Alexe Louisa

ISAIAH WASHINGTON NAMED 2017 TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR

ISAIAH WASHINGTON NAMED 2017 TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR

STAR TO ATTEND OPENING NIGHT AS GUEST SPEAKER ON DIVERSITY,

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

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Isaiah Washington

 

Toronto, ON (February 9, 2017) – The Fifth Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (#TBFF17) is proud to announce the attendance of ISAIAH WASHINGTON as a Guest Speaker at its Opening Night of February 15 at the Isabel Bader Theatre. The Fifth Annual TBFF, co-presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, runs from February 15 – 19, presents 40 films from 20 countries and will pay tribute to Oscar Winner Louis Gossett Jr. on February 18.

Isaiah Washington, best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, and currently starring as Chancellor Thelonious Jaha on the CW’s hit series, The 100, is a notable Hollywood actor, NAACP Image and SAG award-winner, producer and activist. A veteran of several Spike Lee films, Washington has starred alongside such actors as Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Warren Beatty, George Clooney, William H. Macy, Steven Seagal, Jet Li, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez, successfully carving a definitive niche for himself as a formidable talent.

“Isaiah Washington is an accomplished actor and a great activist,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of TBFF, “We are honoured to have him join us and share his thoughts and commitment to diversity on screen for our Fifth Anniversary.”

Washington will be walking the red carpet of the Opening Night Gala on February 15 at the Isabel Bader Theatre at 6:30PM.

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About the Toronto Black Film Festival

Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, TBFF is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the experiences of black people from a diversity of communities. Our mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic backgrounds to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences. Along with its sister festivals, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its 13thyear) and the new Halifax Black Film Festival, TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways. In connecting black films with diverse audiences, we recognize the differences that make us unique while celebrating the shared values that bring us together.

 

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Washington is available for in-person interviews on February 14 and 15.

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS !! DISCOVER OUR OPENING NIGHT GUEST SPEAKER

BREAKING NEWS: #TBFF17 is happy to announce its guest speaker at the Opening Nigh!

ISAIAH WASHINGTON will be there on Wednesday Feb 15 to share his thoughts and commitment to diversity on screen for our Fifth Anniversary!

Followed by the screening of the Opening Film TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities by Emmy winner Stanley Nelson

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BIOGRAPHY : 

Critically-acclaimed, NAACP Image and SAG award-winning actor, producer, activist and author Isaiah Washington has been a star of stage, film, and television for nearly three decades. A veteran of several Spike Lee films, Washington has starred alongside such actors as Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Warren Beatty, George Clooney, William H. Macy, Steven Seagal, Jet Li, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez, successfully carving a definitive niche for himself as a formidable talent.

Through natural progression, he branched into the development end of the business, including executive producing the critically acclaimed 2013 film Blue Caprice. Washington received universal praise in such media as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, GQ, Esquire, the New York Times, and Los Angeles Times for his dark, stirring portrayal of DC sniper John Allen Muhammad. He recently produced and starred, along with Oscar® winner/producer Mo’Nique, in the film Blackbird, and his documentary Bound: Africans versus African Americans, won the Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award at the 2014 Seattle Film Festival.

Actively involved through his The Gondobay Manga Foundation with global issues that often find him speaking at congressional hearings in the U.S. Capitol and working with world leaders – particularly on issues that greatly impact his DNA-traced homeland of Sierra Leone (a subject covered in his autobiography, A Man From Another Land), the Congo, Rwanda and many other countries throughout the African diaspora (including his vigorous campaign in the fight against Ebola) – the Texas native is best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, and currently stars as Chancellor Thelonious Jaha on the CW’s hit series, The 100.

Can’t decide what to watch during #TBFF17? Our awesome programming team can help you!

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Can’t decide what to watch during #TBFF17? Our awesome programming team can help you!

Emile Castonguay – TBFF Co-founder / Programming Director and Joyce Fuerza – Programmer / Programming Coordinator accepted to share the top 12 films that really touched them. Narrowing down to 28 films was not an easy task – since they are the ones who selected all the 40 films coming from 20 countries – but they did it just for you. Enjoy the Festival!

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

FEATURE & MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES

SHORT FILMS

 

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2017 #OscarSo…?

2017 #OscarSo…?

One year after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy (initiated by April Reign in 2015), on Tuesday, January 24th 2017, Hollywood was waiting for the unveiling of the 2017 Oscars nominations. Well, it appears that the trend has shifted – nominees in almost all categories are much more “diversed” than the previous years.

