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DJ XL5’S BLAXPLOITATION FLIX MIX PARTY

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THE TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL UNLEASHES

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

www.torontoblackfilm.com

 Montreal, February 2nd, 2015 – 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

Trailer & Link: torontoblackfilm.com/2015-festival/#/event/119

  

For additional information:

Marc Lamothe (aka DJ XL5 )

Marc.lamothe@sympatico.ca

(514) 876-1762 / (438) 883-9940

 Or

Julie MacFarlane, ClutchPR

Publicist, Toronto Black Film Festival

Julie@clutchpr.com

416-453-2345

DJ XL5 will be visiting Toronto from February 11th to February 15th and will be available for interviews. Phone or email interviews can also be planned in advance.

The Toronto Black Film Festival line-up is out !

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announced the programming line-up for the 3rd edition of the festival, presented by Global News, running from February 10th – 15th. Coinciding with Black History Month, the TBFF is proud to host another year celebrating diversity within the black communities through powerful films, a community program, and exciting special events.

“TBFF showcases the most outstanding and amazing black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social, and socio-economic issues,” stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival. “Over the course of six days, 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 us thrilled to be partnering with the Toronto Black Film Festival once again, and we congratulate the festival orgainizers for adding a unique voice to Canada’s diverse and vibrant arts community,” said Ward Smith, Senior Director, News and Station Operations, Eastern Region.

The festival opens at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the award-winning film MANOS SUCIAS (Dirty Hands), by Joseph Wladyka, executive produced by Spike Lee. TBFF pays tribute to Blaxploitation icon Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Hollywood legend Bill Cobbs this year. They will be the first to receive an honourary award from TBFF.

As part of TBFF’s special events programming, the Festival is proud to run a three-part “Blaxploitation” series, featuring a screening the 1975 cult-classic Boss“An Intimate Night With Fred “The Hammer” Williamson”, and the closing night TBFF Blaxploitation Party.

TBBF will also host a Black Actors in Hollywood, Then and Now” panel discussion – featuring actors Fred Williamson, Lanette Ware and Bill Cobbs. In addition to the must-see films and the special events, movie-goers will also be able to enjoy FREE panel discussions (TBFF Community program) at the Carlton Cinema.

Co-Founder and Programming Director Emile Castonguay presented the slate for this year’s festival, which includes a wide range of genres and exciting special events. All details can be found HERE.

Toronto Black Film Festival Celebrates the ‘70s with the TBFF Blaxploitation Party, February 15

Closing party for the 3rd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival combines film and music

for an unforgettable night at Toronto’s Revival

 

TORONTO, January 20, 2015 – Can you dig it? The 3rd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by Global News, wraps up six days of films and panels with one big party. The TBFF Blaxploitation Party, happening February 15 from 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM at Revival (783 College Street) is the official closing party for the festival. Celebrating the best and most influential films of the Blaxploitation genre, the TBFF Blaxploitation Party commemorates a movement that redefined film in the 1970’s and beyond. Partygoers are encouraged to wear ‘70s inspired wigs, heels, accessories and colourful outfits. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

 “The TBFF Blaxploitation Party celebrates one of the most important cult genres in cinema,” said Fabienne Colas, Co-Founder and President of Toronto Black Film Festival. “It’s through this genre that our communities were first able to express their voice in commercial independent filmmaking, the influence of which reverberates in cinema today. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Black History Month!”

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Co-presented by G98.7FM, Radio-Canada, Fantasia International Film Festival and the Montreal International Black Film Festival, the party kicks off with a look back at Black American cinema of the ‘70s, showcasing a mashup of the best films and trailers of the genre in chronological order from its earliest moments to its final stages – put together by DJXL5. After, some of Toronto’s best DJs take the stage to spin top tracks from the ‘70s for an all-night dance party.

 The TBFF Blaxploitation Party is co-hosted by Al Saint-Louis and MC Ebone, featuring DJs The Elite Sound (DJ Donavon, Mike from M.A.C. Entertainment, JC From Sunshine, and MC Groove). In collaboration with Unleashed Legacies and Motherland Entertainment.

 The 3rd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) will run from February 10 to 15, 2015 and is presented by Global News.

