Behind the scenes with Wayne Carter

Wayne Carter believes, “If you work around something you love it’s never really work.” Carter has been the Executive Director at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival for the last decade.   Being in the film industry over the years  Carter’s career started with managing a film theatre in the late 1970s, when he was in high school.  …

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FIN’s top films

Wildhood  Directed by Bretten Hannam  Country: Canada  Every year, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is the best place for cinephiles in Atlantic Canada to discover new films from our backyards and film industries around the world.   The programming team at FIN couldn’t have chosen a better film than Wildhood for its opening night gala. To its core,…

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The evolution of an artist

Shelley Thompson is a Canadian actress turned writer-director and one of the featured directors at FIN this year.   According to her Twitter bio, she is a “writer, filmmaker, actor, fierce mother, agnostic gambler, LGBTQ+ ally and warrior. All that and more.”   However, all the labels aside, she says, “trying to encapsulate who you are seems to always be tongue…

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Creativity, personality and community

Shauntay Grant is a Canadian author, poet, playwright and professor at Dalhousie University.   Her work is “mainly rooted in local stories and local histories,” Grant says in an email to the Dalhousie Gazette. All of her current and published projects are “inspired by local stories.”  This includes Africville, The City Speaks In Drums and Up Home, which are all set in communities around…

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Fall reads

The fall season can mean a lot of things to different people. Regardless of personal feelings, its shorter days and brisker winds make it a great time to start a new book.   The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (1890)  First published in 1890, this classic is the perfect book to kick off spooky season. The Picture…

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The kids aren’t all right

There’s no doubt everyone wanted to leave the chaos, unpleasantries and bad news behind in 2020. However, it does not seem like 2021 got the memo.   Even with vaccinations rolling out throughout the world, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect students’ lives. International students may have the extra burden of sitting through classes, completing projects…

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On being home, mental health and reconnecting

Back in March, Dalhousie University announced all classes would be online for the rest of the winter 2020 semester. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university asked students to go home. For me, it almost felt like I was being deported.   Moving back home meant flying all the way back to Turkey. Everything happened too…

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