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Run Time: 82 minutes
Irene is a 15-year-old girl living in Canada, which is the country Thelma & Louise would be living in if they had driven north. Irene doesn’t have many friends, but if she can just make the cheerleading squad and show everyone her sweet moves, things will really begin to look up. However, when she’s bullied into a cruel prank, Irene and her bullies get suspended from school and have to spend their days biding their time volunteering at the local retirement home. Quickly making friends with the senior residents of the home, Irene sees a new chance to be the cheerleading squad leader she always envisioned. DON’T TALK TO IRENE is a hilarious coming-of-age story about a girl whose only friend is the voice of Geena Davis and who turns to those who already came of age to fulfill her lifelong dream. Facing adversity at every turn, Irene endures and proves you shouldn’t mess with Irene. —T.W.
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:15 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:10 PM
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International Narrative Competition
Pat Mills is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and actor. He studied at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he received the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award and the City TV Best Film Award. Mills is an alumnus of the National Screen Institute, the Canadian Film Center, as well as TIFF Talent Lab and TIFF Studio. Mills was named winner of TIFF’s Pitch This! for his pitch for DON’T TALK TO IRENE.
Secondary High (2002), Guidance (2014), DON'T TALK TO IRENE (2017)
Mike MacMillan, Alyson Richards
Michelle McLeod, Geena Davis, Scott Thompson Bruce Gray, Anastasia Phillips, Deborah Grover, Joan Gregson, Aviva Mongillo, Romeo Carere, Andy Reid, Christopher Persaud
This film is presented with the generous support of DEBBY GOLD.