Canadian Screen Awards 2014 – Gala 2

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Okay, I had a much different post planned, but then I got caught up doing stuff for my day job (you know, the one that pays me), and am quickly running out of day, so I’ve decided instead to just list as many highlights as I can think of to share with you all!  The press room view was much the same as described by Tim from the evening before, except that this time I was on my own, so there was no one to keep me out of trouble.  ;)

There was definitely a different feel to the night, if only because there were many many many Canadian celebs and icons mingling about.  As I was checking in, I was informed that I’d *just* missed my beloved Seed cast peeps, as they’d been on the red carpet but had headed inside about two minutes prior to my arrival.  So I headed to the press room to grab a bite to eat before the chaos began.

Steve Patterson shouldered the hosting duties again, and seemed to have a good time doing so, especially once he remembered he was now amongst “his people”.  The first few awards were handed out and accepted quickly, and I was happy to see Nicholas Campbell snag the supporting/guest role in a comedic series award for Less Than Kind, because I of course loved him on Haven.  I wonder if he’d ever do our show?  :)

I held my breath for the ladies’ version of the same category, as my ever-adored Laura de Carteret was nominated for her role in Seed.  My disappointment at not hearing her name called as the winner was slightly assuaged by how hysterically funny and energetic Nikki Payne is.  She won for her role in Satisfaction, and her acceptance speech cracked me up so much that I was able to settle in and enjoy the rest of my night with a grin on my face.

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So – further highlights?

Sean Cullen KILLED IT, every single moment he was on stage.  He’d accepted an award for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series for Almost Naked Animals really early in the evening, and that was funny enough, but then watching him hand out awards in the writing categories was almost more fun than I could bear.  I was laughing and tweeting my appreciation as much as possible, because I could have watched him riff on things all night long.

Degrassi’s Stefan Brogren won one of the directing awards, and I’m pretty sure he gave the best speech of the night.  If not the best, then he at least had the most prolific use of the f-word I’ve encountered in quite awhile – and definitely the greatest parting line ever before he was Jaws-themed off the stage!  I won’t quote it here, but lets just say it involved our Mayor.  ;)

Meg Tilly is always a highlight in my world, and last night was no exception.  She handed out a group of awards after the break, and – okay, first of all, she looked amazing!  Her hair is gorgeous, her dress was stunning, and her smile just lights up a room on the darkest of days, anyway, so…yeah.  She was amazing.  I was dutifully taking notes on who all the winners were as we went along, but then we got to the Costume Design category, and from there I started to lose my mind.  The nominees were read out, and Bomb Girls was one of them.  I stared at the screen in the press room, oblivious to the rest of the press peeps around me, and watched Meg tear open the envelope to announce the winner.  She gasped, and my right arm flew into the air for a victorious fist pump (because I was suddenly transformed into Judd Nelson at the end of The Breakfast Club).  By the time she called out “BOMB GIRLS!” as the winner, I was whooping and applauding.

I was the only person in the press room who whooped and fist-pumped my way through the rest of the awards ceremony.  I blame the Steam Whistle.  :)

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We are blurry from excitement.

Flash-forward a few more awards, and suddenly people I sort of know went on a run.  There was a whole Orphan Black parade of winners, kicking off with one Natalie Lisinska.  Sue’s arms fly into the air and a mental plan on when to meet Natalie in the interview room begins.  Jordan Gavaris’ name is called – Sue’s arms flail again and the plan is amended slightly.  Maria Doyle Kennedy wins Supporting Actress in a Drama for Orphan Black, and I’ve officially lost my shit.  I pack up my stuff and head to the interview area, just ahead of Natalie’s arrival, and settle in for a few quick greetings, if possible.

I decide to try and catch up with the mad tweeting going on as the Clone Club deserved to be freaking out with my by proxy, so in trying to keep up with the tweets coming out of the CSA’s official feed, I learn that Katie Boland has just won for Long Story, Short!  Holy hell!

THEN Bomb Girls takes home their second award of the evening, this time for Best Achievement in Casting, and I can’t even process anything anymore.  I start snapping selfies with Natalie and Katie and their awards, I babble something to Jordan as part of an elongated congratulations, and he helps by actually remembering when we first met, so that was awesome, too.

After that mini-mind-flail, I headed back to the TV/food room and watched the rest of the ceremony while trying to settle the heck down.  Met some fellow media-types with whom I shared a table and some laughs over the course of the night, and worshipped at the altar of Colm Feore, who received the Earle Grey Award earlier in the evening, and accepted it with the grace and general wonderfulness that one would expect from such a genuine and talented guy.

