Event Category: Screening

For Sama

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To celebrate seven years of JAYU Programming, we are offering a very special and FREE presentation of the award winning favourite For Sama. This film is generously co-presented with: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

Join us afterward for a talkback following the film with director Waad Al-Kateab.

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Bell Manor Park Outdoor Film Series

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Toronto Outdoor Picture Show heads to Etobicoke for the fourth and final location of its summer-long Dynamic Duos programme in parks across the city. On Thursday evenings in August, residents of the Bell Manor Park community will enjoy a family-friendly film series exploring themes of partnership, friendship, coupledom, rivalry, mistaken identity, and other dualities in a wide variety of cinematic two-handers.

Pack a blanket and a great picnic for some wonderful evenings under the stars!

Dynamic Duos is co-curated by Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid and programming contributors Tom Dorey, Nataleah Hunter-Young, and TOPS co-founder Felan Parker.

More information on the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show website

August 8: Bao / The Casebook Of Nips & Porkington / Ratatouille
August 15: Typesetter Blues / You’ve Got Mail
August 22: Squeaky Shoe / Milk / The Kid

Corktown Common Outdoor Film Series

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For the fourth year of our Corktown Common series, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show invites attendees to enjoy four weekly screenings this July in the glow of our brand-new, magnificent, much larger screen. At this east-side iteration of the Dynamic Duos programme, join us for some of the most iconic two-handers of cult, queer, family and Indigenous cinema.

Pack your favourite blanket and join us for alfresco movies and an unbeatable view of Toronto’s skyline!

Dynamic Duos is co-curated by Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid and programming contributors Tom Dorey, Nataleah Hunter-Young, and TOPS co-founder Felan Parker.

More information on the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show website

July 4: E.T.
July 11: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
July 18: Paper Moon
July 25: Some Like it Hot

Christie Pits Film Festival

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Christie Pits Film Festival is Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s signature project. This weekly screening series in Christie Pits Park has been a summertime staple for the local community since 2011, and draws some of the city’s largest and most enthusiastic outdoor movie audiences.

For its ninth summer season, Christie Pits Film Festival proudly presents Dynamic Duos every Sunday evening throughout the summer. Dynamic Duos is co-curated by Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid and programming contributors Tom Dorey, Nataleah Hunter-Young, and TOPS co-founder Felan Parker.

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June 30: Rafiki
July 7: His Girl Friday
July 14: Weirdos
July 21: The Odd Couple
July 28: Infernal Affairs
August 4: Sense And Sensibility
August 11: Grey Gardens
August 18: Gattaca

Dynamic Duos: Fauve / Misery

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Opening weekend!

Best-selling romance novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is on his way home from his Colorado writer’s retreat when a blizzard causes him to run off the road. As luck would have it, he’s rescued by former nurse and his self-professed #1 fan, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates in her Oscar-winning performance). Annie takes great pride and joy in becoming his nursemaid – that is, until her bedside manner becomes the thing of nightmares Paul could never have imagined.

In Jérémy Comte’s 2018 Academy Award-nominated short film Fauve, two boys spend the day flirting with stunts on the edge of their small town. They play at killing each other – all in good fun – until circumstances begin to spiral beyond their control and the friendly games turn into tragedy.

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Image credit: poster artwork by José Garcia of Zoca Studio Inc.

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show will launch its season of Dynamic Duos programming and its brand new, majestic outdoor screen with an opening weekend of films at one of our favourite new sites, Fort York! Kicking things off is the one of the most iconic friendship duos in cinematic history, Thelma & Louise, followed by everyone’s worst patient-caretaker nightmare, Misery, this opening weekend will set the stage for a summer of dynamic onscreen pairings at parks across the city.

Join us for excellent films, food and a cool beer in the shadow of the Gardiner and the light of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s magnificent, brand-new screen.

Dynamic Duos is co-curated by Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid and programming contributors Tom Dorey, Nataleah Hunter-Young, and TOPS co-founder Felan Parker.

Dynamic Duos: Ballet Jazz / Thelma & Louise

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Opening weekend!

Adventure, the open road, and two great girl-friends. It starts out as a weekend getaway for the books, until things go horribly wrong and Thelma and Louise (the inimitable Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) find themselves running from the law across state lines. Carried by Callie Khouri’s whip-smart screenplay and cinema’s most defining female buddy duo, Thelma & Louise still conveys the sense of emotional urgency that it did for audiences almost three decades ago, a powerful #MeToo story long before the term was coined.

Québécois filmmaker Maxime Robin’s short film Ballet Jazz is a tailor-made companion to Thelma & Louise. Karine and Karine take to the highway for New York and a weekend audition for the “Cats” musical. One car breakdown and a couple of elaborate costumes later, the duo find themselves buoyed by their idols Thelma and Louise as they embark on a gas station robbery, with darkly comic consequences.

