Friday, August 26, 2016

Prophets of Rage 'The Party's Over' Drops Today (August 26 2016)

With material from a media release:

Prophets of Rage 
The Party's Over Drops Today

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Prophets Of Rage combines the sonic firepower of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill in a supergroup - compelled to rise up again during this year of fractious electioneering.

We can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. 
Dangerous times demand dangerous songs.
It's time to take the power back.

The group's members are DJ Lord and Chuck D (Public Enemy,) B-Real (Cypress Hill,) and Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine).

"THE PARTY’S OVER" EP Track Listing:
1. Prophets of Rage
2. The Party’s Over
3. Killing in the Name (Live)
4. Shut Em Down (Live)
5. No Sleep Til Cleveland (Live)



MAKE AMERICA RAGE AGAIN TOUR
With Special Guests
TICKETS START AT $20.
The tour with AWOLNATION opening officially kicked off on August 19, running through October 16. A portion of the proceeds from each Prophets Of Rage concert will benefit a local charity that works to help the homeless and the hungry.

The tour began with a couple of shows in July, first a free show in Los Angeles' Skid Row and then a "guerrilla performance" a couple of miles away from the Republican National Convention as it unfolded in Cleveland. A new single, also called "Prophets of Rage," was released just before the gig.

Last night, they hit Toronto and Dave Grohl jumped on stage to add to an already powerful performance.

• For remaining tour dates, check the link 

MAKE AMERICA RAGE AGAIN TOUR ROBIN HOOD PACKAGES
Prophets Of Rage Make America Rage Again Tour will offer a limited number of “Robin Hood” ticket packages. The Robin Hood ticket package includes a premium ticket, exclusive merchandise, and additional cool Prophets Of Rage stuff. A portion of the proceeds from all Robin Hood ticket packages go to local charities that assist the homeless and the hungry in each city.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Americanos 'Set Me Free' Ft. Nile Rodgers & Herizen Guardiola Lead Single From Baz Luhrmann & Nas' 'The Get Down'

From a media release:

The Americanos Set Me Free
Ft. Nile Rodgers & Herizen Guardiola 
Lead Single From Baz Luhrmann & Nas' The Get Down

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On the heels of  their critically acclaimed single featuring Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana and Lil Yachty, “In My Foreign”, Los Angeles-based music collective The Americanos (Louie Rubio, Alexander Shultz and James Corrine) are very excited to share their new single for one of streaming television’s most hotly anticipated shows to date - The Get Down. Co-produced by Baz Luhrmann and Nas,The Americanos' new production "Set Me Free" (ft. Nile Rodgers) with Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz on the show, is featured in the series trailer, and lands digitally today. Highlighted by Herizen Guardiola’s rich vocal stylings and and Nile Rodgers on guitar, the track builds to a genre-bending soundscape that illustrates a very personal sentiment. The group comments:


"When Baz Lurhman came to us to work on one of the most important hit songs in 'The Get Down' we were honored. He needed a huge dance anthem that could seamlessly combine Gospel, Afro-Latin, Disco, and Hip Hop, and so "Set Me Free" was created. Baz loved the track so much he ended up extending certain parts of the song so he could use it as much as possible in the show. We're a DJ group with a crazy vinyl collection but we're also multi-instrumentalists and big Baz fans so this was a perfect fit for us."

Baz Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom, says of the project: "This is living history. The forefathers of it are actually living… There have been times when I haven't known if I could do this. I haven't had a break of any kind in two years. It is constant and relentless."
The Get Down on Netflix

In addition to The Americanos, The Get Down features original music and onscreen appearances by the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Jaden Smith, Christina Aguilera, Donna Summer, Nile Rodgers, Teddy Pendergrass, Leon Bridges, Janelle Monáe and up-and-coming young actors Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen. The series is the debut TV effort of Baz Luhrmann, and highlights the era of disco, hip-hop and soul set in South Bronx in the late ‘70s."The Get Down" is debuted as a Netflix Original TV Series via the online streaming service on August 12, 2016.

