The Toronto International Film Festival announces FutureProjections, City to City lineup and Yonge-Dundas Square freeoutdoor programming

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Toronto Future Projections is the Toronto International Film Festival’s popular city-wide programme of moving-image art projects, inspired by the history and culture of cinema. The programme was initiated to call attention to this new trend in exceptional visual artwork and performance that TIFF will soon welcome into its new home, TIFF Bell Lightbox. This year’s edition includes work both programmed and curated by TIFF programmers, as well as installations and exhibitions mounted in collaboration with other leading cultural institutions and galleries such as the Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, The Power Plant, The Drake Hotel, INDEXG and Stephen Bulger Gallery. Future Projection’s opening reception will take place on Sunday, September 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West.

“Since its inception, we intended Future Projections to expand the traditional definition of film. Stories based on the history and culture of cinema dominate many media – TV, video games, the popular stage and media art in the gallery. The more we look, the more we see the power of film in the work of artists everywhere,” says Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox. “By expanding into public spaces such as Nathan Phillips Square, Metro Square and Yonge-Dundas Square, we are giving Torontonians an epic-scale preview of what we hope to achieve in TIFF Bell Lightbox: a space where cinema can interact with other art forms and disciplines in an exciting, accessible way.”

In its third edition, Future Projections features major international artists and filmmakers such as Candice Breitz, Don McKellar, Isabella Rossellini, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jesper Just and Christopher Doyle. In addition, Future Projections celebrates the City of Toronto’s 175th anniversary with the North American premiere of Mark Lewis’s acclaimed new work created for the Canada Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale and the world premiere of the new installation by Governor General’s Award-winning duo Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. The programme also brings unique live outdoor events with world-renowned video remix ensemble Eclectic Method and a filmed performance by U.S. artist Adam Pendleton that will incorporate a concert by the band Deerhoof.

This year’s Future Projections presentations include work by the following artists and filmmakers:

Isabella Rossellini

In Green Porno: Scandalous Sea, Isabella Rossellini adapts her Sundance Channel-produced shorts about sexual hijinks in the great oceans into a sculptural installation. Rossellini will appear in multiple projected episodes, surrounded by delicate and large paper sculptures of crustacean phalluses, demonstrating the mating rituals and ecological travails of the great beasts of the sea. In addition, a screening and talk, Green Porno: Bon Appétit, will take place on September 10 with Isabella Rossellini and marine biologist Claudio Campagna at the Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas, 55 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor. It will emphasize the environmental context of the project and feature world premieres of new Green Pornos and a short documentary about elephant seals and their mating habits.

Green Porno: Scandalous Sea is curated by Noah Cowan and Francisco Alvarez, presented in collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture, The Spirit House, main floor, ROM 100 Queen’s Park. September 10 through September 20, from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Mark Lewis

Straight from Canada’s Venice Biennale Pavilion this year, Mark Lewis: In a City features the North American premiere of three new filmed artworks by Mark Lewis. Commissioned by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, these new works will be presented in the context of a selection of Lewis’s works about Toronto. The exhibition traces his experiments with stripped down cinema techniques to comment on the history of visual art, architecture and cinema. Lewis’s exquisitely beautiful films utilize minimal camera movements to reveal unexpected stories within familiar landscapes. Lewis will speak about his work at a special public lecture at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery on September 8 at 6 p.m.

Curated by Barbara Fischer. Presented with special project support from the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts and the Toronto Arts Council. From September 9 to October 26, 2009, at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lecture sponsored by Partners in Art with the additional support of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries through Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

In conjunction with Mark Lewis: In a City, special screenings of Lewis’s Backstory (2009) and Cinema Museum (2008) will take place during the Festival. These two documentaries explore the history and culture of cinema, fusing Lewis’s curiosity about historical filmmaking techniques with a carefully aestheticized approach to cinema as both a fan-based and industrialized cultural phenomenon. Backstory (2009) explores the personalities and artistry behind rear projection technology in Hollywood and Cinema Museum (2008) visits a unique collection of memorabilia in a private collection in London. The screenings will take place on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11 at the Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas, 55 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor.

There will also be two collateral events related to Mark Lewis and his work. The Art Gallery of Ontario will feature three recently acquired works by Lewis from September 9 to January 3, 2010 (paid admission). During TIFF Cinematheque’s upcoming Fall season, Lewis will present five examples of masterful rear projection filmmaking along with a limited run of Backstory in October, 2009. Details will be available as of September 22 at tiff.net/cinematheque.