 

Get Social:

www.torontoblackfilm.com I facebook.com/torontoblackfilmfestival I @TOblackfilmfest I #TBFF15

 

TBFF – MORE THAN A FESTIVAL

Intriguing, international, entertaining, eye-opening, and educating, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is about DISCOVERY & DIVERSITY! TBFF showcases the most outstanding and most powerful Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. In connecting black films with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins, we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person’s experience. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

 

About Global News

Global News is one of the best known media brands in the country. We are a digital first news organization dedicated to providing Canadians with the news and information relative to them on any platform, at any time. Global offers people, from coast to coast, a wealth of news, innovative storytelling and information; from breaking news in their community to deep engaging content from around the world. Locally, our connection to our viewers and the community we live in is unparalleled. Journalists working in our 12 award winning television stations provide nearly 400 hours of news content each week for their local markets as well as our national broadcasts, Global National, 16×9, The West Block, The Morning Show and globalnews.ca. Global News is committed to balanced and ethical journalism produced in the public’s interest.

 

Global News is a division of Shaw Communications Inc.

 

For more information:

Julie MacFarlane, ClutchPR

416-453-2345

julie@clutchpr.com

 

 

 

Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) Announces Line-up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, January 20, 2015 – The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) announced today the programming line-up for the 3rd edition of the festival, presented by Global News, running from February 10th – 15th. Coinciding with Black History Month, the TBFF is proud to host another year celebrating diversity within the black communities through powerful films, a community program, and exciting special events.

“TBFF showcases the most outstanding and amazing black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social, and socio-economic issues,” stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the Festival. “Over the course of six days, 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 us thrilled to be partnering with the Toronto Black Film Festival once again, and we congratulate the festival orgainizers for adding a unique voice to Canada’s diverse and vibrant arts community,” said Ward Smith, Senior Director, News and Station Operations, Eastern Region.

This year, TBFF is proud to offer 38 of the very best films depicting black realities from around the globe and a variety of breathtaking special events. TBFF would also like to congratulate its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented by Global Montreal for the last five years, as they celebrated their 10th anniversary in September 2014.

The festival opens at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the award-winning film MANOS SUCIAS (Dirty Hands), by Joseph Wladyka, executive produced by Spike Lee. TBFF pays tribute to Blaxploitation icon Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Hollywood legend Bill Cobbs this year. They will be the first to receive an honourary award from TBFF. As part of TBFF’s special events programming, the Festival is proud to run a three-part “Blaxploitation” series, featuring a screening the 1975 cult-classic Boss, “An Intimate Night With Fred “The Hammer” Williamson”, and the closing night TBFF Blaxploitation Party.

TBBF will also host a “Black Actors in Hollywood, Then and Now” panel discussion featuring actors Fred Williamson, Lanette Ware and Bill Cobbs. In addition to the must-see films and the special events, movie-goers will also be able to enjoy FREE panel discussions (TBFF Community program) at the Carlton Cinema. All details can be found at the Festival’s website.

Co-Founder and Programming Director Emile Castonguay presented the slate for this year’s festival, which includes a wide range of genres and exciting special events.

Some highlights include: Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands), Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind, Terrible Love, Nina’s Dowry, AIDependence: The Many Ills of the NGO System, The Supreme Price, We Are The Ones, You Belong To Me: Sex, Race and Murder on the Suwannee River, Sewing Hope: The Story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Bound: Africans VS African-Americans, Des Étoiles (Under the Starry Sky), Haleema, Freedom Road, Narvalo and many more! Productions are divided into several categories: Narrative Feature Films, Mid-Length and Feature Documentary Films, and Short Films.

A SYMBOLIC CONTEXT

Black History Month allows movie-goers to reflect on the past in order to better understand the present and prepare for the future. 2015 is a symbolic year for the TBFF, commemorating 60 years since Rosa Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality. Fifty years since the assassination of human rights activist Malcolm X. Five years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti killed hundreds-of-thousands of people and left millions homeless.