More about the series

Artist: The Americanos (producers), Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz
Release: Single off The Get Down Soundtrack - "Set Me Free" (ft. Nile Rodgers)
Release Date: August 12, 2016 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#TravelSpain: Renoir, Intimacy - October 18 2016 to January 2, 2017 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid

From a media release:

Renoir and Madrid...
Renoir, Intimacy - October 18, 2016 to January 20, 2017
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

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Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum presents an enthralling retrospective on the French artist and his ability to depict intimacy in its various forms (social, among friends, family or sexual).
Woman with a Parasol in a Garden’, a painting in the Museum's permanent collection. © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
More than 70 works from museums and collections all over the world draw us into the world of textures and suggestions Renoir used to express intimacy in his paintings. In his impressionist paintings, Renoir strongly evokes tactile sensations in volumes, materials and textures. We find this at every stage of his development and in a wide variety of genres: group scenes, portraits, still life, landscapes, and nudes.

The filmmaker Jean Renoir described how his father “looked at flowers, women and clouds in the sky as other men touch and caress”. In contrast to the habitual conception of Impressionism, which reduces it to “the purely visual”, the exhibition to be shown at the Museum in the autumn of 2016 singles out the central role of tactile sensations in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s canvases, which are evident in all the different phases of his career and which he expressed in a wide range of genres, including group scenes, portraits and nudes, as well as still lifes and landscapes.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A nymph by a Stream, 1869-1870. The National Gallery, London.
This survey comprising more than 70 works by the artist, loaned from museums and collections world-wide, will reveal the way Renoir made use of the tactile qualities of volume, material and textures as a vehicle to depict intimacy in its different forms – social intimacy, among friends and family, or erotic – and how that imagery connects the work and the viewer to the sensuality of the brushstroke and the pictorial surface.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Source, 1906. Zurich, Colección Foundation E.G. Bührle.
Commissioned by the Museum’s Artistic Director Guillermo Solana, the exhibition will subsequently be shown at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao from 7 February to 15 May 2017.

From Oct 18, 2016 to Jan 22, 2017
Address: Paseo del Prado 8, 28014. Madrid
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid by Gellerj

mtb@museothyssen.org
http://www.museothyssen.org
Tel. +34 917911370

The Area:
The Museo is near the Parque de El Retiro and the Palacio de Cristal, and walking distance from the downtown area of Madrid.

Hotel Picks:
Hotel Ritz, Madrid
Plaza de la Lealtad, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spain
mandarinoriental.com
+34 917 01 67 67
Why not put on the Ritz - literally - to prepare your senses for an examination of Renoir and intimacy? This elegant hotel was built in 1910 and is also only a few minutes alk from the Museo del Prado, a mere 1.8km from the Royal Palace of Madrid. The rooms are furnished with genuine antiques and suites are worth the splurge with handmade carpets, cristal chandeliers, marble bathrooms and much more. You can also dine on "avant-garde Spanish cuisine" in high style at the hotel resto or check out the stylish spa.

Hotel ibis Styles Madrid Prado
Calle del Prado, 11, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Ibis.com +34 913 69 02 34
For budget digs, you'll have to walk a bit further for Renoir but the ibis Styles sets you up in contemporary comfort right downtown. It's less than a km away from the Museo del Prado and just over one and a half kilometres from the National Archaeological Museum. Contemporary furnishings in bright colours give the hotel a chic and upbeat modern ambiance and it's set up for working visitors with Wi-Fi and multimedia capability.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Coming soon: Spaceborne by Astronaut & photographer Donald R. Pettit (PSG Books - November 2016)

From a media release:

Coming soon:
Spaceborne by Astronaut & photographer Donald R. Pettit
(PSG Books - November 2016)

Find out more & Buy/Pre-order the book

It's maybe one of the most universal dreams shared by nearly all human beings - to view earth from space.
Aurora borealis
I’d like to introduce you to the next book PSG is releasing, Spaceborne, by active NASA astronaut and photographer Donald R. Pettit with a foreword by Alan Bean, member of Apollo 12 and the 4th man to walk on the moon.
Star trails
Pettit has lived in space - worked and walked in space. During his 370 days aboard the International Space Station, Pettit created a unique portfolio of fascinating photographs of the earth, the stars, and everything in between.
Betiskoba River, Madagascar
The spirit of exploration runs deep in so many of us. To see what's "over there" or "around the next corner"...to discover exotic new lands and, even new worlds, has lead people to do extraordinary things. For astronaut Donald R. Pettit it has propelled him to spend 370 days aboard the International Space Station.
Aurora on earth from ISS
Being afforded that rare privilege of viewing earth from space was not lost on Mr. Pettit. Feeling a strong sense of duty to share what he witnessed, he was inspired to use his talents as a photographer to create an amazing array of worldly and other-worldly images of earth, the stars, the auroras and everything in between. Many of the best of those photographs are included in this museum quality, hardcover, coffee table book.
Florida from above
The foreword is by Alan Bean. Mr. Bean is widely known for his artwork depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as those of his fellow Apollo program astronauts. In November, 1969, aboard Apollo 12, Bean became the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He made his final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973. After retiring from NASA in 1981, he pursued his passion for painting full time.
Ganges delta from ahove
“Art is woven into the fabric of space, and we will only fully sense its forms by venturing there. Astronauts are privileged to be the explorers of this age, and I believe we should share our experiences with everyone on earth.” - Donald R. Pettit.
Star trails and the ISS
Excerpt: The history of spaceborne photography has been colored, too, by tragedy. On February 1, 2003, I was on the International Space Station as a member of the Expedition 6 crew. That was the day the Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-107 burned up during its return to Earth. All seven astronauts aboard perished. U.S. space shuttles remained grounded for more than two years while the accident was investigated and NASA engineers fixed the problem. The Expedition 6 mission was extended to nearly six months, and we returned to Earth on our Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz also suffered a minor malfunction during entry, causing us to ballistically return. Basically we became a person-packed meteorite, and missed our intended landing site by 300 miles. 
Mosaic of New England

