The lights will come on again!


The ByTowne is now closed. But there's good news!

After the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and the ByTowne will re-open.

It may take a while for pandemic restrictions to be eased enough
that a feasible number of patrons can be allowed to watch a movie again,
but the new owners are working towards that day.

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Teenage Paparazzo

Presented in association with Ottawa's Festival X!

Teenage Paparazzo poster artFans of his role as Vincent Chase on HBO’s ‘Entourage’ may be surprised to learn that actor Adrian Grenier has a side career making first-person documentaries. Teenage Paparazzo is his second film, following Shot In The Dark. Here, encountering a 13-year-old paparazzo, Austin Visschedyk, Grenier wonders what it means when a culture beckons a kid into becoming a celebrity-stalking photographer.

The actor gets great access to Visschedyk, who is initially quite excited with the attention and the 15 minutes of fame it brings. Famous for playing a famous actor, able to pull in some major celebs (Paris Hilton, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Lindsay Lohan), and earning the trust of the paparazzo veterans with whom Austin runs (often into the wee hours), Grenier makes the most of a privileged perspective. An appealing, astute, and layered peek into the strangely symbiotic tensions between celebrities and those obsessed with capturing and consuming their fame.

– Sean Farnel, HotDocs

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