For the first time, 3 out of 5 films nominated in the ‘Best Pictures’ category are black: Hidden Figures, Fences, and Moonlight.

For the first time, 3 out of 5 women nominated in the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category are Black: Viola Davis, Naomie Harris and Octavia Spencer.

For the first time, 4 out of 5 documentaries nominated in the ‘Best Documentary Feature’ category are made by Black filmmakers and dealing with black subjects: 13th by Ava DuVernay, OJ: Made in America by Ezra Edelman, I am Not Your Negro By Raoul Peck and Life Animated by Roger Ross Williams.

AND, HISTORY IS BEING MADE! Barry Jenkins became the 4th black director nominated for Best Director; Moonlight, his critically acclaimed and winner of a Golden Globe for Best Film, got 8 nominations in major categories including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay. Denzel Washington became the black actor with the most nominations (7). These nominations are certainly encouraging, but become a little less so when we consider the fact that the Oscars have been around since 1929, meaning for almost 90 years…   It must be pointed out that in 2012 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science was composed of 93% white and with 76% of men with an average age of 60 years old – And this, even with a black woman as president, Cheryl Boone Isaac, since 2013. This observation is not surprising as it applies to most large film and audiovisual companies in the world. Leaders, decision-makers and boards of directors almost have the same profile, color and background, and do not reflect the diversity of the population and public. While attending the 2016 Montreal Black Film Festival, Spike Lee said, “As long as there are no people of color with decision-making powers in the main Hollywood studios, Diversity on screen will be constantly threatened.”  With the media coverage of #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy has taken several steps, one of which would be to double the number of women and visible minorities in the voting ranks by 2020. April Reign and her #OscarsSoWhite shook Hollywood and its most privileged members – it is also important to recognize the big contribution of some activists in Hollywood like Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and many more who never gave up when it came to advocating for diversity on screen. But should we claim Victory? I believe that the #OscarsSoWhite movement has raised collective awareness and sparked a global conversation on diversity on screen in Hollywood. It reinforced the actions and longtime advocacy of many celebrities for a more diverse film scene. All this resonated with the Hollywood studios. And I am happy to see the number of black films that now enjoy reasonable budgets and are breaking records at the box office. Although we should not take anything for granted, let’s CELEBRATE Diversity on screen this year! We know that to reproduce such unprecedented year, we would need a massive range of Black films, each and every year. This is ambitious but … feasible! “- says Fabienne Colas, Founder and President of the Montreal, Toronto and Halifax Black Film Festivals.

For April Reign, which we had the chance to host during the 4th edition of the Toronto Black Film Festival in 2016: “A year does not solve a problem that has lasted for more than 80 years.

Things are evolving, but proof is we must continue to raise our voices and fight for total diversity on OUR screens. Our support to directors, independent productions and broadcasting initiatives is necessary so we can be visible and represented on a daily basis.

And this applies to all people of diversity – as April Reign putted so well in a tweet:   Everyone is saying the Oscars are more diverse this year. No they’re not. They’re blacker, but where are the Latinx movies, the LGBTQIA movies? The Asian American/Pacific Islander community has had a worse year. We can’t forget [them] just because we have black nominees this year. #OscarsSoWhite is about everybody.”  And for all lovers of good films and diversity on screen, the 5th Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF17 offers you 40 films from 20 different countries from February 15 to 19, 2017! Films that will probably never go out to the movie theatres or will never be shown on television.By supporting independent festivals, you support the films, their directors, producers, actors, you give them visibility and more importantly: a voice. You make them travel so that their stories, our stories can be told, seen and taught. “Knowing one another better leads to greater understanding” – continues Fabienne Colas. “The Toronto Black Film Festival is the necessary festival in the cultural and social landscape of Toronto because, in addition to bringing together people of diverse backgrounds, it gives a voice and a platform to creators who otherwise would not have been seen nor heard. “

Alexe Louisa

Coordinator at TBFF

TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL #TBFF17 TO SHOWCASE 40 FILMS FROM 20 COUNTRIES

TORONTO (January 19, 2017) – The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), one of Canada’s premier festivals for black films, announces its full programming line-up with a focus on black global diversity. Returning for its fifth edition during Black History Month, February 15-19, #TBFF17 welcomes filmmakers, actors and audiences to Toronto for the 5-day event. The Festival will kick off with Emmy-Award-Winner Stanley Nelson’s TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Isabel Bader Theatre and will close with South African film The Lucky Specials by Rea Rangaka. This year’s festival also showcases the TBFF Black Market which includes a Masterclass with Emmy-winning filmmaker Sudz Sutherland and Gemini-winning filmmaker Jennifer Holness; a Movie-Talk with filmmaker Corey Grant; a Workshop on how to make Webseries as well as a Tribute and Masterclass with Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr.

