Kim's Convenience (TV series)
Kim's Convenience is a Canadian television sitcom that premiered on CBC Television in October 2016. The series centres on the Korean Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in the Moss Park neighbourhood of Toronto: parents "Appa" and "Umma" – Korean for "dad" and "mom" – along with their daughter Janet and estranged son Jung. Additional characters include his manager Shannon; the series is based on Ins Choi's 2011 play of the same name. The first season was filmed from June to August 2016 at Showline Studios in Toronto, it is produced by Thunderbird Films in conjunction with Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company, with Lee and Yoon reprising their roles from the play. Scripts were created by Choi and Kevin White, who had written for Corner Gas; the second season premiered on September 26, 2017. The show has been renewed for two more seasons. In July 2018, the series became available to audiences outside of Canada when it debuted internationally on Netflix. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Mr. Kim; the family patriarch, Kim Sung-il was a teacher in his homeland before immigrating to Canada with his wife where they now own and operate'Kim's Convenience', a grocery store in Toronto's Moss Park neighbourhood.
Mr. Kim is traditional and stubborn, practical and blunt, he is 56 years old at the start of the series and estranged from his son Jung, a frayed relationship he attempts to mend beginning in Season 2. Jean Yoon as Mrs. Kim; the family matriarch, Kim Yong-mi, 54 at the start of the series, was a teacher in Korea. She is hardworking and kind but meddles in the lives of her family, her life revolves around the store and church, where she volunteers. Andrea Bang as Janet Kim, 20 at the start of the series, Mr. and Mrs. Kim's daughter and Jung's sister, she is the family member in most frequent contact with Jung. Attending OCAD University, where she studies photography, Janet is a talented artist but is frustrated by her parents' traditionalism, their lack of support for her art, the fact that they overparent her due to Jung's estrangement from the household. Simu Liu as Jung Kim, 24 at the start of the series. Mr. and Mrs. Kim's son and Janet's brother. Jung works at Handy Car Rental, where he is promoted to assistant manager at the beginning of the series but returns to his former job after an attempt at moving to another company is scuttled.
He was a rebellious teenager who had engaged in petty street crimes, earning him a brief stint in juvenile detention, but has since cleaned up his act. He was kicked out of the family home by Mr. Kim after stealing from him and remains estranged from his father though he is still in contact with the rest of the family, reconnects with his father over the course of the series. Andrew Phung as Kimchee, 25 at the start of the series. Jung's best friend, co-worker and former partner in crime, he is promoted to assistant manager after Jung leaves Handy at the end of Season 2, now serving as his superior. Nicole Power as Shannon Ross, 26; the manager of Handy Car Rental, Jung and Kimchee's boss, she has a crush on Jung in season 1 and is awkward in her attempts to appear cool and hip. John Ng as Mr. Chin, Mr. Kim's friend and a successful entrepreneur, owning several businesses. Fastidious, he does not like to do manual labour, he is single with a dog. Ben Beauchemin as Gerald, Janet's classmate at OCAD.
He has awkward interactions with him. He and Janet become roommates after Janet moves out in season 2. Michael Musi as Terence, a mild-mannered employee at Handy Car Rental whom Kimchee inexplicably hates, he is promoted to back manager at Handy's in Season 3. Getenesh Berhe as Semira, another of Janet's OCAD photography classmates and friends. Derek McGrath as Frank, a repairman and friend of Mr. Kim's who tells pointless anecdotes while working. Soo-Ram Kim as Nayoung, Janet's cheery and trendy cousin from South Korea in season 1. In season 2 she moves to Canada to attend the University of Waterloo. Michael Xavier as Alex Jackson, a police officer, Jung's childhood friend and, romantically interested in Janet. Sabrina Grdevich as Ms Murray, one of Janet's professors at OCAD, she thinks Mr. Kim is a abusive guy, her parenting philosophy is to never say no to her 5-year-old son. Hiro Kanagawa as Pastor Choi, the pastor at Mrs. Kim's church. Amanda Brugel as Pastor Nina Gomez, associate pastor at Mrs. Kim's church.
