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TIFF 1994, 20 Years Ago

TIFF Press Office Team, Sutton Place Hotel, Saturday September 17, 1994

TIFF Press Office Team, Sutton Place Hotel, Saturday September 17, 1994. Photo by Sam Barnes.

20 years ago this year, I walked into the office of the Toronto International Film Festival, at Church and Carlton, and naîvely asked how I could volunteer. They subsequently exposed me to a world I had never known, through the lens of cinema, transforming the way I saw that world into a realm of possibilities, stark realities, artifice, diversity, and grandeur. The like-minded people I met who worked there, at all levels of the organization, became like family to me. I am forever grateful for the life lessons learned in my time there, one of them being to share with an audience only the love, not the hate, always. xo

Hope all my friends attending or working TIFF this year experience the joy we felt when this photo of the press office team was taken in 1994. “Throwback Thursday” indeed! Best wishes!

Originally shared on Facebook, copy on August 8, 2014, and best wishes, photo on credits on September 3, 2014.

Back row: Jefferson Darrell, Susan Norget, Grace Wiszniowski, Valerie Wint, Trevor Campbell
Fourth row: Jacqueline Brodie, Georgina G, Robin MacDonald
Third row: Afsun Qureshi, Eve Goldin
Second row: Helen Du Toit, Michael Thorner, Scott, Michèle Maheux
Front row: Daniel, Tracey Hoyt

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TIFF PRESS OFFICE TEAM, SUTTON PLACE HOTEL
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 1994
PHOTO: SAM BARNES