The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its newly-minted In Conversation With… program, previously known as the festival’s Mavericks section. The festival “invites audiences to four unique, intimate sessions with
preeminent stars from the film and television worlds” and the program offers up “compelling, in-depth exchanges and revealing personal experiences
from their latest projects.”
“Our In Conversation With… events always offer something unexpected. Whether it’s a personal anecdote, a surprising fact, or an
industry tidbit, audiences will be enchanted by this year’s lineup of prestigious guests,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto
International Film Festival. “Festivalgoers will have the exclusive opportunity to hear from the top talent of the film and television
industries in a candid and intimate environment.”
This year’s In Conversation With… lineup is listed in full below. All descriptions provided by TIFF. The festival runs September 10 – 20.
In Conversation With… Julianne Moore
Among her numerous accolades throughout her career in film, television, on stage and as a NY-Times Bestselling author, Academy
Award® and Emmy®-winning actress Julianne Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two Oscar nominations in the
same year and the only American actress to be awarded top acting prizes at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. Having
appeared in more than 60 feature films, she will next be seen this October in “Freeheld” – part of the Festival’s official selection –
opposite Ellen Page and Michael Shannon, and in November as President Coin in Francis Lawrence’s upcoming Hunger Games
sequel “Mockingjay: Part 2.” Julianne is an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children U.S. Programs, is on the Advisory Council of The
Children’s Health Fund, and is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. Moore will hit the stage for a
special conversation on the occasion of the premiere of her highly anticipated new film.
In Conversation With… Salma Hayek
Academy Award-nominee and Emmy winner Salma Hayek has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer and director in both film
and television. Hayek has several films set for release this year and next, including the Festival selection “Septembers of Shiraz” alongside Adrien Brody, “Tale of Tales” by acclaimed Italian director Matteo Garrone, and as the voice “Teresa Taco” in Seth Rogen’s
upcoming animated feature Sausage Party. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild and a
BAFTA award for her leading role in Julie Taymor’s “Frida.” Noted for her acting career, Hayek has also dedicated much of her time to
social activism, previously serving as spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership worldwide and the Avon Foundation’s
Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. In November 2005, she served as co-host, alongside Julianne Moore, at the Nobel
Peace Prize Concert in Oslo. She was also part of the One campaign that singer and activist Bono created, as well as a member of
Global Green, and Youth Aids. Born and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Hayek studied International Relations in college in Mexico.
Hayek takes the stage to discuss her remarkable career to date.
Two-time Emmy winner Sarah Silverman is a versatile performer with a repertoire that includes everything from film and television to
stand-up comedy and iconic videos. Silverman next stars in the lead role of drama “I Smile Back” – in the Festival’s official selection –
and in Ashby. She recently wrapped production on the “Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Project,” as well as a comedy pilot for HBO
which she executive produced and in which she stars. Last year she was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety
Special for her comedy special “We Are Miracles.” Other credits include “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Take This Waltz” and her concert film “Sarah
Silverman: Jesus is Magic.” Silverman’s sharp sense of humour is sure to entertain audiences as she discusses her varied career.
In Conversation With… Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner serves as creator, Executive Producer, writer and director on the critically acclaimed drama “Mad Men” and will delight
fans by discussing aspects of the extremely popular TV series. Since the series premiere in 2007, “Mad Men” has become one of
television’s most honored shows joining an elite group in 2011 when it became only the fourth drama to be awarded four consecutive
Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Additional honors for the series include: three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television
Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; four Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television
Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year; and being named seven years running to AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding
Television Programs. Weiner’s additional credits include serving as an Executive Producer and writer on The Sopranos, and writer on
various television comedy series including “The Naked Truth,” “Becker,” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.” In addition to his
television credits, Weiner wrote and directed the feature film, “Are You Here,” featuring performances from Owen Wilson, Zack
Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Born in Los Angeles, Weiner studied Philosophy, Literature, and History at Wesleyan University. He
also earned his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. Weiner currently lives in Los
Angeles with his wife, architect Linda Brettler, and their four sons.