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Paul Tortolo

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

Every time the theatre goes dim and the screen lights up, it is as if we join Dorothy and leave our pedestrian lives behind for the magic of Oz. For Paul Tortolo this captures his life-long love of cinema. After retiring from a career as a special education teacher, he has had the opportunity to indulge his passion for film. He is a part-time student in Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and a regular attendee at The Toronto International and Hot Docs Film Festivals as well as frequenting most of the movie theatres in Kitchener-Waterloo. While at home, he’s likely to be found at his computer searching out films as Chair of the Programming Committee (and board member) of The Grand River Film Festival.

Paul’s ideal films may amuse, awe, shock, or perplex but they will always inform about life’s constant elements: love and sorrow. These can be viewed in such disparate examples as 1945’s Rome, Open City and this year’s Sunset Song.

Paul holds a B. Sc. in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto. As well as revelling in his enthusiasm for film, he spends his time listening to music, reading, walking, swimming, watching Canadian football, and volunteering at Grand River Hospital.

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