Tom McSorley, Executive Director- Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa.
"Bordering on Greatness: A Short History of Canada at the Oscars"
Tom is also a Sessional Lecturer in Film Studies at Carleton University, film critic for CBC Radio One's "Ottawa Morning," and a Contributing Editor to POV Magazine.
"It was an honour to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa about the accomplishments of Canadian cinema at the Oscars, as well as to give an overview of the history of filmmaking in our country," says Mr. McSorley.
McSorley's talk, entitled, "Bordering on Greatness: Canada and the Oscars," covered Canada's triumphs at the Oscars, whether by ex-patriate Canadians working in Hollywood (eg. Mary Pickford, Norman Jewison, and James Cameron), or by filmmakers who remained in Canada and captured Oscars in the animation, documentary, and Best Foreign Language Film categories.
He also spoke about the challenges and complexities of Canadian film history, given its unusual evolution in light of its bordering with the gigantic and dominant film industry of the U.S.A. The talk concluded with a screening of Norman McLaren's 1952 animation masterpiece (and Oscar winner!), NEIGHBOURS.