The Cayle Chernin Award is presented annually to a female in the performing arts, alternating yearly between film and theatre. This award honors the creative energy and nurturing spirit of actress/documentary filmmaker Cayle Chernin who was "hard-wired to tell stories", and is made possible by the generosity of Cayle's loving and supportive colleagues, friends and family.
The award is an annual cash prize of $1000 to encourage a female artist in the performing arts. It will alternate between film (2012) and theatre (2013), and is intended to support an emerging or transitional artist's creation, development or production of a new work.
This year, the award is for theatre submissions: plays, musicals, dance, multi-disciplinary experimental work. Deadline is Friday, April 5, 2013.
Dwight stars as The Warden at VIFF
in an innovative 16-part series unfolding over
the course of the festival.
See daily episodes starting Sep 30 at
all my beautiful friends!
To everyone who has sent their love and good wishes during my
recent health issues, thank you so much for all your support
(and hugs!) and I hope to see you all again soon.
The first project to be developed for distribution by Union Pictures, DOWN
THE ROAD AGAIN is produced by Robin Cass and executive produced by Sandra
Cunningham and Anna Stratton. DOP is Francois Dagenais and production design is
by Jasna Stefanovic. Telefilm and the OMDC are financing partners.
Union Pictures is a production and distribution company founded in 2008.
Working closely with filmmakers and content providers, Union Pictures develops,
produces and releases commercially viable and critically acclaimed film &
television projects into the Canadian and international marketplace.
DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN! Original Cast Stars In Sequel To Canadian Classic
Sep 22, 2010 7:07 AM
Union Pictures has announced production on DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN, the sequel to Don Shebib's iconic GOIN' DOWN
Written and directed by Don Shebib, the film sees the return of the original
cast Doug McGrath, Jayne Eastwood and Cayle Chernin who are joined by the next
generation of Canadian talent including Kathleen Robertson (A Night for Dying
Tigers, Hollywoodland), Anthony Lemke (The Listener, Rub & Tug, American Psycho)
and Tedde Moore (It Runs in the Family, A Christmas Story).
DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN is the first film to be produced by Union Pictures since
its inception in 2008. Principal photography begins September 27th, GOIN' DOWN
THE ROAD is widely regarded as one of the best and most influential Canadian
films of all time and has received considerable critical acclaim for its
true-to-life performances. It has remained one of the top ten 10 films of
all-time in industry polls since 1984 and has been publicly honoured with its
own commemorative stamp by Canada Post.
Set some forty years after the original Canadian classic, DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN
begins as Pete McGraw is retiring from his days as a Vancouver postie. With the
news of his wayward life-long buddy Joey's demise, Pete finds himself the
custodian of a series of letters, an envelope full of money and a plea from his
late pal to head back east with his ashes with details of a special delivery
along the way. DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN is a touching comedic and romantic tale of
second chances at life and love.
part of The FESTIVAL OF IDEAS & CREATION !
FREE public events
New Creations: Snapshots
by Serge Boucher
translated and adapted by Shelley Tepperman
directed by Jennifer Herszman Capraru
Bruce Beaton, Christine Brubaker, Dmitry Chepovetski, Cayle Chernin, Dov
Mikelson, Paul Soles,
On a beautiful August Saturday in the back yard of a bungalow, a family
gathers to celebrate the oldest son's 40th birthday. The day and evening of
storytelling, joking and bickering reveals eight lives in a family who love all
wrong but love each other just the same. Shelley Tepperman reinvents Serge
Boucher's hyper-realist hit, transposing it from a "pure laine" family in
small-town Quebec to a working class Jewish family in the Niagara region.
Berkeley Street Theatre 26 Berkeley Street
Sunday May 16, 1 pm
TAWC (Toronto Actra Women's Committee) February Actra Conference
E.E.I.F.A. (Eastern-European Independent Filmmakers Alliance) RUSSIAN NIGHT OUT Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street W., Toronto)
May 22, 2009 @ 7 P.M.
(Doors open 6:30)
Ticket info: http://www.eeifa.com
Click Eastern-European Nights Out
From Toronto to Tel Aviv, from Brooklyn to Borisov, Belorussia,
this is a story of rediscovery and of a family finding each other after being
divided by historical persecution. In the summer of 1991, I received a letter
from Russia containing an early photograph of my father,
great-grandmother, and a man who was identified as my father's youngest brother,
great-uncle Boris Chernin, believed dead after his incarceration in Siberia
after World War II.
This letter would take me on a personal journey from a family reunion in Cape
Breton to newfound cousins in Brooklyn, to Israel, where one branch of the
Russian family had emigrated, and finally to far away Borisov, the home of the
Cayle & Mother Beryl at Tom Sandler's tribute to his Mother Ruth Sandler
who wrote "I'll Never Smile Again"
A Low Resolution Films | Herky Jerky Pictures Presentation Producers: Michael Mortensen, Cayle Chernin Writer: Michael Mortensen Director: Jason J. Brown Digital Design, Edit & Sound: Jason J. Brown Composer: Gregory Lindo
Introducing: Lori Axler as Liza Macon
With: Dwight McFee as Reverend Macon Synopsis: A young woman receives her father's
written response to her plea for haven.
This experimental drama places a live actor
into a computer-generated environment. www.jasonjbrown.com www.wickedpeople.ca
Reading GUESS WHO'S COMING TO SABBATH by Phil Pivnick
Thursday, June 25 at 7:30pm.
