The Flying Stars dazzle Oakville

theatre poster of The Flying Stars film before screening at Willson Oakville Film Festival

The Flying Stars returned to the Toronto area Sunday afternoon with a screening at the Willson Oakville Film Festival. Co-director, Allan Tong, presented the film to a near-capacity cinema, which boasted a gorgeous two-storey-high screen and a rich sound system. The Flying Stars was paired with another documentary about sport and disability, 8% No Limit.

Co-director Allan Tong doing Q&A after Willson Oakville Film Festival screening

The audience asked Allan perceptive questions such as, “Who started amputee soccer? and “Has the film helped the team find sponsors?” The answers, respectively, are retired American nurse Dee Malchow, herself an amputee who did volunteer work in Sierra Leone; and yes, including our fundraiser last month at the Gladstone Hotel.

audience at Willson Oakville Film Festival during post-screen Q&A (photo- Mark Zelinski)

The final question was: “What else that you shot for the film that you couldn’t put in? The answer was that we filmed several players, but, sadly, had so much room to tell a cohesive, passionate story in 52 (or 65) minutes.

Oakville was one of the most satisfying screenings so far for the audience and the filmmakers alike. It gave a chance for Torontonians who couldn’t get into the sold-out Toronto Black Film Festival screening of February a chance to catch the film. As mentioned, the picture and sound of the theatre was top-notch, showcasing the fine work by our cinematographer Colin Akoon.

Photos by Sally Warburton & Mark Zelinski

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