Also, Dave Foley NOT promoting the premiere of his new series, Spun Out (premiering tonight on CTV), cracked me up to no end!

All in all, it was a fantastic evening once again, and Tim and I are both so excited for Sunday that we can hardly wait!

Make sure to catch all the action and antics from the broadcast gala of the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards on CBC starting at 8pm.  In the meantime, you can catch up on all the winners from the week so far right here.

Until then, and always, “we’re on each other’s screens”.

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Darknet Episode 1

darknetWebseries are proving to be an awesome thing, as well as using various media platforms to promote your series, or product, and it looks like another brilliantly executed one has joined the already illustrious ranks, in the form of Darknet. Located at Darknetfiles.com the new series promises to be creepy, bloody and filled with names you may very well recognize.

The pilot episode dropped on Halloween, but I didn’t have a spare moment to get through the first episode until now, and it was so worth it!

Clocking in at 25 minutes, this is a delightfully well-crafted unnerving horror that has set the stage nicely for the rest of the anthology series.

I cannot wait!

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I don’t want to give away too much, otherwise you lose a lot of the surprises, but here’s the gist of the first episode… and no I will not explain how it all ties together, that’s part of the cool factor!

The first episode has appearances by David Hewlett, Dewshane Williams, and Michelle Alexander.

Hewlett plays a man who comes across something completely unexpected in a storage locker on a very clean looking Simcoe Street underpass, Michelle Alexander, a single woman, uses a nanny cam to investigate her apartment when she’s not there, as she is convinced someone else is in there, and Dewshane plays a friend of a pizza delivery driver who may have discovered proof of a murder…

The first episode was written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, the writer/director of the genre favorite Cube, and future episodes will have recognizable names and faces as well like Katie Boland and Bomb Girls’ Carlyn Burchell!

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The one thing it has really done for me, is make Toronto that much creepier. This city has moments when it can be a little scary, look at our mayor for crying out loud! But this added tweak, makes it that much spookier and frightening, and fires the imagination. Something I really like when a horror film does that – takes a place I know, and makes it ominous and frightening.

I also like the website design, and how it ties in with the episode you’re watching.

I do think that this series will be going some very dark places, and be alternately scary, bloody and creepy.

I say bring it!

If you consider yourself a horror buff, take a look at this one and let me know what you think. It was definitely a lot of fun, even the creeping tension as Hewlett’s character moves from locker to locker is truly unnerving, I was muttering to myself, saying, just walk away pal, just walk away!

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And of course the final segment is especially creepy after this poor woman, who has been convinced that some strange man is in her house (he’s eaten her food and left the toilet seat up), the final moments are just shocking!

This is smart, fun, and bloody horror, and Darknet will find itself very welcome on this blog!

Keep them coming!!!

The bad news is that the rest of the season will be airing exclusively on Superchannel, with segments finding their way onto Darknet. Still I’m going to be keeping an eye out for this when the series goes to air January 24th, and hopefully find myself creeped out through the course of the 6 episodes.

Have you seen the pilot yet?

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TIFF 2013: Gerontophilia – Bruce La Bruce

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I wanted to see this one primarily because the lovely and talented Katie Boland is in it, and additionally because there really aren’t many films out there which examine the gerontophilia fetish – certainly not from such an intimate and beautiful standpoint, at any rate. As director Bruce La Bruce stated during the Q&A after the screening, the fetish comes first and foremost in this tale, but at the end of the day, it’s also a love story at heart – and a romantic comedy of sorts.

Young Lake (Pier-Gabriel Lajoie) slowly discovers that he seems to have a fetish for elderly people – primarily men. His mother is kind of a mess when it comes to dating and relationships, and his girlfriend, Desiree (Katie Boland), is in love with people (primarily women) who she sees as revolutionary in some way. After an incident at a pool where guy is lifeguarding, his mom lands him a job at a care facility for the elderly, and things kind of take off quickly for him from there. He meets, pursues and eventually falls in love with Mr. Peabody (Walter Borden), a resident whose son doesn’t visit much at all, and who appears at times to be far too medicated by the doctors and nurses responsible for his care. Concerned for Mr. Peabody’s health, Lake breaks him out of the nursing home, loads him into his car, and makes for the Pacific so that Peabody can dip his toes into the ocean once more. It’s a long drive across the country, however, and the unlikely pair continue to grow their relationship, even as events continue to unfold which stand in the way of their being together.