Bahamas in infrared
Star trails

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#TIFF16: Lagos, Nigeria featured in bold City to City Programme at Toronto International Film Festival Sept 8-18 2016

From a media release:

Bold, daring and dynamic cinema of Lagos featured in eighth annual City To City programme
Including Rising Stars OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama
The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18, 2016

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TORONTO, ON — The 41st Toronto International Film Festival® shines its spotlight on eight fearless features from the city of Lagos, Nigeria, for the eighth edition of the City to City programme. The lineup showcases gutsy new works by contemporary directors living and working in one of the world’s biggest film industries.
Just Not Married by Uduak-Obong Patrick 
“Hundreds of films are made every year in Lagos for a voracious audience around the world. Our City to City spotlight brings some of Nollywood's most popular filmmakers together with new voices who are introducing an alternative, indie spirit to Nigerian cinema,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “We're excited to share this unprecedented showcase of talent from Lagos with our Toronto audience.”

City to City showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. Cities featured in past programmes include London, Seoul, Athens, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

“This year we’ve also added an international component to our TIFF Rising Stars programme, and here we will spotlight two up-and-coming actors from Lagos: OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama,” added Bailey.

“Over the past six years the Rising Stars talent accelerator has blossomed, and it’s timely for us to shine an even wider spotlight on acting talent by embracing international actors,” said Kathleen Drumm, Director, Industry. “The Nigerian actors are a welcome addition and a natural evolution of what the programme aims to achieve.”



Two TIFF Rising Stars, OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, will take part in a series of specialized programming, seminars and workshops at the Festival, organized by TIFF’s Industry team.

Actor, film producer and singer Genevieve Nnaji and actor, film producer and director Kunle Afolayan will also join audiences for a unique and intimate discussion as part of the Festival’s In Conversation With… programme. The full lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

TIFF Rising Stars:

OC Ukeje
OC Ukeje is a Lagos-born actor, singer and performer. Winner of the 2006 Amstel Malta Box Office reality TV show for actors, he later trained at the New York Film Academy. He has won several Best Actor awards, including the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award, a Nigeria Entertainment Award, an Africa Movie Academy Award, and a Best of Nollywood Award. His films include Teco Benson’s Two Brides and a Baby (2011); Jeta Amata’s Black November (2012); Half of a Yellow Sun (2013), based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel; Destiny Ekaragha’s Gone too Far! (2013); Kenneth Gyang’s Confusion Na Wa (2013); Seyi Babatope’s When Love Happens (2014); the television series Gidi Up; Remi Vaughan-Richards’ The Department (2015); Sara Blecher’s Ayanda (2015); and Niyi Akinmolayan’s The Arbitration (2016), which plays at the Festival.



Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama
Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama is an actor, model, and fashion executive based in Lagos. A graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, she made her onscreen debut in the television series The Island. Her first leading role was in the television series Gidi Up. Recent projects include Steve Gukas’ 93 Days (2016), Niyi Akinmolayan’s The Arbitration (2016), and Kemi Adetiba’s The Wedding Party (2016), which will all screen at the Festival.

Films screening as part of the City to City programme include:

76 Izu Ojukwu, Nigeria; World Premiere
In a story inspired by true events, six years after the civil war in Nigeria, a heavily pregnant woman's life crumbles when the news of her husband's involvement in a botched military coup hits the headlines. Starring Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Larry Williams, Adonija Owiriwa, Daniel K. Daniel, Memry Savanhu, Pat Nebo, Debo Oguns, and Adams Shuaibu.