Christina Song as Grace Lee's mother and Mrs. Kim's friend. Uni Park as Mrs. Park, a supercilious and well-to-do parishioner at Mrs. Kim's church who looks down on the Kims. Sugith Varughese as Mr. Mehta, a friend of Mr. Kim's who plays cards with him and owns an Indian restaurant. Mrs Mehta calls him Sanjeev. Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll as Enrique, a nurse and regular customer. Tina Jung as Jeanie Park, Mrs. Park's introverted teenage daughter. Kris Hagen as Sketchy-Looking Dude, a regular customer. Marco Grazzini as Alejandro, Shannon's boyfriend beginning at the end of season 1. Ellora Patnaik as Mrs. Mehta, Mr. Mehta's wife and a friend of Mrs. Kim. Ishan Dave as Raj Mehta, the Mehta's son and Janet's boyfriend in season 2 and her ex in season 3. Gabriella Sundar Singh as Chelsea Chettiar, Gerald's girlfriend beginning in season 2. Moves in with Gerald and Janet in season 3. Akosua Amo-Adem as Stacie. One of Jung's co-workers after he returns to Handy in season 3. Ziad Ek as Omar. One of Jung's co-workers after he returns to Handy in season 3.
Lara Arabian as Mrs. Ada, a regular customer. Interior scenes at the store, Handy Car Rental and home are shot at Showline Studios at 901 Lake Shore Boulevard East, where an exact rep
Xavier Dolan-Tadros is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, costume designer, voice actor. He began his career as a child actor in commercials before directing several arthouse feature films, he first received international acclaim in 2009 for his feature film directorial debut, I Killed My Mother, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director's Fortnight section. Since 2009, he has written and directed eight feature films, all of which have premiered at Cannes, with the exception of Tom at the Farm—which premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in 2013—and his first English-language film, The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, he directed the music video for Adele's hit single "Hello" in 2015. Dolan has won many awards for his work, including the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Mommy and the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for It's Only the End of the World, he has won several Canadian Screen Awards and César Awards.
Dolan was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He is the son of Geneviève Dolan, a Quebecois teacher, Manuel Tadros, a successful Egyptian-born Coptic Canadian actor and singer. Dolan attracted international attention with his directorial debut, I Killed My Mother, which he wrote, directed and starred in at the age of 20, using funds from his extensive work as a child actor, he began writing the script when he was 16 years old. He said in an interview with Canadian newspaper Le Soleil that the film was autobiographical; the film was at first financed by Dolan, but when need for more money arose, he asked Telefilm and the SODEC for subsidies. Each turned him down for different reasons. SODEC, who had loved the project but refused to finance it because it was submitted to a too commercial department, encouraged Dolan to submit it again in more appropriate "indie" department, which he did. In December 2008, SODEC gave him a $400,000 subsidy. In all, the film cost around $800,000 CAD. Dolan said that the system to acquire funding is "an obsolete financing mechanism that holds the creative assets of Quebec hostage".
The film premiered at the Director's Fortnight program of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival where it received an eight-minute standing ovation and won three awards: the Art Cinema Award, the SACD Prize for screenplay, the Prix Regards Jeunes. It won a Lumière Award and four Jutra Awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, Most Successful Film Outside Québec, beating out Denis Villeneuve's film Polytechnique in what was deemed an "upset". Dolan said that the film was "flawed" and Peter Brunette of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a somewhat uneven film that demonstrates a great deal of talent". Brunette called the film "funny and audacious", while Allan Hunter of Screen International said that it possessed "the sting of shrewdly observed truth"; the film received the Claude Jutra Award at the Genies, the Toronto Film Critics Association awarded Dolan the inaugural $5,000 Jay Scott Prize for emerging talent. I Killed My Mother was named one of Canada's Top Ten features of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival and chosen as Canada's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2010 Academy Awards, though it failed to receive a nomination from the academy.
