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Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announces line-up !! (short)

Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announces line-up

Fourth annual festival marks Black History Month, runs February 10 – 14, 2016

www.torontoblackfilm.com #TBFF16

 

Toronto, January 20, 2016 – The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announced today the programming line-up for the 4th edition of the festival, presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, running February 10-14. Coinciding with Black History Month, the TBFF is proud to host another year celebrating diversity within the black communities through powerful films, exciting panels and special events.

 

“TBFF showcases the most outstanding and amazing black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival. “Festival-goers will have the chance to see actors and directors from here and abroad sharing their passions. There’s something for everyone!”

 

“Global News is excited to partner with the Toronto Black Film Festival again this year. We’ve been a part of the festival since its inception and we’re delighted to see that it keeps growing each year. We congratulate the festival organizers for adding a unique voice to Canada’s diverse and vibrant arts community,” said Ward Smith, Senior Director, News and Station Operations, Eastern Region.

 

“TD is delighted this year to be co-presenting the Toronto Black Film Festival, part of TD’s 2016 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 Alan Conver, Director, Community Relations, TD Bank Group.

 

This year, TBFF is proud to offer 44 films, including eight world premieres, representing 20 countries. The opening night presentation is THINA SOBABILI (The Two of Us), a drama about two siblings directed by Ernest Nkosi, which was South Africa’s submission to the Academy Awards® for the Best Foreign Language Film category.

 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Black Panther Party, TBFF is proud to present The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary dedicated to the Black Panthers and directed by Stanley Nelson. Other noteworthy documentaries include Soul on Ice: Past, Present, Future, directed by Damon Kwame, about the legacy of black hockey players, Game Face, directed by Michiel Thomas, about gay and transgender athletes, and In My Father’s House, directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, about the hip hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith’s attempts to reconnect with his alcoholic father. The closing film is Mark Dornford-May’s BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO, a modern reworking of the opera La Boheme set in a South African shantytown.

 

New to the festival this year, TBFF Black Market is a series of industry panels and workshops with local and internationally renowned leaders, experts and visionaries, who will address today’s most critical filmmaking issues.

Special events include a Q&A discussion with The Book Of Negroes award-winning director Clement Virgo, a panel discussion about diversity on the screen featuring award-winning filmmaker Trey Anthony and a workshop presented by Actra Toronto on the How and Why of Making short films.

 

#TBFF16 is also introducing the TBFF Audience Choice Award! Winners will be revealed on Closing Night.

 

Get Social: Torontoblackfilm.com  |  Facebook: torontoblackfilmfestival  | Twitter: @TOblackfilmfest  |  #TBFF16

 

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 festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its 12thyear), 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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For press inquiries, please contact: Max Mosher | ClutchPR | max@clutchpr.com | 416-588-9687

Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announces line-up !!

Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announces line-up

Fourth annual festival marks Black History Month, runs February 10 – 14, 2016

www.torontoblackfilm.com

 

Toronto, January 20, 2016 – The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, today announced its official lineup featuring the best in black cinema from around the world. The festival runs February 10 – 14 and includes eight world premieres. The 44 films screening come from 20 countries, including Belgium, the Bahamas, Canada, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Haiti, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, UK and USA.

 

Venues include Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.), the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W), Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W), Théâtre de l’Alliance Française (24 Spadina Rd.) and Collège Boréal (1 Yonge St.).

 

#TBFF16 is also introducing the TBFF Audience Choice Award! Winners will be revealed on Closing Night.

 

Get Social: 

Website: TorontoBlackFilm.com

Facebook: TorontoBlackFilmFestival 

Twitter: @TOblackfilmfest

#TBFF16

 

 

OPENING FILM

 

THINA SOBABILI (The Two of Us)

Presented by Global News

Isabel Bader Theatre – Sunday, February 14, 2016 – 7:30 PM

Ernest Nkosi | South Africa | 2015 | 90’ | Zulu with English subtitles

 

THINA SOBAILI is a coming-of-age story that follows young siblings Thulani and Zanele, whose relationship is strained when Zanele falls for an older man and plans to use him to escape her bleak surroundings. The film was South Africa’s submission for Best Foreign Language at the Academy Awards®, won the Best Picture Award at the Rwanda Film Festival, and audience awards at the Jozi Film Festival and the Pan African Film festival.