Candice Breitz

On September 14, Future Projections presents The Origins of Factum, a unique on stage conversation during which South-African born, Berlin-based Candice Breitz will present excerpts from her newly-commissioned series of multi-channel video works titled Factum, and clips of films that inspired the work, including David Cronenberg’s rarely seen Camera. Factum focuses on the lives of identical twins and was commissioned for Candice Breitz: Same Same, an extensive and ambitious solo exhibition at The Power Plant and the artist’s first major North American survey, which will open during this year’s Festival. Breitz is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works investigate contemporary media culture using the language of the entertainment industry, including pop music, television and Hollywood films. The exhibition will feature a selection of her multi-channel video works.

Candice Breitz: Same Same is curated by Gregory Burke. The exhibition is presented with support from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. Factum commissioning partner: Partners in Art. From September 19 through November 15, Tuesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West. Opening reception September 18 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The talk and screening with Candice Breitz during the Toronto International Film Festival will take place on September 14 at the Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas, 55 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor.

Christopher Doyle

With Picture Start, the famous Director of Photography Christopher Doyle (Happy Together) reconsiders how images evolve before the director’s call to “action” and what happens to them after the “cut.” Doyle superimposes directives from traditional film leader on to the processed still film and filmmaking images he has created during his extensive career. The show will be accompanied by a short video installation along the same principles and is dedicated to the memory of Doyle’s friend and Asian cinema champion Wouter Barendrecht.

Picture Start is curated by Noah Cowan. From September 2 through October 11 from Wednesday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at INDEXG, 50 Gladstone Avenue.

Don McKellar

Don McKellar’s Imaginary Lovers is a multi-channel installation that resulted from McKellar’s self-described obsession with the intimate and authentic aesthetics of the cell phone. The acclaimed actor, director and Tony-award winning writer has created a series of carefully constructed films, each featuring a different woman in a different foreign locale, reciting a tender and heartfelt personal video-phone message for an unnamed and deeply missed lover. Part travelogue, part contemporary epistolary form, the installation resonates around issues of desire and displacement, as well as the complicated politics of travel and human intimacy.

Curated by Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo and Noah Cowan. From September 10 through 19, Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Adam Pendleton

Adam Pendleton’s multi-disciplinary and irreverent practice finds fertile ground in his new work, BAND. In a part performance, rock show, installation and film screening, this cutting edge New York artist refashions Sympathy for the Devil, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1968 film paean to The Rolling Stones and the Black Panthers, into a contemporary art happening. Celebrated indie art-rock/post-punk band Deerhoof will be at the center of the action. Their own rehearsal footage, shot in Toronto, and images from the original film will be cross-cut during a free live concert at Yonge-Dundas Square which will, in turn, be filmed with interventions from Pendleton.

Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt and produced in collaboration with the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, The Kitchen, New York and de Appel, Amsterdam. September 17 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Eclectic Method

The infectious live, improvised audio visual mash-ups of Eclectic Method, London natives Jonny Wilson, Ian Edgar and Geoff Gamlen, feature television, film, music and video game footage sliced and diced into blistering, postmodern dance floor events. Their unique and innovative craftsmanship helped pioneer the emerging art of audiovisual mixing and has pushed the boundaries of club and concert visuals and events around the world. In a free performance at Yonge-Dundas Square on September 19, the renowned trio will thrill film and music lovers with a live video remix set incorporating clips from the films included in The Essential 100, the opening show of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Timed to coincide with the Toronto International Film Festival Closing Night, it will be a night of celebration for all film lovers in Toronto. Special guests include Clyde Stubblefield and others.

Curated by Noah Cowan. September 19 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Jeremy Shaw, Marco Brambilla and Oliver Pietsch

These three emerging artists reinvent cinema’s past through dreams and hallucinations with three feverishly urgent works. Presented as a kind of audio visual baptism for TIFF Bell Lightbox, they will be projected against the John Street side of the building as a continuous loop each night of the Festival.

Berlin-based, Vancouver punk artist Jeremy Shaw’s This Transition Will Never End #6 is a spinning vortex of appropriated footage where spiraling tunnels suggest the slippage of time. The work attests to Shaw’s ongoing interest in psychedelic art, rock video, drug culture, experimental and documentary film and the collision of mainstream and subculture. Artist and filmmaker Marco Brambilla presents Civilization, a CGI pastiche of film and pop culture moments. Brambilla invites the viewer on a journey from Hell to Heaven in a single tracking shot rendered to look like something between Hieronymus Bosch and a video game. German artist Oliver Pietsch explores the nature of dreams in cinema with a thematic sequence that is both elegiac and entertaining. From Nosferatu to Aliens

Pietsch’s The Shape of Things presents the cinematic dream in all its guises, from nightmare and psychological torment to erotic fantasy. Curated by Noah Cowan. From September 10 through September 19 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak

Speak City delivers a unique glimpse of Toronto through its most omnipresent yet most innocuous markers: street signs. The world premiere of the newest installation by Governor General’s Award-winning duo Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak is an intriguing single channel piece structured around the 140 official neighbourhoods designated by the City of Toronto. Over a two-year period, Steele and Tomczak documented the street signs of one intersection within each one of Toronto’s designated neighbourhoods. The result is a 30-minute video that recreates the artists’ journey through their own city. Speak City is a work of urban contemplation; its only reference to human existence comes through the sounds of an occasional distant object or site-specific sound. The work is presented as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s celebration of the 175th anniversary of the City of Toronto.

