Day 2-3-SBIFF-"Tiger Tiger," Brad Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jennifer Aniston

February 3, 2015 4:30 PM

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On Thursday, January 29th, I scrambled into the U.S. premiere of Canadian writer/director, Lindsay MacKay's independent feature, "Wet Bum." This was my second attempt to see this film as the first one had been full! "Wet Bum," is a tender "coming of age" story of Sam (actress, Julia Sarah Stone), a fourteen year old weathering her way through the confusion of life as a teenager dealing with bullies, her crush on the swim teacher, her changing body, her mother, working at a retirement home, understanding elderly people and the cycle of life. The story is a personal one to the director whose parents had worked at a retirement home where she learned that "being confronted with people at that stage in life was humbling." When asked about how she approached working with people in different age ranges, Ms. MacKay answered, "I think that is my jam. The character, Sam, is an old soul. I am kind of like an old soul."

Friday, January 30th, I started the day with a screening of "The Unwelcoming," directed by Robby Elmaliah. The film tells the story about the struggles of an immigrant family from the Tunisian island of Djerba moving to Israel in 2006. The documentary gives fascinating exposure to the conflict of be...

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