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TIFF Today: September 11, 2008

It's the eighth day of the Toronto International Film Festival, and I have yet to mention the biggest stars at the festival in my TIFF Today posts. So I'm going to make up for it by talking about those stars today.

I am referring to, of course, the TIFF volunteers.

You've seen them out and about with their green shirts, showing you where to go, checking your tickets, and in general making the festival a much more pleasant experience for everyone. And it's not just your movie nerds that are donning the green shirts. Mary, a volunteer that has been helping out at TIFF for eight years now, told me that she's been having more fun this year than any other because of the diversity of both the audiences and the volunteers.

Jason, a first-time volunteer, was in awe of the sheer amount of work and organization that goes into making the festival happen: "I've always heard of TIFF, but I never realized just how big it really was until I decided to volunteer." His volunteer experiences as a theater usher have been nothing but positive: "I'm so glad I had the chance to volunteer. I've met people that I never would have met before, and everyone is really grateful of the work we're doing. And it's a lot of fun."

Fun aside, volunteers are the lifeblood of the festival. To Mary, Jason, and everyone else volunteering at the festival, thank you from all of us at theGentries.

Looking for some more information about the festival today? Here are a few other TIFF headlines from around the web:

The stars are out in full force in Toronto. If you're deciding to skip the films and check out the celebs, here's a list of who's expecting to be arriving in town today:

  • Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Robert Carlyle
  • Chris Evans

Finally, if you're looking to catch a screening some time today, here are three films that have been getting some good buzz but might have slipped under your radar. If you do decide to check any of them out, let us know what you think of them!

  • Sauna: Crazy Finnish thriller where the worst thing you can do is relax in the sauna.
  • 24 City: A hyper-realistic film that lingers on the memories of the fall of a Communist factory.

Happy festivaling! Keep checking theGentries over the next few days for continuous coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival.

(Photo: Still from 24 City.)

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