My pics of “Oculus” World Premiere Q&A at Toronto Film Festival, Midnight Madness Audience Runner-Up

On Sunday, September 8, 2013 I attended the gala World Premiere of Oculus at the Toronto International Film Festival. The sold-out event was held in the 1250-seat Ryerson Theatre. The film was a selection in the Midnight Madness section.

The supernatural power inherent in mirrors is a theme as old as storytelling. From Alfred Hitchcock to Rod Serling, and present-day features such as fest fave The Broken from Sean Ellis (Sundance 2008) and Alexandre Aja’s Mirrors, horror fans can’t get enough of the genre. In Mike Flanagan’s magnificently chilling Oculus, Katee Sackhoff and Brenton Thwaites star as siblings Marie and Tim Russell. They reacquire an ornate mirror which has been passed down through many generations, seemingly leaving mysterious occurrences in its wake. Marie is determined to get to the bottom of the object’s enigmatic past, including its horrific tenure in their childhood home.           

For more see my full-length review.

Director/editor/co-writer Mike Flanagan was brought onstage by TIFF International Programmer Colin Geddes to introduce the film, along with stars Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, and James Lafferty. After the screening, the group returned with star Brenton Thwaites, cinematographer Michael Fimognari, and producer Trevor Macy for a fun and informative Q&A session.

Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:

GALLERY (64 photos)


NOTE: I selected Oculus for my Toronto International Film Festival Top Picks


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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