March/April 2009 Events
UofT's Petro Jacyk Program and Columbia University's Ukrainian Film Club present The Living (2008) on Thursday at 7pm, Serhiy Bukovsky's new feature documentary on the Great Famine in Ukraine in 1932-33. On Friday at 3pm, Bukovsky's Spell Your Name (2006) screens, followed by a panel discussion. Free admission. Visit here for more information.
Friday March 6
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Saturday March 7
Inside Out presents their first annual Screen-a-Thon, starting at 1pm. Screenings of Xanadu, Can't Stop the Music, and Spice World will be accompanied by compilations of 'Worst Sex Scene' and 'Most Outlandish Scene,' as well as tons of delicious movie treats, including unlimited popcorn and a cash bar. Visit here for registration and more information.
Sunday March 8
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 2pm: Queen Christina (1933, 97 min. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, with Greta Garbo and Joan Gilbert.) Garbo’s quintessential screen portrayal of the controversial Swedish monarch who gives up everything for love. Stunningly photographed by the great William Daniels, this film is still a "must see again" masterpiece after more than 75 years. Followed by Queen Bee (1955, 95 min. Directed by Ronald MacDougall, with Joan Crawford and Fay Wray.) The other queen of Hollywood handles this film like her mink stole--with glamour and panache. As the possessive, controlling, and self-absorbed southerner Eva, Joan shows you what a real movie star can do. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Now in its eighth year, the University of Toronto Film Festival presents films and videos from both emerging and established filmmakers, celebrating in particular UofT's rich contribution to the arts through its student and alumni film and video makers. Visit here for more information.
UofT's Faculty of Information presents Housing Memory, a graduate conference with a keynote address by Geoffrey C. Bowker (Santa Clara University) on March 13th, and a roundtable event on the topic of "The Architecture of Practice" on March 14th. Free for UofT students and participants; $5 for non-UofT students; $10 for faculty and professionals. Visit here for more information.
Friday March 13
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of Hard Core Logo. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Sunday March 15
On the 6th anniversary of the Iraq war, the War Resisters Support Campaign presents three documentaries about U.S. soldiers resisting wars from Vietnam to Iraq, and seeking refuge in Canada. Suggested donation $7-20. Visit here for more information.
Monday March 16
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: Let’s Do It Again (1953, 95 min. Directed by Alexander Hall, with Jane Wyman and Ray Milland). In this frothy Technicolor musical remake of The Awful Truth, the games that a husband and wife play with each other backfire in spectacular fashion and they head for divorce court. Will love find a way or will pride keep them apart? Followed by The Thrill of Brazil (1946, 91 min. Directed by S. Sylvan Simon, with Evelyn Keyes and Ann Miller). Picture His Girl Friday as a lively nightclub musical complete with song and dance numbers, add some witty verbal sparring, and you have a great combination of love and laughter. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Friday March 20
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of Children of Men. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Saturday March 21
Innis Environment for the Society presents Toxic Trespass at 3pm. The film examines the effects of pollutants on human health in southwestern Ontario.
The Queer 2 Fly Film Festival offers four screenings this year, featuring music videos, shorts, and documentaries. $10 admission per evening. Visit here for more information.
Sunday March 22
Monday March 23
New College Student Council presents an opportunity to play Rock Band 2 on the big screen. Free admission and food; prizes to be won. 7pm start time. Visit here for more information.
Tuesday March 24
The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law & Policy presents a 7:30pm lecture with McGill Professor Peter Brown, author of Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy. Visit here for more information.
Wednesday March 25
The Next Projection Film Society presents a screening of Night of the Hunter screens at 7pm as part of the 2009 UofT Celebration of the Arts, with an introduction by Geoff Pevere. Free admission. Visit here for more information.
Thursday March 26
"How We Escaped Hitler" is an evening with two icons of Canadian journalism who recount their childhood escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. 7pm. Visit here for more information.
Friday March 27
4pm. UofT's Cinema Studies Institute presents the second day of a graduate colloquium on the topic of bad movies, with a reception to follow. Contact p [dot] leers [at] utoronto [dot] ca for more information.
