Happy Birthday to The Mind Reels!!

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It has been two years since our inaugral post. Even now, Sue and I look at each other, completely baffled, wondering how we got here?!

We’ve seen and done some amazing things this past year, have chatted to some brilliant folks, made some incredible new friends, and have continued to pursue our love of film, television and books.

If you had told me two years ago that I would be writing a daily blog, interviewing people I admire, visiting sets, and getting to interact with people all over the world who share that same passion, I wouldn’t have believed you.

This year has been stunning for Sue and I, we’ve visited the sets of Bomb Girls, and Murdoch Mysteries (that one will be posted in a few short weeks), we’ve covered film festivals internationally, we’ve been to charity events and conventions. We’ve made friends and acquaintances all over the industry,

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For all that, Sue and I have never lost sight of the fact that we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be given the ride we’re on. We work hard at what we do, we have fun with it, and we like to share that sense and love of fun with everyone we meet.

We also refuse to rest on our laurels, because we certainly haven’t gone as far with this as we can, or plan to. There are changes coming at Smithee, with talk of airing our show ‘Live!’ Something that is alternately thrilling and frightening! We’re always seeking to expand the canvas of our interests, and plan to keep bringing that to the show and our blog.

We know that we wouldn’t be where we are without the support you have all shown us, by reading our posts, watching our show on Smithee.TV, sharing our tweets.

Thank you one and all, for those friends we’ve made the world over, those who are part of the industries we write about, and those who are fans of them just as we are.

The next few weeks have some amazing things coming our way, and we can’t way to share them with you, Shortly, we’ll be posting about our visit to Murdoch Mysteries, as well as other amazing opportunities that are being afforded to us.

So today, we just wanted to thank all of you for reading our blog, watching our show, and letting us into your lives.

Happy Birthday to The Mind Reels, and to paraphrase one of my favorite movies… The Adventure Is Just Beginning.

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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.

The Return of the Lost Podcasts!!

For those of you who followed us on iTunes from the beginning, or went back and downloaded them, I have to apologize.

We had to take 4 of them down to make room for new podcasts, and now that we’ve expanded our service we’ve uploaded them again. So you may end up with 4 episodes that you have already heard.

But we felt it was a good idea to get them out there for those who wanted to go back and listen to them for the first, or fifth time.

So if you hadn’t heard some of our early episodes, including our interview with the director of The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, the very cool (and funny) Jeremy LaLonde, they have returned.

Thanks for your continued support!

Make sure you subscribe to our podcast on iTunes so you can always be caught up with Tim and Sue and this amazing adventure we are on!

Happy Holidays from Tim and Sue

Sue and I just wanted to take this moment, before the holidays ride rough shod all over us, and we’re too stuffed, inebriated, or unable to find access to the internet to wish you and yours the Happiest of Holidays.

We’d also like to thank each and everyone of you for your support in our first three months here at The Mind Reels.

We’d also like to thank our great guests! Beth Beard of DangerGirl Photography, Jeremy Lalonde (fantastic director!), Mary Krohnert (our most adorable actress), her awesome husband producer Anthony Grani, the excellent Emily Schooley, Rick Howland (Trick, our favorite Blood King and pub keep on Lost Girl) and his amazing wife Nadia, our dear and amazing friends April Mullen and Tim Doiron (Dead Before Dawn 3D!!!!) and K.C. Collins (the very cool Detective Hale on Lost Girl)!

And a special thanks to two more people… Ryan McNeil over on http://www.thematinee.ca/ who has given us lots of advice and help, and to Balamara Arana, you know who you are, and how important your faith and belief has been to this site. THANK YOU!!

And things are just getting started! Wait til you see what we have planned for the new year, so don’t forget to visit often, bring friends, tell the world!

Check back tomorrow because our interview with the ever awesome K.C. Collins should be up… our present to you!

Have a great weekend, have fun, be responsible, and try and share a little of the warmth and love that is supposed to be the true meaning of Christmas.

Hmmm… I feel a nostalgic post coming on…