More information on the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show website
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Image credit: poster artwork by José Garcia of Zoca Studio Inc.

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show will launch its season of Dynamic Duos programming and its brand new, majestic outdoor screen with an opening weekend of films at one of our favourite new sites, Fort York! Kicking things off is the one of the most iconic friendship duos in cinematic history, Thelma & Louise, followed by everyone’s worst patient-caretaker nightmare, Misery, this opening weekend will set the stage for a summer of dynamic onscreen pairings at parks across the city.

Join us for excellent films, food and a cool beer in the shadow of the Gardiner and the light of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s magnificent, brand-new screen.

Dynamic Duos is co-curated by Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid and programming contributors Tom Dorey, Nataleah Hunter-Young, and TOPS co-founder Felan Parker.

A Museum for Future Fossils + Broad Topics

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Join us Friday, June 7 at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre for:
An artist talk by Abedar Kamgari from 3-4pm
A Museum for Future Fossils’ Open House from 4-6pm
And a series of screenings presented by LOMAA

A Museum for Future Fossils is a series of events and projects, including exhibitions, a workshop, and a graduate summer school, bringing together a key group of people working on museums, contemporary art, the Anthropocene, and climate change. Since June 1, graduate students participating in the MFFF project have been using the Artlab as a laboratory and meeting place. This exhibition is a living archive of the discussions and learning taking place as they consider the transnational implications of ecological crises – and art worlds – that cross borders and Indigenous lands and waters.

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Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Writing Landscape, One-Channel Video, 4:15 minutes, 2010
Abedar Kamgari, Finding words for the feeling (The Walk Home), Two-Channel Video, 30 minutes, 2016
Aislinn Thomas, MOUNTAINS USED TO BE UGLY, Video, 36 minutes 40 seconds, 2018.

Under The Stars

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Pre-show at 7 PM – pre-show activities to be announced! Movie at sundown (around 9 PM). Rain date: in the event of rain, we will cancel the scheduled screening date and will show a movie on Wednesday, August 21.

July 10 – Under The Stars: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is embarrassed that his police officer dad drives him to school in a cruiser. His dad isn’t impressed by Spider-Man, who gets a lot of credit for catching bad guys. When Spider-Man (Jake Johnson) saves Miles from a monster, the superhero introduces the boy to the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one person can wear the mask of Spider-Man. Peter Parker offers to teach Miles to be Spider-Man, but advises him not to do it like him (Peter), but to do it like himself.
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July 17 – Under The Stars: Meditation Park
Co-presented by Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Mina Shum directs an all-star cast — including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar — in her latest feature, about a devoted wife and mother who is forced to reassess her reverence for her husband after she finds another woman’s undergarment in his laundry.
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July 24 – Under The Stars: Our People Will Be Healed
Co-presented by imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride. In addition to teaching academic subjects, the school reconnects students with their ancestral culture.
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July 31 – Under The Stars: Life of Pi
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this visual masterpiece from Oscar® winner Ang Lee, based on the best-selling novel. After a cataclysmic shipwreck, young Pi Patel finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the only other survivor – a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Bound by the need to survive, the two are cast on an epic journey that must be seen to be believed.
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August 7 – Under The Stars: Your Name
Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town and for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?
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August 14 – Under The Stars: Black Panther
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
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Home Made Visible – Whitehorse

A photo illustration on a magenta background, with cutouts from vintage photos of a person wearing glasses, a person in a hat and plaid shirt, a hockey team, and a person leaning against a vintage car, all with pale yellow outliness and light blue squiggly lines behind them. "Home Made Visible" is in the centre in white lettering with a dark grey drop shadow.

Indigenous, Black and People of Colour communities are disproportionately underrepresented in all media. How do past images unearthed from personal and institutional archives come to shape new stories? The Home Made Visible tour brings a personal lens to Indigenous and visible minority archives through FREE exhibitions, screenings, and workshops in libraries across Canada. Visit HomeMadeVisible.ca/Tour

Learn more about the artists at homemadevisible.ca/artists

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Memories of My Body

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Political and social upheaval in Central Java forces a closeted young dancer out into the world. There, he meets remarkable people as he struggles to come to terms with his emotional impulses and sexual identity.

Orphaned at a young age, Juno is drawn to dancing and joins a Lengger dance group. Lengger is a traditional dance form from the island of Java, where dancers play with fluid gender identity. In four beautiful chapters we follow Juno through adolescence into adulthood,witnessing his blossoming talent while exploring the more graphic nature of the dance’s origins as well as the men that surround him. Part political commentary, part dance film, part coming-of-age story, everyone that crosses Juno’s path steps into his narrative—his 1980s dance guru; a chiselled prizefighter engaged to be married, and a closeted politician.

Inspired by the life of famed dancer and choreographer Rianto—who also narrates the film—Memories of My Body sheds light on the buried trauma and complex life of an oppressed gay man.

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