Distribution rights were sold to more than 20 countries. Due to legal problems experienced by the film's U. S. distributor, Regent Entertainment, it was not released theatrically in the U. S. until 2013, once released, it earned little at the box office. The second feature film Dolan directed, was financed privately; the film follows two friends who are infatuated with the same mysterious young man and their friendship suffers. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard category at the 63e Festival de Cannes in May 2010 where it received a standing ovation, it won the top prize of the Official Competition at the Sydney Film Festival in June and screened at several film festivals throughout 2011, but failed to find audiences in non-French-speaking countries. It received the AQCC award for Best Film, his third film, Laurence Anyways, was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Suzanne Clément's performance in the film won the section's award for Best Actress.
The film received qualified praise from critics. A critic for MTV's The Out Take, which focuses on LGBT films, called the film "the best film of the year." Despite the praise, the film was not released commercially for a year. Upon release, the film struggled at the box office, only grossed $500,000 in Canada. In May 2012, Dolan announced that his fourth film would be an adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard's play Tom at the Farm, it received its world premiere in the main competition section at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on 2 September 2013 and won the FIPRESCI award. Though Tom at the Farm played the festival circuits in 2013, it was not released in the U. S. until 2015. In an August 2015 interview, Dolan said: "No one knows me in the States, because the movies have been released in such an awkward, irregular fashion, all by different distributors... I don't want to sound pretentious, but it's puzzling." Dolan's 2014 film, shared the Jury Prize in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival with Jean-Luc Godard's film Goodbye to Language.
The jury president for the 2014 festival was Jane Campion and, upon re
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, mode of audience reception", continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. Documentary films were called'actuality' films and were only a minute or less in length. Over time documentaries have evolved to be longer in length and to include more categories, such as educational and even'docufiction'. Documentaries are educational and used in schools to teach various principles. Social media platforms such as YouTube, have allowed documentary films to improve the ways the films are distributed and able to educate and broaden the reach of people who receive the information. Polish writer and filmmaker Bolesław Matuszewski was among those who identified the mode of documentary film, he wrote two of the earliest texts on cinema Une nouvelle source de l'histoire and La photographie animée.
Both were published in 1898 in French and among the early written works to consider the historical and documentary value of the film. Matuszewski is among the first filmmakers to propose the creation of a Film Archive to collect and keep safe visual materials. In popular myth, the word documentary was coined by Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson in his review of Robert Flaherty's film Moana, published in the New York Sun on 8 February 1926, written by "The Moviegoer". Grierson's principles of documentary were that cinema's potential for observing life could be exploited in a new art form. In this regard, Grierson's definition of documentary as "creative treatment of actuality" has gained some acceptance, with this position at variance with Soviet film-maker Dziga Vertov's provocation to present "life as it is" and "life caught unawares"; the American film critic Pare Lorentz defines a documentary film as "a factual film, dramatic." Others further state that a documentary stands out from the other types of non-fiction films for providing an opinion, a specific message, along with the facts it presents.
Documentary practice is the complex process of creating documentary projects. It refers to what people do with media devices, content and production strategies in order to address the creative and conceptual problems and choices that arise as they make documentaries. Documentary filmmaking can be used as a form of advocacy, or personal expression. Early film was dominated by the novelty of showing an event, they were single-shot moments captured on film: a train entering a station, a boat docking, or factory workers leaving work. These short films were called "actuality" films. Many of the first films, such as those made by Auguste and Louis Lumière, were a minute or less in length, due to technological limitations. Films showing many people were made for commercial reasons: the people being filmed were eager to see, for payment, the film showing them. One notable film clocked in at over an hour and The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight. Using pioneering film-looping technology, Enoch J. Rector presented the entirety of a famous 1897 prize-fight on cinema screens across the United States.
