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A premiere of Spike Lee's latest film, weekly Free Flicks and much more at Harbourfront Centre this summer

TORONTO, June 28, 2004 - Harbourfront Centre's summer festival season features  a jam-packed line-up of free film screenings on a large outdoor screen at the CIBC Stage as well as in the indoor Studio Theatre and Brigantine Rooms.

This summer,
Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce an exclusive free Canadian premiere screening of Spike Lee's latest film She Hate Me, the world premiere live performance of an original film music score from Toronto composer Marilyn Lerner to accompany the 1923 classic silent Yiddish film East and West, four additional Canadian film premieres, more than 40 Harbourfront Centre debut screenings and the return of our popular Free Flicks Film Series! 

This year's summer film series are programmed in partnership with established local film festivals and respected film critics such as the Toronto International Film Festival, ReelWorld Film Festival, the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, AluCine Film and Video Festival, ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, On the Fly Film Festival and the Home/Range screenings curated by
local Film critic Cameron Bailey.

FREE FLICKS presented by Stella Artois (Wednesdays from July 7-August 18)
The Free Flicks outdoor film programme presented by Stella Artois 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 the John Waters 1988 movie-turned Broadway musical Hairspray, the Elvis Presley favorite Viva Las Vegas,
the Gene Kelly classic  Singin’ In The Rain, the British claymation 'comedy escape drama' Chicken Run, the never-tiring, lovingly animated Shrek, classical animation The Iron Giant  and a special screening of Smoke Signals as part of the Planet IndigenUs festival.  Smoke Signal kicks off with an large-scale audience game of Bingo hosted by Misty Lowery of APTN's Bingo and a Movie.
 

Labatt Blue Canada Day: Then and Now (July 1)
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.

Stella Artois World's Fare: A Global Feast (July 2-4)
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, 2002 TIFF film festival selection Black and White and a program of shorts called Introspective.

Beats, Breaks & Culture: Toronto Electronic Music Festival presented by NOW magazine (July 9-11)
An electronically-themed film series called Faster Than The Speed of Light is launched during this festival. Nobody Knows My Name focuses on the stories of six women involved in the hip hop world from the point of view of a DJ, an MC , a breakdancer and a graffiti artist. Forcing the door open on the Bronx house party scene through the 80's and on to the present day resurgence of the scene, The Freshest Kids features Crazy Legs, Ken Swift, Mr. Wiggles, Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc. Director John Carluccio's Battle Sounds challenges the audience to look at the turntable as a veritable musical instrument and what skills are needed to become an accomplished turntable artist (featuring a Q&A session with John Carluccio following the screening.) An interactive live performance event called HopFu will engage Kung Fu movie lovers as live DJ's scratch an improvised soundtrack to the Kung Fu cinema masterpiece The Prodigal Son.

Ritmo y Color: A Latin American Arts Festival
(July 16-18)
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.  

Omiala: A Festival of New Black Culture (July 23-25)
The inaugural Omiala: A Festival of New Black Culture (July 23-25) offers an exciting line-up of filmic endeavors this summer. Film critic Cameron Bailey curates Home/Range, a film series illustrating the depth of National and International Black filmmakers. A feature highlight of this program is an exclusive Canadian premiere screening of Spike Lee's latest film titled She Hate Me. Audiences will get to see this film one week before it opens in theatres in New York and Los Angeles. "The story of She Hate Me is very simple," says Spike. "It's about sex, greed, money and politics." Two Canadian premieres include the documentaries Urban Soul and The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong from the UK's John AkomfrahKirikou and the Sorceress also enjoys its Harbourfront Centre premiere. This enchanting children's animation tells the story of an African boy facing down a sorceress set to the music of Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour (who performs this summer at Harbourfront Centre live for a July 6th Pier Party.) Amandla! A revolution in Four-Part Harmony is also screened within this program. Additionally, Home/Town, a video installation piece presented in partnership with Trinity Square Video, will feature members of the local Black community sharing their ideas on the festival theme of home.

Stella Artois Hot and Spicy Festival: The Island Soul Edition (July 30-August 2)
The film program features the allure of the Caribbean with the All Food Film Series presenting 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. Soca singer Maximus Dan and his band warms up the crowd before the film.

Masala! Mehndi! Masti! (August 6-8)
Filmi South Asian Film Festival screens films throughout the weekend. Full program details to follow in the complete festival release.

Planet IndigenUs: An International Indigenous Arts Festival (August 13-22)
Director Merata Mita's documentary Hotere, is screened at Planet IndigenUs. The film, an official selection for the 2002 Sundance Festival, offers a fascinating journey through forty years of art via its subject, New Zealand's greatest living artist, Ralph Hotere.  The artists in Vis A Vis: Native Tongues use technology to its fullest extent in this film debut for Planet IndigenUs. 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 film. ImagineNATIVE film Festival also curates a full film program within the festival, full details to come at a later date.

