04/10/09 PRESS RELEASE
FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER, SIXTY-FIVE AND JUST EMERGING
TORONTO, September 22, 2009 - When Larry Young received a call from Toronto HotDocs Senior Programmer, Lynne Fernie congratulating him on the acceptance of not one but two films into the festival, all were a little taken aback.

For first-time filmmaker Larry Young, it had initially seemed like a bit of a long shot, but for Fernie and the staff at HotDocs, they were struck not only by the sensitivity and artistry of the films and their story lines, but how someone with so much talent was just emerging.

“Aside from being a beautiful film, what was so remarkable was that these films ended with a single credit ‘Larry Young’ and his phone number. We thought to ourselves who is this man and where did he come from?” said Gisèle Gordon, Assistant Programmer of the Canadian Spectrum program for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

And it’s no wonder, when Filmmaker’s Magazine released 25 new faces of independent film, all of whom are at least 20 years younger than, coincidentally named Young.

At 65, Young has had a far from “typical” filmmaker’s history. While no stranger to the arts and education, having passed through the professions of graphic designer, illustrator, portrait artist and teacher, Young purchased his first video camera in 2004 at which point he began shooting on Pleroma Farm.

But to marginalize his history is to do him a disservice; classically trained in the arts, Young’s mastery over canvas and clay is marked and has in large part contributed to his filmmaking abilities.

“I can’t say that I feel like a beginner filmmaker, every medium I’ve worked with involves telling a story, doesn’t matter whether it’s painting, sculpture or video. At my age, I’m more interested in the process, not so much the medium or finished product, just want a classroom to keep learning and a sandbox to keep playing,” said Larry Young.

In fact, despite the film going rush during its North American premiere, Young continued to edit Ana & Arthur post Hot Docs, submitting a revised, longer cut to the Vancouver International Film Festival, which has officially announced its selections including in it Ana & Arthur.

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Vancouver International Film Festival [www.viff.org] is among the largest film festivals in North America and is one of the largest cultural events in Canada. The 2009 festival takes place October 1 to 16 and 150,000 people are expected to attend approximately 640 screenings of 360 films from 80 countries.

Hot Docs [www.hotdocs.ca] is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, showcasing an outstanding selection of over 150 documentaries from Canada and around the world.

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03/25/09 PRESS RELEASE
WORLD PREMIERE OF FIRST TIME FILMMAKER LARRY YOUNG’S FILMS ANA & ARTHUR AND CARMEN
TORONTO, March 25, 2009 - The 16th Annual Hot Docs Film Festival announced their 2009 documentary line up at a press conference on Tuesday, including 2 films by Larry Young, Ana & Arthur and Carmen.

“Aside from being a beautiful film, what was so remarkable is the fact that the film ended with a single credit ‘Larry Young’ and his phone number. We thought to ourselves who is this man, where did he come from and why have we never heard of him?” said Gisele Gordon, Assistant Programmer of the Canadian Spectrum program for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival about Ana & Arthur.

Produced, directed, photographed, and edited by 65 year old first time film maker Larry Young, Ana & Arthur captures with a genuinely compassionate lens the unique marriage of Ana and Arthur, their stunningly beautiful therapeutic retreat and the raw emotions of loss and grief when their marriage and farm is threatened by Arthur's love for another woman.

Carmen, a 7 minute short, is a brief but extraordinarily effective portrait of a woman's profound devotion to her husband. Larry Young captures the essence of this remarkable woman and her heroic adherence to her marriage vows in simple, classic documentary style. His eloquent film challenges all our notions of “happily ever after.”
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