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TIFF12 FAVES: donna g
Eran Riklis Zaytoun
A Royal Affair/The Hunt
Francis Ha

TIFF12 FAVES: HeidyMo (Blogger, )
 The Central Park FiveKen Burns
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Rafea: Solar Mama

The Last White Knight

TIFF12 FAVES: Kirk Cooper (Founder, Film Market Access
Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master
Home Again
Middle of Nowhere
The Hunt

TIFF12 FAVES: Siobhan Rich (cinefile)
Joss Whedon's Much Ado
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
The Hunt
Perks of Being a Wallflower

  1. 3
  2. 90 MINUTES
  3. All That You Possess
  4. Argo
  5. Blancanieves
  6. Blondie
  7. Camion
  8. Come On Out and Play
  9. Disconnect
  10. Dormant Beauty
  11. Eat Sleep Die
  12. End of Watch
  13. English/Vinglish
  14. First Comes Love
  15. Fly With the Crane
  16. Frances Ha
  17. Gebo and the Shadow
  18. Here Comes the Devil
  19. Imagine
  20. In Another Country
  21. Inescapable
  22. London – The Modern Babylon
  23. Love Is All You Need
  24. Men At Lunch
  25. Motorway
  26. Mushrooming
  27. No
  28. Penance
  29. Quartet
  30. Road North
  31. Song for Marion
  32. The Deep
  33. The Hunt
  34. Zaytoun


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donna g: Were either of you familiar with pantomime before being cast in Ross Petty's version of Sleeping Beauty?
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