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TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMMING ! (Short Version)

TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL #TBFF17 TO SHOWCASE 40 FILMS FROM 20 COUNTRIES

 

FIFTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL MARKS BLACK HISTORY MONTH,

FEBRUARY 15-19, 2017

 

TORONTO (January 19, 2017) – The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), one of Canada’s premier festivals for black films, announces its full programming line-up with a focus on black global diversity. Returning for its fifth edition during Black History Month, February 15-19, #TBFF17 welcomes filmmakers, actors and audiences to Toronto for the 5-day event. The Festival will kick off with Emmy-Award-Winner Stanley Nelson’s TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Isabel Bader Theatre and will close with South African film The Lucky Specials by Rea Rangaka. This year’s festival also showcases the TBFF Black Market which includes a Masterclass with Emmy-winning filmmaker Sudz Sutherland and Gemini-winning filmmaker Jennifer Holness; a Movie-Talk with filmmaker Corey Grant; a Workshop on how to make Webseries as well as a Tribute and Masterclass with Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr.

 

“We are thrilled to bring a wide array of diverse voices and perspectives to our milestone fifth year,” says Fabienne Colas, President and founder of the Toronto Black Film Festival. “Black voices are an integral part of communities in Toronto, in Canada and across the globe – creating a platform for these voices in Toronto is a powerful act of celebrating this diversity and our history.”

 

“TD is once again delighted this year to be co-presenting the Toronto Black Film Festival, part of TD’s 2017 Black History Month series celebrating arts and culture.  We know that both residents and visitors to Toronto will be thrilled with this year’s amazing film festival screenings!” said Andre Lucas, Manager, Community Relations, TD Bank Group.

 

“Global News is delighted to partner with the Toronto Black Film Festival for the fifth consecutive year,” said Ward Smith, Vice President News & Information, Global News & Corus Radio, Eastern Canada. “We’ve been part of the festival since its inception and are thrilled to see it’s continual growth. Kudos to the festival organizers for celebrating Canada’s diverse and vibrant arts community.”

 

The 5th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is co-presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News – from February 15 to 19, 2017 – At Isabel Bader Theatre, Carlton Cinema and Jackman Hall (AGO).

 

For full #TBFF17 programming and events, visit www.torontoblackfilm.com.

 

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More about Toronto Black Film Festival

Founded by the Fabienne Coles Foundation, Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the varied experiences of black people from diverse communities. Their mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences. Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its thirteenth year), TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways. In connecting black films with viewers of all ethnic origins, they recognize the differences that make the communities they serve unique while celebrating the shared values that bring people together.

 

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TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMMING !

TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMMING

 

FIFTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL MARKS BLACK HISTORY MONTH, FEBRUARY 15-19

 

Toronto, ON (January 19, 2017) – Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, announces the official program and events lineup for its fifth annual Festival running February 15-19, 2017. The 2017 edition of TBFF includes 6 International Premieres, 11 Canadian Premieres and 1 World Premiere. One of Canada’s premier festivals for black film showcases 40 films from 20 countries for its fifth edition, including Sierra Leone, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Denmark, Tanzania, Germany, Namibia, Hungary, Grenada, Rwanda, Canada, U.S.A. and more.

 

Venues include Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.), the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W), and Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W.).

 

For more information, visit www.torontoblackfilm.com.

 

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OPENING NIGHT

Presented by Global News

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

D: Stanley Nelson | U.S.A. | 2016 | 90’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 7:30 PM – Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W.)

Helmed by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, ‘TELL THEM WE ARE RISING’ is an unapologetic re-telling of the history of black education in the United States. The PBS-backed documentary is also an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

AN INTIMATE NIGHT WITH: LOUIS GOSSETT JR.

Presented by TD Bank

10 MINUTES

D: Satie Gossett | USA| 2015 | 18’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 9 PM – Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas St. W.). 

Ontario Premiere of Satie Gossett’s 10 MINUTES followed by a discussion and Q&A with Oscar-winner and philanthropist Louis Gossett Jr. who is Toronto Black Film Festival’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient for his work in the film industry and dedication to the education and empowerment of black youth in the United States.