OPENING NIGHT

MANOS SUCIAS (Dirty Hands) – OPENING FILM

Presented by Global News

Isabel Bader Theatre – Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 7:30 PM – $25

Joseph Wladyka, executive produced by Spike Lee – USA, Columbia | 2014 | 82’ | Spanish with English subtitles

Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, Jacobo, a desperate fisherman and Delio, a naive kid, embark on a journey trafficking millions of dollars of cocaine up the Pacific coast of Colombia. Refusing to glamorize the drug trade, Manos Sucias instead offers a rare glimpse of its devastating effects.

 

TBFF BLAXPLOITATION SERIES & CLOSING NIGHT

An unprecedented celebration of the deeply influential and flourishing commercial Black independent filmmaking of early 1970s that became known as “Blaxploitation” – present across many genres including 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 saluted the proud and the free. These films often featured tough protagonists standing up to “the Man” and against blind authority, corruption, drug trafficking, societal decay, organized crime and racism. Many of them capture the struggles of a community in a time of emancipation. This series is co-presented by Fantasia International Black Film Festival.

AN INTIMATE NIGHT WITH: FRED “THE HAMMER” WILLIAMSON

Jackman Hall – Art Gallery of Ontario – Friday, February 13, 2015 – 6:30 PM – $20

Fred Williamson rose to prominence as one of the first African-American action stars of the “Blaxploitation” genre of the early 1970s; going on to lead to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer. TBFF celebrates his contributions to the cult genre by awarding him with the TBFF 2015 Pioneer Award, followed by a screening of BOSS and a Q&A with Williamson himself.

BOSS (as part of An Intimate Night with Fred “The Hammer” Williamson)

Jackman Hall – Art Gallery of Ontario – Friday, February 13, 2015 – 6:30 PM

Jack Arnold – USA | 1974 | 87’ | English

With: Fred Williamson, d’Urville Martin, William smith, Barbara Leigh

The 1975 cult-classic Boss follows the story of a former slave named Boss who takes his freedom by force, and his loyal sidekick Amos scour the landscape in pursuit of Ged Layton, a white fugitive with a substantial price on his head. They’re going to bring law and order, and dispense a few lessons in human decency before they collect the reward for Layton. This screening will follow a tribute to Fred Williamson and will precede a discussion with the actor.

TBFF BLAXPLOITATION PARTY – CLOSING NIGHT

Revival – Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 9 PM – $30 ($40 @ the door).

Co-presented by: G98.7FM, Radio-Canada, Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal International Black Film Festival, Unleashed Legacies

TBFF concludes with a celebration of the deeply influential “Blaxploitation” genre that redefined film in the 1970’s and beyond. First, a mix of film clips and trailers by DJ XL5, followed by an all-night dance party hosted by several of Toronto’s most popular DJs. Partygoers are encouraged to wear ‘70s inspired wigs, heels, accessories, and colourful outfits to boogie the night away.

TRIBUTE TO HOLLYWOOD LEGEND BILL COBBS

TRIBUTE TO BILL COBBS

Jackman Hall – Art Gallery of Ontario – Saturday, February 14, 2015 – 6:30 PM – $20

Hollywood Legend Wilbert “Bill” Cobbs has starred in over 160 television programs and movies. Cobbs will receive the Toronto Black Film Festival’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his amazing body of work and for his great contribution to Films both in Television and Cinema. The award ceremony will precede the special screening of Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind, by Richie Adams. Followed by a Q&A session with the famed actor and the director of the film.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

 BLACK ACTORS IN HOLLYWOOD, THEN AND NOW

Jackman Hall, AGO – Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 5 PM – $20

Panelists include: Fred Williamson, Actor, Director, Producer, Writer; Bill Cobbs, Actor; Lanette Ware, Actress

Hosted by: Rosey Edeh, Anchor of the “News at Noon” and host of “The Morning Show” at Global News.

This year we are excited to host a panel discussion about Black actors in modern Hollywood from the 1970’s to today. In recent years we’ve seen some amazing success for black films. The popularity and praise for such films as The Butler, 12 Years a Slave, Mandela, The Long Road to Freedom and Selma has created many opportunities for black actors. Is it a temporary trend or has the tide finally shifted?

TBFF COMMUNITY PROGRAM

 Carlton Cinema – FREE panel discussions! See all details and line-up at www.torontoblackfilm.com

 INCLUSIVITY IN SCREEN BASED MEDIA: Examining history and planning our future.

