Higher Learning Fall 2017

Higher Learning: Spotlight on the Trades

Nov 17
  • Press & Industry screenings and events are only for accredited passes.
  • This event is free. Tickets are distributed at the venue two hours before the start of the event. (One ticket per person.)

Toronto film crews are renowned in the film industry for their talent, expertise, and dedication to their craft. Their work and diverse trade skills are essential to the production of small and large television and film projects all over Ontario, including over 300 domestic and foreign projects undertaken in 2016 (OMDC, 2016). This panel profiles three trades professionals — a hoisting engineer (crane operator); a chef; and an entertainment industry power technician — who will share insights into their trades and how they apply their skills to film and television productions.

This event is presented in partnership with the Ontario College of Trades.

Individual students wishing to reserve a ticket in advance (limit one per person) may do so using the sign-up form on this page. Administrators or faculty looking to reserve a block of tickets to this event can email hlf@tiff.net with their request. This event is also open to the public. Tickets will be made available from the Box Office 2 hours prior to the event start time.

Students: Sign up for a free ticket

Brian Dwight

Brian Dwight is a mobile-crane operator and the founder of Dwight Crane Ltd. He became certified when he was 19 years old. Although his first work was construction-based, his background in arts and music paved the way to where he is now. Dwight has worked worldwide in the film industry but spends most of his time between his Toronto and Los Angles offices. Dwight Crane Ltd. has an impressive list of film and TV productions to its credit, including Titanic, Star Wars, and Iron Man.

La-toya Fagon

La-toya Fagon is a specialist in event-catering services with extensive experience in the film and television industry. With over 10 years of culinary experience, she uses her passion for food and her vibrant and contagious personality to engage audiences. Fagon has been the executive chef for a variety of film industry events, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Pixels movie wrap party.

Dave Sansford

Dave Sansford works for William F. White International Inc., Canada's oldest and largest provider of professional television, theatrical, digital-media, and motion-picture production equipment. Sansford has worked on hundreds of films over the past 20 years. He is in charge of making sure that all cabling and electricity run safely on set and are compliant with local electrical codes. He installs and operates generators and operates support trucks for lighting and cameras on set.