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I found it hard to buy into Gerontophilia for the first while as, to me, the desire to have sex with someone comes from a place of knowing and liking the object of my affection. I wouldn’t sleep with any woman just because I’m gay, nor would I want to – the attraction comes from our interactions with one another, and is strongest usually if I feel the other person is attracted to me in particular. So watching this young guy ogle every older person just because they are old made it difficult for me to relate to him. Additionally, Lake’s need for sexual encounters regardless of who they were with seemed superficial to me – almost dangerous, even, as though he couldn’t walk down a street without mentally raping every old person who crossed his path. For me, there’s always been a difference between attraction and the NEED to fulfill it.

Later on in the film, however, it was apparent that Lake and Peabody were actually falling in love with one another, and it was a mutually beneficial relationship – as much as it could be for two fellas on the road, at least. Also, as an actor, Lajoie in particular has such an earnest, expressive face that one couldn’t help but buy into his character completely. He was easy to empathize with – relate to – and it was that open and honest quality that pulled the whole film together for me in the end. Plus – did I mention Katie Boland? That girl is positively hypnotic every moment she spends on screen, so even if she’d been the only thing I enjoyed about the film, it would have been enough. However, incredibly strong and brave performances from Lajoie and Borden also worked to elevate this gentle and gorgeous film.

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TIFF- Short Cuts Canada Programme 3

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Screening today at the Lightbox at 10pm and tomorrow at 2:45pm is the next installment of Shorts for this year’s TIFF. The first two programmes have been filled with delightful surprises and some wonderful pieces and this collection is no different featuring a variety of pieces that are stunningly beautiful to watch.

We Wanted More by Stephen Dunn features Christine Horne, in a fantastic performance as Hannah a singer on the eve of a world tour who is wondering about the road not taken – a family and children. When she begins to lose her voice, a child arrives in the form of Skyler Wexler. We follow Hannah as she confronts what must be done if she wants to continue living her own life…

Candy, made by Cassandra Cronenberg, follows the sexual escapades and addictions as well as accepting them or abusing of them, in the course of one night, in a sharply crafted film, that doesn’t pull its punches and keeps an objective eye throughout.

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Jimbo by Ryan Flowers is probably my favorite of the bunch in this programme. A documentary, the film follows Ryan’s friendship with Jimmy Leung, who dreams of making it big like his heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron, all while battling mental illness. It’s touching, funny, and shows that films touch and inspire us all. From working on their elevator pitch to filming excerpts from Jimmy’s scripts, there’s a magic and honesty to the film that resonates with every one of us who dreams of making films.

Portrait as a Random Act of Violence from Randall Okita features the creation of art from a violent act as only a creative artist could. There is violence, destruction, resurrection and beauty, all contained within this film, and its sculpture. Beautiful and stunning.

Method, the short film from Gregory Smith, features Shawn Doyle as an actor trying to get through a tough scene that features him as a cop during an interrogation. He can’t seem to get his groove, or find his way into the scene until a trip to a coffee shop helps bring everything into sharp focus. This one is funny, tense, and features an appearance by the wonderful Katie Boland!

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In Guns We Trust is a short documentary from Nicolas Levesque about the small town of Kenneswa, Georgia. A place I would never be comfortable in… This is a small town that requires, by law, that the master or mistress of the house own and know how to use a firearm. That means, every home in the town has a gun in it. They say crime has gone down, and stayed down for the past 30 years, but owning a gun shouldn’t be a law, it should be a choice. It’s an interesting look at this town filled with gorgeous black and white photography.

Der Untermensch is a dance film by Kays Mejri, that is starkly photographed, and looks brilliant, as the film’s subject and its choreographer Simon Vermeulen, moves to the film’s beat, in an expressionistic interpretation of violence and repression.

As always, don’t let the fact that you aren’t in Toronto dissuade you from checking out some of these fantastic pieces, remember, you’ll be able to check some of them out on the TIFF 2013 YoutTube, bookmark it, check it regularly, and watch it here!

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Katie Boland!

It’s no secret that Sue and I adore Katie, she’s a wonderfully talented actress, gifted, funny, and just so darned likable. If you missed her over on the Smithee.TV site, have a look at her here as she talks about her work on The Master, Sex After Kids, working with her mom Gail Harvey on Long Story Short, and life in general.

Sex After Kids – Cast & Crew Screening

sak1I loved The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, both Sue and I have made no secret of our love for that film. We both ranked it as one of our favorite films of 2011, but my friend Jeremy LaLonde, with his latest creation, Sex After Kids, has made a film that is leaps and bounds ahead of his previous outing.