 

CLOSING FILM

 

BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO

Carlton Cinema – Sunday, February 14, 2016 – 7:30 PM

Russ Parr – USA | 2015 | 90’ | English and Xhosa with English subtitles

 

A tribute to the Puccini opera La Boheme, this musical drama relocates the struggling students from Paris to a South African shantytown. As the young bohemians fight for food and shelter, they neglect to notice one of their group is suffering from TB.

 

MOVIE TALK: 50 YEARS LATER

 

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

Carlton Cinema – Friday, February 11, 2016 – 9 PM

 

Stanley Nelson – USA | 2015 | 116’ English

The first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party goes straight to the source, presenting a treasure trove of rare archival footage with voices people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph and many others, the film is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a revolutionary culture in America.

 

NEW AT THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR: TBFF BLACK MARKET

 

TBFF Black Market is a series of industry panels and workshops with local and internationally renowned leaders, experts and visionaries, who will address today’s most critical filmmaking issues. Special events include a Q&A discussion with The Book Of Negroes award-winning director Clement Virgo, a panel discussion about diversity on the screen featuring award-winning filmmaker Trey Anthony and a workshop presented by Actra Toronto on the How and Why of Making short films.

 

TBFF COMMUNITY PROGRAM

 

G98.7 LIVE AT TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

Carlton Cinema – Sunday, February 14, 2016 – 2 PM

 

A “real-talk” session about realities in today’s film industry, covering topics such as DIVERSITY ON THE SCREEN, BLACK WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, HOW TO BREAK INTO ACTING and IS BASKETBALL MORE THAN A GAME? Featured guests: award-winning filmmaker Trey Anthony, casting agent Warren Beatty, former CFL player Damon Alan and TBFF founder Fabienne Colas, among others.

 

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

 

AYANDA AND THE MECHANICS

Mark Dornford-May – South Africa | 2015 | 105’ | English

After losing her beloved father, Ayanda will do anything to preserve his memory. But her commitment to keeping his garage open unearths unexpected emotions and long-hidden family secrets.

 

BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO

Russ Parr – USA | 2015 | 90’ | English and Xhosa

A tribute to the Puccini opera La Boheme, this musical drama relocates the struggling students from Paris to a South African shantytown. As the young bohemians fight for food and shelter, they neglect to notice one of their group is suffering from TB.

 

BROOKLYN

Pascal Tessaud – France | 2014 | 83’ | French with English subtitles

Wannabe-rapper Coralie leaves Switzerland for the strife-torn suburbs of Paris to make a go of it in hip-hop. Her skills soon get noticed by other aspiring artists in the neighbourhood, played by real-life rappers and actual residents of the urban projects.

 

CHRISTMAS WEDDING BABY

Kiara C. Jones USA | 2014 | 112’ | English

Canadian premiere

Three sisters struggle to find happiness through the holiday season. The youngest sister and bride-to-be is traumatized when she discovers her first love has been hired as her wedding photographer.

 

DRY

Stéphanie Linus – Nigeria, UK | 2014 | 107’ | English

Zara, a successful African doctor living in Wales, is determined to stay away from her home country and dark childhood memories, until she discovers that her long-lost daughter might still be alive. Back in Africa, 13-year-old Halima’s poor parents force her marry Sani, a 60-year-old man.

 

KNUCKLEHEAD

Ben Bowman – USA | 2015 | 83’ | English

Canadian premiere

After his brother disappears, Langston, who lives with mental disability, falls under the control of his abusive mother. Taking his future into his own hands, he sets out to find a mysterious doctor who he hopes will cure him, venturing deep into the unscrupulous world of pharmaceutical marketing.

 

SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE

Lanre Olabisi – USA | 2015 | 90’ | English

Canadian premiere

Four lovers’ lives collide as one marriage melts into several intertwining affairs. Structured like a jigsaw puzzle, the interwoven story is told from varying viewpoints, with no character fully grasping their dilemma.

 

THE BODA BODA THIEVES

Donald Mugisha – South Africa, Germany | 2015 | 85’ | Luganda with English subtitles

After his father is injured in a road accident, 15-year-old Abel takes up the responsibility of driving the family’s “boda boda” motorcycle taxi. But when a local hustler offers him the chance to be a snatch-and-grab getaway driver, he tumbles headfirst into a world of easy money and quick thrills.

