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1st Fridays is proud to host the screening of the film
introduced by Award-winning Filmmaker Clement Virgo,
followed by a private reception with TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey in an
intimate discussion about the film and a Q&A with him about Black representation in film/Hollywood.
Friday December 15 at 6:30 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox
Part of Black Star, celebrating 100 years of Black excellence on screen!
Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s foremost film directors. In 2015 he directed and co-wrote a six part miniseries adaptation of the Lawrence Hill novel The Book of Negroes(2015) which debuted to record-breaking numbers on the CBC in Canada and on BET in the U.S. and won twelve Canadian Screen Awards and was nominated for two U.S. Critics Choice Television Awards for Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Limited Series (Aunjanue Ellis). Additional accolades include the 2015 Cablefax Award and C21 International Drama Award for Best Miniseries and four 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominations including Best Mini-series, Best Actor (Cuba Gooding Jr.), Best Actress (Ellis), and Best Writing (Virgo, Hill).
His TV directing credits include American Crime (2015), The Wire (2002), and the entire first season of the OWN network drama series Greenleaf (2016), on which he is also serving as Executive Producer with Oprah Winfrey. Virgo’s feature films include the 2007 boxing drama Poor Boy’s Game (2007), (Berlin, TIFF, AFF Audience Award), Lie with Me (2005 – Berlin, TIFF, Pusan), and Love Come Down (2000 -Berlin, Toronto). Virgo’s first feature Rude (1995) premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard and went on to screen at numerous festivals around the world including Toronto, London and Sundance. Since 2010, Virgo has also presented a series of intimate annual talks to celebrate Black History Month in Toronto with such notable guests as Lee Daniels, Norman Jewison, Spike Lee, Pam Grier, John Singleton, and Chris Tucker.
Cameron Bailey has been the artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2012.
Born in London, England to parents from Barbados] he spent his early childhood in St. James, Barbados before moving to Canada with his family at age eight. Educated at the University of Western Ontario, he worked as a film reviewer for Now, Canada AM, CBC Radio One, Take One and other publications before joining TIFF as a programmer.
He also cowrote the screenplay for the 1997 film The Planet of Junior Brown with Clement Virgo, and wrote and directed the short film Hotel Saudade. He participated in the 2015 edition of Canada Reads, where he advocated for Kim Thúy‘s novel Ru. Ru won the competition.
NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION!
Bringing the ’hood film into a Canadian context and complicating it with spirituality, sexuality, and claims to self-determination, the debut feature from Jamaican-born, Toronto-raised filmmaker Clement Virgo weaves together the stories of three urban- dwelling Torontonians — a boxer who is forced to examine his own identity after participating in a gay-bashing, a young woman who struggles with her mental health in the aftermath of a break-up and an abortion, and a drug dealer trying to go straight — and rhythmically underpins them with the voice of an underground radio DJ, whose streetwise incantations touch on notions of death, grace, and transformation.
90 minutes |
Tickets for the screening are available for purchase, use the code:
17BLACKSTAR for 20% off the ticket price online at tiff.net/blackstar
The post-screening private reception has limited capacity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday it secure a spot!
Mark Anthony, Warren Salmon & Sandy Hue
THE 25TH ANNUAL
“BLACK TIE AFFAIR” – NEW YEARS EVE GALA
DINNER – SHOW – DANCE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017
inside the beautiful
Delta Hotel Toronto Airport
655 Dixon Rd., Toronto ON
The Delta Hotel Toronto Airport will be transformed into a glittering paradise for Canada’s longest running urban New Years Eve Gala!
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