He has expanded the canvas of his creative world on screen, Paul Shepherd was shot as a faux documentary, in effect, making the camera one of the characters by it’s presence, Sex After Kids is just pure film and storytelling. In my mind, I drew this  comparison, TUWOPS is 35mm, Sex After Kids pushes the curtains to the edge of the theatre and sweeps out to full 70mm. Awesome-Sauce!

Without going into too much detail, this film comes down to being one of the most perfectly crafted romantic-comedy-dramas I have ever seen, it’s easily in my top 5 relationship movies ever! The cast is amazing, and is a who’s who of brilliance, Kate Hewlett, Paul Amos, Mary Krohnert, Gordon Pinsent, Amanda Brugel, Ennis Esmer, Zoie Palmer, Kris Holden-Ried, Shannon Beckner, Jay Brazeau, Katie Boland, Peter Keleghan, Mimi Kuzyk, David Tompa and Kristin Booth.

There’s not an off-note, a missed opportunity, or bad performance, while admittedly most of the characters are quirky, they always seemed to be grounded in the reality created by the film. The writing, as we’ve come to expect from Jeremy is top-notch, it’s tightly edited, and completely engrossing and entertaining. Only two weeks into 2013, and I think I may have already found my favorite film of the year.

I’m not going to give any plot points, or storylines away, I want the viewers – watch for it at Film Festivals first! – to have the same wonderful experience without spoilers. At it’s heart the film follows a number of couples, all played by some of  the most engaging and wonderful performers, a high standard Jeremy established behind the camera as well, with his fantastic crew.

onsetLike the title says, the film explores relationships after kids have been added to the mix, it deals with themes of what defines a family, fidelity, single parents, and empty nests. At its heart Jeremy has written a love letter to parents everywhere.

Funded by his very succesful Indiegogo campaign, and he thanks all of his contributors in the credits, Jeremy and company, including producer Jennifer Liao who has a surprise cameo to watch out for, have put a beautifully shot film on the big screen. Making use of the Red Epic camera, the high-definition image showed that not only can Jeremy write a script but in conjunction with co-cinematographers Ann Tipper and Zach Melnick he can capture some truly lovely images.

The Cast and Crew screening held at The Royal Cinema in Toronto erupted in cheers and applause at the film’s end, after laughing, and clapping their way in enjoyment through the cinematic landscape. Most of the cast were in attendance for the the Q&A session with Jeremy after the film’s end, before we all had to clear out, and meet up for the After Screening party.

Cast and crew intermingled with contributors and fans, chatting, laughing, swapping stories and making for a fantastic end to the evening.

Sex After Kids will have its international premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, but watch the festival circuit, because if it gets to your area, this one is a must!

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The Mind Reels… Now On Smithee.TV

So where are all the new podcasts from your favorite film-loving duo? Well, in case you missed it, Sue and I are over on Smithee.TV – in a brand new studio!! We’ve got new guests, and returning guests, and lots to come! So if you enjoyed listening to us chat with those people you love, you should see us in action.

Join Sue and I for lots and lots of laughs, stories and fun.

Here’s a breakdown of our episodes so far, to whet your appetite…

Episode 1 – Anna & Seth. That’s right my friends, we got another chance to talk with the lovely and endearing Anna Silk, star of the hit series Lost Girl, and her equally fantastic husband Seth Cooperman. We chat briefly about the upcoming launch of Lost Girl Season 3, Seth’s awesome project he has in development (I’ll let him tell you about it), cats, travel, and whether or not Anna has days where she just wants to wear sweats…

Episode 2 – Chloe & Kiowa. Taped the same day as our chat with Anna and Seth, we were then joined in the studio by the stars of Lesser Blessed, which was showing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Chloe Rose is one of the stars of Degrassi, and Kiowa Gordon shot to fame as Embry in the Twilight film series. In our chat we talk about Lesser Blessed, their respective careers, video games, and passing on tweets to Taylor Lautner.

Episode 3 – Katie Boland. It’s no secret that both Sue and I adore Katie, she’s a genuinely wonderful and talented person and we’re lucky to know her. We chat about her work in The Master, working with her mother Gail Harvey on the upcoming web-series Long Story Short, and of course the upcoming film from Jeremy LaLonde – Sex After Kids. And let’s be honest any chance to sit down and talk with Katie, we’ll take it.