Gobsmacked! a revel of offbeat expression presented by NOW Magazine (August 27- 29)
This year's festival brings in 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 (September 3-6)
The World premiere performance of an original musical score from Montreal-born composer Marilyn Lerner accompanies the silent Yiddish comedy East and West. The film is the earliest surviving Yiddish film and features Molly Picon, one of the most prominent actresses of Yiddish stage and film. 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 www.harbourfrontcentre.com 
 
Attention Media:  More events to be announced within individual festival releases.  Listings follow below in this release. Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases are available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediaKit.php
 
Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre Summer - Film Listings

Free Flicks
  presented by Stella Artois (July 7 to August 18)
Harbourfront Centre premieres:
July 7 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Free Flicks: Hairspray (USA)
July 14 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Free Flicks: Viva Las Vegas (USA)
July 21 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Free Flicks: Singin’ In The Rain  (USA)
July 28 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Free Flicks: Chicken Run (UK)
August 4 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Free Flicks: Shrek (USA)
August 11 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Free Flicks: The Iron Giant (USA)
August 18 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Free Flicks: Smoke Signals (Canada/USA)

Labatt Blue Canada Day: Then and Now (July 1)
Harbourfront Centre premieres:
July 1 (3 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Planet in Focus: My Bubba (Canada), Woodland Grove Hills (Canada), & Legend of the Spirit Bear  (Canada)
July 1 (6:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Planet in Focus: Earth to Mouth (Canada), Temagami (Canada)

Stella Artois World's Fare: A Global Feast (July 2-4)
Harbourfront Centre premieres:
July 2 (8 p.m.- Studio Theatre) ReelWorld: American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i
July 3 (5 p.m.- Studio Theatre) ReelWorld: One of Many
July 3 (8 p.m.- Studio Theatre) ReelWorld: Black and White
July 4 (2 p.m - Studio Theatre) ReelWorld: Introspective (short film showcase)

Beats, Breaks and Culture: Toronto Electronic Music Festival (July 9-11)
Harbourfront Centre premieres:
July 10 (5 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Faster Than The Speed of Light: Nobody Knows My Name
July 10 (7 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Faster Than The Speed of Light: The Freshest Kids
July 11 (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Faster Than The Speed of Light: Battle Sounds  w/ Q&A with director John Carluccio
July 11 (4 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Faster Than The Speed of Light: Hop Fu (with live DJ scoring of Kung Fu film)

Ritmo y Color: A Latin American Arts Festival (July 16-18)
Harbourfront Centre premieres:
July 16 (7 p.m.- Studio Theatre) AluCine: Choropampa, El Precio Del Oro Choropampa (Chorompampa, The Price of Gold)  (Canada/Peru)
July 17 (4:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room) AluCine and LAMC present: Pass de Mic (USA)
July 17 (5 p.m.- Studio Theatre) AluCine: Short Film program:
                                                                L’Homme Sans Tête (The Man Without a Head)
(France)
                                                                O Arco e A Lira (The Bow and The Lyre) (Brazil)
                                                                Ricardo against Ricardo (Canada)
                                                                Ligerita (Light) (Mexico)
                                                                Tempo de Ira (Wrath Times) (Brazil)
                                                                Hasta los Huesos/ (Down to the bones) (Mexico)
                                                                Cycle (Canada/Colombia)
                                                                Serie Inmoviles (Immobile Series) (Colombia)
                                                                Cows (Canada/Argentina)
                                                                A Través de tus Ojos (Through Your Eyes) (Canada/Argentina)
                                                                Papi (Canada/Venezuela)
July 18 (1 p.m. - Brigantine Room) AluCine & LAMC present: Resistance: Hip Hop In Colombia (UK/Colombia)
July 18 (2 p.m.- Studio Theatre) AluCine: Piñero (USA)

Omiala: A Festival of New Black Culture (July 23-25)
Canadian premiere:
July 24 (9 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Home/Range: Exclusive Spike Lee Canadian Premiere: She Hate Me (USA)

Harbourfront Centre premieres:

July 23-25  Home/Town: video installation
July 23 (9 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Home/Range: Lady Sings The Blues (USA)
July 24 (5 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Home/Range: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong (UK)
July 24 (6:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Home/Range: Urban Soul (UK)

July 25 (12:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Home/Range: Kirikou and the Sorceress (FRA)
July 25 (4 p.m.- Studio Theatre) Home/Range: Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (SA/USA)

Stella Artois Hot and Spicy Festival: The Island Soul Edition (July 30-August 2)
Harbourfront Centre premieres:
July 31 (3 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Big Night  (USA)
July 31 (6 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: What's Cooking (USA/UK)
July 31 (9:30pm - CIBC Stage) TIFF presents Undercover Brother (USA)
August 1 (3 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Mostly Martha  (Italy/Austria/Germany/Switzerland)
August 1 (6 p.m.- Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Woman on Top (USA)
August 2 (3 p.m. - Studio Theatre) All Food Film Series: Chocolat (UK/USA)

Masala! Mehndi! Masti! (August 6-8)
Harbourfront Centre premieres:
August 6-8 (Studio Theatre) Filmi South Asian Film Festival

Planet IndigenUs: An International Indigenous Arts Festival (August 13-22)
Harbourfront Centre premiere:
August 18 (9 p.m. - CIBC Stage) Smoke Signals (Canada/USA)

Gobsmacked! a revel of offbeat expression
(August 27- 29)
Harbourfront Centre premiere:
August 27-29  On The Fly: "Best of the Fest" 5 year retrospective

Ashkenaz: A Festival on New Yiddish Culture (September 3-6)
World premiere:
September 5 (Studio Theatre) East and West (live performance of new original score to accompany this silent film) (Austria)

For more information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

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Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com

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