Curated by Steve Gravestock. From September 5 through September 19, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square, TIFF Box Office Tent.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Critically acclaimed Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Syndromes and a Century) presents Phantoms of Nabua, a single channel installation that extends many of the recurring themes in his internationally celebrated feature films into a more politically conscious terrain. Focusing on the Thai border town of Nabua, the site of bloody confrontation between Communist farmers and the army in 1965, Weerasethakul engages the local boys – descendants of the persecuted farmers – and captures their masculine juvenescence in light and in shadow. A haunting and ethereal meditation about light, ghosts, reincarnation and transformation, Phantoms of Nabua is one segment from the artist’s larger multi-platform project, Primitive, which explores themes of remembrance and extinction in his home country. The piece is presented in conjunction with A Letter to Uncle Boonmee in Wavelengths 2009.

Commissioned by Animate Projects, London with Haus der Kunst, Munich and FACT, Liverpool. Curated by Andréa Picard. From September 10 through September 20 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art at 952 Queen Street West. (Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Opening reception on September 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Jesper Just

Danish artist Jesper Just returns to Future Projections with a new signature work. Jesper has long been interested in the mechanics of film drama and the emotions it evokes in its audience: melancholy, longing, solitude and male vulnerability. The protagonists in A Vicious Undertow whistle to a slowed-down, instrumental Nights in White Satin, as desire overtakes them in an elegant bar. As in his previous films, unnamed characters dance, sing, watch and cry in emotionally ambiguous tableaux. This time, however, he is as interested in the female gaze as he is in the male.

Curated by Mia Nielsen. Courtesy Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen. From September 10 through September 19 it will screen on the front windows of The Drake Hotel from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.


Tel Aviv Featured in the Programme’s Inaugural Spotlight

Toronto – The 34th Toronto International Film Festival announces the full lineup of its City to City programme – showcasing Tel Aviv. This is the first year of the City to City programme, which explores the evolving urban experience by immersing audiences in the best films from and about a selected city.

The ten films that comprise this year’s inaugural programme present the complex currents running through Tel Aviv today. The panorama promises to offer a revealing look at this diverse metropolis that is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2009.


Bena Niv Klainer, Israel/France

International Premiere

A Tel Aviv father tries to keep his schizophrenic son out of an institution, but when he takes in a Thai migrant worker, she disrupts the uneasy balance in their home.

Big Dig Efraim Kishon, Israel/USA/West Germany

One of the best-loved Israeli comedies of its era, Big Dig is a dizzying 1969 farce in which an inspired madman brings Tel Aviv to a halt with a jackhammer.

Big Eyes Uri Zohar, Israel

From one of Israel’s most influential filmmakers, this classic depicts a Tel Aviv counterculture that is progressive and blessed with many delights, but also self-critical and perhaps a little exhausted by the push and pull of secularism and orthodoxy. Zohar himself stars as Benny Furman, a womanizing basketball coach forced to decide what he really wants in life.

The Bubble Eytan Fox, Israel

A defining work of recent Tel Aviv cinema, this multi-character story shows the city’s free-thinking liberals confronted with harsh political tensions.

A History of Israeli Cinema – Part 1 Raphaël Nadjari, Israel/France

North American Premiere

This invigorating exploration of Israeli cinema draws upon numerous clips and engrossing interviews with filmmakers and historians. Part 1 covers the years 1932 to 1978, chronicling the Zionist struggle to create a state and shape its identity.

A History of Israeli Cinema – Part 2 Raphaël Nadjari, Israel/France

North American Premiere

In the second of this two-part documentary, filmmakers and scholars explore the development of Israel’s film culture from 1978 to the present.

Jaffa Keren Yedaya, Israel/France/Germany

North American Premiere

In this contemporary Romeo and Juliet story from Tel Aviv’s fabled sister city, a young Jewish woman and her Arab childhood sweetheart grow up side-by-side but are pulled apart by fate and passing years.

Kirot Danny Lerner, Israel/France/USA

World Premiere

James Bond heroine Olga Kurylenko stars in this taut drama about a Russian illegal immigrant in Tel Aviv forced into violence even as she befriends a woman who needs her help.

Life According to Agfa Assi Dayan, Israel

Gila Almagor stars as the owner of a bar which sees its regulars suffer highs and lows as they come to reflect a microcosm of Tel Aviv.