 

G98.7 LIVE AT TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Presented by G98.7

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 2 PM  – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A real-talk session about the realities in today’s black communities such as #BlackLivesMatter,#BlackWealthMatters, #DiversityOnScreen and more. Featured guests: Fritz Roy Gordon and TBFF founder Fabienne Colas, among others.

 

CLOSING NIGHT

Presented by Fabienne Colas Foundation

THE LUCKY SPECIALS

D: Rea Rangaka | South Africa | 2016 | 108’ | English | North American Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 9 PM  – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A small-time cover band triumphs through tragedy by following their passion for music and art. THE LUCKY SPECIALS entertains and re-shapes attitudes around tuberculosis.

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

76’

D: Izu Ojukwu | Nigeria | 2016 | 118’ | English, Igbo

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 5 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A young pregnant woman and her husband’s stories collide as he is accused of the assassination of the Head-of-State.

 

9 RIDES

D: Matthew A. Cherry | USA | 2016 | 86’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 7 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Filmed on iPhone 6s, an Uber driver receives life-changing news on New Years Eve and receives help from his nine customers to work through it. 9 RIDES makes its debut at SXSW in 2017.

 

COUPLES NIGHT

D: Mark Harris | USA | 2017 | 92’ | English | International Premiere

Friday, February 17, 2017 – 6:30 PM Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas St. W.)

A bored housewife begins a Couples Night with her argumentative neighbours, sending her husband into a hilarious tailspin.

 

DESTINED

D: Qasim Basir | USA | 2016 | 95’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 6:30 PM – Jackman Hall (317 Dundas St. W.)

From street violence to corporate corruption, Rasheed explores his parallel lives proving fulfilling your destiny is never a simple journey.

 

ILLICIT

D: Corey Grant | USA | 2015 | 112’ | English | International Premiere

Friday, February 17, 2017 – 9 PM – Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas St. W.)

Exploring contemporary relationships, ILLICIT follows a couple who are seduced into complicated situations after having begun an extra-marital affair. A Q & A with director and writer of ILLICIT, Corey Grant follows the screening.

 

KATUTURA

D: Florian Schott | Namibia | 2015 | 114’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 9 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

This is the place where dreams are destined to die – until several strangers come together in the face of adversity.

 

LAMBADINA (NIGHT LIGHT)

D: Messay Getahun | Ethiopia, USA | 2016 | 103’ | Amharic, English

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 5 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A young boys dramatic tale spans the globe from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Los Angeles.

 

LIFE IS TOO SHORT

D: Antoine Allen | USA | 2015 | 73’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 1 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

If you knew this was the end of the world, would you do anything differently? A look at the day in the lives of five New Yorkers.

 

LOVE ISN’T ENOUGH

D: Saquan Jones, Erin Ryan | USA | 2016 | 73’ | English | International Premiere

Friday, February 17, 2017 – 5 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

An interracial couple face societal and familial challenges. Can their love withstand modern pressures?

 

OXFORD GARDENS

D: Obi Emelonye | United Kingdom | 2015 | 83’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 9 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A chance meeting between a bubbly young girl and a down-on-his luck ex-boxer sets in motion an unlikely friendship.

 

PLAY THE DEVIL

D: Maria Govan | Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, USA | 2015 | 90’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 11 AM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Shattering conventions of masculinity, sexuality and morality, PLAY THE DEVIL captures 18 year-old Gregory’s struggle contending with his desires and societal pressures.

 

 

 

THE CURSED ONES

D: Nana Obiri-Yeboah, Maximilian Claussen | United Kingdom, Ghana | 2015 | 110’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 11 AM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Asabi is accused of witchcraft in her village in West Africa while a reporter fights back to save Asabi’s life. Based on true events, THE CURSED ONES is a tale of morality, corruption and community.

 

FEATURE AND MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES

AGENTS OF CHANGE

D: Frank Dawson, Abby Ginzberg | USA | 2016 | 66’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

An expose of racial conditions on campuses and throughout the United States which black communities still face forty-five years later. How much has changed?

 

BY BLOOD

D: Marcos Barbery, Sam Russell | USA | 2015 | 66’ | English

Friday, February 17, 2017 – 9 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

BY BLOOD captures the emotional and fraught battles of indigenous peoples in America of African descent struggling to regain their tribal citizenship.

 

COLOUR ME BLACK

D: Kelvin Edwards, Dorothy Lucey | USA | 2015 | 62’ | English | International Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 7 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Part two of ‘OPEN LEGS WITH A CLOSED MIND’, COLOUR ME BLACK is poised to bring awareness to the impending extinction of black men whose ongoing assault at the hands of white supremacy and police brutality is worsening by the hour.