93 Days Steve Gukas, Nigeria; World Premiere
A riveting real-life thriller about courageous health-care workers in Lagos battling the Ebola outbreak of 2014. Starring TIFF Rising Star Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola, Tim Reid, Alastair Mackenzie, and Keppy Ekpenyong.

The Arbitration Niyi Akinmolayan, Nigeria; International Premiere
An arbitration must deal with the messy corporate entanglements of a workplace affair that led to a possible rape in the fast-paced world of the Nigerian technology space. Starring TIFF Rising Stars OC Ukeje and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, Adesua Etomi, Iretiola Doyle, and Sola Fosudo.

Green White Green Abba Makama, Nigeria; World Premiere
A coming of age story about three young boys, from Nigeria's major ethnic groups, on an adventure to make a short film inspired by the history of Nigeria. They embark on a roller coaster ride that will eventually lead them towards their individual paths to self-discovery.

Just Not Married Uduak-Obong Patrick, Nigeria; International Premiere
In this caper comedy thriller, a bright but broke undergrad striving to escape the slums gets in over his head when his modest criminal enterprise goes a bit too far when he and his friends resort to stealing cars under the guise of being married.

Kunle Afolayan at the 2014 Africa Magic
Viewers Choice Awards by Ameyaw Debrah
Okafor's Law Omoni Oboli, Nigeria; World Premiere
Chuks is a firm believer in Okafor's Law which states that once a man has had a woman, he forever has access to her. Challenged by his friends to prove the validity of the law in 21 days, past girlfriends Ify, Kemi and Ejiro are brought back into his life.

Oko Ashewo (Taxi Driver) Daniel Emeke Oriahi, Nigeria; North American Premiere
Adigun, a struggling village mechanic, accepts an invitation from Taiwo, his late father's best friend, to take over his father's now vacant position as a taxi driver alongside him. Adigun, now tackling life in the heart of Lagos, is completely oblivious of the wheels that his mere arrival has inextricably set in motion.

City to City opening night film:
The Wedding Party Kemi Adetiba, Nigeria; World Premiere
Everyone knows that there ain't no party like a Nigerian wedding party… Especially when you throw in an insecure virgin bride, a reformed playboy groom, two overbearing mothers who can't stand each other, one philandering husband, a high strung wedding planner, the invasion of unruly village gate-crashers, a thief on the loose, a best man with a flash-drive full of secrets, a sexy ex with vengeance on her mind, two loyal bridesmaids ready to go to war, and a brother seeking his father’s approval. It is a hilarious melting pot of potential disaster.


In Conversation With…:

In Conversation With… Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan
This onstage conversation will explore Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan’s inspiring stories, illuminating the complex dynamics behind Nollywood’s rise to prominence at home and all over the world.

Following in the footsteps of his father, the beloved actor-producer-director Ade Love, Afolayan garnered accolades out of the gate with his directorial debut, The Figurine (2009), and continues to innovate as a cinematic storyteller and industry heavyweight. Afolayan has elevated the standards and ambitions of Nigerian cinema over the past decade; from shooting on 35mm instead of digital cameras, to devising elaborate release strategies for his films, including his most recent venture, The CEO (2016), which took place on an Air France flight from Lagos to Paris.

Celebrated as the leading lady of Nollywood and the face of African cinema, Nnaji began her career as a child on the popular soap opera Ripples and has since received multiple awards for her work in films such as Ijé: The Journey (2010), Half of a Yellow Sun (2013) and Road to Yesterday (2015). A producer and media entrepreneur, Nnaji is also a singer and released her first album, One Logologo Line, in 2004.

Purchase TIFF Choice ticket packages until August 24, while quantities last, online 24 hours a day at tiff.net/tickets; by phone from 10am to 7pm ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433; or visit the Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office at TIFF Bell Lightbox in person from 10am to 10pm ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West. .

Social Media: 
@TIFF_NET | #TIFF16
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The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto.

