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Fido Free Flicks: Making Tuesdays Suck Less
Releases boundary-pushing films at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, June 24, 2008 – The popular Free Flicks outdoor film series, presented by Fido, re-launches at Harbourfront Centre. This year Fido Free Flicks is Making Tuesdays Suck Less by offering a series free films that are sure to have viewers questioning who they are, who they should be, and who they’re expected to be. Keeping with Harbourfront Centre’s summer festival theme of BORDERS, these films revolve around characters that cross the line of what may be considered ‘acceptable’ behaviour and modify the definition of a rebel.

Every Tuesday evening beginning July 8 through to August 12, Fido Free Flicks presents rebellious, boundary-pushing films on the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage big screen. All films begin at 9 p.m., are free admission, and are screened rain or shine unless otherwise specified. (Full schedule follows)

This year also features an exciting new initiative that gives viewers a say in the final movie screened. Spectators can choose from four movies and vote online for their favourite at www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

The first Fido Free Flicks film presented is Canadian Oscar winner Juno (Rated 14A), starring Canadian actors Ellen Page and Michael Cera. On July 8 follow the tale of a pregnant 16-year-old high school junior faced with an unplanned pregnancy, and the unusual decision she makes regarding her unborn child.

On July 15, a new spin on the rebel archetype is offered with Wes Anderson’s Rushmore (Rated 14A). This cult classic center’s around Max Fischer, a precocious and eccentric 15 year old, who is both Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular and least scholarly student. During his attendance at Rushmore Academy he joins every club in an effort to fit in, but does everything else to ensure that he never really does.

The following two weeks feature films that depict young adults rebelling against family, tradition or society. On July 22, Fido Free Flicks brings Dick (Rated: 14A) to the silver screen. Creating a new spin on the Watergate scandal – Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams uncover a scandal threatening the American public. This film also features Kids in the Hall veterans Dave Foley and Bruce McCullogh, as well as Will Farrell.

On July 29, The Virgin Suicides (Rated: 14A) combines love, passion, fear and obsession in this dramatic adaptation from director Sophia Coppolla. Starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner and Kirsten Dunst, this is the story a group of male friends who become obsessed with mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents after one of them commits suicide.

In August, the excitement builds as Fido Free Flicks present Run Lola Run (Rated:PG) on August 5. This German film, directed by Tom Tykwer, follows the story of a woman who needs to retrieve 100,000 Deutsche Marks in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend's life.

On August 12 an audience choice film comes to the big screen. This new and interactive feature allows movie-goers the chance to vote for the final film of the Fido Free Flicks: Making Tuesdays Suck Less programme. Viewers can choose from: The Wild One, Monsoon Wedding, Touch of Pink and The Motorcycle Diaries.

The Wild One (Rated: PG), starring Marlon Brando, shows the true nature of a rebel when two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Monsoon Wedding (Rated: 14A), reveals the struggle between tradition and modernity focussed around a wedding in New Delhi. This award winning film directed by Mira Nair depicts the various entanglements that arise when a western lifestyle is mixed with old traditions.

Touch of Pink (Rated: 14A), follows a gay Canadian living in London who’s life is turned upside down when his devoutly Muslim mother comes to visit. Screened at the Sundance Film Festival, this film contrasts a western way of life with traditional South Asian ideals.

The Motorcycle Diaries (Rated: 14A), is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s, an experience that helped to form his identity. ***Note: The Motorcycle Diaries may start at 8:45pm***

The winner of the audience choice contest will be announced following the August 5 screening of Run Lola Run and presented on August 12. Vote online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Fido Free Flicks2008 events take place at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit us online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Fido Free Flicksschedule:
*** Note all shows start at 9 p.m. outside at the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage***

Tuesday, July 8--Juno (Rated: 14A)
Tuesday, July 15—Rushmore (Rated: 14A)
Tuesday, July 22—Dick (Rated: 14A)
Tuesday, July 29—The Virgin Suicides (Rated: 14A)
Tuesday, August 5—Run Lola Run (Rated: PG)
Tuesday, August 12—Audience choice (TBD)

Harbourfront Centre presents top Canadian and International music artists at each World Routes weekend and select weekdays starting June 17 through September 1. All festivals are FREE and suitable for all ages. Some ticketed events occur. World Routes is presented by RBC. For World Routes 2008, Harbourfront Centre engages an exploration into the idea of borders. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. For more information and to buy tickets for all events the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Media Contacts:
Althea Linton (416-973-4644) or alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com)
Shane Gerard (416-973-4518) or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com)
Cary Mignault (416-973-4655) or cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com)
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