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episodes: August 2011 Archives

WAM August 27-28 31st Atlantic Film Festival

The 31st Atlantic Film Festival opens in Halifax on September 15th. Hundreds of film-types will descend on the Nova Scotia capital to see films, schmooze, and make important contacts.

Nearly two hundred films will be screened over the ten days, including new movies from Pedro Almodavar, Wim Wenders and Mike Clattenberg.

One of the highlights of the Atlantic Film Festival is always the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala, and two of the filmmakers who will present new pieces there are Jordan Canning and Mark O’Brien. Jordan of course is a rising star on the local film scene and Mark is well-known to viewers of The Republic of Doyle where he plays Des.

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WAM Aug 27-28 Northwords

Shelagh Rogers is nothing if not adventurous. Her most recent adventure is a collaboration with Parks Canada helping it celebrate its centenary this year. Of course, this will be a multi-media event.

Sheila took five well-known writers to the Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador earlier this month just to see what they could see.

I spoke with Shelagh Friday morning about the project, dubbed Northwords, and asked her what the project is all about.


L to R: Sarah Leavitt,Rabindranath Maharaj, Joseph Boyden, Shelia Rogers, Alissa York, Noah Richler,
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WAM August 20-21 Wayne Johnston

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Baltimore’s Mansion, The Story of Bobby O’Malley, The Navigator of New York, The Divine Ryans, all works that are based in Newfoundland and all that say something ineffable about this place. So it may seem odd to note that the author of all these books, Wayne Johnston, born in Goulds, lives in Toronto.

But now Wayne is back in Newfoundland, both physically and in his new book, A World Elsewhere.

Wayne launched the new novel Friday night at the Writers in Woody Point festival.

CBC reporter Melissa Tobin was in Woody Point yesterday and had an opportunity to speak with him.

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