Tribute started TIFF off with a bang yesterday, the first day of the festival, when we got the chance to talk to homegrown talent - Canadian singer Tyler Medeiros. Tyler, who was born and raised in Toronto, stopped by the suite to chat about his tour with Big Time Rush and Cody Simpson (in Toronto at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre this Saturday, September 8), his famous family and his biggest influence, Michael Jackson. Next up were All That Matters Is Past director Sarah Johnsen and Simon Ennis, the Canadian director of the quirky, moon-obsessed documentary Lunarcy!. Both directors took the opportunity to discuss their respective TIFF films and the processes they went through to create them. Academy Award-nominee Matthias Schoenaerts of Rust and Bone also visited the suite, talking candidly about his on-screen nudity as well as his co-stars and what it was like being an Oscar nominee. Closing out day one was Barry Avrich, director of the controversial documentary Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky.
Outside the suite, Tribute's Bonnie Laufer sat down with Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his director, Rian Johnson. The two have not worked together since the 2005 feature Brick, but Rian had written the part specifically for Joseph, which definitely speaks to the actor's talent. We also got the chance to catch up with the director of Dredd 3D, Pete Travis, as well as the film's stars, Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, who all recounted their experiences with the iconic Judge Dredd helmet.
Check out the gallery below to see some highlights of what happened in the suite and click here to watch all the interviews.