7pm. CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of The Last Waltz. Free admission. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Monday March 30
Cinéfranco presents a screening of L'Occitanienne at 7pm. Visit here for more information.
Wednesday April 1
CINSSU and Warner Bros. present an advance screening of Observe and Report at 7:30pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Friday April 3
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of The Conformist. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Saturday April 4
The 4th annual Toronto Singapore Film Festival presents critically acclaimed collections of feature, documentary, and short films, aiming to raise the profile of Asian and Singaporean cultures. Visit here for more information.
Sunday April 5
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 2pm: Man Hunt (1941, 105 min. Directed by Fritz Lang, with Walter Pidgeon and Joan Bennett). Capt. Thorndike has Hitler in his gunsight. He fires. What follows is one of the tensest thrillers on film as he escapes to England only to be stalked by the Gestapo. Followed by Secret People (1952, 87 min. Directed by Thorold Dickinson, with Valentina Cortese and Audrey Hepburn). The gripping and persuasive tale of a family caught up in an anarchist’s plot to assassinate a dictator. At what point do you stray from the idealism of a noble cause into terrifying acts of pure terrorism? Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Monday April 6
The Toronto Film Society presents a double bill, starting at 7:30pm: Call of the Wild (1935, 81 min. Directed by William Wellman, with Clark Gable and Loretta Young). Looking for adventure and gold in the Klondike, Gable finds the gold in Loretta’s hair irresistible instead. They heat up the screen in this fast-paced adventure adapted from Jack London’s novel. Followed by Two Years Before the Mast (1946, 98 min. Directed by John Farrow, with Alan Ladd and Brian Donlevy). The spoiled, obnoxious playboy son of a shipping magnate discovers the cruelty and abuse suffered by the crew firsthand when he is press-ganged aboard. One of Ladd’s best roles and a smash box office hit. Visit here for more film and ticket information.
Friday April 10
CINSSU presents a Free Friday Film screening of Synecdoche, New York. Free admission; 7pm. For more information visit www.cinssu.ca or "Cinema Studies Student Union" on facebook.
Tuesday April 14
Jack Layton and Olivia Chow present the Toronto premiere of Downstream, which follows Dr. John O’Connor as he fights for the lives of residents of the Aboriginal community of Fort Chipewyan, who live downstream from the tar sands and are dying from rare forms of cancer. 9pm start time, with discussion to follow. Tickets are free. RSVP with your name, number, address, and number of tickets to chowo1c [AT] parl [DOT] gc [DOT] ca or call 416-533-2710.
Wednesdays, April 15-May 20
The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents their series of spring talks each Wednesday morning. Coffee at 10am followed by speaker at 10:30am; $6 for non-members. Visit here for more information.
Saturday April 18
Are ethics divinely inspired or man-made? Are there absolute morals? Developments in genetic research have unleashed a firestorm of issues concerning human control of creation and the impact on our future. Given that society's ideals change over time, how can we determine what is morally right or wrong? Five acclaimed speakers, Humanist and Christian, discuss the nature of ethics in a lively and controversial debate. Full event details and tickets at: www.HumanistCanada.com. Ticket prices: $15 HC members, $25 general, $10 students (with school ID). Appetizers, desserts and drinks included. Buy tickets before April 15. Limited seating.
Raindance Canada presents seminars on screenwriting and pitching at 7pm each evening. Visit here for cost and more information.
Friday April 24
The opening night gala of poetry and music takes place for the First International Festival of Poetry of Resistance is held in honour of the Cuban Five -- published poets, cartoonists, and writers, presently incarcerated in maximum security prisons in the United States. Visit here or here for more information.
Saturday April 25
The First International Festival of Poetry of Resistance presents panels and lectures on Resistance Poets and Others in Society, The Link Between Poetry and Politics, and The Law as a Weapon: The Cuban Five, Pakistan, the U.S. and Canada. Visit here or here for more information.
Monday April 27
The First International Festival of Poetry of Resistance presents an evening of poetry and music by Te Kupu, iQi Balam, Dave Bleakney, Orlando Silverio, Lowell Conrad Bowen, Anita Graciano Giraldo, Mende, and others. Visit here or here for more information.
Wednesday April 29