Ontario native Ross McLaren, artist-in-residence in Fordham’s Department of Theatre and Visual Arts, is one of the few professors with a red chili pepper next to his name on the Rate My Professors.com (that’s for “hotness” . … )

The filmmaker is on fire in his former hometown of Toronto, too, where his films will be featured on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 at The 8 Fest, a weekend festival for Super 8, 8mm, 9.5mm and other small-gauge films. On Feb. 9, McLaren’s early work will be featured with the work of Andy Warhol and new artists in a session co-presented with Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC). On Feb. 10 he will be a featured speaker. (photo: mikehoolboom.com)