Presented by: REEL CANADA & The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art
Are you ready for the summer?
We feel that now is the perfect time to revisit the quintessential summer camp comedy Meatballs. We could all use the feel-good vibes that only Meatballs can provide. The film will be presented for FREE on our festival platform for 48 hours, starting on April 21.
We are also thrilled to be hosting an exclusive live discussion between the film’s director Ivan Reitman along with cast members Jack Blum (“Spaz”) and Kate Lynch (“Roxanne”) co-presented by REEL CANADA and The Oakville Festivals of Film & Art.
Live Q&A with Director Ivan Reitman, and co-stars Jack Blum and Kate Lynch. Moderated by Jennifer Valentyne.
When: Watch the film at 7:30pm EDT and join the LIVE Q&A at 9:00pm EDT
Can’t watch live? The film will be available to stream for 48 hours on the NCFD Viewing Platform, from 7:00am EDT on April 21 to 7:00am EDT on April 23
About the Film
This ode to summer camp is a true Canadian classic and features Bill Murray in his first starring role. He plays Tripper, a prankster and a flirt who can’t help teasing his boss and the counsellors at the nearby rich-kids’ camp.
Everyone, including Tripper, is sick and tired of perennially losing the Camp Olympics. It’s only by encouraging all campers to try their hardest — including young Rudy (Chris Makepeace), who has self-esteem issues — that Tripper and his troops can hope to emerge triumphant. Full of wacky pranks, lively hijinks and a lot of touching moments, Meatballs is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.
Czechoslovakian-born, Canadian-raised Ivan Reitman is one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation. An Officer of the Order of Canada, his work on big budget comedy films as a director, producer and writer helped to define the genre through the 1980s and 90s. He is the director/producer of over 75 films which have collectively grossed billions at the box office. His films such as Meatballs, Ghostbusters and Kindergarten Cop are considered classics and continue to influence filmmakers today. In 2010, Reitman was nominated for an Oscar for his work as producer on Up in the Air. In addition to his contributions as a filmmaker, Reitman and his family have supported Canadian cinema through other means including donating the land that is home to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, now appropriately named Reitman Square.
Jack Blum is the Co-Founder, with Sharon Corder, of REEL CANADA and National Canadian Film Day. He began his professional life as an actor appearing in dozens of Canadian films and television shows, including his iconic tape-on-the-glasses performance as Spaz in Meatballs. In partnership with Corder, he went on to write and produce episodes of some of this country’s most celebrated dramatic television series, including co-creating Traders. Their feature film Babyface premiered in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. They have also written many articles about film and the Canadian film industry, been active in lobbying for the cultural industries at all levels of government, and taught many classes and workshops in the craft of screenwriting. Since REEL CANADA’s inception, they have been responsible for building the organization into a national program that has served more than a million Canadian students. In 2019, National Canadian Film Day featured more than 1000 community screenings, and last April’s covid-era virtual edition saw two million Canadians watch a Canadian movie on NCFD.
Kate Lynch is an award-winning actress of film, television, and stage, as well as a theatre director, teacher, and playwright. The star of over 65 films and television shows, her portrayal of Roxanne in Ivan Reitman’s Meatballs won her a Genie award. Her many television credits include her role as Pauline Harris in the miniseries Anne of Green Gables, and series such as Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation, This is Wonderland, Doc, and Queer as Folk. Most recently, she appeared in Andrea Dorfman’s Spinster opposite Chelsea Peretti. As a theatre director, she has worked with some of the country’s most prominent theatre companies including the Shaw Festival, the Blyth Festival, and Theatre Passe Muraille, and taught at the University of Toronto, the Stratford Festival, George Brown College, and Ryerson University.
Jennifer Valentyne, moderator
Jennifer Valentyne is an accomplished Canadian television personality, who held a longstanding run on Breakfast Television in Toronto for 23 years where she went from being a weather specialist to hosting the “Live Eye” and being the stand in co-host. From 2016 to 2020, she had various positions on Corus Entertainment properties, first as the host of The Bachelor & The Bachelorette Canada After Show on W Network, as co-host on Derringer in the Morning on Q107 in Toronto, and co-host of the Toronto edition of Global News Morning.