The Meaford International Film Festival announced that following a special preview presentation of the documentary Speed Sisters, director Amber Fares will join the MIFF audience live from New York via Skype. Fares says the upbeat, high octane film about the first all women race car driving team in the middle east was a natural fit with her goal as a film maker to bridge gaps. “I saw an opportunity for a surprising story from the Middle East that people all over the world could relate to, we will all see ourselves in at least one of the characters, regardless of if their world is foreign to us.” Fares will be interviewed at MIFF’s closing Gala on Sunday September 6th.
Before that, on Friday September 4th, local resident and veteran hockey referee Terry Gregson will be live onstage to discuss Red Army, the Gabe Polsky film that traces the story of the Soviet Red Army Hockey team from Stalin to Putin. Gregson has a wide range of experience in both the NHL and World Hockey. It turns out he is even in the film, doing his job on ice right in the thick of one of the fights! “We’re really excited that Terry can join us” says Artistic Director Christopher Thomas, “he has a wealth of stories about dealing with the Russians including many who are featured in Red Army.”
Joining Gregson on stage will be Gemini and Michener award winning CBC TV producer Alex Shprintsen, who grew up in The Soviet Union cheering for his red army heros. Now the investigative reporter is known for his astute and very critical analysis of the politics of Russian hockey under Vladimir Putin.
“I’m really pleased with our guest line up” Thomas said “but I hope to be able to announce even more very soon.” MIFF takes place at Meaford Hall from Thursday September 3rd to Sunday the 6th. The two other feature films include Selma and A Brilliant Young Mind. You can get more details at meafordfilmfest.ca or call the box office at 1-877-538-0463