In Conversation with Rebecca Addelman
Speaker: Rebecca Addelman
Moderator: Andrew Clark
Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: TIFF Cinema 1
Join Rebecca for an intimate discussion exploring her journey from alternative comedy showcase to sit-com to premiering her first feature film, PAPER YEAR. Rebecca will share what it means to develop relatable stories and characters, explore the culture of the writing room, finding her voice, what inspires her creativity, working with notes, and what it is like bringing her first feature, PAPER YEAR to the screen. PAPER YEAR premieres Friday, June 22, and stars Eve Hewson, Avan Jogia, Hamish Linklater and Andie MacDowell.
Writer/Director, PAPER YEAR
Rebecca Addelman is a writer-producer and director who hails from Ottawa, Canada. Her first pit stop was in Toronto, where she started making experimental films and helped start the now long-running alternative comedy showcase Laugh Sabbath. Early in her comedy career, she was nominated for the Tim Sims Achievement Award, given to the best new comedian in Canada, and she was the artist in residence at Toronto’s Drake Hotel. She soon relocated to Los Angeles where she landed writing jobs for network television (NEW GIRL) as well as shows on Adult Swim (CHINA, IL) and Netflix (LOVE). For many years, Rebecca was a featured member of the prestigious Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre in LA. She branched into directing with her short film THE SMOKE which was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. Recently, Rebecca wrote and directed her first feature, PAPER YEAR, starring Eve Hewson, Avan Jogia, Hamish Linklater and Andie MacDowell, premiering June 22.
Director, Comedy Program, Humber College
Andrew Clark is an award-winning author and humourist. He writes the weekly Road Sage column for the Globe and Mail. He is the director of the Humber College Comedy program in Toronto.
He has won a gold award and been nominated several times for his writing at the National Magazine Awards, and was nominated for a Governor-General’s Award for Literary Non-Fiction for his most recent book, A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle. In the 1990s, he became Canada’s first full-time comedy critic and his first book Stand and Deliver: Inside Canadian Comedy remains the standard for writing critically about comedy. As a freelance journalist, he has written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Maclean’s and The New York Times Magazine.