Rosseau Culture and Arts Project

Rosseau Culture and Arts Project

August 25, 2014 10:00 ET

The Tiny Ontario Village of Rosseau Plays Hosts to the World

ROSSEAU, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 25, 2014) - Celebrity spotting is not uncommon in Rosseau. Hollywood stars, captains of industry or famous sports figures are often seen eating in the restaurants, strolling the antique markets, or visiting a gallery in this Northern Ontario hamlet situated on top of Muskoka with a permanent population of about three-hundred and fifty. So hosting local and international filmmakers at the Muskoka Independent Film Festival (MIFF) from August 28 to the 30th seems only natural. MIFF is part of a larger summer long branding event Destination Rosseau, an integrated arts festival of theatre, art, music and film conceived by award winning writer/producer Vince Grittani.

With over 1400 submissions from around the globe, MIFF is a platform for emerging and established filmmakers. From war torn Syria to the Toronto Islands, from an animator's studio in Warsaw to a tony London suburb, and from inside Cuba's music scene to the minds of those recalling their experience at Canadian residential institutions, organizers have compiled a line up of films that will entertain, provoke and motivate.

The three-day celebration will take place in the local community halls and will include live interviews and Q & A sessions to be conducted by former talk show host Dini Petty. Some of the guest presenters include Cuban documentarian Marcel Beltran; Dr. Shirley Cheechoo, whose film "Moose River Crossing" addresses the haunting issues of residential schools; director Stefanos Lialias presenting "Creature", a film that follows the journey of a ferocious and angry former gang leader from one of Canada's most violent neighborhoods; and Canadian playwright Hrant Aliank with the world premiere of "A Trip to the Island", his narrative film about the blurred lines between a writer's reality and the script he is working on. Attending the festival are actors and others involved with a variety of film production as the mandate for MIFF is to be a film craft-person's festival, with emphasis on Northern Ontario filmmakers. Free to the public is an exhibit of costumes "From the Eye of the Need to Eye of the Camera" sponsored by Toronto costumer house Kelly-Francis, which includes an authentic reproduction of "Hel" from the 1927 movie "Metropolis".

As far as genres, the organizers wanted to ensure a certain momentum and have incorporated both dramatic and comedic narratives, documentaries, fiction and animation into the programme.

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