TIFF 2015 Spotlight: Canadian Vixen Sara Botsford


Captivation and Canadian talents go hand-in-hand so it’s a given that Sara Botsford continues to be a focus of avidity. Testament to her versatility and engaging presence, she is a Gemini Award recipient for her work on television in the series “ENG”. This week on the big screen, she plays Dr. Stephanie Novella who goes a little authoritarian on John Lake (leading man Rossif Sutherland) in “River” screening at Toronto Film Fest 2015. Sometimes doing good deeds don’t really deserve another and for John Lake, his intervention in preventing a rape results in him being accused of murdering the alleged assailant. Set in Laos, this sweaty chase movie will thrill from start to finish! In keeping with her penchant for embodying sharp-tongue characters such as her famed role as journalist Anne Hildebrandt, she is every bit the boss in “River” and puts her unfortunate subordinate John to the sword in “River”, a foreboding of sorts for what’s in store for him.

Before we point out the perception of dwindling roles for middle-aged women in movies and television, longevity is definitely one of her strong suits. She’s already worked with Christina Ricci in “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” and was recently on the Amazon series “Bosch”. Sara once quipped in an interview of how she would be the only living actress without a facelift and that work will start pouring in because the industry is going to need old broads with their real faces. With her indomitable and serene spirit, there’ll be plenty of parts for her to put her definitive mark on. Sara’s an immaculate performer with all the tenets for adoration.

Screen Hotties To Crave at SXSW 2015 – Part 2


1. Whitney Able in “Ava’s Possessions”


– One of the most enticing actresses of her generation and the inspiration of why I started this blog, Whitney is strikingly spellbinding every time she graces the screen.
– If you’re smitten by her sexy turn in “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” as well as her memorable role in “Monsters”, catch her returning to captivating form in the demon-themed thrller “Ava’s Possessions” alongside Louisa Krause.
– In her upcoming film “Dark”, she plays Kate, a model whose deepest fears are realized in the depths of darkness and if there’s an indie darling to covet at film festivals it would be the always delectable Whitney!

2. Jennifer Prediger in “Uncle Kent 2”


– Jennifer is garnering adulation as one-half of an offbeat couple with Jess Weixler in the must-see “Apartment Troubles” as they explore their successes, the unpredictable world of art and a brimming romance…:)
– She channels the indie spirit in such a fascinating way and will reprise her role in “Uncle Kent 2” which is the sequel to the film which sparked her transition into the indie scene. She did draw comparisons to Greta Gerwig for portraying the cute Kate, the online friend who is quite the enigma.
– Singer/Songwriter Lisa Loeb made eyewear a fashion statement and Jennifer may just get the same publicity seeing how her glasses is very much part of her beatnik attractiveness.

3. Jessica Pimentel in “The Grief Of Others”

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– Having already caught the world’s attention with her multi-layered performances on “Orange Is The New Black”, she’s already a force to be reckoned with in “Person Of Interest” as Dominic’s primo heavy Floyd.
– One of the coolest personalities that I’ve been blessed to be in contact with, Jessica imbues a genuine gravitas to every role she’s essayed, a sign that she’s a star in the making. Don’t miss her cameo in “The Grief Of Others” which is based on a best-selling book.
– She’s proof that dedication as well as the tenets of never giving up is the path to success seeing how she’s won a SAG award and there’s no doubt Jessica will leave us enthused for years to come.

4. Sonja O’ Hara in “Creative Control”


– Hailing from Nova Scotia which has seen the likes of Ellen Page enchant the planet, Sonja herself is indelibly engaging and one of the brightest creative sparks.
– Be sure to catch her as a spunky yogi in her upcoming feature Creative Control” (directed by Benjamin Dickinson) which is having it’s world debut.
– In her film “Ovum” where she plays a bisexual actress who makes a lot of questionable decisions, she’s going to enthrall your mind and put the audience in a mesmerizing spin.

5. Josephine Decker in “Funny Bunny”


– She’s already been lauded for possessing the art of mystifying viewers having directed the surrealistic features “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” and “Butter On The Latch”.
– Josephine is a fav at SXSW seeing how she concocts visceral work that is full of compelling tones and she can be seen in the comedy “Funny Bunny”, a tale of 2 men in love with the same woman.
– In the vein of film-makers such as David Lynch, she is bathing in the glory of her distinctive storytelling and we’ll be right by her side for more.