In May 1896, Bolesław Matuszewski recorded on film few surigical operations in Warsaw and Saint Petersburg hospitals. In 1898, French surgeon Eugène-Louis Doyen invited Bolesław Matuszewski and Clément Maurice and proposed them to recorded his surigical operations, they started in Paris a series of surgical films sometime before July 1898. Until 1906, the year of his last film, Doyen recorded more than 60 operations. Doyen said that his first films taught him how to correct professional errors he had been unaware of. For scientific purposes, after 1906, Doyen combined 15 of his films into three compilations, two of which survive, the six-film series Extirpation des tumeurs encapsulées, the four-film Les Opérations sur la cavité crânienne; these and five other of Doyen's films survive. Between July 1898 and 1901, the Romanian professor Gheorghe Marinescu made several science films in his neurology clinic in Bucharest: Walking Troubles of Organic Hemiplegy, The Walking Troubles of Organic Paraplegies, A Case of Hysteric Hemiplegy Healed Through Hypnosis, The Walking Troubles of Progressive Locomotion Ataxy, Illnesses of the Muscles.
All these short films have been preserved. The professor called his works "studies with the help of the cinematograph," and published the results, along with several consecutive frames, in issues of "La Semaine Médicale" magazine from Paris, between 1899 and 1902. In 1924, Auguste Lumiere recognized the merits of Marinescu's science films: "I've seen your scientific reports about the usage of the cinematograph in studies of nervous illnesses, when I was still receiving "La Semaine Médicale," but back I had other concerns, which left me no spare time to begin biological studies. I must say I am thankful to you that you reminded them to me. Not many scientists have followed your way." Travelogue films were popular in the early part of the 20th century. They were referred to by distributors as "scenics." Scenics were among the most popu
Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian poet, literary critic, inventor and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children's books, one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General's Award, Franz Kafka Prize, the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Atwood is the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents; as a novelist and poet, Atwood's works encompass a variety of themes including the power of language and identity, religion and myth, climate change, "power politics." Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a early age. Among her contributions to Canadian literature, Atwood is a founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Writers' Trust of Canada.
Atwood was born in Ottawa, Canada, as the second of three children of Carl Edmund Atwood, an entomologist and Margaret Dorothy, a former dietitian and nutritionist from Woodville, Nova Scotia. Because of her father's ongoing research in forest entomology, Atwood spent much of her childhood in the backwoods of northern Quebec and travelling back and forth between Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Toronto, she did not attend school full-time. She became a voracious reader of literature, Dell pocketbook mysteries, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Canadian animal stories and comic books, she attended Leaside High School in Leaside and graduated in 1957. Atwood began writing poems at the age of six. Atwood realized. In 1957, she began studying at Victoria College in the University of Toronto, where she published poems and articles in Acta Victoriana, the college literary journal, participated in the sophomore theatrical tradition of The Bob Comedy Revue, her professors included Northrop Frye. She graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of minors in philosophy and French.
In 1961 Atwood began graduate studies at Radcliffe College of Harvard University, with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. She obtained a master's degree from Radcliffe in 1962 and pursued doctoral studies for two years, but did not finish her dissertation, "The English Metaphysical Romance". In 1968, Atwood married an American writer, she formed a relationship with fellow novelist Graeme Gibson soon afterward and moved to a farm near Alliston, where their daughter, Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson, was born in 1976. The family returned to Toronto in 1980. Although she is an accomplished writer, Margaret Atwood claims to be a terrible speller. Atwood's first book of poetry, Double Persephone, was published as a pamphlet by Hawskhead Press in 1961, winning the E. J. Pratt Medal. While continuing to write, Atwood was a lecturer in English at the University of British Columbia, from 1964 to 1965, Instructor in English at the Sir George Williams University in Montreal from 1967 to 1968, taught at the University of Alberta from 1969 to 1970.
