TIFF 2014: “Wild” Premiere & CSA Rising Stars

It was a whirlwind trip to Toronto for Lana earlier this month!

First stop was the Rising Stars mixer hosted by the Casting Society of America on the rooftop of the TIFF Light Box Building. The Rising Stars initiative is similar to Shooting Stars, which Lana attends each year at the Berlinale as a member of the International Casting Directors Network.

Rising Stars takes four up-and-coming Canadian actors each year, selected by a Festival jury. These four are then immersed in a series of public events and private industry meetings at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Casting directors, agents, high-profile actors, producers, studio executives, distributors, press and festival programmers turned out for a lovely brunch and a press Q&A moderated by actress Sandra Oh.

Lana Veenker and Actress Orianna Herrman at TIFF

Lana Veenker and Actress Orianna Herrman at the Rising Stars Mixer

Sandra Oh introducing the TIFF Rising Stars

Sandra Oh introducing the TIFF Rising Stars

Next up was the “Wild” reception, but not without a bit of help from hair and make-up first!

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Lana enjoyed reconnecting with Author Cheryl Strayed, Director Jean-Marc Vallée and other members of the “Wild” creative team at the reception on the Garden Terrace at the Shangri-La Hotel.

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Lana Veenker with Director Jean-Marc Vallée

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With Producer Bruna Papandrea

Lana Veenker and Cinematographer Yves Bélanger

With Cinematographer Yves Bélanger

Actress Laura Dern and Casting Director Lana Veenker

With Actress Laura Dern

Lana Veenker and Author Cheryl Strayed

With Author Cheryl Strayed

Actress Orianna Herrman and Screenwriter Nick Hornby

Actress Orianna Herrman and Screenwriter Nick Hornby

Finally, it was time for the highly-anticipated premiere of “Wild” at the sold-out, 2630-seat Roy Thompson Hall!

Actors Jeffree Newman, Orianna Herrman, and Braden Paes with Lana Veenker

Actors Jeffree Newman, Orianna Herrman, and Braden Paes with Casting Director Lana Veenker at the “Wild” premiere

Roy Thompson Hall

Roy Thompson Hall at TIFF

The seats are beginning to fill up!

The seats are beginning to fill up!

Can you tell we are excited?

Can you tell we are excited?

Jean-Marc Vallée thanks his cast and crew.

Director Jean-Marc Vallée thanks his cast and crew

The team behind "Wild"

The amazing team behind “Wild”

The film turned out as fantastic and full of heart as hoped! True to the spirit of the book, while also standing on its own.

Cast Iron Studios was responsible for casting around 30 of the supporting roles in “Wild,” and our actors did great! But don’t take our word for it:

“An extraordinary supporting cast” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Great performances across the board, even from actors with one or two lines” – Variety

“The supporting cast is stuffed with fine actors” – We Got This Covered

Bravo to everyone involved!

“Wild” is scheduled for release in theatres in December 2014.

2 Responses to TIFF 2014: “Wild” Premiere & CSA Rising Stars

  1. Wil Mullens says:

    How can I become one of your actors? Or get on a list for supporting roles in projects?

    Is there anyone you recommend for Headshots?

    Thank you

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