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Art and Cinema Converge in a New Exhibition

TORONTO, September 10, 2004 The 29th Toronto International Film Festival, in collaboration with the curators of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, presents a new initiative for the Festival entitled ART PROJECT: ROLE PLAY, highlighting several film-inspired installation works by recognized Canadian and International artists. Launched as a pilot project this year, the installations will be exhibited during the Festival in sites other than traditional theatres.

This year's theme of "role playing" features videos from Canadian artists Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Zacharias Kunuk as well as two works by German artist Christian Jankowski. In each of these works, the artists comment on how we see the world through movies and moving images.

In QAGGIQ (1989), Zacharias Kunuk employs the strategy of reenactment to blur boundaries between traditional and contemporary Inuit life. The story recreates home life in the Arctic during the 1930s and revolves around an Inuit man in love with a local woman.

Christian Jankowski's WHAT REMAINS (2004) features provocative and emotional comments elicited from audience members as they emerge from a darkened movie theatre. Each person describes his or her reaction to the movie without describing the narrative or revealing the films title.

Both QAGGIQ and WHAT REMAINS screen from Monday, September 13 to Friday, September 17 from 2- 4 p.m. at The Church of the Redeemer (corner of Avenue Road and Bloor St. West). These screenings are free and open to the public.

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay's new work entitled, SUBTITLED (2004) shows us a scenario of longing with the artist obsessively writing the lyrics from a Kylie Minogue song, "I just cant get you out of my head/Boy your love is all I think about" as a subtitle. LIVE TO TELL (2002) combines surveillance cameras with a choral rendition of an early 80s Madonna ballad. These works screen at Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor Street West, on Thursday, September 16 and Friday, September 17 from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

A second work by Christian Jankowski, entitled THIS I PLAYED TOMORROW (2003), is a dynamic collage of dream and reality as aspiring actors are asked to discuss their most desired movie roles and are later cast in the role of a lifetime based on their fantasy. THIS I PLAYED TOMORROW is on exhibit at The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West, and is available for viewing by appointment during the Festival, September 9 to 18. To arrange an appointment, the public should call The Power Plant at 416-973-4949. It opens to the public on September 28 and runs through November 07.

ART PROJECT: ROLE PLAY is a co-presentation between the Toronto International Film Festival and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre and is presented with the generous support of Newmarket Films, Holt Renfrew and The Church of the Redeemer.

In addition to ART PROJECT: ROLE PLAY, the Festival also presents the work of gifted cinematographer Christopher Doyle in its public box office, located in the Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, main floor, north entrance.

Christopher Doyle is celebrated around the world for his cinematography, and has worked with countless directors but most especially Wong Kar Wai. For some time, Doyle has been working in the art of collage, both on paper--using test strips and end product uses of his art to decorate still photos--and on DVD. His audio-visual collage work cull used and unused material from films he has shot, promos and commercials, plus Doyle's own personal work to create sumptuous agglomerations of suggestive and necessary images with sound.

The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre is located at 231 Queens Quay West. For information, the public can call 416-973-4949 or visit


Media Contacts:
Linda Liontis, Harbourfront Centre
Denny Alexander, Toronto International Film Festival
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