In 1966, The Circle Game was published. This collection was followed by three other small press collections of poetry: Kaleidoscopes Baroque: a poem, Cranbrook Academy of Art. Atwood's first novel, The Edible Woman, was published in 1969; as a social satire of North American consumerism, many critics have cited the novel as an early example of the feminist concerns found in many of Atwood's works. Atwood taught at York University in Toronto from 1971 to 1972 and was a writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto during the 1972/1973 academic year. A prolific period for her poetry, Atwood published six collections over the course of the decade: The Journals of Susanna Moodie, Procedures for Underground, Power Politics, You Are Happy, Selected Poems 1965–1975, Two-Headed Poems. Atwood published three novels during this time: Surfacing. Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, like The Edible Woman, explore identity and social constructions of gender as they relate to topics such as nationhood and sexual politics.
In particular, along with her first non-fiction monograph, Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, helped establish Atwood as an important and emerging voice in Canadian literature. In 1977 Atwood published her first short story collection, Dancing Girls, the winner of the St. Lawrence Award for Fiction and the award of The Periodical Distributors of Canada for Short Fiction. By 1976 interest in Atwood, her works, her life were high enough that Maclean's declared her to be "Canada's most gossiped-about writer." Atwood's literary reputation continued to rise in the 1980s with the publication of Bodily Harm. Despite her distaste for literary labels, Atwood has since conceded to referring to The Handmaid's Tale as a work of science fiction or, more spec
Atom Egoyan, is a Canadian stage and film director and producer. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. Egoyan's most critically acclaimed film is the drama The Sweet Hereafter, for which he received two Academy Award nominations, his biggest commercial success is the erotic thriller Chloe, his work explores themes of alienation and isolation, featuring characters whose interactions are mediated through technology, bureaucracy, or other power structures. Egoyan's films follow non-linear plot structures, in which events are placed out of sequence in order to elicit specific emotional reactions from the audience by withholding key information. In 2008, Egoyan received the Dan David Prize for "Creative Rendering of the Past". Egoyan received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest royal honour in the performing arts, in 2015, he was part of a loosely-affiliated group of filmmakers to emerge in the 1980s from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave.
Egoyan was born Atom Yeghoyan in Cairo, the son of Shushan and Joseph Yeghoyan, artists who operated a furniture store. His parents were Armenian-Egyptians, he was named Atom to mark the completion of Egypt's first nuclear reactor. In 1962, the family moved to Canada, where they settled in Victoria, British Columbia and changed their last name to Egoyan. Atom grew up in British Columbia with his sister, now a concert pianist based in Toronto; as a teenager, he became interested in writing plays. Significant influences included Harold Pinter. Egoyan attributes his future in the film industry to Ingmar Bergman's film Persona, which he viewed at age fourteen, according to an interview he had with journalist Robert K. Elder for The Film That Changed My Life: It gave me an incredible respect for the medium and its possibilities. To me, Persona marries a pure form and a profound vision with absolute conviction. It's inspiring. I felt, he graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. It was at Trinity College that Egoyan came into contact with Harold Nahabedian, the Armenian-Canadian Anglican Chaplain of Trinity College.
In interviews Egoyan credited Nahabedian for introducing him to the language and history of his ethnic heritage. Egoyan wrote for the University of Toronto's independent weekly, The Newspaper, during his time at the school. Egoyan began making films in the early 1980s, his commercial breakthrough came with the film Exotica. He received the Grand Prix in Brussels, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards. However, it was Egoyan's first attempt at adapted material that resulted in his best-known work, The Sweet Hereafter, which earned him three prizes at the 50th Cannes Film Festival—the Grand Prix, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; the film earned Egoyan Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film Ararat generated much publicity for Egoyan. After Henri Verneuil's French-language film Mayrig, it was the first major motion picture to deal directly with the Armenian Genocide.
