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Daniel MacIvor brings Whole New Thing to Queen’s


November 14, 2005, KINGSTON, Ont. -- Actor/auteur Daniel MacIvor is coming to Kingston to work with Queen’s film students and present his new film Whole New Thing in a special advance screening co-sponsored by Film Studies’ Cinema Kingston and the Reel Out Film Festival.

MacIvor – who now stars as Nathan on Twitch City and is the playwright-director-actor behind such stage works as House and Monster, and the award-winning films Past Perfect (2002) and Wilby Wonderful (2004) – is Queen’s University’s first Stage and Screen Visiting Artist.

During his Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 visit he will critique the final term projects of students who have been assigned to tell the same story in both video and stage formats to demonstrate their understanding of appropriate use of techniques in both mediums. MacIvor will also offer input on the short films of film production students.

Queen’s Stage and Screen Special Field Concentration is unique in Canada and MacIvor’s visit comes courtesy of the program’s associated Visiting Artist Endowment Fund. “Because he was going to be here for end of term, it made sense for him to offer his input on these projects. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students,” says Clarke Mackey, head of Film Studies.

The department’s Cinema Kingston series has also put together the special advance preview of Whole New Thing, a film starring MacIvor, which appeared at the Toronto Film Festival, but has yet to go into wide release. The film’s director Amnon Buchbinder will also attend and answer questions at the special screening 7:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Agenes Etherington Auditorium, 94 Stuart St. (

Whole New Thing, which explores the first crush of a young gay man on his English teacher (played by MacIvor), was called “A coming of age film that could become a Canadian classic,” by NOW magazine which gave it four stars.

The public is also invited to a question and answer session with Daniel MacIvor at the Chernoff lecture hall, rm. 117, at 2:30, Friday, Dec. 2.


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