Among many other sidebar events, one of the coolest initiatives of the Toronto International Film Festival is its annual Rising Stars programme, co-presented by the Casting Society of America. Now in its fifth year, the programme provides a platform for a selected group of promising Canadian actors, allowing them to engage in various development opportunities to boost their careers. This year’s distinguished honorees were Deragh Campbell, Stephan James, Aliocha Schneider and Karelle Tremblay; and I was fortunate to be invited to the Rising Stars Mixer, where I was able to have a quick chat with Stephan James ("Selma", "Home Again"). This talented Toronto native is one to watch, as he eyes a breakout year in 2016, when he plays Jesse Owens in the upcoming "Race".
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