The Green Chain locks down Toronto!

greenchain_evite_3_tor_june19c.jpg *A powerful and important movie that captures the people behind the issues facing our forests – Tzeporah Berman, cofounder ForestEthics

A smart and well-researched film that successfully sees the trees through the forest — Katherine Monk, Vancouver Sun*

The Green Chain has locked down a premiere in Toronto – Friday June. 19th – at the Cineplex Odeon Carlton Cinemas at 20 Carlton St — that’s Yonge and Carlton, a slapshot away from Maple Leaf Gardens.

Mark Leiren-Young will be in Toronto doing postshow Q&A sessions (after both of the early weekend matinees and the early evening show the night of the premiere) for the award-winning feature film and we expect to have some major eco-stars joining us to talk trees after our weekend matinees, including Antony Marcil, the president and CEO of the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada (speaking with Mark on Sunday).

The Green Chain received the El Prat de Llobregrat Award at the Barcelona Film Festival, a Leo Award for Jillian Fargey’s performance and was a finalist for the best screenplay of 2008 in the Writer’s Guild of Canada’s Canadian Screenwriting Awards. Mark (that’s me for those of you reading the blog as opposed to scoping this via Google or some other site) is arriving in Ontario in a few days to accept the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour at an awards ceremony in Orillia, Ontario, June 13th for his book Never Shoot a Stampede Queen. (Previous winners include… practically every Canadian author I’ve ever bought a book by including Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, Eric Nicol, Paul Quarrington, Bill Richardson, Ian Ferguson and Will Ferguson).

Stampede Queen has spent the last four weeks on the BC Bestseller’s list and the second edition arrived in stores across Canada this week. For more on Stampede Queen please visit

On Wed the 17th at 8 pm Mark is reading from Stampede Queen at This Ain’t the Rosedale Library alongside Michael Wex (Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods) and Laurie Channer (Godblog). Here’s the link to the Facebook event page.

The night after The Green Chain’s Toronto premiere, The Green Film — a short which Mark wrote, coproduced and performs the music for — receives it’s Toronto premiere at the Royal Ontario Museum as an official selection of the World Wide Short Film Festival. The Green Film recently won a Gold Remi Award at the Houston Short Film Festival and has been accepted into a dozen festivals in France, Japan, the UK and throughout North America. For more on The Green Film visit

The Green Chain stars some of Canada’s most acclaimed actors including Gemini Award winner Babz Chula, Tricia Helfer and Tahmoh Penikett from TV’s Battlestar Galactica, Genie and Gemini award winner August Schellenberg (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; The New World), Genie and Gemini award winner Brendan Fletcher (RV, 88 Minutes), Scott McNeil (Sleeping With Strangers) and Jillian Fargey (Mount Pleasant).

The Green Chain is distributed by Kinosmith Inc.

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