Episode 4 – Jeremy LaLonde. Ahh Jeremy. If he hadn’t said yes to being our first interview, would Sue and I be where we are today? Hmmm. Much like Katie any chance to sit and talk with Jeremy we’ll take. We talk about Sex After Kids, Paul Shepard, his cast, his writing, things that scare us. I will admit, I was not at my best in this episode, so please forgive me :)

Episode 5 - Rodrigo Gudino of Rue Morgue. This was a great chat. Rodrigo joins Sue and I to talk about founding his magazine Rue Morgue, film festivals, spooky movies, Vanessa Redgrave and his creepy and beautiful film, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh.

Episode 6 – Pornstar Unplugged. Obviously lots of adult content in this one. Sue and I hurt from laughing and smiling so much after this one. We are joined in the studio by the adorable Supinder Wraich, from the brilliant web-series Guidestones, to talk about her new web-series Pornstar. She was joined by her co-star and filmmaker Sam Coyle, who is equally funny and engaging. The two of them are brilliant together, and you can tell that the four of us were truly having a good time. So as long as you aren’t much of a prude, check this one out!

Check out our Facebook page here, SmitheeTV here, the official SmitheeTV site, and Twitter.

Meanwhile in the Smithee.TV Studios…

Hey Folks!

To share in some of the excitment of everything that is going on with Sue and I right now, and the fact that it’s the 1 year anniversary of The Mind Reels today…

We thought we’d share some pics from our episode shoots in the Smithee.TV studios, watch for our faces on the page soon, as well as these episodes, and MORE!!!!

So here’s our first studio shoot with the AMAZING Anna Silk, and the equally AWESOME Seth Cooperman!

Then we chatted with the VERY FUNNY Kiowa Gordon and EXCELLENT Chloe Rose…

And most recently we were joined by returning guest, the ENDEARING Katie Boland…

And we’re just getting started! Wait til you see who else will be in the studios with us!

Thank you all for making our first year so amazing! Let’s do all that and more in the year to come!!!

Happy 1st Birthday for The Mind Reels!

When I was younger, physically and chronologically, not mentally, I often thought about talking and working with people in the entertainment industry. I also thought about being a starship captain like James T. Kirk or walking with dinosaurs, but hey, one dream at a time.

Growing up, I was not necessarily an outsider, but I was often on the fringes of my school groups, I wasn’t necessarily the ‘weird kid’, I was just interested in different things. They liked the movie where such and such happened. I may have liked the same film, but I was always more interested in how the such and such happened on the big screen, the story behind the story. And that’s what I wanted to do with my life, maybe write, maybe direct, maybe even act!

Life, as it tends to, got in the way, and I found myself manning the counter of two of the bigger names in home video rentals, and watched the transition from VHS to DVD, and DVD to Blu-Ray.

It wasn’t til last year, as my 40th Birthday leaned threateningly over the horizon, that someone dear to my heart (you know who you are) pushed and nudged me, insisting I do something with my love of film, television and pop culture. I toyed with the idea as I crawled into bed that night, and just as I was drifting to sleep, my eyes snapped open, and I turned the lights back on, jotting down a title on the notepad I keep next to my bed. ‘The Mind Reels.’ I liked it. It worked. And it worked on a couple of levels. Brilliant I thought.

The next morning, I ran the idea past one of my best friends, Sue, and convinced her (it didn’t take a lot) to partner up with me on this idea. I sought out the advice of where the best place was to start up a blog, and got some advice on podcasting from my friend Ryan, and boom.

Within 24 hours, The Mind Reels had been created.

And now here we are.

1 year later.

And what a year this has been, this blog and our podcast, has taken off beyond any of the dreams I had for the first year. I’ve met some amazing people, some I’m lucky enough now to call my friends, seen tons of movies and TV. I do need to do a little more in the book department (I’m constantly reading – I just never make a post about them, I’ll see about changing that) and yet for all that we’re constantly expanding.

We’ve covered film festivals (thank you Hot Docs! WorldWide Short Film Festival, Toronto After Dark Summer Nights), we’ve covered conventions (Niagara Fall Comic Con, Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, and Fan Expo!) we’ve been to screenings, set visits (Sex After Kids, Pete Winning & The Pirates) and then, there’s the podcasts!

We’re now featured on the internet channel Smithee.TV and Sue and I are constantly looking at one another with dumbstruck looks on our faces… how did this happen?