"They thought it would be nice if their son came out for Sabbath
2006 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition Winning Play
Directed by David Gale
With Cayle Chernin, Sascha Cole, Jack Newman,
Jordan Pettle, Gerry Salsberg and David Tomlinson
Admission at the door: suggested donation $8
Sponsored by Entertainment One
With support from Kulanu Toronto,
An official Pride Toronto event
Phone: 416 924 6211
at the Walmer Centre Theatre.
Dwight has two Jessie awards, one for Body of work and one for Extremities from
Vancouver, and relocated to Toronto 10 years ago.
~ Play Reading ~
A new play by Jacqueline Shayle Hallie
Set in 1920s Toronto, the audience journeys to a Jewish
Steam Bath where Rabbis do battle; the back-alleys where "preeverts" and self
righteous thieves hide; and the Victoria Industrial School where the Young Judea
Club offers safety against unimaginable cruelty.
Where: Beth Emeth/Bais Yehuda Synagogue
(off of Wilmington Avenue)
When: Monday, June 22, 2009
Time: 6pm - 9pm
There was a talk-back session following the reading with
and professional actors to help bring Murray's story from page to stage.
For more information:
below is from
Actra Performers Magazine.
Spring 2009 Conference Highlights
National President Ferne Downey, Cayle
and Tabby Johnson
Hello Out There, (to invoke a little Saroyan)
I am enthusiastically running for Actra Council. I have spent the last two
years getting a real education in the workings of Actra by participating as an
alternate for Council Members unable to attend a monthly meeting. I was thrilled
at the brilliance and awareness of the actra councillors. No one sitting in on
those sessions would ever say again that actors are children who don't have the
capacity to make strong and informed decisions.
I had the pleasure of serving on numerous committees:
Actra Awards with Karen Ivany, we screened between us all the entries, and
please do send in your candidates for exceptional performances this year. (You
can include your own brilliant performances) This celebration of our Toronto
Actors is an important way to recognize our work and built not a star system a
la Americana but an appreciation of fine work and our place as actors in the
voice and face of our Country. I chair and select the Awards Juries, so let me
know if you are interested in serving. Karen produces the greatest party of the
year when the Actra Awards hits the Carlu on February 19th.
Maybe you attended some of the panels and workshops I helped to create as
part of David Gale's fantastic Conference Committee: TIP films and Successes,
celebrating This Beautiful City; Crossing Over to Producing, Ingrid Venniger,
Jennifer Jonas, Anne Tait and her Iron Road, Casting For Film; the super casting
team of Jenny Lewis and Sara Kay, Tina Gerussi. Workshops with loving
teacher/directors who nurture and develop us: Cold(Reads) with Miriam Laurence
and the recent Gender bending scene study with Bernadette Jones, We were
thrilled at the number of male actors who came along and participated in this
experiment and joined in spirited discussion. Speaking of SPIRIT, who there at
Spirit Synott's performance for us at the recent Actra Conference will ever
forget the magic of her dance, or the discussion with the delightful Women Fully
It was a joy to work with Theresa Tova, whose recent performance in the Diary
of Anne Frank was superb! with the Act Your Age group... we actors never retire
and the tireless energy of our older actors is an inspiration.
As co-Chair, with the inimitable Tabby Johnson, of TAWC Toronto Actra Women's
Committee, newly reconstituted, we kicked off the amazing first ever 3 day
conference with a three hour session and an opening unique ceremony. We now have
two amazing women leaders in Heather Allin our new Actra President, from whom I
inherited the TAWC Chair and the elegant, eloquent Ferne Downey, Actra National
president. With TAWC, we want to change things up, create new avenues for
success for Women, but as I always like to say when I say women, I include men,
because of course woman embraces man! a variation on a saying used by Patrick
Sinclair who some of you may remember as a beautiful actor in Toronto years ago.
I want to focus on making things happen, encouraging actra members to put
their work out there, even if we have to do it ourselves. Always a proponent of
"if you build it..." I have never gotten anything easily, have always worked
against the odds... even Going Down The Road, when Don Shebib told me I didn't
have the part of Selina because I had an American accent (the result of living
next to Earnest Harmon Air Force Base as a child in Newfoundland. I went to
vocal coach Charles Jordan, worked on the scenes to eliminate any Americanisms
(how times have changed) and asked Don to let me re-audition. He did and I got
Nothing is easy or regular in our business... but we are in it for the
duration. I have enormous respect for actors and acting and I am proud to be
part of a community that struggles to create life under imaginary circumstances
and has the potential to change the 'real' world. Film is the new universal
language, so let us tawc....
If elected I will continue to work to facilitate independent production, and
work to make the independent production agreements more actor/user friendly and
so that Toronto actors not only survive but THRIVE!
We are at a frontier of new connection to our audiences, marketing and
distribution. New ideas, new ways and opportunities to make it happen and we are
ready, because Toronto actors never stop working at our craft... and living the
life of the actor, the life of the imagination!
Your fellow thespian,
Three fabulous days of workshops, panels, lunches, cocktails, film festival,
I was involved in the following events:
Feb 18 - 9:00-12:00
Feb 18 - 3:15-5:00
Feb 19 - 3:00-5:00
at the CARLU (I selected and chaired the juries!)
Thanks to Satorie Shakoor for my Harold
The alternative award from alternative theatre.