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Director Kalman Szegvary, Talking Wine With The Stars, TIFF, The Wine Ladies TV

Kalman Szegvary’s Cannibal Rollerbabes immortalized by Howard Stern directs new horror film Abattoir

Director Kalman Szegvary, Talking Wine With The Stars, TIFF, The Wine Ladies TV

Director Kalman Szegvary, Talking Wine With The Stars, TIFF, The Wine Ladies TV

Kalman began shooting short stories with his sisters and little brother when he was eleven years old at which point he began to edit and cut the stories together. He began his professional career as an assistant director at Mafilm Studios in Budapest, Hungary, where he was working on a West-German Television Series. Upon his return he produced and/or directed a few television commercials and production managed several music videos including, “Sooner or Later”, a music video for ‘The Spoons’, for Anthem Records.

Kalman felt the strong desire to create his first feature, so with very limited funds he produced and directed “Cannibal Rollerbabes”. Once completion of the edit distributors claimed that it do not contain enough nudity and so he found it tough to get the distribution contract. The film has since become a hit in cult film circles, as shock jock Howard Stern discussed it one morning on air and then had the star Lisa Heughan, on his TV show.

Kalman’s lastest film is a low-budget horror, “Abattoir” written by American James McClung.

A throwback horror movie shot on gritty 16mm film in an age where digital glossiness dominates the genre film industry, Abattoir combines the raw brutality of cult exploitation films from the seventies and eighties (such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Last House on the Left, and The Evil Dead) with a healthy dose of borderline self deprecating, tongue and cheek humor and a sharp sense of irony targeted directly at the very films that inspired it. With enough carnage and cruelty to match the utter ruthlessness of its notorious predecessors and enough winks in the audience’s direction to ensure that its gleeful blood play is not meant to be taken as anything other than a fun ride, the film is sure to excite the taste buds of any movie fan with a soft spot for cult films, retro cinema, and, of course, the “red stuff.”

Abattoir is currently in post production and in negotiations with a distributor.

The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival. (Sept. 10-19)

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and have conducted brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years’ festival, favourite movies about wine (e.g.: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV! Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies.

View highlight with Kalman Szegvary here.

Kelly Slattery

Down for Life producer Kelly Slattery chats wine and a day in the life of gangs with The Wine Ladies

Kelly Slattery

Kelly Slattery

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival (Sept. 10-19), The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and have conducted brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years’ festival, favourite movies about wine (e.g.: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV! Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies.

Singer, composer ( What a Wonderful View, This Way of Hearts, Stuck with You, That Line between the Earth and Sky, Desdermona) producer, Kelly Slattery dropped in to give us the low down on her new film “Down For Life” that premiered Sat night September 12th,2009 at TIFF. The film is about a day in the life of the gang members of South Central LA. The film cast actual gang members and explored the sheer impossibility of getting out of these gangs. Absolutely riveting, this “Toronto” born girl now living in LA making music, producing films, enjoyed a beautiful glass of Jackson-Triggs Sauvignon Blanc with The Wine Ladies.

View highlight with Kelly Slattery here.

Alex Apel

Blood sucking vampires of wine,The Death of Alice Blue, Alex Appel talks with The Wine Ladies

Alex Apel

Alex Appel

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival (Sept. 10-19), The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and have conducted brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years’ festival, favourite movies about wine (e.g.: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV! Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies www.TheWineLadies.com

Alex Appel granddaughter to the Canadian philanthropist and patron of the arts Bluma Appel joined us to talk about her latest film The Death of Alice Blue. Not only does Alex Appel play the lead Alice Blue, the new creative intern at Raven advertising but she is also the producer of the film.

Something strange is going on behind the doors of Raven Advertising. It’s Alice Blue’s first day on the job and already she has set her sights on creating an impressive ad campaign for an important American wine company not to mention the agency’s top creative director, Stephen. However the Agency has other plans for her.

With the help of The Resistance, Alice discovers ancient secrets and her own genetic predisposition to being a vampire. But in the end, despite the powerful forces allied against her, Alice will abide by no ones rules but her own.

The Death of Alice Blue a black comedy/coming of age film.

View highlights with Alex Appel here.

Lyndsey Angus

Triple threat Lindsay Angus premieres documentary October 8th at Sistering Centre in Toronto

Triple threat Lindsay Angus, writer, director, producer and wine lover joined us on Talking Wine With The Stars to share news on her up and coming premiere and launch party of her documentary film. This 23 minute film “Survivor’s Guide to Freedom from Violence” is all about woman fleeing abuse and helping them navigate through the support services available here in Canada. The film is designed not to be overwhelming and to showcase the resources available to women from all walks of life, from rich to poor, black and white, young and old, etc. Premiere takes place in Toronto on October 8th at The Sistering Centre. www.sistering.org

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival (Sept. 10-19), The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and have conducted brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years’ festival, favourite movies about wine (e.g.: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV!

Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies www.TheWineLadies.com

 

Marco Piccoli Jackson-Triggs Niagara star winemaker

Jackson-Triggs star winemaker Marco Piccoli reveals his wine secrets at TIFF

Jeremie Renier

Jeremie Renier of Vintner’s Luck makes the ultimate vintage 1851. Talking Wine With The Stars.