Presented by ACTRA Toronto

Saturday, February 14 – 1:00 PM

ACTRA has been a leader, championing inclusivity in our industry for over 30 years. Many positive steps have been made, yet there is still work to do. Come join a powerhouse panel that includes industry professionals for an important discussion on how far we’ve come and what the next steps might be to ensure a rich cultural landscape on our screens. Hosted by: Sedina Fiati – ACTRA Member and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee. Panelists include: Gail Harvey, Director; Michael White, Agent (Characters); Deanna Cadette, heads the BellMedia Diversity Screenwriters program; Angelica Lisk-Hann, Actor/Stunt Performer/Stunt Co-ordinator.

 NATURAL OR NOT? THAT’S THE QUESTION! Black women’s hair & identity in today’s society.

Sunday, February 15 – 1:00 PM

Many black women use chemicals to keep their hair curly or straight instead of nappy and kinky. Black women’s hair has become a hot topic since the release of Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary, Good Hair and the past few years have seen a growing movement that calls on Black women to get back to being Natural. Our panel will discuss the socio-political and historical issues around Black hair – gathering women on both sides of the fence for a real talk on the subject. Panelists include: Stephanie Joseph, Founder/Co-Producer of Toronto Naturals; Anya Grant, Founder and Creative Director of I Heart my Hair; Masani Montague, Founder/Coordinator of RastaFest.

 

VENUES, TICKETS AND PASSES

 

FESTIVAL VENUES

Isabel Bader Theatre           Opening Night                                                                       (93 Charles Street West)

Carlton Cinema                    Regular screenings and Community Programs       (20 Carlton Street)

Jackman Hall, AGO                         Some screenings + Special events                          (317 Dundas Street West)

Alliance Française               French films                                                              (24 Spadina Road)

Revival                                  Closing Night                                                             (783 College Street)

 

BOX OFFICE

Passport card and individual tickets can be purchased in person at the theatre or at: www.torontoblackfilm.com.

 Passport card: $145

Opening Night: $25 | Closing Night: $30 ($40 @ the door) | Regular Tickets: $10

Special events with Fred Williamson / Bill Cobbs / Hollywood panel: $20 each

TBFF Community Program:  Free admission

The 3rd annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) will run from February 10 to 15, 2015 and is presented by Global News.

Get Social:

torontoblackfilm.com I facebook.com/torontoblackfilmfestival I @TOblackfilmfest I #TBFF15

 

TBFF – MORE THAN A FESTIVAL

Intriguing, international, entertaining, eye-opening, and educating, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is about DISCOVERY & DIVERSITY! TBFF showcases the most outstanding and most powerful Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. In connecting black films with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins, we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person’s experience. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

About Global News

Global News is one of the best known media brands in the country. We are a digital first news organization dedicated to providing Canadians with the news and information relative to them on any platform, at any time. Global offers people, from coast to coast, a wealth of news, innovative storytelling and information; from breaking news in their community to deep engaging content from around the world. Locally, our connection to our viewers and the community we live in is unparalleled. Journalists working in our 12 award winning television stations provide nearly 400 hours of news content each week for their local markets as well as our national broadcasts, Global National, 16×9, The West Block, The Morning Show and globalnews.ca. Global News is committed to balanced and ethical journalism produced in the public’s interest.

Global News is a division of Shaw Communications Inc.

For more information:

Julie MacFarlane, ClutchPR

416-453-2345

julie@clutchpr.com

Complete 2015 Toronto Black Film Black Film Festival (TBFF) Selection

Toronto Black Film Festival, presented by Global News, today announced its official lineup featuring the best in black cinema from around the world. In addition to special events and free panels, the 2015 selection presents works from 38 filmmakers and features premieres from 18 countries including Belgium, Canada, Cameroon, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Haïti, Israël, Kenya, Nigeria, Portugal, Sénégal, South Africa, South Sudan, The Netherlands, Uganda, and USA.

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

 CRU

Alton Glass – USA | 2013 | 85’ | English

A tight knit group of young high school athletes have a terrible crash after winning the state championship – a catastrophe that will shape all their lives. But as adults, some 15 years later, they come together again for a reunion that will open olds wounds, expose long-hidden secrets – and pave the road to forgiveness and redemption.