 

THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE

Julius Onah – USA | 2015 | 90’ | English

Canadian premiere

After spending the night with a mysterious woman, a down-on-his-luck DJ discovers evidence of a murder involving a dangerous drug dealer and a billionaire’s son. Desperate for money, he must decide whether to blackmail the killer or help the woman escape.

 

THINA SOBABILI (THE TWO OF US)

Ernest Nkosi – South Africa | 2015 | 90’ | Zulu with English subtitles

THINA SOBAILI is a coming-of-age story that follows young siblings Thulani and Zanele, whose relationship is strained when Zanele falls for an older man and plans to use him to escape her bleak surroundings. The film won the Best Picture Award at the Rwanda Film Festival, and audience awards at the Jozi Film Festival and the Pan African Film festival.

 

WHITE WATER

Rusty Cundieff – USA | 2014 | 83’ | English

Young Michael lives in the deeply segregated world of 1963 Alabama. Obsessed with the abundant “whites only” signs, he decides to do the unthinkable: drink from a forbidden water fountain.

 

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AND MID-LENGTH FILMS

 

EAVESDROPPING ON SOULS: A JOURNEY INTO HAITIAN ARTS

Jacqueline Jean-Baptise – Canada | 2015 | 51’ | English

Canadian premiere

This documentary presents a beautiful collage of Haitian art, painting, photography, woodworking and sculpture, from artists both celebrated and unknown, set against the folk music of the Creole Choir of Cuba.

 

GAME FACE

Michiel Thomas – USA | 2015 | 90’ | English

This documentary tells the parallel stories of Fallon Fox, the first transgender Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) pro fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay. The film follows both athletes during their coming-out process and sheds light on the obstacles LGBTQ sports players must overcome. Former NBA star Jason Collins shines as a mentor for Terrence in this inspiring documentary.

 

IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE

Ricki Stern – USA | 2015 | 93’ | English

Canadian premiere

Hip-hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith purchases his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side in order to raise his young family in the house where he grew up. He quickly discovers that his estranged father is a homeless alcoholic living only blocks away, and hesitantly sets out to reconnect with the man who abandoned him over twenty years ago.

 

 

 

JIMMY GOES TO NOLLYWOOD

Jimmy Jean-Louis, Rachid Dhibou – USA | 2015 | 52’ | English

Few people know that Nigeria is one of the largest movie producers in the world, ahead of Hollywood and just behind India’s Bollywood. This documentary follows actor Jimmy Jean-Louis to the Africa Movie Academy Awards and presents the viewer with a colourful and rich panorama of the world of ‘Nollywood’.

 

MY FATHER’S LAND

Miquel Galore, K. Tyler Johnston The Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Spain | 2015 | 67’ | English, Haitian Creole and Spanish with English subtitles

Papa Jah, a humble gardener, lived in the Bahamas for 40 years. Now he returns to Haiti to see his 103-year-old father and reunite with the land he left.

 

SOUL ON ICE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

Damon Kwame – Canada | 2015 | 84’ | English

This documentary explores the seldom-recognized contributions to ice hockey from black athletes, who have dared to make the sport their own.

 

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

Stanley Nelson – USA | 2015 | 116’ English

The first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party goes straight to the source, presenting a treasure trove of rare archival footage with voices people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph and many others, the film is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a revolutionary culture in America.

 

THE CULTURE

Noube Rateau – USA | 2014 | 55’ | English

Canadian premiere

This timely documentary sheds light on gun culture in America’s urban neighborhoods. It investigates the environment, results, and motives behind the country’s addiction to firearms.

 

THE FLYING STAR

Ngardy Conteh, Allan Tong – USA | 2014 | 65’ | English

Team captain Bornor Kargbo and midfielder Census Jalloh are amputees who play organized soccer in Sierra Leone to cope with the horrors of war they suffered a decade ago. As they dream of playing internationally, they wrestle with nightmares that haunt their daily lives and threaten the very families they are trying to feed.

