Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 in pictures

2012 saw Little Mao screen at several festivals, from Toronto to Chicago.  Expect more in 2013, but right now let's look back at 2012:

World premiere of Little Mao in our hometown, Toronto, at the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox. 
Three of four screenings were sold out and at one screening, nine cast members and their families came out.

Joshua Budd (Crying Kid) & Brian Obonna  (Home Plate Umpire) (photo by Mira Dimovski Budd)
Alysha Bauer (Jan) & Ariyena Sorani (Cindy) (photo by Mary Sorani)
Left to right: Kevin Wang (Chairman Bobby), Ariyena Sorani (Cindy), Joshua Budd (Crying Kid), Brian Obonna (Home Plate Umpire), Allan Tong (writer/director)  (photo by Mira Dimovski Budd)

OMNI-TV's Jeffrey Lee interviews Kevin Wang (Chairman Bobby)

Ariyena Sorani and Alysha Bauer join director Allan Tong onstage for a post-screening Q&A with TIFF Kids programmer Shane Smith.  This was the very first screening. (photo by Sonya di Rienzo)

At the same time Little Mao was premiering at TIFF Kids in Toronto, the film was screening at Colorado's Indie Spirit Film Festival.  
Little Mao travelled to Sudbury's renown Cinfest Film Festival.
Director/writer Allan Tong with Comrade Marsha Cummings (of POV magazine)

Allan at the Big Nickel

In the fall, Little Mao appeared at several Ontario festivals.  At Kitchener-Waterloo's Grand River Film Festival, Little Mao was a finalist in the short films competition.  Below, Tia Ng (one of the players on the opposing team) appeared at the Hamilton screening (photo by Des Ng).

In October, Little Mao travelled to the American midwest to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, which along with TIFF Kids is one of the most respected childrens' film festivals in the world.

Allan at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chess Records
Allan with fellow filmmakers Julio and Leslie Cabrera of Puerto Rico


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