Iconic film manufacturer Kodak is in negotiations with all of the major studios to make a last-ditch deal to keep celluloid alive as its use faces a steep decline in the motion picture and TV industry, much of which has shifted to capturing images digitally. J.J. Abrams, who is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on celluloid; Christopher Nolan, who used film on his upcoming Interstellar; Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow are among a group of leading filmmakers who are passionate film supporters and have stepped up to urge Hollywood to keep film going. Kodak is “very hopeful that an agreement will be put into place,” Kodak spokesperson Louise Kehoe told The Hollywood Reporter of the negotiations, which were first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Concerns about the Toronto International Film Festival’s hard line against other festivals poaching its premieres vanished on Tuesday as it unveiled a strong slate of films, from indie fare to celebrity-studded features. The 59 films in the Gala and Special Presentation programs are a small slice of the 260-to-300-title lineup for the 39th edition of TIFF, which runs Sept. 4 to 14. There’s more to come, including the announcement of the opening night film. Canadian movies will be made public Aug. 6.
Oscar-winning documentary director Michael Moore will be among the filmmakers to take part in industry events at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. In town to mark the 25th anniversary of his landmark “Roger & Me,” Moore has been announced as one of the guests at this year’s Doc Conference, to take place Sept. 9 and 10. The “Bowling for Columbine” director will take part in a keynote conversation moderated by TIFF programmer Thom Powers.
A bilateral co-production treaty between India and Canada has come into effect. The pact allows films made using the treaty to be considered as local content in both jurisdictions. The two countries signed the long–awaited treaty in February this year. It has subsequently been ratified and entered into effect on July 1. The Indian government says it hopes that the treaty will encourage more Canadian films to use India as a location. Indian film-makers may now also apply for Canada’s generous subsidy and incentives schemes.
A love of films and their ability to tell stories in powerful ways is what initially drew Jonathan Hayes to filmmaking. While the former Cobourg resident now lives in Toronto where he runs Berkeley Films Ltd., an independent film production company which produces both dramatic and documentary films, he has fond memories of his youth while living behind the Marie Dressler House and attending Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West.