Ararat won the award for Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards, marking his second win. The film was released in over 30 countries around the world. In 2004, Egoyan opened a 50-seat cinema-lounge on Queen Street West in Toronto. In 2005, Egoyan joined the Faculty of the Media and Communications division at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, where he conducts intensive summer seminars. Beginning in September 2006, Egoyan taught at the University of Toronto for three years, he joined the Faculty of Arts and Science as the Dean's Distinguished Visitor in theatre, film and visual studies. He subsequently taught at Ryerson University. In 2006, he received the Master of Cinema Award of the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. In 2009, he directed the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010; this film grossed $3 million in box office sales in the United States and became one of the higher-grossing specialty films of the year in the United States.
Several months after the DVD/Blu-ray release of Chloe, Egoyan said that Chloe had made more money than any of his previous films. The success of Chloe led Egoyan to receive many scripts of erotic thrillers. In 2012, he directed a production of Martin Crimp's Cruel and Tender, starring Khanjian, at Canadian Stage in Toronto. After the release of the West Memphis Three from 18 years in prison, Egoyan directed a movie about the case called Devil's Knot starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, based on a book on the case, Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt, his next feature, The Captive, starred Ryan Reynolds and screened in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it received negative reviews from critics. Justin Chang from Variety described the film as "a ludicrous abduction thriller that finds a once-great filmmaker slipping into un-entered realms of self-parody", his latest film, starred Christopher Plummer and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 and was given a limited release in theatres.
Egoyan is based in Toronto, where he lives with his wife Arsinée
Jacob Tremblay is a Canadian child actor. His breakout performance was his starring role as Jack Newsome in Room, for which he won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2017, he starred as a child with Treacher Collins syndrome, in the drama Wonder. Tremblay was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 5, 2006, he was raised in the nearby city of Langley, British Columbia. His father, Jason Tremblay, is a police detective, his mother, Christina Candia Tremblay, is a homemaker. Tremblay's older sister Emma and younger sister Erica are actresses. Tremblay began acting in television roles, he made his film debut in the live-action/animated feature The Smurfs 2, released in 2013. Tremblay portrayed Jack Newsome in the critically acclaimed drama film Room, co-starring with Brie Larson.
The film, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, premiered on September 4, 2015, at the Telluride Film Festival, was released in cinemas on October 16, 2015. For his performance, he was nominated for the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, becoming the youngest actor nominated for that award and the second-youngest in all categories. In 2016, Tremblay played a supporting role in the comedy film Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie; that same year, he starred in the horror film Before I Wake, with Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane, played a supporting role in the psychological thriller Shut In, alongside Naomi Watts, co-starring Oliver Platt, directed by Farren Blackburn. He portrayed Wes Firth in the adventure comedy-drama Burn Your Maps, starring with Vera Farmiga and Marton Csokas. In 2017, Tremblay played Peter Carpenter in director Colin Trevorrow's drama film The Book of Henry, co-starring with Naomi Watts and Maddie Ziegler, he starred as August Pullman, a child with Treacher Collins syndrome, in Wonder, based on R.
J. Palacio's novel of the same name; the latter film proved to be his most successful, earning over $285 million against a $20 million budget. Tremblay is an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise and named his dog after Daisy Ridley's character, Rey, his excitement at the characters C-3PO, R2-D2, BB-8's appearance at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony was considered a highlight of the evening. Jacob Tremblay on IMDb
Michael James Owen Pallett is a Canadian composer, violinist and vocalist, who performs solo as Owen Pallett or, before 2010, under the name Final Fantasy. As Final Fantasy, he won the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the album. From the age of 3, Pallett studied classical violin, composed his first piece at age 13. A notable early composition includes some of the music for the game Traffic Department 2192. Apart from the indie music scene, he has had commissions from the Barbican, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada, Bang on a Can, Ecstatic Music Festival, the Vancouver CBC Orchestra, Fine Young Classicals. On his Final Fantasy releases, Pallett has collaborated with Leon Taheny, credited as drummer and engineer. Following the release of Heartland, Pallett has toured with guitarist/percussionist Thomas Gill and more with his former collaborators in Les Mouches, Rob Gordon and Matt Smith. Pallett has been noted for his live performances. Pallett uses Max/MSP and SooperLooper to do multi-phonic looping, which sends his violin signal to amplifiers across the stage.
