Now that TIFF 13 has come to a close, I had a great time, meeting industry people and interesting people who works in the industry. It was great for me to cover TIFF exclusive VIP parties and events, as well attending various film screening and being able to talk to directors and actors about their TIFF experiences and their films.
One particular event that I got invited into was the well-known magazine called “Hello Canada”. As I went in there, I bumped into many familiar faces. Kardinal Offishall, as he was about to leave the party to go to the next one, I wanted to take a photo with him. His PR told him to get going. Kardy said “No! No! I got to chat and take photo with this guy, he is dope!” I thank Kardy for that. In fact, we bumped into each other for 3 straight evenings in a roll. He teased me and said “Man, we are seeing each other so often!” I replied, “well, that’s because we both know where the great parties at!” We both laughed out loud.
I also saw many Degrassi actors, in particular, Luke Bilyk, whom I interviewed him at last year’s American Next Top Model Convention. I also bumped into the boyband, Neverest, which I interviewed before, they opened for the Backstreet Boys in their previous tour.
I saw Olympians Patrick Chan and Tessa Virtue. I also bump into Russell Peters, he was the most popular one there and he made funny facial expressions in everyone’s photos. He was busy chatting but the moment I walked up to him and complimented his pink blazer, he stopped his chat and started chatting with me and complimented my orange bowtie and blazer as well.
Most importantly, I met this amazing young director named Thomas E. Oliver, who had a TIFF screening the next night, his film is called “1982”, starring Hill Harper, LaLa Anthony (Knicks Player, Carmelo Anthony’s wife) and other actors. Thomas and I chatted a bit and we talked about TIFF and everything in life. And he invited me to his screening. Trust me, it was a screening to remember. I will tell you more later on my experience at his film 1982 at a later blog. Stay tuned!
All-in-all, it was a great night! Open bar, free food, great backdrop! It’s all fun and games and good time with the celebrities and athletes.