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Help Get Stephen Holt to the 2015 Toronto Film Fest!

Video edited by Kevin Teller

Hi! Or should I say, "Well, hi!" as I have been saying at the start of nearly every "Stephen Holt Show" since 1988. I have been carrying on doing my Public Access not-for-profit, non-commercial show since then and for the past 17 years, I've been going to the Montreal and Toronto Film Festivals.

Montreal hosts me, and yes, Amtrak is still a sponsor, but I have no place free to me to stay in Toronto, and I have to get from Montreal to Toronto, too, and there's  the reason for this Kickstarter project.

 Things didn't go so well the past two years when I tried unsuccessfully to meet my Kickstarter goal. And I was able to just squeak by and get there, but staying there less and less time. You really need a week to cover TIFF(as they call it. i.e. Toronto International Film Festival) correctly, to see all the films and get as many celebrity interviews as I possibly can. 

And the Kickstarter goal would just about cover my expenses at a downtown Toronto hotel in walking distance of the Festival Village. And I use a cane now.

I cover GLBT films, and was one of the first Out Gay television shows. I also cover independent and foreign film. And films that may never reach a wider audience except through my program. I'm covering what no one else does.

I also am an Oscarologist, following the Oscars all year long, on my show, and my blog http://StephenHoltShow.Wordpress.com and as a contributor to www.awardsdaily.com which covers the Oscars all year long 24/7.

This year's line-up at Toronto  is not announced yet,but Toronto is a crucial Oscar films launch pad. I'm looking forward to "Carol" the Weinstein Co.'s Oscar bait-y adaptation of the late Patricia Highsmith's lesbian novella "The Price of Salt" starring Cate Blanchett and Cannes Best Actress winner Rooney Mara is high on the list of films I hope to cover. Also, "Brooklyn" with Saiorse Ronan, also a Weinstein prod. And then there's the sure-to-be-controversial "The Danish Girl" directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper and starring this year's Best Actor Oscar winner Ed Redmayne as one of the world's first transgenders. And many, many more.

In order to continue to try to bring quality programming to my viewers in NYC and on You Tube, Toronto is key.

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Risks and challenges

As far as risks and challenges, I have partnered with the multi-talented videographer/editor Kevin Teller, whom I have been working with successfully as far as post-production in all its' forms is concerned for five years. A student at SVA in New York, I am happy to report that this strong, creative partnership continues to thrive.And any problems we may encounter in completing our goal of doing six or seven quality half-hour TV episodes on the wonderful films presented at TIFF every year, Kevin Teller is extremely capable in solving them.

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    Credit as co-producer on every Toronto Film Fest. 2015 episode we shoot

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    A DVD copy of one of the episodes we shoot.

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    Attend an Off-Broadway show with Stephen Holt himself in New York City. Transportation to and from NYC not provided.

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