Phobidilia Yoav Paz and Doron Paz, Israel

World Premiere

This is a sharp, stylish debut feature about a young man hunkering down in his Tel Aviv apartment with a steady diet of TV and internet for companionship.


TIFF to showcase free performances and screenings throughout the Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square

Toronto – The 34th Toronto International Film Festival is pleased to announce a series of free outdoor events at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) taking place September 10 to 19, 2009 and featuring special appearances by George A. Romero, Neil Young, Joan Baez, Jonathan Demme and more. Continuing on from last year’s success, the Festival will reach out to our audience with bigger and bolder free programming, taking the TIFF experience beyond the cinema.

“We are thrilled to be showcasing a diverse and dynamic array of programming in the heart of Toronto, Yonge-Dundas Square,” said Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Festival. “YDS will be the new street-level hub of Festival activity with a sensational programme of free events. Whether you’re a Festival veteran or looking for your entry point to the Toronto International Film Festival, there’s something for everyone.”

The schedule includes daily events such as the TIFF In Concert film series, featuring an eclectic mix of music-themed films, and TIFF Shhh!, screening classics from the silent film era with live accompaniment. The TIFF YDS Spotlight series provides something for everyone, including concerts galore, a roller derby exhibition, yodelling, swing-dancing lessons, a Toronto Zombie Walk and much more. The celebrations come to a close with the outdoor Festival Wrap Party on Saturday, September 19, with the world premiere of Copyright Criminals, followed by a concert featuring the Eclectic Method, Clyde Stubblefield, and other special guests. Visit tiff.net/yds for details.

TIFF Live from Yonge-Dundas Square 2009 Schedule

Daily – lunchtimes and some evenings

TIFF In Concert – concert and musical films, including, Woodstock, Stop Making Sense, Rattle and Hum, The Last Waltz, Don’t Look Back, Ziggy Stardust, Shut Up & Sing, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man and The Harder They Come.


TIFF Shhh! silent films including Tillie’s Punctured Romance, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, It, Steamboat Bill Jr. and The Busher.

All features showing at YDS will be preceded by a selection of short films from the National Film Board of Canada, the Festival’s City to City programme, and other music-themed shorts by Canadian filmmakers.

TIFF YDS Spotlight

Opening Night: Thursday, September 10 starting at 7 p.m.
A live satellite feed from the Opening Night Gala at Roy Thomson Hall, followed by our headline live set with DJ Champion.

Friday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Spotlight concert featuring the stars of the Canadian
rock’n’roll vampire comedy Suck; performers TBA.

Saturday, September 12 at 2 p.m.
The TIFF Kids Zone – offering fun for children of all ages, including face-painting, green-screen activity and more.

Saturday, September 12 at 3 p.m.
To celebrate the premiere of George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead in Midnight Madness, The Toronto Zombie Walk: Special Director's Cut Edition arrives at YDS with a special appearance by legendary director George A. Romero. This event will conclude with a free screening of his 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead.

Saturday, September 12 at 4 p.m.
To showcase the Gala Presentation Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire,
noted poet and author Sapphire reads from her body of work in an event hosted by director Lee Daniels.

Sunday, September 13 at 4 p.m.
Fans can catch a roller derby exhibition featuring the Toronto Roller Derby League and stars from the film Whip It.

Sunday, September 13 at 9 p.m.
Spotlighting The Topp Twins, the Festival presents a concert by New Zealand’s top yodelling comedy duo with host Elvira Kurt.

Monday, September 14 at 8 p.m.
Director Jonathan Demme hosts the North American premiere of The Neil Young Trunk Show, featuring an appearance by Neil Young himself.

Tuesday, September 15 starting at 7 p.m.
Swing lessons and a live concert by the Kings of Swing in honour of the Russian musical Hipsters.

Thursday, September 17 at 8 p.m.

Performance, rock show, installation and film screening: cutting edge New York artist Adam Pendleton’s BAND refashions Sympathy for the Devil, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1968 film paean to the Rolling Stones and the Black Panthers, into a contemporary art happening that places the celebrated indie art-rock/post-punk band Deerhoof at the centre of the action. This event is presented as part of Future Projections.

Friday, September 18 at 6 p.m.
The world premiere of American Masters – Joan Baez, featuring a short concert by Joan Baez.

Saturday, September 19 starting at 7 p.m.
The world premiere of Copyright Criminals followed by the Festival Wrap Party. The Festival Wrap Party, presented as part of Future Projections, will feature the infectious live, improvised audio visual mash-ups of Eclectic Method. The renowned trio will thrill film and music lovers with a live video remix set incorporating clips from the films included in The Essential 100, the opening show of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Special guests include Clyde Stubblefield and others.

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