FIRST IMPRESSION

Arthur Muhammad – USA | 2013 | 112’ | English

When a man finds a woman, who seeks a man, he only gets one chance at a first impression…or does he? First Impression is a romantic comedy that takes you on an enchanting journey into the complex world of Internet dating. Completely unaware of their secret fantasy relationship in cyberspace, a twist of fate brings the real Vernon and Imani together where the pair hit it off instantly. But when the truth of who they really are is revealed in a bizarre trail of events, the game-changing question is: Can there ever really be a second chance at a “first impression”?

 HEAR NO EVIL

Russ Parr – USA | 2014 | 120’ | English

A freak accident jolts 15 year-old Shelby Carson from her peaceful world of silence and seclusion to the center of a world of chaos, confusion and imminent danger. As she struggles to cope with her new found circumstances, Shelby battles with what she learns about the people around her… complete strangers and her dearest loved ones. What seems to be a blessing from God on the surface could very well be a curse that brings her family to their knees. Relationships are tested, and secrets are revealed, in this untold story of family, faith and the resolve of a young girl who just wants her life back to normal.

*MANOS SUCIAS (DIRTY HANDS)

Josef Wladyka – USA, Colombia | 2014 | 82’ | Spanish with English subtitles

Executive Produced by Spike Lee

Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, Jacobo, a desperate fisherman and Delio, a naive kid, embark on a journey trafficking millions of dollars of cocaine up the Pacific coast of Colombia. While Jacobo is a seasoned trafficker, young Delio is unprepared for the grim reality.

 *NINAH’S DOWRY

Victor Viyuouh – Cameroon | 2012 | 95’ | Pidgin, English, and Babanki, with English subtitles

At 20 years old, Ninah has already been married for seven years and has three children. Her husband is abusive and there is no chance that he will let up. When she learns that her father is gravely ill, she runs to his bedside, without waiting for her husband’s approval. He finds out that she is pregnant and far away and demands to be repaid the dowry he paid, by any means necessary.

 *TERRIBLE LOVE

Christopher Thomas – USA | 2013 | 93’ | English

A bittersweet autopsy of mental illness and lost love, Terrible Love tells the story of Rufus, a wounded veteran returning home from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his devoted wife Amy. They promised never to leave each other, but that promise is put to the ultimate test when Rufus’ PTSD becomes violent. Terrible Love dives head first into the heart-breaking effects of PTSD, the relationships it hurts, and the lives it threatens.

 THE THORN OF THE ROSE (O ESPINHO DA ROSA)

Filipe Henriques – Portugal | 2013 | 97’ | Portuguese with English subtitles

Beware those who leave unresolved issues with the dead. Prosecuting Attorney David Lunga’s success is overshadowed by the terrifying secrets of Rosa, a beautiful but mysterious woman with whom he falls in love. What mysteries does she hide? As the macabre facts unravel, David comes face to face with his own demons and is driven to prove his innocence, recover his reputation and, above all, clear his own conscience.

 *UNDER THE STARRY SKY (DES ETOILES)

Dyana Gaye – France, Sénégal | 2013 | 86’ | French, Wolof, Italian with English subtitles

Sophie, 24 years old, leaves Dakar to join her husband, Abdoulaye, in Turin. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye has already left for New York through a smuggler’s network. 19-year-old Thierno is traveling in Africa for the first time. Recounting these three characters’ destinies, Under The Starry Sky takes us on a journey through the diversity of the cities the characters travel to, confronting us with the realities, hopes, and dreams of contemporary emigration.

 *UNA VIDA: A FABLE OF MUSIC AND THE MIND

Richie Adams – USA | 2014 | 97’ | English with English subtitles

A story about a beautiful street musician suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous.

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AND MID-LENGTH FILMS

*AIDEPENDENCE: THE MANY ILLS OF THE NGO SYSTEM

Alice Smeets – Belgium | 2014 | 90’ | French, Creole, English, Dutch with English subtitles
After many years of receiving a considerable amount of foreign aid, Haiti remains an impoverished and fragile state. But why? There are currently more NGO’s in Haiti than any other country in the world. But the projects all fail, be it on the short or long term. How can this be? Aidependence tells the story of the extremely controversial relationship between the people of Haiti and international aid. In her first feature-length movie, award-winning photojournalist Alice Smeets reveals the detrimental effects of an overabundance of NGO’s: dependence, passivity, corruption, economic destruction and the loss of solidarity.

