Meet the team
As Toronto gears up for the 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival from Sept. 8 to 19, CBC News Community has once again assembled a team of citizen bloggers to bring you a street level view of the of the internationally heralded event.
You'll be connected to all the action and kept informed of the latest developments through blog posts, photos, interviews, film reviews, and updates via social media.
Meet the citizen bloggers below who'll be bringing you an inside look at TIFF 2011.
Daryl Andrews is a freelance writer born and raised in Toronto. While most kids watch Disney films, he grew up watching movies like Mad Max, Blade Runner, and Star Wars. He is a relative rookie to the TIFF scene, but don't hold that against him. It just means he is on the lookout for great stories from the veterans. Follow him on Twitter @Darylmandrews
Chantelle Joy Duxbury is a self-proclaimed movie fanatic and loves everything from Danish dramas to British horror-comedies. She has spent the last six years documenting her TIFF experiences on her own blog, ChantelleJoy.com/TIFF. When she's not Blogging for fun and profit, she's most often asleep. Follow her on Twitter @ChantelleJoy
Manori Ravindran is an arts and culture writer working towards a Master of Journalism at Ryerson University. She fell in love with film after watching Woody Allen's Annie Hall in her first-year film class. These days, you'll find her in a theatre furiously scribbling notes she can never make out later. Follow her on Twitter @manniehall
Josh Saltzman is a Toronto-based writer, comedian and filmmaker. With his best pal Robert N. Shapiro he co-authored the play The Goodbye Rounds, which received rave reviews from critics and close relatives alike. He's also pretty cute, at least his girlfriend thinks so. Sorry ladies. Follow him on Twitter @joshsaltzman
Robert N. Shapiro is a Toronto-based writer who was once called the life of the party ... if only he ever got invited. He is a published author and playwright. Robert claims to thoroughly understand Mulholland Drive and Inception, yet when questions about these films arise his pager suddenly goes off and he is needed back at the hospital immediately.
Jeannette Hayley Slater has been attending TIFF for over a decade, the last four years taking a week's holiday from her 'day-job' and seeing as many movies as possible. She prefers to see films that won't get a North American release, with a particular penchant for those from Scandinavia and Japan. She'll be bringing you reviews of some of the lesser known gems.
Sarah Twomey is a self-proclaimed TIFFaholic and a five-year film fest veteran. Top seminal moments include: Brokeback Mountain, front-row at The King's Speech gala and bumping into Mads Mikkelsen. When this year's TIFF madness is over, she'll be back to being a mild-mannered media relations professional by day and a pop-culture enthusiast by night. TIFF'11 promises to be the best ever -- let the adventure begin!
CBC Community team
John Bowman (Associate Producer): I've been with CBCNews.ca for more than 10 years, so I've done a lot of different jobs on the website. I started blogging for the CBC with the Blog Report on Canada Votes 2006. I'm into science and technology news, and new and nerdy ways to tell stories, like databases, charts and maps. I'm on Twitter @johnbowman.
Lee Ferguson (Associate Producer): Hi, I'm Lee. I'm a geek for writing, grammar, storytelling and movies (see: @msleeferguson), and my experiences as a one-time CBC message boards moderator left me convinced that CBC's online audience members have amazing anecdotes and content to share.
Andrea Lee-Greenberg (Producer) I'm always on the lookout for a good story, and in Community we're seeking new and exciting ways to share the stories of Canadians. I've worked in radio and online as a reporter and producer, with stints in Washington, D.C., Windsor, Ont., and Aspen, Colo. If you've got a story (or, alternately, a chocolate cake recipe), find me on Twitter @aleegreenberg.
Amil Niazi (Associate Producer): My background spans everything from music journalism to radio, and television hosting. I love working with CBC's audience to discover, expose and tell great stories. The community discussions on CBCNews.ca, Twitter and Facebook always leave me in awe of the passion our audience has for news. Can't wait to hear more. You can follow me on Twitter @amilcbc
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