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Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 - Film Overview

Film features in most of the Harbourfront Centre Summer festival weekends from mid-June until early September. This year Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce the world premiere live performance of an original film music score to accompany a classic silent film, one Canadian film premiere, more than 30 Harbourfront Centre debut screenings and the return of the Free Flicks Film Series!

The Free Flicks outdoor film programme presented by NOW magazine returns this year with a series called Toons & Tunes, beginning July 7 and running every Wednesday evening at the CIBC Stage until August 18. Comprised of  musical films and animated flicks - this summer's offerings include Hairspray, Viva Las Vegas, Singin’ In The Rain, Chicken Run, Shrek, Spirited Away and a special screening of Smoke Signals as part of the Planet IndigenUs festival. The Smoke Signal film kicksoff with an large-scale audience game of Bingo hosted by
Misty Lowery of APTN's Bingo and  a Movie.
At the Ibutsa Rwanda: Commemoration and Celebration festival (June 25 to 27) Harbourfront Centre presents IBUTSA: Remembering Rwanda Documentary Film screenings, a provocative documentary showcase focusing on  issues pertaining to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.The program includes the exclusive Canadian premiere of Condemned to Live as well as the Harbourfront Centre debuts of documentary films Rwanda: In Search of Hope,Valentina's Story, Why Did They Kill Their Neighbours? and Kisangani Diary.

On Labatt Blue Canada Day: Then and Now, the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival presents two films series exploring the Canadian environment and the Canadian cultural experience. The children's short film series is entirely animated and features the Harbourfront Centre premiere screenings of: My Bubba, Woodland Grove Hills and the 3-D animation Legend of the Spirit Bear

The Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival evening documentary programme features two Harbourfront Centre premieres. Earth to Mouth ventures beyond the metropolis of Toronto and out to the Wing Fong farm, a home for the family and numerous Mexican workers. Temagami is a film that follows the rites of passage and transitions from youth to adulthood.

The Stella Artois World's Fare: A Global Feast festival (July 2-4) features a programme of films titled Cultures Colliding: Proceed with Caution! curated by the ReelWorld Film Festival.  Exploring the idea of the inevitability of cultures crossing paths, ReelWorld presents the Harbourfront Centre premiere screenings of: American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i, One of Many, and a program of shorts called Introspective.

Within the Ritmo y Color: A Latin American Arts Festival (July 16-18),  the AluCine Film and Video Festival (A Southern Currents Production) presents a socially conscious line-up of films from some of Latin America's best emerging directors. Two Harbourfront Centre premiere films are presented in partnership with the Latin Alternative Music Conference and explore historical and contemporary Latin music issues. Richard Montes' riveting documentary Pass de Mic presents first generation Latin artists reflecting about the roots of Latin hip-hop culture; Resistance: Hip Hop In Colombia is a radical exploration of how Columbia's finest rappers, DJ's and break dancers feel about the crisis situation in their home country.
The AluCine Film and Video Festival also presents 12 exceptional films throughout the Ritmo y Color weekend including award-winning documentaries Choropampa, El Precio Del Oro Choropampa (Chorompampa and The Price of Gold) as well as an exclusive screening of the 2003 Cannes Jury Fiction Prize-winning surreal short film L’Homme Sans Tête (The Man Without a Head) from director Juan Solanas within the AluCine shorts program. American director Leon Ichaso's drama Piñero tells the story of the Latino poet-playwright/actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized the basis for the rap and hip-hop movements.  

The Omiala: A Festival of New Black Culture festival (July 23-25) offers two film endeavors. Film critic Cameron Bailey curates Home/Range, a film series illustrating the depth of National and International Black filmmakers. Home/Town, a video installation piece presented in partnership with Trinity Square Video, features members of the local Black community sharing their ideas on the festival theme of home.

The Stella Artois Hot and Spicy Festival: The Island Soul Edition (July 30-August 2) features the allure of the Caribbean. The All Food Film Series presents a feast of screenings including Big Night, What's Cooking, Mostly Martha, Woman on Top and Chocolat. The Toronto International Film Festival presents the Harbourfront Centre premiere of Undercover Brother on the CIBC Stage. Canada's Reggae Rulers, The Sattalites, warm up the crowd before the film.

The artists in Vis A Vis - Native Tongues use technology to its fullest extent in this theatrical debut for the Planet IndigenUs festival. Indigenous performers James Luna from Luiseno, USA and Ningali Lawford from Walmajarri, Australia piece together a narrative that compares perspectives on life and society using dialogue via satellite, scenes of their previous performances and video diaries to inform the conversation.

Gobsmacked! a revel of offbeat expression presented by NOW Magazine (August 27- 29) presents a new partnership with Toronto's Shot-in-a-Day, Cut-in-a-Day, Screened-in-a-Day Movie-Making Festival On The Fly. In celebration of On the Fly's 5th anniversary, Harbourfront Centre screens a "best of the fest" series of films created by established and first-time filmmakers over the last five years.

Ashkenaz: A Festival on New Yiddish Culture presents the World premiere performance of an original musical score from Toronto-based composer Marilyn Lerner to accompany the silent Yiddish film East and West. Other screenings during Ashkenaz will be announced at a later date.
Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit us online at 
Attention Media:  More events to be announced as well as individual festival releases
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Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397,
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