 

ELLAS VOICE

D: Katja Duregger | Germany | 2016 | 53’ | English | World Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 1 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A portrait of a timeless songstress reveals her secrets that made her sound so soulful with a voice unrivaled for generations to come.

 

MUSIC IS OUR WEAPON

D: Taye Balogun | Kenya, Denmark, Hungary, Tanzania, United Kingdom | 2016 | 110’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Friday, February 17, 2017 – 7 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Kenyan musicians employ music as their weapon to build bridges across social classes to inspire a population living in abject poverty.

 

SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY

D: N.C. Heikin | USA | 2014 | 84’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 7 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A troubled and accomplished saxophonist battled addiction and fame, landing in jail in the 1950’s. His incarceration led to one of the country’s leading 16-piece jazz groups – right out of San Quentin Jail.

 

 

 

THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD

D: Damani Baker | Grenada, USA | 2016 | 82’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 4:00 PM – Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas St. W.)

Fannie Haughton, a teacher and activist, uplifts her family and lift from Oakland to join the Grenada revolution only to find out her family is on the path of a U.S. military invasion.

 

WALK ALL NIGHT: A DRUMBEAT JOURNEY

D: Elilta Tewelde , Kate Benzschawel and Mallory Sohmer | USA, Senegal | 2016 | 86’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 5 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

An idealistic social worker initiates an ambitious project to take a group of street

musicians to West Africa. Elilta Tewelde aspires to connect the young men to their

African heritage through music.

 

MID-LENGTH AND SHORT FILMS

10 MINUTES – with Special Event and Talk-Back presentation

D: Satie Gosset | USA | 2015 | 18’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 9 PM – Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas St. W.)

A lawyer must convince a serial killer to reveal the location of his last victim 10 minutes before his execution.

 

A PLACE FOR MYSELF

D: Marie-Clementine Dusabejambo| Rwanda | 2015 | 20’ | English | North American Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A mother and her child fight back while Elikia, a five-year old albino girl, experiences stigmatization at school and in her community.

 

ACROSS THE TRACK

D: Michael Cooke| USA | 2015 | 16’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Two African-American sisters are born in 1960’s Georgia, but one is born with fair skin. Once their schools integrate, their destinies change.

 

ADORN

D: Elizabeth Melanson, Mouna Traoré | Canada | 2015 | 11’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A confrontation between fantasy and reality tears down one woman’s perception of her loveless relationship.

 

DO YOU REMEMBER ME

D: Yaz Ali, Bailey Corneal | USA | 2016 | 4’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Using sweet poetic dialogue, Delilah and Fitzgerald remember their love as it once was.

 

FORGIVENESS

D: Satie Gosset | USA | 2015 | 25’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 1 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

An essay contest leads one boy to suggest the President of the United States apologizes for America’s role in slavery.

 

HOUSEKEEPING

D: Chris Strikes | Canada | 2015 | 15’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A housekeeper imagines her life in the clothes and belongings of the guests at the hotel she works at.

 

HUSTLE AND HEART

D: Koumbie| Canada | 2016 | 12’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A romance blossoms between the quarterback and new starting quarterback on this highschool football team.

 

MATRIARCH

D: Oyaro Dancurf | Kenya | 2016 | 11’ | Swahili with English subtitles | Canadian Premiere

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 9 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A portrait of the struggle of a single mother living in Kenya under the scourge of poverty, working to sustain herself and her four-month old daughter.

 

SEE ME NOW

D: Sharon Lewis | Canada | 2016 | 5’ | English

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

With extinction imminent, does Ambrosia leap or leave her life for good?

 

STRANGER

D: Barbara Mamabolo | Canada | 2016 | 12’ | English

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Cinema studies graduate student Nina struggles with the task to report on a film full of racist propaganda while lured by its artistic merit.

 

THE BOOTS

D: Leah Cohen Mays | USA| 2016 | 12’ | English | International Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A lighthearted comedy captures a child’s meltdown in public over a pair of boots he wants and a mothers lesson he will never forget.

 

THE EXAMPLE

D: Wyatt Cagle | USA | 2016 | 24’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Morals, loyalty and manhood collide on a hot night in Beaumont, Texas in 1943 while the city is under marital law. A black man and his family seek to escape a racially tense atmosphere but are met by a white officer at a roadblock, where he is determined to protect his city.

