew Richard Designs.

The closing ceremony marked a successful 11-day festival, which began June 26 and showcased a diverse and vivid selection of 62 Italian and Italian-themed features and shorts, including 32 premieres representing the best in new Italian cinema.

Artistic Director, Cristiano de Florentiis and Managing Director, Maurizio Magnifico were on hand to thank visiting and local filmmakers for their participation, throngs of enthusiastic filmgoers of all ages, sponsors for their patronage and support, and dedicated volunteers for making the second edition of the ICFF a great success.

DOC Announces Recipients of the 2013 "Giving Voice"

Filmmakers Working With Filmmakers Documentary Masters Apprenticeship Program

June 27 2013

TORONTO, June 27, 2013 - The Documentary Organization of Canada | Association des documentaristes du Canada (DOC) and CBC's digital channel documentary are proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 documentary mentorship program - GIVING VOICE: FILMMAKERS WORKING WITH FILMMAKERS. Seven pairs of talented apprentices and established Canadian documentary filmmakers have been chosen to work on a variety of exciting new projects.

"What an embarrassment of riches in this third year of the program!" states Lisa Fitzgibbons, Executive Director of DOC. "There is such a fantastic selection of projects and apprentices and we are excited at the prospect of the program's outcomes. Giving Voice is fostering the development of a wide range of skills across the country and will have far-reaching impact in its capacity building within the Canadian documentary sector. We are grateful to documentary channel for supporting such a unique professional development program."

Eligible projects were reviewed by the Giving Voice Selection Committee, comprised of Chanda Chevannes, Ed Barreveld and Jordana Ross.