When Monkey Warfare premiered at TIFF last year, Torontoist’s Mathew Kumar gave it a less-than-positive review. (Its director and star were none too pleased.) When it opened at the Royal in December, however, I commented, “I personally love Monkey Warfare….I’ve been urging everyone I know to see it; the film fills me with a glee that makes me want to shout its title from the rooftops….On a number of levels, the film is an ode to my dual passions of film and public space advocacy in Toronto; I feel like it’s a movie made for me and my friends….While I would stop short of calling it the film of my life, Monkey Warfare succeeds at being something that few films I have ever seen actually manage to be: anthemic.”
Tonight, the Toronto Public Space Committee is holding a fundraising screening of this, perhaps the most perfect non-documentary film with which the TPSC could possibly hold a fundraising screening. It’s $5 and happening outdoors at the Evergreen Brick Works, and with tonight’s predicted low of only 17°C, it should be a damn beautiful event. (But dress warmly, just in case. Bring something to sit on, too.) The movie’s director, Reg Harkema, will be there and will do a Q&A afterwards.
Now how does one get to these mysterious Brick Works? There will be a shuttle bus ($2/PWYC) leaving from the corner of Broadview and Erindale Avenues (half a block north of Broadview station) every half-hour on the half-hour from 6:00 onwards. The movie itself will start at 8:30, so don’t get to Broadview any later than 8:00. (The last shuttle back from the Brickworks to the station will leave at 11:00.) There’s also a dinner catered by Vegan Delights ($8), but supplies are limited, so show up early if you want to score some food.
Original photo of the Brick Works by fasheezee from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. Illustration of a Monkey Knife Fight by jboylan67 on Threadless. Jonathan Goldsbie is a member of the TPSC and has been wanting to do a screening of Monkey Warfare ever since he saw it at TIFF.