 

THE SUIT

D: Jarryd Coetse | South Africa | 2016 | 30’ | English | Canadian Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 7 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Based on the acclaimed short story set in Johannesburg against the backdrop of the apartheid, a regime is forced to remove black citizens under the Group Areas Act.

 

TRAILING A BOND

D: Oyaro Dancurf | Kenya | 2016 | 7’ | Swahili with English subtitles | International Premiere

Friday, February 17, 2017 – 5 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Three homeless boys risk their lives to save a two-week old infant abandoned by his mother.

 

DAT HAAR! (THAT HAIR)

D: Bibi Fadlalla | Netherlands | 2016 | 25’ | Dutch with English subtitles | North American Premiere

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 7 PM Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

Adopted from Lesotho and taken to the Netherlands, Kaylee is the only girl in her school with afro-textured hair. Tired of her mother not knowing how to treat it, they both set out to seek help.

 

ESCRAVOS E SANTOS

D: Marcio de Abreu | Brazil | 2015 | 26’ | Portuguese with English subtitles | Ontario Premiere

Friday, February 17, 2017 – 9 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A tradition on the 12th of October in the outback of Bahia has roots in sharing stories of slavery as heard from their ancestors.

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILMS

INA

D: Muffy Levy | Canada | 2016 | 2’ | English | Ontario Premiere

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 3 PM – Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)

A daughter retells the story of her mother’s deteriorating health.

 

More about Toronto Black Film Festival

Founded by the Fabienne Coles Foundation, Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the varied experiences of black people from diverse communities. Their mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences. Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its thirteenth year), TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways. In connecting black films with viewers of all ethnic origins, they recognize the differences that make the communities they serve unique while celebrating the shared values that bring people together.

 

 

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BLACK PANTHER FOLLOW-UP DOC KICK-STARTS 5th ANNUAL TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

BLACK PANTHER FOLLOW-UP DOC KICK-STARTS 5th ANNUAL TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

 Stanley Nelson’s ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ explores Black education and revolution in unapologetic documentary

 Toronto (January 11, 2017) – Toronto Black Film Festival launches February 15th to 19th, 2017 for its fifth year with PBS documentary ‘Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities’. Helmed by Emmy-award-winning director Stanley Nelson, the film will be presented as the Canadian premiere on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W.) in Toronto.

 

“We are celebrating our fifth year with a triumph in black filmmaking and in black history,” says founder of Toronto Black Film Festival Fabienne Colas. “Toronto Black Film Festival encapsulates the spirit of diversity and raises the curtain for unheard voices.”

 

#TBFF17’s opening night feature is the follow-up documentary to Stanley Nelson’s award-winning works, ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution’, exploring the schools that educated the engineers of freedom movements and revolutions. ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ unapologetically captures the birthplace of Black leaders in America.

 

The fifth annual Toronto Black Film Festival is co-presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News.

 

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DON’T MISS #TBFF17 PROGRAM LAUNCH LIVE ON FACEBOOK

 

#TBFF17 will be announcing all celebrity guests and programming for their 2017 edition on January 19th via Facebook Live at 2PM at www.Facebook.com/torontoblackfestival. Previous guests of Toronto Black Film Festival include Alfre Woodard, Stedman Graham, Bill Cobbs, Clement Virgo, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Trey Anthony, and more.

 

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More about Toronto Black Film Festival

Founded by the Fabienne Coles Foundation, Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the varied experiences of black people from diverse communities. Their mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences. Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its thirteenth year), TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways. In connecting black films with viewers of all ethnic origins, they recognize the differences that make the communities they serve unique while celebrating the shared values that bring people together.

 

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities will open #TBFF17 as a Canadian Premiere

Stanley Nelson’s ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ explores Black education and revolution in unapologetic documentary

Toronto (January 11, 2017) – Toronto Black Film Festival, co-presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, launches February 15 to 19, 2017 for its fifth year with PBS documentary ‘Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities‘. Helmed by Emmy-award-winning director Stanley Nelson, the film will be presented as the Canadian premiere on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W.) in Toronto.

“We are celebrating our fifth year with a triumph in black filmmaking and in black history,” says TBFF founder Fabienne Colas. “Toronto Black Film Festival encapsulates the spirit of diversity and raises the curtain for unheard voices.”

#TBFF17’s opening night feature, which also was an official selection at Sundance Film Festival, is the follow-up documentary to Stanley Nelson’s award-winning works, ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution‘, exploring the schools that educated the engineers of freedom movements and revolutions. ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ unapologetically captures the birthplace of Black leaders in America.

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