Session #3: Case Study of Man of Tai Chi

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Session Note

The trials and tribulations in bringing the US-China coproduction to the world.

Guest Biographies

    • Keanu Reeves
    • Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut and raised in Toronto. His many films as an actor include River's Edge (86), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (89), My Own Private Idaho (91), which screened at the Festival, Point Break (91), Speed (94), The Matrix trilogy (99, 03), A Scanner Darkly (06), and Man of Tai Chi (13), with which he also makes his directorial debut.

    • Tom Quinn
    • Tom Quinn is the Co-President, along with Jason Janego, of Radius-TWC, the boutique distribution label of The Weinstein Company. Radius-TWC films include Bachelorette, only God Forgives, and Man of Tai Chi. Previously, Quinn spent more than seven years at Magnolia Pictures as SVP, Head of Acquisitions, and the creator of Magnet Releasing (the companies' genre label) where he was responsible for acquiring and distributing over 100 films including the following Asian titles: Ong Bak 1,2,3, The Host, I Saw the Devil, 13 Assassins, Red Cliff, Mother, Warlords, Exiled, Outrage, Big Man Japan, Chocolate, Dynamite Warrior, over a dozen other action films from the very prolific Thai producer Sahamongkol and last, but not least Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

    • Lemore Sylvan
    • Lemore Syvan is a New York and Los Angeles-based independent film producer. Her latest film is the multi language Chinese/International co-production, Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves' directorial debut. Previous films she has been involved in include The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Henry's Crime, Sherrybaby, and Ballad of Jack and Rose. Her next film is a remake of a Hong Kong thriller Eye in the Sky to be announced this fall.

    • Cameron Bailey
    • Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2008 he has been responsible for the overall vision and execution of the Festival's selection. Bailey began programming for Toronto in 1990 and worked both as a film programmer and film critic for 20 years before taking on his current role. In 2007, Bailey was a part of the delegation accompanying Canadian Governor-General Michaelle Jean on her State Visit to Brazil, where he led a discussion on transnational cinema. He has been a guest speaker at several Canadian universities, the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2011, he gave the annual William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture at the Heritage Toronto Awards.