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Afterparty with TwitchFilm at the Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF Afterparties
The Toronto International Film Festival is the world’s largest public film fest and generates so many afterparties that the nightlife across the entire downtown Toronto core is livened up during its course. Some of these parties certainly are the tense sort of affairs where you will find huge surly bouncers separating ravenous paparazzi from A-list celebrities. But because of the public nature of the festival more often the parties are low-key and full of creative people in the industry with great stories to tell and who in typical Canadian fashion are always ready to enjoy a good conversation with a visitor and to hear a new point of view.
Anniversary Party for Twitch International Film Website
Today I was fortunate enough to attend the fifth anniversary of twitchfilm.net (http://www.twitchfilm.net/), a film review website founded by Toronto film industry insider Todd Brown. When Todd founded the company  he recognized that there were so many international independent films hollywood isn’t necessarily interested in but that have a lot to offer. He wanted to tell their stories.
Beginnings
A former jounalist for the website themovieblog.com, Todd parted ways with that website when he realized that where he wanted to put his focus was different from that website’s prevailing direction. In typical Canadian fashion they parted with a handshake rather than a civil war. “Not worth killing a friendship for”. Todd told me. “Lets do our own thing” he had agreed with his former employer and friend. It was a decision that he has profitted by greatly in terms of personal satisfaction and industry acceptance. ” A couple others do what we do now, but we’re easily the biggest”. Along with celebrating their fifth anniversary tonight’s party was in celebration of a new partnership with XYZ Films to branch out into doing film representation and development work. The company’s new website in support of the partnership was launched last Friday.
Niche of TwitchFilm.net
TwitchFilm.net provides film and television news, reviews, articles telling viewers what the shows are about, and articles giving readers a look behind the scenes during the making of some of the shows they review. They also provide other unique insight that they generate themselves. “When you look at film websites they’re all fed by the same PR companies. The world is a big place”. Through TwitchFilm.net Todd now works with a number of festivals around the world including Moscow, Locarno in Switzerland, Pusan in Korea, and Sitges in Spain. All of these are prominent international film festivals that generate notable works every year. The poignant artistry of some of those works is all the more striking for the fact that it is invisible to the North American market. “There’s a lot going on that nobody hears about” Todd revealed.
Andrew the Writer
Some of the unique insight with which TwitchFilm generates in its departure from the industry horde comes from writer Andrew Mack. Mack has been working for TwitchFilm.net since day one. “All of us were going to work for another company doing reviews for the (Toronto International Film) festival, but then Todd came to us and said ‘you have an author’s account with TwitchFilm.net’”. Todd and Andrew have been friends since college. Perhaps based on that friendship, Andrew made the move. He didn’t look back.
Others in Attendance
Also in attendance were a number of Directors such as Jonathan King. Jonathan is here at the festival for his second time. His film Under the Mountain is showing in the current festival, while his film Black Sheep was screen in the festival last year. He enjoys the Toronto Film festival especially because “the festival takes such great care of its guests” and “because of the audiences”.
Todd’s Picks
One of Todd’s favorite films up to this point in the festival is Deliver Us from Evil. “Men Who Stare at Goats is another great film” he added. “It’s a dark Danish drama. One of the most alarming things is that every decision the characters make is completely plausible, yet the situation spirals into disturbing violence driven by xenophobia”. I asked him for his prediction of which film would receive the most acclaim in the festival. “Likely the Coen Brothers film” he answered, speaking about the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man. “It’s one of their better works in a little while”.

TIFF Afterparties

The Toronto International Film Festival is the world’s largest public film fest and generates so many after parties that the nightlife across the entire downtown Toronto core is livened up during its course. Some of these parties certainly are the tense sort of affairs where you will find huge surly bouncers separating ravenous paparazzi from A-list divas. But because of the public nature of the festival more often the parties are low-key and full of creative people in the industry with great stories to tell and who in typical Canadian fashion are always ready to enjoy a good conversation with a visitor and to hear a new point of view.

Anniversary Party for Twitch International Film Website

Today I was fortunate enough to attend the fifth anniversary of twitchfilm.net, a film review website founded by Toronto film industry insider Todd Brown. When Todd founded the company  he recognized that there were so many international independent films hollywood isn’t necessarily interested in but that have a lot to offer. He wanted to tell their stories.

Todd Brown of TwitchFilm.net celebrating the fifth anniverary of his launch and his companies new partnership with XYZ films.

Todd Brown of TwitchFilm.net celebrating the fifth anniverary of his launch and his companies new partnership with XYZ films.

Beginnings

A former jounalist for the website themovieblog.com, Todd parted ways with that website when he realized that where he wanted to put his focus was different from that website’s prevailing direction. In typical Canadian fashion they parted with a handshake rather than a civil war. “Not worth killing a friendship for”. Todd told me. “Lets do our own thing” he had agreed with his former employer and friend. It was a decision that he has profitted by greatly in terms of personal satisfaction and industry acceptance. ” A couple others do what we do now, but we’re easily the biggest”. Along with celebrating their fifth anniversary tonight’s party was in celebration of a new partnership with XYZ Films to branch out into doing film representation and development work. The company’s new website in support of the partnership was launched last Friday.

Niche of TwitchFilm.net

TwitchFilm.net provides film and television news, reviews, articles telling viewers what the shows are about, and articles giving readers a look behind the scenes during the making of some of the shows they review. They also provide other unique insight that they generate themselves. “When you look at film websites they’re all fed by the same PR companies. The world is a big place”. Through TwitchFilm.net Todd now works with a number of festivals around the world including Moscow, Locarno in Switzerland, Pusan in Korea, and Sitges in Spain. All of these are prominent international film festivals that generate notable works every year. The poignant artistry of some of those works is all the more striking for the fact that it is invisible to the North American market. “There’s a lot going on that nobody hears about” Todd revealed.

No special effects here. The Great Orbax was a classic circus freak from the honored old tradition.

The Great Orbax performing at the afterparty. No special effects here. The Great Orbax was a classic circus freak from the honored old tradition.

The crowd looks on in fear, interest, and nervous anticipation as the Great Orbax performs.

The crowd looks on in fear, interest, and nervous anticipation as the Great Orbax performs.

Andrew the Writer

Some of the unique insight with which TwitchFilm generates in its departure from the industry horde comes from writer Andrew Mack. Mack has been working for TwitchFilm.net since day one. “All of us were going to work for another company doing reviews for the (Toronto International Film) festival, but then Todd came to us and said ‘you have an author’s account with TwitchFilm.net’”. Todd and Andrew have been friends since college. Perhaps based on that friendship, Andrew made the move. He didn’t look back.

Directors in Attendance

Also in attendance were a number of Directors such as Jonathan King. Jonathan is here at the festival for his second time. His film Under the Mountain is showing in the current festival, while his film Black Sheep was screen in the festival last year. He enjoys the Toronto Film festival especially because “the festival takes such great care of its guests” and “because of the audiences”.

Director Jonathan King is at TIFF for his film "Under the Mountain".

Director Jonathan King is at TIFF for his film "Under the Mountain".

Todd’s Picks

One of Todd’s favorite films up to this point in the festival is Deliver Us from Evil. “Men Who Stare at Goats is another great film” he added. “It’s a dark Danish drama. One of the most alarming things is that every decision the characters make is completely plausible, yet the situation spirals into disturbing violence driven by xenophobia”. I asked him for his prediction of which film would receive the most acclaim in the festival. “Likely the Coen Brothers film” he answered, speaking about the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man. “It’s one of their better works in a little while”. I found Todd’s opinions to be very informative. I’ll definitely remember to go to TwitchFilm.net to look for more.

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