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MovieJay was first projected onto the world's screen in the humble border city of Welland, in the heart of Niagara in southern Ontario. A French Canadian and American co-production now based in Toronto, Jay studied theater acting and film at York University. His first professional stage credit was Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, the inaugural production of the popular Toronto Classical Theater Project. An actor, singer, dj, proofreader, copy-editor, and film festival junkie, MovieJay's film criticism began to appear online in 2011, and in 2013 he founded this very site in order to house all of his writing and commentary on the movies.

While the Toronto International Film Festival ranks number one for him at home, MovieJay's favorite on-the-road destination is Ebertfest in Champaign, Illinois, home to the historic Virginia Theater and one of the best audiences to experience movies with on the entire planet.