 

WES

Samuel Lehner – Canada | 2015 | 82’ | English

World premiere

Wes Hall is one of Canada’s most influential business leaders and a recent Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. As a child raised by his grandmother in a tin shack in rural Jamaica, Wes overcame heartbreaking adversity. After moving to Canada as a young man, his drive and determination brought success in both his business and family life.

 

 

SHORT FILMS

 

ALMA

Eka Christa Assam – Cameroon | 2015 | 25’ | English

 

CALM

Kwame Lestrade – UK | 2014 | 13’ | Dinka (South Sudan) with English subtitles

 

CHAINING DAY

Dominic Haxton – Canada, USA | 2014 | 11’ | English

North American premiere

 

 

CHAMELEON

Jude Idada – Canada, USA | 2015 | 4’ | English

North American premiere

 

COUNTER

Nicholas Bouier – USA | 2014 | 12’ | English

 

COWBOY’S GIRL

Andrew Piccone – USA | 2015 | 16’ | English

 

FIRST DATE LAST DATE

Derege Harding – USA | 2015 | 7’ | English

World premiere

 

HEX

Clarence Peter – Nigeria | 2015 | 26’ | English

World premiere

 

JIMMY, THE SOUND OF SUFFERING

Ismaël Co – Canada | 2014 | 15’ | French with English subtitles

 

JOY

Onita Solomon – USA | 2015 | 15’ | French, Yoruba with English subtitles

World premiere

 

MAN’S PARADOX

Barney Frydman – Belgium | 2015 | 3’ | Silent

 

MEET THE PARENTS

Lonzo Nzekwe – Canada | 2015 | 36’ | English

North American premiere

 

MUNA

Keeya King – Canada | 2015 | 13’ | Krio with English subtitles

World premiere

 

PURGATORIO

Martine Jean – Haiti, USA | 2014 | 12’ | Spanish with English subtitles

Canadian premiere

 

RIPPLES

Nadine Valcin – Canada | 2014 | 8’ | English

World premiere

 

RUN FAST

Anna Muso – USA | 2015 | 23’ | English

 

THE BOY

Cayman Grant – USA | 2015 | 8’ | English

 

THE GIFT

Esery Mondésir – Canada | 2015 | 15’ | English

North American premiere

 

THE NIGERIAN

Ben Goloff  – Canada | 2014 | 4’ | English

World premiere

 

THE TOWNSHIP

Eric Dickens – USA | 2014 | 20’ | English

World premiere

 

THE LEGACY OF RUBIES

Ebele Okoye – Germany| 2015 | 25’ | English

Canadian premiere

 

 

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 festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its 12thyear), 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, we recognize the differences that make us unique while celebrating the shared values that bring us together.

 

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For press inquiries, please contact:

 

Max Mosher

ClutchPR

max@clutchpr.com

416-588-9687

MEDIA ADVISORY Programming for 4th Annual Toronto Black Film Festival to be Unveiled, January 20

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Programming for 4th Annual Toronto Black Film Festival to be Unveiled, January 20

January 11, 2016, TORONTO – Media are invited to attend a press conference unveiling the programming line-up for the 4th Annual TorontoBlack Film Festival (TBFF) presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

In addition to the film line up; celebrity guests, panels, and the festival team will also be revealed. The films will join the previously announced Opening Film THINA SOBABILI (The Two of Us), by Ernest Nkosi – South Africa’s submission to the 88th Annual Academy Awards® Best Foreign Language Film Category.

Interviews with TBFF Founder and President, Fabienne Colas, Co-founder and Programming Director Emile Castonguay as well as photo opportunities will be made available on-site.

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto

Toronto Black Film Festival | www.torontoblackfilm.com

Information and RSVP:

Max Mosher, ClutchPR
416-588-9687
max@clutchpr.com

The 4th TBFF unveils South African drama as festival opener: THINA SOBABILI (The Two of Us)

The 4th Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) unveils South African drama as festival opener:

THINA SOBABILI (The Two of Us) will open #TBFF16 as an Ontario Premiere,

Hosted by the award-winning director Ernest Nkosi

Tuesday, February 10, 2016 at Isabel Bader Theatre – 7:30PM

Presented by Global News

 

South Africa’s submission to the 88th Annual Academy Awards® Best Foreign Language Film Category

 

January 7, 2016 TORONTO – The Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16, presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, is proud to kick start its 4th edition with the award-winning South African film Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us), by Ernest Nkosi. The film will be presented as an Ontario Premiere at 7:30PM on Tuesday, February 10 at Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street W) – hosted by the acclaimed director.  Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us) served as South Africa’s submission to the 88th Annual Academy Awards® Best Foreign Language Film Category; and was also South Africa’s choice to the 73rd Golden Globes awards 2016.

