Mascots Strike Back Creating awareness for the film on the streets of Toronto, Doug Barber (left) and James Phillips (right) promote their special exhibition at the inaugural Rebelfest, held concurrently with the Toronto Film Festival. Behind the Mascot shone at the Toronto Film Festival and won th\e audience award. www.mascotmovie.com
Former SFU gorilla mascot James Phillips (BBA’95) and co-producer/co-director Doug Barber (BBA’95) unveil their first movie at the Toronto Film Festival in September, then go to Halifax and Sudbury. Behind the Mascot is a documentary on the people in all those crazy costumes at sporting events and features mascots from more than 40 states and provinces. Phillips, a writer for local shows, including Cold Squad, Stargate SG-1, and Edgemont, always felt a mascot film would be interesting. He was spurred on by the Sausagegate incident last year in which a baseball player hit the Milwaukee Brewers’ sausage mascot.