|Talking with Julie Pacino|
Pickford, the first international movie star, was born Gladys Marie Smith in Toronto in 1892 and a statue and historical plaque mark the spot where her house was on the city's University Avenue.
|Mary Pickford statue|
"Her onscreen talents still hold up today," said Julie, talking during a crowded party where Pickford's movies played on giant screens around the room. "She was the queen---much bigger than Madonna."
Production starts next year and, said Julie: "We're excited to be kicking things off on opening night of the Toronto Film Festival. "I believe in timing and synchronicity and now is the time."