 

“We are very proud to open #TBFF16 with such a powerful film,” said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of TBFF. “Through its uncompromising dedication to exploring the lives of young people in the Townships, Thina Sobabili encompasses what the festival is all about.”

 

Directed by Ernest Nkosi, Thina Sobabili (The Two of Us) is a coming-of-age story that follows young siblings Thulani and Zanele, whose relationship is strained when Zanele falls for an older man and plans to use him to escape her bleak surroundings. The film won the Best Picture Award at the Rwanda Film Festival, and Audience awards at the Jozi Film Festival and the Pan African Film festival.

 

The 4th annual Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF16, presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank, runs from February 10 to 14, 2016 and promises to be Toronto’s biggest celebration of Black History Month through films and much more.

 

GET SOCIAL: 

Website: Torontoblackfilm.com

Facebook: torontoblackfilmfestival 

Twitter: @TOblackfilmfest

#TBFF16

 

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 festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its 12th 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, we recognize the differences that make us unique while celebrating the shared values that bring us together.

 

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Source: Toronto Black Film Festival

 

For more information:

Max Mosher, ClutchPR

416-588-9687

max@clutchpr.com

 

SAVE THE DATE Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) 4th Edition February 10 – 14, 2016

SAVE THE DATE

Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF)

4th Edition

February 10 – 14, 2016

www.torontoblackfilm.com

 

Toronto, December 22, 2015 – The 4th Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) will run from February 10 to 14, 2016 and will be presented by Global News in collaboration with TD Bank.

With an increased number of screenings and events, including celebrity guests (to be announced in January), 2016’s festival will be the largest TBFF yet.

While showcasing noteworthy and thought-provoking Black films, TBFF also seeks to create a space during Black History Month to debate the cultural, political and socio-economic issues of the day. The festival offers screenings, concerts, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops, conferences and opportunities to meet filmmakers, writers, actors and speakers from across the globe.

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 people around the world.

For media accreditation, click here.

 

About the Toronto Black Film Festival

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is devoted to sharing stories from the world’s myriad Black communities. Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its 12th year), TBFF is dedicated to showcasing new voices in cinema and encouraging audiences to look at the world in new ways. In connecting Black films with viewers of all ethnic origins we recognize the differences that make us unique while celebrating the shared values that bring us together. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

 

Get Festival News:

www.torontoblackfilm.com

www.facebook.com/torontoblackfilmfestival

www.twitter.com/TOblackfilmfest | Hashtag: #TBFF16

 

Source: Toronto Black Film Festival

 

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FABIENNE COLAS WAS AWARDED A MEDAL FROM THE QUEBEC’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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Congratulations to our president and Founder Fabienne Colas who was awarded a Medal from Quebec’s National Assembly on Monday February 23, alongside two other members of Montreal’s black community Noel Alexander and Benoit Songa – recognizing their contribution to Quebec society. They were all recognized for their leadership and engagement in the black community and received the meadals from Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion. Read more 

Rosey Edeh will be hosting the Panel Discussion “Black Actor in Hollywood, then and now” !

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Rosey Edeh, anchor of the News at Noon and host of The Morning Show at Global News, will be hosting the Panel Discussion “Black actors in Hollywoord, then and now, featuring actors Fred Williamson, Lanette Ware, Bill Cobbs, on Sunday, February 15, 5PM at Jackman Hall (AGO).

Here are 5 things you don’t know about Rosey Edeh:

– She was born in London, England, but raised in Montreal.

– Rosey began her career as a sports reporter with CFCF News Montreal before becoming a weather and entertainment reporter with Global Montreal. In 2001, Rosey moved to the United States to work with CNN’s American Morning, and later worked with MSNBC’s Early Today morning program.