 *BOUND: AFRICANS VS AFRICAN-AMERICANS

Peres Owino – USA | 2014 | 91’ | English

Produced by Isaiah Washington

Bound: Africans VS African-Americans is a hard-hitting documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. The film opens with personal testimonials that expose this rift then walks us through the corridors of African colonialism and African American enslavement, laying bare their effects and how these have divided and bound Africans and African Americans.

 CAST THE FIRST STONE

Jonathan Stack and Nicolas Cuellar – USA | 2013 | 93’ | English

In May of 2012, 75 actors and one theater director, all inmates at Angola Prison and Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women came together before a thousand free people, and performed the Passion of Christ in the largest theatrical event ever in a prison. The cast and crew were made up of murderers and robbers, thieves, prostitutes, and no doubt a few wrongly convicted. They are the very men and women to whom Christ would have preached. The actors’ stories and the films story weave together to tell a powerful tale of redemption and forgiveness. The journey provides an intensely personal mirror for all people, regardless of faith or religion, who are drawn to explore their own spiritual path. It took two years of daily rehearsals to pull off this feat, a long time by theater standards, but not by the standards of Angola, where the average sentence is 93 years.

KILLING TIME

Jaap Van Hoewijk – The Netherlands | 2013 | 54’ | English with English subtitles

Filmed in a “cinema direct” style, the film witnesses how a family is killing time while waiting for the execution of their loved one in Huntsville, Texas. Killing Time is “a naked” film: no music, no effects. Nothing to amplify or influence the images. Just the story, just the facts. Killing Time allows the viewer make up his own mind.

 *SEWING HOPE: THE STORY OF SISTER ROSEMARY NYIRUMBE

Deerek Watson – USA (filmed in Uganda) | 2013 | 54’ | English, Acholi, with English subtitles

For 25 years, Joseph Kony and his Lord’s resistance Army terrorized Northern Uganda. Children were stolen from their families and brainwashed to be soldiers. Girls were degraded as sex slaves for Kony’s officers. The gunfire has ceased, but one battle remains – the battle to restore the future of the children of Uganda. Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker tells this story of one woman’s fight to bring hope back to her nation. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe leads a vocational school in Gulu, Uganda, where she uses practical skills to restore dignity, independence, and hope to formerly abducted women.

 SOUND OF TORTURE

Keren Shayo – Israël | 2013 | 58’ | Hebrew, Tigrinya, Arabic with English subtitles

Since 2006 when Europe closed its borders, human trafficking has burgeoned in Egypt’s Sinai desert, where Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees heading north to Israel are kidnapped, held hostage, and tortured by Bedouin smugglers demanding exorbitant ransoms for their freedom. Fleeing an oppressive military dictatorship at home, with a “shoot-to-kill” policy at the border and where only pregnant women are exempted from service, over 300,000 Eritreans have fled their homeland in North Africa. Many of these men, women and children die in Sinai’s torture camps.

 THE GOOD LIFE: LA BELLE VIE

Rachelle Salnave – USA | 2014 | 62’ | English, Haitian Creole, French with English subtitles

A story about a Haitian American filmmaker s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of the Haitian society as it pertains to the overall political and economic dichotomy in Haiti. Using her own personal family stories interconnected with capturing the voices of Haitians and experts overall, this film chronologically uncovers the rational behind its social class system but also how it has affected the Haitian American migration experience as well. With the proliferation of political turmoil, poverty, and now an earthquake shattered nation, La Belle vie: The Good Life in the end beckons all to lay down their arms, be it the tangible weapons of death and pain or the psychological and spiritual tools of division and prejudice, and work as one to rebuild a new and stronger Haiti.

