Protect the Story, Get the Shot

Panelists: Cory Bowles, Linsey Stewart, Molly McGlynn
Moderator: Warren Sonoda
Date: Sunday, June 24
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: TIFF Cinema 1

The relationship between Director and Screenwriter is more important than ever. As collective voices on set and stringent schedules have turned the creation of a film into a gauntlet of sheer will, what does a director look for in a script and how do they work with writers to strengthen it during development and on the floor? This 1-hour panel features Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) Directors discussing what they have to do protect the story while getting the shots necessary to tell it.

Cory Bowles

Cory Bowles

Director

Cory Bowles is a multidisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia, Canada.  Most known for “Cory” in the TV series TRAILER PARK BOYS, he currently serves as a director, receiving a nomination for the 2016 DGC award for outstanding direction in a comedy series. He was Director of Choreography for the CBC KIDS show THE MOBILES, the award winning CBC mini series STUDIO BLACK!, and is a writer for the CBC comedy, LITTLE DOG (2018). After making a number of short films, his first feature BLACK COP (2017) premiered at the Toronto International Film festival and went on to earn Best Canadian Feature at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the St. Louis International Film Festival and a Canadian Screen Award (John Dunning Discovery Prize). He is currently developing his second feature, and a social-satirical comedy series.


Linsey Stewart

Linsey Stewart

Director

Linsey is a WGA award-winning writer/director that premiered her first feature film, I PUT A HIT ON YOU, at Slamdance that she made with her creative/life partner Dane Clark, which received NNNN’s in Now Magazine and was released by Mongrel. Together they’ve made several shorts, including LONG BRANCH and MARGO LILY, both of which became Vimeo Staff Picks and won the A&E Award for Best Film at the NSI Film Festival, as well as BICKFORD PARK, which premiered at the TIFF in 2017. They also created and directed The Awesomeness web series THE COMMUTE, which has garnered over 12 million views. They’ve been deemed “People to Watch” by Toronto Star and are currently developing their next feature MERV with Matt Baer Films and adapting the book MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY with Gunpowder & Sky. She’s also been a staff writer on the CBC shows Being Erica, and for the past four years, Mr.D, which she will be directing an episode of this summer. She’s an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre and TIFF Studio. And she’s really into dill.


Molly McGlynn

Molly McGlynn

Director

Molly McGlynn is a Montreal born, New Jersey raised and Toronto based Writer and Director. Her first feature film, MARY GOES ROUND, premiered at 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Molly has a BAH in Film and Media Studies from Queen’s University and a graduate degree in Writing & Producing for Television from Humber College. She is an alumna of the Cineplex Entertainment Writers’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab, and was a TIFF Studio 2017 Participant.

While working as an assistant to filmmaker Deepa Mehta, Molly made several short films, including I AM NOT A WIERD PERSON, which screened at festivals across North America, and was noted by Lena Dunham to be a “special haunting little short” that is an “excellent use of five Internet minutes” and was featured on Vimeo, Film Shortage, She Does the City, Awardeo.tv and Jill Soloway-curated website Wifey.tv.

In 2012, Molly received a Drama Prize from the National Screen Institute for her short, GIVEN YOUR HISTORY, starring Katie Boland and Rachel Wilson. After screening at almost a dozen film festivals including the Women in Film and Television showcase in Toronto, it aired on the CBC in April 2015. She received the Corus Female Fearless Director award from the NSI Online Film Festival for her work.

Molly’s last short film, 3-WAY (NOT CALLING), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016 and is distributed by Ouat Media.

Since then, Molly since has directed ten episodes of HOW TO BUY A BABY, a digital comedy series for the CBC, an episode of season 2 of WORKIN’ MOMS for CBC, two episodes of LITTLE DOG for the CBC and Cameron Pictures, and most recently, two episodes of season 2 of BAD BLOOD for City.


Warren Sonoda

Warren Sonoda

Director

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Warren P. Sonoda (ODD SQUAD, 2017, 2018) is known for directing his comedy features (SWEARMET: THE MOVIE), COOPERS’ CAMERA, TEXTUALITY, HAM & CHEESE), the iconic TV shows TRAILER PARK BOYS, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL and over 160 music videos, 54 episodes of TV and 10 feature films. He’s also written three produced screenplays (and countless un-produced ones), received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian cinema, knocked Martin Scorsese out of the Guinness Book of World Records and was elected as the Directors Guild of Canada’s National Directors Division Chair and DGC Ontario Director’s Rep. He also failed Ryerson film school. Twice.

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