Our friend Ryan, whose own website is brilliant, gave me all kinds of advice on podcasts, and then after that very important screening of The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, which we did to support our love of Lost Girl, and it’s cast members Zoie Palmer and Kris Holden-Ried who were both in it, the world of interviews opened up to us thanks to one man… Jeremy LaLonde.

We took a chance, and contacted him and asked him if there was any conceivable way that he would meet us for an interview.

And he surprised us both when he said yes.

I mean, we were shocked! I mean honestly… who were we? Just a couple of people who were interested in films, admittedly I had written a raving review of Paul Shepard (SUCH A GOOD MOVIE!!!).

But Jeremy, one of the people I know count myself lucky to call a friend, told us that in most cases, interviews would be ours for the asking. You just have to find the right route, the right contacts, and network. This year has seen a lot of that.

And look how it’s paid off for us, what a guest list we’ve had… IN OUR FIRST YEAR!!! Jeremy LaLonde, Beth Beard, Christine Horne, Katie Boland, Anna Silk, Rick Howland, Nadia Bassett, Tanya Lemke, Jodi Anne Balfour, Victor Webster, Ali Liebert, Mary Krohnert, Charlotte Hegele, KC Collins, Natasha Eloi, Emily Schooley, Sandra DaCosta, Devon Bostick, Tim Doiron, April Mullen, Amanda Brugel, Mary Krohnert, Anthony Grani, Kate Hewlett, Tony Amendola, Miracle Laurie, Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, Huse Madhavji, Paul Amos, Stacie Mistysyn, Sean Cisterna, Supinder Wraich, Dan Fox, Jay Ferguson, Lucas Bryant, Casey Hudecki, Nina Conti, Ryan Goldhar, Lance Guest, Catherine Mary Stewart, Sylvia Caminer, Melanie Lentz-Janney, Clay Peterson, Michael Harmon, Michael MacLennan, Adrienne Mitchell, Janis Lundman, Rebecca Sandulak, Tanis Rideout, Simon Racioppa, Tony Todd, Jamie Bamber, Daniska Esterhazy, Bruce Sweeney, Chloe Rose, Seth Cooperman, Ashley Hirt, Rebecca Gibson, Kiowa Gordon and Meg Tilly.

HOLY CRAP!

Thank you, each and every one of you! You have made such a huge impact on myself and Sue, you’ve come on our show, you’ve made us feel like friends and family, and you’ve spread the enjoyment you’ve had with us to others.

And THIS has just been our first year doing interviews and podcasts!

Now we’ve moved into our full studio, soon to be podcasting live and our guest list seems to be growing, and we’ve got so many amazing things in the works, familiar faces and friends will be back, as will new and amazing guests. Who would you like to see come on the show? I have a dream list that I am constantly updating, and I’m really starting to dream big! I’d love to chat with Steven Moffat, or Steven Spielberg! I’d love to kick back and laugh and have a chinwag with Tom Hanks! But you know what?

I wouldn’t change a thing about any of the interviews we’ve had. Every single one of them has been FANTASTIC, and I truly believe that once they realized we weren’t your usual interview, they all had a great time, and just relaxed and opened up.

In fact, that is my favorite moment in each and every interview, the point that I constantly bring up with Sue in our post-interview talk… I love when each and every guest reaches that relaxation point and just chats to us. They openly relax, we’ve got them to relax by talking about something like their favourite movie, and then we’re just chatting and laughing with one another. That is always my favourite part.

Everybody does interviews, we’ve always been more interested in having a conversation.

It’s literally been a whirlwind, and Sue and I are right there in the center of it. It’s been amazing!

And people read our posts, people listen to our interviews!

That still amazes us, and from the bottom of our hearts, I thank each and every one of you. You read what we write, you retweet it, you respond to it, you tweet us your thoughts about what we’ve shared, you’ve helped us chase down interviews, and we’ve been lucky enough to meet some of you in person.

We have been so fortunate with the people who have come to our website.

So, with my eyes a little teary as I write this…

Thank you.

Thank you so much.

And for me personally, Thank you for letting me do what I’ve always wanted to do, and letting me know that I’m not wasting my time with it.

As we move into our second year, I have high hopes, aspirations and dreams for what’s to come for The Mind Reels, and I know it’s not going to be easy, we’re going to have to work at it, to make it be all that it can! To push ourselves, to chase down leads on stories and interviews. It’s really hard work, but it’s paying off, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it. Because I do.

I’m looking forward to many more birthday celebrations for The Mind Reels, looking back on what we’ve done, and going boldly forward to our next goals, challenges, and oh, all those amazing people we get to meet.