Angela Charlesworth is one of the CFC’s newer donors, but has a deep history with the organization – her mother Lorraine was a donor of the centre for 20 years. Currently on maternity leave from her job at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Angela is a proud mother of an 11-year-old girl and 6-month old boy. She hopes to continue building memories at the CFC with her children as she did with her own mother.
A fun fact about Angela’s family connection to the screen-based industry – they are actually cousins on her mom’s side to a very famous Canadian actor – Christopher Plummer! Her mom’s all-time favourite film is The Sound of Music. Angela says, “I think she joined the CFC to help all those budding actors out there become the next one!”
We caught up with Angela to discuss her involvement with the CFC and why supporting Canadian talent is so important to her. Read on in the spotlight below.
What inspired you to start giving to the Canadian Film Centre?
My mom Lorraine Morfea first joined the CFC [annual giving program] for the free movie pass books that would get you into any movie theater – including VIP showings. We were invited to many BBQs and garden parties where we met many young Canadian stars and filmmakers. It was great to see where the money was actually going. When my mom passed away in 2020 I wanted to continue her legacy of support for the CFC. I continue to give so my daughter can share all the fun experiences that I had growing up.
Why is it important for you to support Canadian talent and the screen-based industry?
It’s great to support Canadian filmmakers as there are so many undiscovered talented people right here in our own backyard that need a place to showcase their work. My daughter is also a budding actress and is making her debut in a short film at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah and maybe some day will be in a movie right here at TIFF!
If you were talking to someone else about giving to the CFC, what would you tell them?
I would tell people to support the Canadian film industry, go see Canadian movies, get to know Canadian directors. There are so many movies being filmed in Canada by American talent, let’s see some Canadians getting recognized as well.
What do you hope the CFC will achieve in the future?
I hope in the future the CFC will continue to help all those in front and behind the scenes of moviemaking realize their dreams of being in the film industry and seeing it as a lifelong career. Offering classes and real on the job training opportunities.
What are you watching right now/favourite movies or series?
Right now I watch true crime a lot and just finished watching The Girl from Plainsville and A Friend of the Family.
Learn more about how you can get involved in the CFC here.
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