Jeremie Renier

Jeremie Renier

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival (Sept. 10-19), The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and have conducted brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years’ festival, favourite movies about wine (e.g.: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV! Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies www.TheWineLadies.com

New Zealand vineyard proved to be a romantic backdrop for the cast and crew of twice Oscar-nominated director Niki Caro’s latest film. “Vintner’s Luck”. Caro has brought together a young international cast for the film. Belgian actor Jérémie Renier plays Sobran Jodeau, with New Zealander Keisha Castle-Hughes as his beautiful but troubled wife, Celeste. French Actor Gaspard Ulliel is Xas, an angel who seems more human than divine. American actress Vera Farmiga is baroness Aurora de Valday, an aristocrat who encourages Sobran in his winemaking ambitions, and becomes romantically involved with the peasant vintner. Caro’s third film to be premiered in Toronto, and is already generating a substantial amount of Oscar buzz.

Gaspard Ulliel

Vintner’s Luck sexy guardian angel Gaspard Ulliel and a heavenly glass of wine with The Wine Ladies.

Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival (Sept. 10-19), The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and have conducted brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years’ festival, favourite movies about wine (e.g.: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV! Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies www.TheWineLadies.com

New Zealand vineyard proved to be a romantic backdrop for the cast and crew of twice Oscar-nominated director Niki Caro’s latest film. “Vintner’s Luck”. Caro has brought together a young international cast for the film. Belgian actor Jérémie Renier plays Sobran Jodeau, with New Zealander Keisha Castle-Hughes as his beautiful but troubled wife, Celeste. French Actor Gaspard Ulliel is Xas, an angel who seems more human than divine. American actress Vera Farmiga is baroness Aurora de Valday, an aristocrat who encourages Sobran in his winemaking ambitions, and becomes romantically involved with the peasant vintner. Caro’s third film to be premiered in Toronto, and is already generating a substantial amount of Oscar buzz.

Jasper Graham with The Wine Ladies, Talking Wine With The Stars

Dashing actor, writer and producer Jasper Graham enjoys Jackson Triggs Sauvignon Blanc, The Wine Ladies TV

Jasper Graham with The Wine Ladies, Talking Wine With The Stars

Jasper Graham with The Wine Ladies, Talking Wine With The Stars

Next we were joined on the couch by the multi talented dashing young man Jasper Graham complete with a charming English accent. Not only is Jasper a successful writer and actor but he will be producing a new film Keep Coming Back with award winning actor, director William H Macy in January 2010.

Keep Coming Back is about a young man living a sheltered life who develops a crush on a stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her. Wearing many creative hats all at once Jasper is currently writing his second feature-length script “Brother Haunted”, a black comedy one of his favorite genre. We sipped on a crisp glass of Jackson-Triggs Sauvignon Blanc as we spoke about the challenges and rewards of his work .

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival (Sept. 10-19), The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and have conducted brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years’ festival, favourite movies about wine (e.g.: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV! Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies.

View highlights with Jasper Graham here.

Richard Crouse

Richard Crouse shares festival stories and Oscar predictions with The Wine Ladies!

Richard Crouse

Richard Crouse

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival (Sept. 10-19), The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) will set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and will conduct brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years festival, favourite movies about wine (eg: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV! Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies.

Joining us on the couch Richard Crouse having him take a moment to sit here and speak with us. He is the in- house film critic for Canada AM and CTV News Channel, his own show “Richard Crouse’s Movie Show”, which airs on the Independent Film Channel as well as E! Channel

Also is on the radio on Saturdays CFRB, reviewing films and tapes his TV show “Richard Crouse’s Movie Show” at the radio station.

Among other topics, Richard discusses what it’s like to be a film critic, his top pics for this year’s TIFF films, Oscar contenders and more!

View highlight with Richard Crouse here!

Charles Officer

City Sonic director Charles Officer, Divine Brown at The Rex shares some wine with The Wine Ladies

Charles Officer

Charles Officer

Joining us on the couch next Charles Officer the multi talented director who spoke to us about his involvement in City Sonic. City Sonic is a series of films (22 films in all) about extraordinary artists shot in places where their musical lives were transformed. Films about places where music happens in the city, all about the creative reverberations that make a music scene. Just 3 minutes in length one can view the film on your smartphone (Take your smartphone to: m.citysonic.tv) The films are about a musician and a special place that was very significant in their lives and their musical career; Care Failure ( Die Mannequin) at 102.1 The Edge, Jason Collett at Kensington Market, Bare Naked Ladies at UltraBar Show Bar and the film Chales Officer directed Divine Brown at The Rex.

City Sonic short films had their world premiere as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s “TIFF in Concert” program at Yonge and Dundas Square. New films premiered each day at 12pm. All City Sonic screenings are paired with some of the best music-themed films, and were free to the public.

Divine Brown at The Rex directed by Charles Officer showcases this extraordinary talent and career.

What’s next for Charles Officer? Directing a feature film about the world’s fastest man! Harry Jerome, the Canadian sprinter who held the 100 metre sprint world record for over 10 years.

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws thousands of international filmmakers, stars and media to Toronto and for this years festival (Sept. 10-19), The Wine Ladies are entering the exciting world of web TV.

Georgia and Susanne (The Wine Ladies) set up their temporary TV studio at The Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas

Street in Yorkville – ground zero for the film festival – and have conducted brief interviews with the stars, filmmakers, writers, international VIPs and media representatives discussing favourite wines, what wines go with which movies at this years’ festival, favourite movies about wine (e.g.: Bottle Shock, Sideways, A Walk in the Clouds, Under the Tuscan Sun) – the ultimate in wine TV! Celebrity guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine with The Wine Ladies www.TheWineLadies.com

View highlights with Charles Officer here.