In January 2014, Pallett and William Butler were nominated for Best Original Score at the 86th Academy Awards for their work on Her. The name Final Fantasy, under which Pallett recorded prior to the release of Heartland, was a tribute to the well-known video game series, although he said that it is not one of his top twenty favorite games. Pallett's debut album, Has a Good Home, was released on February 12, 2005, by the Blocks Recording Club, a cooperative, Toronto-based record label of which he is a founding member. "An Arrow in the Side of Final Fantasy" borrows the music from the Space Zone's final level in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. "Adventure.exe" from this album was used in a series of 2006 commercials by Orange in the United Kingdom.< Pallett did not intend to sell the song for this purpose, but its use was authorized due to an alleged miscommunication with his record label, Tomlab. All of Pallett's income from this use is donated to Doctors Without Borders. Pallett's second album, He Poos Clouds, was released in June 2006, though the video, directed by Jesse Ewles, was released on March 1, 2006.
The album consists of string quartet arrangements. Eight of the ten songs are about each of the schools of magic as described in the rules to the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game; the album was named winner of the 2006 Polaris Music Prize. Uncomfortable with receiving a prize sponsored by a mobile phone conglomerate, Pallett gave the money away to bands he liked who needed financial assistance. IN July, 2007, Pallett was interviewed on the CBC Radio One program Q, about his upcoming album, to be titled Heartland, to have a theme of nothingness. In 2007, the song "This Is The Dream of Win & Regine" was used in a commercial for Wiener Stadtwerke without Pallett's permission. Instead of litigation and his booking agent Susanne Herrndorf approached the company for sponsorship for a music festival of their curation; the resultant Maximum Black Festival featured Final Fantasy, The Dirty Projectors, Frog Eyes, Max Tundra, Six Organs of Admittance and others. It played Vienna and London. In September 2007 they did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon.
In October 2007 Final Fantasy released a vinyl 7" on Tomlab's Alphabet Single series. The two tracks on "X", recorded in Montreal with Zach Condon, of the band Beirut; the tracks – "Hey Dad" and "What Do You Think Will Happen Next?" are both played at live shows. The song "Hey Dad" contains a melody borrowed from the Nintendo video game "Super Mario Bros. 3". The song is quite similar in melody and tone to another of Pallett's songs – "→". In March 2008, Owen Pallett under the alias Final Fantasy, collaborated with Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste on a cover of Björk's "Possibly Maybe" as part of Stereogum's tribute to Björk's album, Post. In Fall 2008, Pallett released two EPs; the first one, Spectrum, 14th Century, was a collaboration with Beirut. The second EP, Plays To Please, was a tribute to fellow Torontonian Alex Lukashevsky and his group Deep Dark United. On it, six Lukashevsky originals were reconfigured for a 35-piece big band, the Toronto-based St. Kitts Orchestra. On December, 2009, Pallett began recording under his own name.
The album Heartlandwas released on Domino Records on January 12, 2010. It was mixed by New York producer Rusty Santos, he played Primavera Sound Festival 2010. In August 2010, Pallett released a four track EP entitled A Swedish Love Story on September 28 via Domino; the tracks received substantial airplay on community radio. On November 12, 2012, Pallett tweeted; the album, his fourth full-length recording, was released May 27, 2014. Pallett's previous projects included Les Mouches, now defunct, he played fiddle for a short time with the Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis. He was once the violinist of another Toronto band called Picastro, played keyboard in SS Cardiacs. Pallett has recorded and toured with Jim Guthrie, The Hidden Cameras, Royal City, The Vinyl Cafe, Gentleman Reg, Arcade Fire. One of his songs, "This Is the Dream of Win & Reg