 *THE SUPREME PRICE

Joanna Lipper – USA, Nigeria | 2014 | 75’ | English with English subtitles

Director Joanna Lipper elegantly explores past and present as she tells the remarkable story of Hafsat Abiola, daughter of human rights heroine Kudirat Abiola, and Nigeria s President-elect M.K.O. Abiola, who won a historic vote in 1993 that promised to end years of military dictatorship. shortly after the election M.K.O. Abiola s victory was annulled and he was arrested. While he was imprisoned, his wife Kudirat took over leadership of the pro-democracy movement, organizing strikes and rallies, winning international attention for the Nigerian struggle against human rights violations perpetrated by the military dictatorship. Because of this work, she too became a target and was assassinated in 1996. In this riveting political thriller, the Abiola family’s intimate story unfolds against the epic backdrop of Nigeria’s evolution from independence in 1960.

 THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE

Thomas Allen Harris – USA | 2014 | 92’ | English

Black photographers and the emergence of People is a documentary about how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. This epic tale poetically moves between the present and the past, through contemporary photographers and artists whose images and stories seek to reconcile legacies of pride and shame while giving voice to images long suppressed, forgotten, and hidden from sight.

 *WE ARE THE ONES

Michel Skinner & Jon Mitchael Shink – USA, South Sudan | 2014 | 62’ | English, Arabic, Dinka with English subtitles

When tribal feuds ignite a firestorm of violence, three surgeons unite for peace. Francis grew up with little schooling during the Sudanese Civil War. Ajak is a Lost Boy who has returned to the tribe he fled as a child. Both men are protégés of Glenn, a grizzled, but brilliant American surgeon. We Are The Ones follows these healers as they fight to prevent illness in the world’s newest country. After tribal divides erupt into violent raids that threaten their clinics, these men embark on a journey to protect their patients and bring peace to their people. We Are The Ones blends verite techniques with cinematic visuals to bring the audience a visceral account of the constant war between life and death in south Sudan.

 *YOU BELONG TO ME: SEX, RACE AND MURDER ON THE SUWANNEE RIVER

John Cork – USA | 2014 | 88’ | English

The You Belong To Me documentary tells the 1952 story of Ruby McCollum, an African American woman who killed a prominent white doctor in Live Oak, Florida and the remarkable secrets and terrible truths revealed during her trial and incarceration. Her case haunted jurors and prosecutors for decades.

SHORT FILMS

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS

 *FREEDOM ROAD

Shane Vermooten – South Africa | 2013 | 22’ | English and Xhosa with English subtitles

 *HALEEMA

Boris Schaarschmidt – Germany, USA | 2013 | 17’ | Arabic with English subtitles

 HAPPY 1 YEAR

Alicia Bunyan Sampson – Canada | 2014 | 11’ | English

 I AM WHO?

Mark One – England | 2014 | 6’ | English

 ISAIAH’S BIRTHDAY

Shawn Gerrard – Canada | 2013 | 10’ | English with French subtitles

 MUTED

Rachel Goldberg – USA | 2014 | 14’ | English with English subtitles

 MY AMERICAN FUND

Ayana Sounders – Nigeria | 2013 | 14’ | English

 *NARVALO

Christophe Switzer – France | 2013 | 18’ | French with English subtitles

 THE RACIST NEIGHBOUR

Richard B. Pierre – Canada | 2014 | 1’ | English with English subtitles

 THE SILENT TREATMENT

Martine Jean – USA, Haïti | 2013 | 9’ | English with English subtitles

 WHEN TABLES TURN

Michael Foster – USA | 2013 | 20’ | English

 

 DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

 DEEPER THAN BLACK

Sean Addo – USA | 2013 | 23’ | English with English subtitles

 GROWING UP POSITIVE

Yasmin Shiraz – USA | 2014 | 42’ | English with English subtitles

 

ANIMATION SHORTS

 BEE & JULIE-JULIE

Salwa Majoka & Christine Chung – Canada | 2014 | 8’ | English

 BETTY’S BLUES

Remy Vandenitte – Belgium, France | 2013 | 12’ | English

*TBFF’s special selection

VENUES, TICKETS AND PASSES

FESTIVAL VENUES

Isabel Bader Theatre      Opening Night                                                              (93 Charles Street West)

Carlton Cinema               Regular screenings and Community Programs       (20 Carlton Street)

Jackman Hall, AGO         Some screenings + Special events                          (317 Dundas Street West)

Alliance Française           French films                                                              (24 Spadina Road)

Revival                              Closing Night                                                             (783 College Street)

BOX OFFICE

Passport card and individual tickets can be purchased in person at the theatre or at: www.torontoblackfilm.com.

