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TIFF '16 Festival Onstage Moments

Inspiring and surprising scenes from the Festival

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Sep 14, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Going to the movies is often referred to as a holy experience, with good reason: you head into a dark space with your fellow film worshippers. You all turn your faces toward the light. And you are transported from your daily cares (albeit sometimes into the daily cares of the people onscreen, but no one ever said the analogy was perfect).

But if attending a screening is already potentially profound, how much moreso when the practitioners of the magic that happens on screen are there to talk about what they made? That's one of the most incredible things about TIFF: the opportunity to hear from the brilliant people who directed, wrote, acted in, and otherwise created the whole reason we're here — the films themselves.

Here are a few choice moments from the hundreds that occurred at TIFF '16. Check out even more in Part One.

"I like to take you with my arms around your shoulders into sheer poetry, into sheer imagination"

Werner Herzog

If you're wondering which director Ewan McGregor felt the most kinship with as he headed behind the camera, prepare to be surprised (in an action-packed way):

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niSQO-8CL-4

Canadian director Kim Nguyen talked about how Iqaluit and the Great North helped to reshape his film Two Lovers and a Bear:

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VopqAAzoTlw

The Terry Kath Experience, a documentary about the legendary band Chicago, was directed by Michelle Sinclair, whose father was Terry Kath, co-founder and guitarist of the band. To celebrate the film, Michelle and Danny Seraphine performed some of Chicago's tunes live on stage:

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TE4gxMOKVY

If any TIFF '16 filmmaker was going to ask "how do escaped crocodiles view ancient cave paintings?", it would have to be Werner Herzog:

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBh3rd6XtjY

Human organ lessons from Roger Corman:

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJett2Fx4aU

Rebecca Hall is not afraid to play a difficult part (or to insult Hollywood agents):

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhTJO9uHunk

Playing a younger version of the leader of the free world? NBD:

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1AFKGV_BLE

Adam Driver will do anything Jim Jarmusch is involved in. But he's especially glad he did Paterson:

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_esPd_Ie5F8

Leehom Wang took a pretty circuitous (and exciting) route from Rochester to Toronto, as documented in Leehom Wang's Open Fire Concert Film:

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR7uQjgqIQM

Christopher Guest built a career on "yes, and." But he can also say "no":

Embedded content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTk-jw24wY0