The name of Don Shebib came up. He was the director of Goin' Down the Road, one of the greatest films ever made in this great country.
Back in the summer of 1985 I was an extra in an episode of The Edison Twins, which was a fine youth-aimed half-hour television series produced here in Toronto. The episode, I looked it up, was called "The Fix" and it was directed by Mr. Shebib. That summer I had read a book on the filmmaker written by one Piers Handling, now the director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Shebib guided the cast and guest cast in a 'big scene': A high school basketball game; many extras were needed to fill out the school gym's bleachers. Of course I watched Shebib to see how he moved about and interacted with the actors. (The assistant directors were the production people who marshalled all us "background".)
The location was a high school -- the name of which I've long forgotten -- on Albemarle Avenue here in Toronto. A bonus for me was one of the guest actors was Reiner Schwartz. I was a bit of a fan: he had been the host of an outstanding OECA (Ontario Educational Communications Authority) series called Media 77 (1977 - 1978).
I can't remember ever seeing the completed episode. No doubt I stand right out.
First posted as "Remembering Don Shebib on the Edison Twins" on June 6, 2018.
Prior to his passing, I enjoyed Mr. Schwarz's Friday night show on JAZZ FM. His on-air bits were hilarious, and his selection of music was 180 degrees from the usual format. Reminded me more of the good old days of CKLN or CIUT.
Thanks for the memories.
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