– Rosey has been a three-time Olympian. She is also a world-class athlete and was a four-time All American. She represented Canada in the Summer Olympics three times in 1988, 1992, and 1996, and also won medals in the Commonwealth Games and the World University Games. She is the current Canadian record holder in the 400m hurdles.

– She speaks fluent French (yes, she does!).

– Rosey has also interviewed some of Canada’s most interesting personalities, including actor Ryan Reynolds, Academy Award-winning writer/director Paul Haggis, and hockey

Bonus: She also hosted a conference with Bestselling author Stedman Graham last year at the Toronto Black Film Festival.

Come meet Rosey for what will be an amazing panel discussion with actors Fred ”The Hammer” Williamson, Lanette Ware and Bill Cobbs on Sunday, February 15, Click here for details! 

You’re not sure what to see at #TBFF15??? Our programming team can help!

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You’re not sure what to see at #TBFF15??? Our programming team can help!

Emile Castonguay – TBFF Co-founder / Programming Director and Joyce Fuerza – Programmer / Programming Coordinator accepted to share each 5 films that really touched them. Narrowing down to 5 films was not an easy task as they are the ones who selected all the 38 films coming from 18 countries. But they did it just for you:

EMILE CASTONGUAY

MANOS SUCIAS (DIRTY HANDS) – by Josef Wladika

A powerful film about friendship and support. It that tells the story of two young Black-Latinos dealing with drugs, poverty and racism in Colombia.

UNA VIDA: A FABLE OF MUSIC AND THE MIND – by Richie Adams

A beautiful story that embodies devotion and pure love. It gives you an idea of the reality of someone living with Alzheimer’s disease and the impact on friends and family.

AIDEPENDANCE: THE MANY ILLS OF THE NGO SYSTEM – by Alice Smeets

Tragedy of a people! This is a shocking documentary that perhaps will warn you to be more vigilant when dealing with some NGO’s. Totally eye-opening!

THE SUPREME PRICE – by Joanna Lipper

Another shocking documentary that will show you how the consequence of death and corruption can bring strength and persistence to lots of people to keep on fighting for a dream that is worth fighting for.

NINA’S DOWRY – by Victor Viyuoh

A heartbreaking film on the reality of a woman being abused by her husband – based on a true story. It’s sad to see how women rights simply don’t exist in some parts of the world still today.

 

JOYCE FUERZA

SOUND OF TORTURE – by Keren Shayo

This documentary opened my eyes on the real issue behind human trafficking and what many families go through when fleeing their homelands in quest of a better life. Very moving and thought provoking.

WE ARE THE ONES – by Michel Skinner & Jon Michael Shink

The main subjects of this documentary teach us all to take action, give back, and fight for what we believe in, even in a country like South Sudan with constant civil wars and violent raids. Quite an inspiring story AND is a must-see.

THE THORN OF THE ROSE – by Felipe Henriques

A mix of thrills, suspense and horror but at the same time depicting in a very unique way a sad reality that still exists today in many parts of the world.

CRU – by Alton Glass

Beautiful performance of the actors. A story that reminds you how short life is and the importance of forgiveness.

TERRIBLE LOVE – by Christopher Thomas

Amazing film on how PTSD can affect not only the lives of those who suffer from it, but also those who are living with them daily. Powerful love story, great actors, fantastic art direction! A must-see film!!!

BONUS J

BOSS – by Jack Arnold

A ‘70’s classic from the Blaxploitation genre that you simply cannot miss! Starring Fred Williamson that will be present for a Discussion and Q&A.

 We can’t wait to welcome you from February 10 to 15, 2015!

 Click here to see the complete film selection.

 Click here to see all our exciting special events.

5 things you may not know about Anthony Farnell, who will be hosting ‪#‎TBFF15‬’s Opening Night

Anthony Farnell, Chief Meteorologist at Global News in Toronto, will be hosting the 3rd annual Toronto Black Film Festival’s Opening Night on Tuesday, February 10, 7:30PM at Isabel Bader Theatre.

TBFF’s opening film is Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands), by Josef Wladyka, executive produced by Spike Lee.