 Passport card: $145

Opening Night: $25 | Closing Night: $30 ($40 @ the door) | Regular Tickets: $10

Special events with Fred Williamson / Bill Cobbs / Hollywood panel: $20 each

TBFF Community Program:  Free admission

The 3rd annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) will run from February 10 to 15, 2015 and is presented by Global News.

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TBFF – MORE THAN A FESTIVAL

Intriguing, international, entertaining, eye-opening, and educating, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is about DISCOVERY & DIVERSITY! TBFF showcases the most outstanding and most powerful Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. In connecting black films with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins, we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person’s experience. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

About Global News

Global News is one of the best known media brands in the country.  We are a digital first news organization dedicated to providing Canadians with the news and information relative to them on any platform, at any time. Global offers people, from coast to coast, a wealth of news, innovative storytelling and information; from breaking news in their community to deep engaging content from around the world. Locally, our connection to our viewers and the community we live in is unparalleled. Journalists working in our 12 award winning television stations provide nearly 400 hours of news content each week for their local markets as well as our national broadcasts, Global National, 16×9, The West Block, The Morning Show and globalnews.ca. Global News is committed to balanced and ethical journalism produced in the public’s interest.

Global News is a division of Shaw Communications Inc.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO VIOLA DAVIS

Congratulations to Viola Davis for winning the favorite actress award in a new series at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards.

Viola Davis is currently the heroine of the new ABC series “How to get away with  a murder” . She played Annalise Keating, a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot.

The producer is  Shonda Rhimes who also produced Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal.

Viola is also nominated for the prestigious Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

The year 2015 begin pretty well for the actress!

MEDIA ADVISORY !

 

Programming for 3rd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival to be Unveiled, January 20

January 7, 2015, TORONTO – Media are invited to attend a press conference unveiling the programming line up for the 3rd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) presented by Global News on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

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 Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands) by Joseph Wladyka, executive produced by Spike Lee.

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: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto

 

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Information and RSVP:

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MEDIA ADVISORY !

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Programming for 3rd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival to be Unveiled, January 20

January 7, 2015, TORONTO – Media are invited to attend a press conference unveiling the programming line up for the 3rd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) presented by Global News on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

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 Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands) by Joseph Wladyka, executive produced by Spike Lee.

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: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto

 

Toronto Black Film Festival | www.torontoblackfilm.com

 

Information and RSVP:

Julie MacFarlane, ClutchPR
416-453-2345

julie@clutchpr.com

SAVE THE DATE Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) 3rd Edition February 10 – 15, 2015

SAVE THE DATE

 

Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF)

3rd Edition

February 10 – 15, 2015

www.torontoblackfilm.com

 

Toronto, December 22, 2014 – The 3nd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) will run from February 10 to 15, 2015 and will be presented by Global News.

Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is dedicated to celebrating and presenting the very best in cinematic work of Black filmmakers and talent from Canada and around the globe. Our mandate is to fill a void by providing the opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic groups, to share and promote authentic stories, which reflect the true reality of Black people throughout the world.

TBFF showcases the most outstanding and amazing Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The festival offers screenings, concerts, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops, conferences and opportunities to meet creators and speakers from Canada and around the world.

 

Together with its strong local team, the great support of Global News and a partnership with its sister festival – Montreal International Black Film Festival (presented by Global Montreal) that celebrates their 11-year anniversary in 2015 – the 3nd edition of the Toronto Black Film Festival will definitely be even more exciting and successful with more films screenings, special events and some celebrity guests (line-up to be revealed on January 20, 2015)The TBFF will be Toronto’s biggest celebration of Black History Month through film!!!

 

About the Toronto Black Film Festival

The Toronto Black Film Festival is about DISCOVERY & DIVERSITY!  We’re devoted to sharing our stories and celebrating diversity within the various Black communities!  The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. In connecting Black films with viewers of all colours and ethnic origins we recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that also bring us together. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

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Source: Toronto Black Film Festival