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Mike Stasko and Daniel Wilson in an image from the 2006 feature Things to Do.Mike Stasko and Daniel Wilson in an image from the 2006 feature Things to Do, which will be screened during the Windsor International Film Festival.

UWindsor professor’s movie to screen on film festival’s opening night

The Windsor International Film Festival will launch next week with a screening of Things to Do, a uniquely local movie produced by Mike Stasko, a professor in the Department of Communications, Media and Film. This years’ edition of WIFF coincides with the movie’s 10th anniversary.

“I'm really excited for the film to be experienced by a new generation, especially my students,” says Stasko. “Films kind of only exist when there is an audience watching them and reacting to them. So the screening is really giving new life to something.”

The movie recounts the adventures of a young man who quits his big city job and returns to his hometown.

Things to Do was a purely Windsor production, shot here, made by Windsorites and a lot of U of Windsor alumni,” says Stasko, adding that his students are more familiar with his most recent film, The Birder. “It will be fun to see them react to something I made a while ago, when I was closer to their age.”

Things to Do will be screened at 8:30 p.m., November 1 at the Capitol Theatre. Admission is $14 for adults and $9 for students. For tickets and more information, visit WIFF’s website.

—Loren Mastracci