 Here are 5 things you may not know about Anthony Farnell:

  • He is from Montreal’s West Island.
  • He graduated from Vermont’s Lyndon State College in 2003.
  • He began working on-air at KPAX in Missoula, Montana as a morning meteorologist.
  • In 2006, he became Chief Meteorologist at Global News in Toronto.
  • His sidekick and loyal friend, ‘Storm the weather dog,’ is famous in his own right and has been featured onGood Morning AmericaNBC Nightly NewsJimmy Kimmel LiveConan and numerous local newscasts.

Come meet Anthony for what will be an exciting opening night of the 3rd annual Toronto Black Film Festival – presented by Global News – on Tuesday, February 10: Click here for details!

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DJ XL5’S BLAXPLOITATION FLIX MIX PARTY

AS PART OF ITS CLOSING EVENTS

 Feb 15, 2015, 9:00 PM at Revival, 783 College Street, Toronto

$30 online and $40 at the Door

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The 3rd annual Toronto Black Film Festival, presented by Global News, closes its 2015 edition on February 15th with a special double-event BLAXPLOITATION PARTY! First up, a mix of film clips and trailers assembled by DJ XL5, then it’s straight to the dancefloor for the hottest sounds in town! DJ XL5’S BLAXPLOITATION FLIX MIX PARTY premiered in summer 2014 in front of a sold-out audience at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, presented in collaboration with the Montreal International Black Film Festival. To celebrate Black History Month, the Toronto Black Film Festival is now bringing DJ XL5’S tribute to Black American cinema of the ’70s to Toronto, and will officially presents its encore screeening in Montreal on February 26.

Blaxploitation is a film genre that exploded in the United States in the 1970s. The productions featured memorable funk/soul soundtracks, as well as primarily black casts. Whether you’re looking for attitude, men getting tired of the Man, strong and charismatic women, exploding cars and furious fistfights, far-out fashion of the era, or blasts of black nationalism, you’ll find plenty of all those elements in DJ XL5’S BLAXPLOITATION FLIX MIX PARTY! It’s an over-the-top, packed-to-bursting bounty of cinematic fun, and the ideal introduction to a film genre that deserves the recognition.

Laborious preparation demanded the viewing of almost 200 feature films, of which 60 met the standards for the XL5 supercut. This film collage surveys the seismic impact of the genre on popular culture, still felt today in the contemporary cinema of the hip hop scene. Presenting its material in chronological order, DJ XL5’S BLAXPLOITATION FLIX MIX PARTY showcases the genre from its earliest moments to its final stages. It celebrates the mythic characters and the craftspeople who brought them to life on often tiny budgets. The mix of film clips and trailers dives into the heart of a vibrant culture, to the strains of truly memorable and amazing soundtracks.  Whether the directors were black or white, Blaxploitation films of the 1970s spotlighted potent, iconic heroes, and their sensibilities were present across genres — the Western, the police drama, the gangster film, horror, prison flicks, biker movies, the biopic, sports dramas, martial arts, musical documentary and comedy. Pimps, dealers, gangsters and prostitutes prowl though the frames of these movies, which also provided a solid soapbox for political voices and social concerns, and salute the proud and the free. Tough protagonists standing up to “the Man” and against blind authority, corruption, drug trafficking, societal decay, organized crime and racism. Many of the films capture the struggles of a community in a time of emancipation.

DJ XL5 is a Montreal-based multimedia artist and collagist whose collages have traveled across Canada, the States and Europe, to film festivals, repertory cinemas and other special events.  Since 2003, DJ XL5 created 14 thematic events, 12 short-film programs, 8 commissioned works, 3 multimedia performances, 3 video battles versus the Total Crap duo, directed 5 short features and wrote 3 screenplays.

After the screening of DJ XL5’S BLAXPLOITATION FLIX MIX PARTY, several renowned Toronto DJs will take the stage to make you dance and party right through to 2 AM with the iconic grooves of the ’70s! The event is co-hosted by Al Saint-Louis & MC Ebone, and features The Elite Sound (DJ Donavon, Mike from M.A.C Entertainment, JC From Sunshine & MC Groove).  The Toronto Black Film Festival’s CLOSING NIGHT: BLAXPLOITATION PARTY is presented in collaboration with the Fantasia International Film Festival, G987FM, ICI Radio Canada, Montreal International Black Film Festival and Unleashed Legacies.

Feb 15, 2015, 9:00 PM at Revival, 783 College Street, Toronto

$30 online and $40 at the Door

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