Yonge-Dundas Square takes the Toronto International Film Festival outdoors by displaying free films on its outdoor screens and hosting live performances by dance groups and singers in celebration of the films.
Live entertainment includes performances by Sengalese musician Youssou Nadour in support of his film Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love, Robert Randolph and The Family Band in support of Who Do You Love?, the cast members of A Chorus Line in support of Every Little Step and marital arts demonstrations to accompany the film The Real Shaolin.
Movie programming by Colin Geddes showcases films dedicated to the art of cinema that are shown nightly throughout the festival. In addition to the screenings, Yonge-Dundas Square offers up activities like past and present soundtrack listening stations, an information booth and an outdoor photo booth.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 4 at 8:30 p.m.
MOVIES ON MOVIES Film Screening: Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography
A documentary chronicling the history and power of cinematography starring Vittorio Storaro, Nestor Almendros and László Kovács. Showcases classic scenes from more than 125 movies such as Birth of a Nation, Blade Runner, Citizen Kane and Do The Right Thing.
Friday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: ‘Who Do You Love’ with Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph & The Family Band
A free outdoor concert in support of Jerry Zak's film, Who Do you Love? a documentary about blues label Chess Records. Robert Randolph and the Family Band are an electric-sounding group, featuring world-renowned guitarist Robert Randolph, who tours with Eric Clapton.
Saturday, September 6 at 1 p.m.
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE: Invitational Slam Dunk Competition with an appearance by LeBron James.
A slam dunk competition in support of Kristopher Belman's documentary, More Than a Game, which tells the story of NBA superstar's Lebron James' high-school basketball team in Akron, Ohio.
Saturday September 6 at 8:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: I Bring What I Love with Youssou Ndour and Le Super Etoile
A rare free public concert by one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world --Youssou Ndour, in support of the film Yossou Ndour: I Bring What I Love.
Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m.
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Performance: A Chorus Line
A dance performance with cast members of A Chorus Line in support of the festival's Every Little Step. Every Little Step is a documentary exploring the rise of the Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" and the international success it gained throughout the 70s to 90s.
Sunday, September 7 at 4 p.m.
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: In support of Witch Hunt, featured artists TBA
Witch Hunt is a documentary by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy discussing the corrupt tough-on-crime District Attorney in Bakersfield, California, who sent innocent, working class people to jail for sexual assault.
Sunday, September 7 at 8:30 p.m.
MOVIES ON MOVIES Film screening: That’s Entertainment!
Spotlighting MGM's musical programming from the 1920s to 1950s, including Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Gigi and more.
Monday, September 8 at 8:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: Miracle at St. Anna with Terence Blanchard
Jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard creator of the musical score for Spike Lee's latest film, Miracle at St. Anna, performs live.
Tuesday, September 9 at 8:30 p.m.
MOVIES ON MOVIES Film Screening: EdgeCodes.com
An in-depth look at film editing from the early days of film to present day advances, featuring opinions by a range of academics, critics, directors and editors.
Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Martial Arts demonstration
The martial arts demonstration accompanies Alexander Sebastian Lee's film The Real Shaolin. The film follows two Chinese and two western students as they take part in a rigorous martial arts
training regiment at the Shaolin Temple in China.
Wednesday, September 10 at 8:30 p.m.
MOVIES ON MOVIES Film screening: Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
A documentary about the making of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, a film that almost destroyed his career due to production problems and delays.
Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: ‘One Week’ with musical guests
Great Lake Swimmers perform in support of Michael McGowan’s One Week.
Thursday, September 11 at 8:30 p.m.
MOVIES ON MOVIES Film screening: Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
A documentary about the emergence of great film makers and directors in the late 1960s and 1970s who changed American cinema.
Friday, September 12 at 8:30 p.m.
MOVIES ON MOVIES Film screening: The Celluloid Closet
A documentary examining the history of gays and lesbians in film, featuring interviews with Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg and more.
Saturday, September 13 at 8 p.m.
Festival Wrap Party
The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival draws to a close with a lineup of musical performers at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Official Website: http://www.tiff08.ca/
Added by K-WM on August 27, 2008