Shooting red-carpet galas is like being in a sardine can wondering why the hell you’re there. Oh right, shooting TIFF celebs. But in many ways, it’s like shooting fish in a too-large barrel: some days you might get a funny smirk or a silly moment; other times, depending on where you’re positioned, you might not get anything decent at all, or you might get a million-dollar shot.
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For lovers of film who fundamentally believe in some way or another that the medium provides the chance to (paraphrasing TIFF’s manta here, if only because there’s some truth to it) change the way we see the world, red carpets always rankle a bit. Painters and jazz musicians never seem subjected to all the flashbulbs and circumstance. All the fuss serves a weird function in artistically delegitimizing cinema, while also shoring up the system that allows cinema (or at least a certain kind of super-expensive cinema) to exist. Brad Pitt’s a fine actor, sure. But hanging over a guard rail just to get his signature seems so stupid.
TIFF 2011: Cut it. Print it. That’s a Wrap.
Sure, there’s the Cadillac People’s Choice Award or the FIPRESCI jury prize, but what really counts when it comes to honouring the films of this city’s largest festival is the Torontoist TIFF Awards. There may be no money and little glory associated with the prize, but when it comes to recognizing the under-appreciated categories in the world of the moving motion picture there is no higher honour. We like to think.
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In today's Urban Planner: digital activist Ricardo Dominguez gives a talk at OCAD; if weddings are your thing, catch a whirlwind of dancing brides and grooms on stage; the Jim Jones Revue stops in Toronto to showcase their sophomore album; and, just in case you forgot, TIFF is on and we're here to help you make the most of it.
In this Weekend Planner: festivals, festivals everywhere! TIFF may be headlining your to-do list, but don’t miss out on the abundance of veggies and music! Plus, a nerd-themed flea market, acrobatic training, and Toronto remembers 9/11.
TIFF kicked off its...uh...self last night, with the red carpet premiere of this year's opener, Davis Guggenheim's U2 doc From the Sky Down. And U2 even took time out from solving all the world's problems to show up! And there was a party! And we took pictures!
In today's Urban Planner: the High Park Club celebrates 100 years of recreation; a theatre and music evening at the Tranzac (including a member of Parks and Rec); Indie Fridays wraps up at Yonge-Dundas Square; Loving in the Name Of supports UNICEF; and edgy comedy from the Specials and Touch My Stereotype. Oh... and TIFF!
In today's Urban Planner: TIFF begins! Silent Shout curates the Drake's festival opening party; Chris Locke and pals love life and laughs; The Wilderness of Manitoba return from the wild; Tones of Voice's multimedia theatre; and Hunter and Cook open their doors (and an exhibition).
"You work your ass off trying to get the best new movies you can, you fight with people who you thought were friends, you make friends with people you thought were enemies and then you climb up on stage and raise the curtain."