City to City is generously supported by TIFF donors and members.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program Second Show - Opening August 26 2016

From a media release:

Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program
Second Show - Opening August 26, 2016
The Glenfiddich Distillery 
Dufftown Banffshire, 
AB55 4DH Scotland

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DUFFTOWN (SCOTLAND) - Since its inception in 2002 our programme has seen The Glenfiddich Distillery play host to one hundred and twenty artists from around the globe. Each artist spends three months in residence to be inspired by the unique environment Glenfiddich offers.
This summer, once again, Glenfiddich has invited eight visual artists to live and work together in the heart of Speyside. Each one creates works of art in reaction to their new surroundings and as a reflection of their experiences. This opening, the second of our 2016 summer exhibition schedule, will provide an opportunity for four of this year’s residents to display the art they have been working on over the past few weeks.

Eleanor King
Eleanor King is the twelfth Canadian artist to participate in our programme and has spent her summer at Glenfiddich attempting to live using only technologies and materials that would have been available in the year 1900. She describes her summer project, known as the FUTURE PAST, as being a complex and ridiculous performance concerned with modernisation, technology and time. Yet it is not a romantic retreat into the past but rather an earnest attempt to re-learn traditions and imagine sustainable and utopian futures.

Imagination and reality are brought together in the skilfully executed drawings of Korean artist Min Joon Park whose thoughtful observations of life at Glenfiddich have been captured in a number of delicate pencil and ink works and bound together in to a series of dream like illustrations heavily influenced by his appreciation of great artists such as Di Vinci.

For Emily Binks, the second resident artist to be selected through Glenfiddich’s collaboration with the New Contemporaries Exhibition the past weeks have been spent collecting unwanted sofas to be brought together into a sculptural installation inspired by mountain bothies and rudimentary shelters.

Min Joon Park
Also in a final flourish before she heads back to Australia Joan Ross has brought together an eclectic range of materials from expanded foam and polystyrene to fur from red deer and kangaroo to create a collection of frivolity that also critiques capitalism and consumerism, drawing on the kitsch side of Scottish tourism.

Finally Ross and Binks have also come together to create a collaborative work celebrating their combined love of Hi Vis Fluoro colours, with an external installation that is inspired by the scarecrows they have observed protecting the highlands.

A private view will be held on the evening of Friday 26th August. The exhibition is then open to the public from Saturday 27th August until Sunday 18th September.

The gallery is open each day apart from Mondays and Tuesdays from 12.30 till 5.30 pm. - Admission is free

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Germany gains 41st UNESCO World Heritage Site - Le Corbusier houses in Stuttgart

From a media release:

Germany gains 41st UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO title for Le Corbusier houses in Stuttgart

Toronto, August 4, 2016 – On July 17, 2016, the two Le Corbusier houses at the Weissenhof Estate in the Southern German city of Stuttgart were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it the first World Heritage Site for Stuttgart and the 41st for Germany.
Stuttgart, Weißenhofsiedlung, Haus Le Corbusier Photo: Andreas Praefcke
As part of a transnational joint application, Stuttgart and destinations in seven other countries applied to have 17 of Le Corbusier’s buildings listed due to the architect's outstanding contribution to Modernism. The two Stuttgart houses are the Swiss architect’s only buildings in Germany and include
Stairway, Le Corbusier house Stuttgart
the Weissenhof Museum, which illustrates the radical change in architecture around the time of the Second World War as well as Le Corbusier’s visionary thinking.

Known as Houses 14 and 15, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret designed the two-family building in 1927. It is one of the earliest examples that follow the so-called "Five Points of a New Architecture".

The striking white building is located in a suburb of Stuttgart in the Weissenhof-Siedlung (Weissenhof Estate), an experimental housing development and exposition of Modern architecture.

Germany’s other 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the expansive Wadden Sea habitat, Classical Weimar and Regensburg’s charming Old Town. They can be explored on eight different themed routes, from natural wonders to architecture to palaces and parks.
Roof, Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, Germany by Le Corbusier
Images of stairway and roof of the Weissenhof Estate, Stuttgart by Runner1928


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

NFB animation and documentaries shine at #TIFF16

From a media release:

#TIFF16
NFB animation and documentaries shine at TIFF
New features from Ann Marie Fleming and Alanis Obomsawin join shorts by Justin Simms and Theodore Ushev

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August 3, 2016 – Toronto – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Feature-length animation from Ann Marie Fleming, a new documentary by master filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, a short film by Newfoundland and Labrador filmmaker Justin Simms and a multi-award-winning short by animator Theodore Ushev make up a stellar National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lineup, featuring world and North American premieres, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), September 8–18, 2016.
The National Film Board of Canada at TIFF 2016
Making its North American premiere at TIFF, Fleming’s Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming is a feature film about a young Canadian poet who embarks on a whirlwind voyage of discovery. One of Canada’s most distinguished documentarians, Obomsawin is back in TIFF’s Masters program with the world premiere of her latest NFB film, We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice.

Also making its world premiere at TIFF is HAND.LINE.COD., a film by Justin Simms that revisits the Newfoundland community of Fogo Island almost 50 years after Colin Low’s legendary Challenge for Change films, as residents there seek to revive the traditional fishery. The visually stunning Blind Vaysha, Ushev’s 13th animated short to date, has its North American debut at TIFF after an acclaimed European festival run.

Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming – North American premiere/Special Presentation

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, Window Horses is a feature animation about love—love of family, poetry, history, culture.

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather go to Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past: the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of poetry itself. The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

The film’s voice actors include Sandra Oh (Rosie), Ellen Page (Kelly, Rosie’s best friend), Don McKellar (a young poet named Dietmar), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Mehrnaz, a professor at the University of Tehran) and Nancy Kwan (Gloria, Rosie’s overprotective grandmother). More than a dozen animators, including Kevin Langdale, Janet Perlman, Bahram Javaheri and Jody Kramer, worked on the film with Fleming.

Window Horses is co-produced by Stickgirl Productions (Ann Marie Fleming), Sandra Oh and the NFB (Shirley Vercruysse and Michael Fukushima), and distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media.

A long-time collaborator with the NFB, Fleming has been making award-winning films that deal with family, history, memory and issues of identity for over 25 years, including such NFB films as I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010) and Big Trees (2013). She also adapted her animated feature documentary The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam into an award-winning graphic novel of the same name.



We Can’t Make the Same Mistake TwiceWorld premiere/Masters Program

In 2007, the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a landmark discrimination complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. They argued that child and family welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves and in Yukon were underfunded and inferior to services offered to other Canadian children. The case was subject to appeals and stretched out over nine years, but it finally ended in victory for the plaintiffs in 2016.

We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice documents this epic court challenge, giving voice to the tenacious childcare workers at its epicentre―especially Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock, who was spied on and harassed by the federal government for her part in this saga. Obomsawin takes us through all the stages of this long legal battle without ever losing sight of the key issues: the well-being of children and the sustainability of Indigenous culture.

A member of the Abenaki Nation, Alanis Obomsawin is one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers. For over four decades, she has directed documentaries at the NFB that chronicle the lives and concerns of First Nations people and explore issues of importance to all.
We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice by Alanis Obomsawin

HAND.LINE.COD.World premiere/Short Cuts

Set in the coldest waters surrounding Newfoundland’s rugged Fogo Island, Justin Simms’ 13-minute HAND.LINE.COD. follows a group of “people of the fish”—traditional fishers who catch cod live by hand, by hook and line, one at a time. Their secret mission? To drive up the price of fish. After a 20-year moratorium on North Atlantic cod, the stocks are returning. These fishers are leading a revolution in sustainability, taking their premium product directly to the commercial market for the first time.

The film is dedicated to the memory of NFB film pioneer Colin Low, who shot 27 films in Fogo Island for Challenge for Change, developing a revolutionary way to use film as a tool to bring about social change and combat poverty. HAND.LINE.COD. is produced and executive produced for the NFB by Annette Clarke.

One of the most prolific and acclaimed filmmakers in Eastern Canada, Justin Simms is especially focused on bringing the Newfoundland experience to the screen, including through his 2014 NFB feature documentary Danny, co-directed with William D. MacGillivray, about former premier Danny Williams.



Blind Vaysha North American premiere/Short Cuts

Vaysha is not like other young girls: her left eye sees only the past while her right, only the future. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities, unable to see the reality that exists in the present. In this animated short adapted from a story by acclaimed Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov, and narrated by Caroline Dhavernas, Theodore Ushev reaffirms his virtuosity in visual experimentation. Using an expressive and powerful style poised halfway between religious paintings and linocuts, Blind Vaysha is a captivating metaphoric tale about the difficulty of being in the here and now.

Blind Vaysha has received four awards to date, including the Jury Award and Junior Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film was produced at the NFB by Marc Bertrand and executive producer Julie Roy, with the participation of ARTE France.

Born in Bulgaria, Theodore Ushev settled in Montreal in 1999, where he acquired a reputation as a prolific and talented animator thanks to such acclaimed works as his animated documentary Lipsett Diaries (2010), recipient of 16 awards—including a Genie Award for Best Animated Short—and named to TIFF’s list of top 10 Canadian short films of the year.