In July we announced that Carolyn will be attending and covering the Toronto International Film Festival on behalf of SHWHPod, as part of our coverage for TIFF we will be posting a weekly wrap-up of festival announcements, beginning with selections for Midnight Madness, Platform Programme, and TIFF Docs. So here’s what happened in this week’s TIFF announcements.
TIFF18 Festival Street promises four jam-packed days of free activities and a new rooftop party
Back for its fifth installment, the excitement and fun of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) pours out from the theatres onto Festival Street and all the way up to the rooftop of TIFF Bell Lightbox. On opening weekend, September 6 to 9, King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue will transform into the TIFF street party.
“The excitement of Festival is something we want to share with the entire city,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. “Festival Street is where everyone can enjoy and experience the excitement of the Festival and its celebration of film. Free screenings, great musical performances, and the impactful Share Her Journey Rally are just some of the highlights you can expect — and we invite everyone to join us.”
With the discussion of representation, and the “Me Too” movement being prevalent and important topics of discussion in the film industry, it would be only fitting that the discussion carried over to this year’s TIFF events. Recently it was announced a women’s rally will be held on Festival Street, Share Her Journey Rally stand up for change with TIFF on the morning of Saturday, September 8 for the Share Her Journey Rally. All who want to see and be part of real change in the film industry are invited to join the action down on John Street at the Slaight Music Stage at 10 am.
With the support of partners ReFrame, TIME’S UP, and #AfterMeToo, we will hear from thought leaders and inspirational guests including Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Founder and Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the leading global think tank studying issues of inequality in entertainment; Amanda Brugel, actor; Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, Mia Kirshner, actor, and co-founder of #AfterMeToo and [Window Title], and Amma Asante, filmmaker (Belle, A United Kingdom, and Where Hands Touch).
MORE MOVIES AND MUSIC FOR FREE
The beating heart of Festival Street is the people of Toronto — and to say thank you to our great community, TIFF has partnered with the TTC once again to express some of that gratitude. Through this partnership, TIFF and the TTC are helping film fans get even more access to great movies for FREE. Street teams are set to distribute free Festival and TIFF Bell Lightbox tickets, culminating in a special TTC Free Screening at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9. This Festival event is open to all TTC riders — just bring your Metropass or PRESTO card for entry!*
After 25 years the critically acclaimed film The Joy Luck Club directed by Wayne Wang will be back at TIFF, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. Based on Amy Tan’s bestselling novel, The Joy Luck Club follows three generations of Chinese women in San Francisco, whose lives are interwoven through this story of mothers and daughters attempting to break through the social and generational differences that both jeopardize and strengthen the loving bonds between them.
“For its 25th anniversary, I’m so happy to be able to present a newly refined digital version of The Joy Luck Club at the Toronto International Film Festival,” said director Wayne Wang. “It’s going to be so special to look back on the film with the cast and original fans and to introduce the film to a new generation.” Following the screening, Lainey Lui, co-host of CTV’s The Social, etalk Senior Correspondent and founder and editor of LaineyGossip.com, will join Wayne Wang and the cast onstage for a conversation, unpacking the film’s enduring legacy and the impact it has had on Hollywood cinema.
For this year’s Short Cuts Programme, TIFF features a line up of inventive, magical and thought-provoking films. The Imminent Immanent is the latest from Carlo Francisco Manatad takes audiences through the experiences of a small town in the Philippines, as a typhoon makes its way towards the inhabitants, strange things and behaviors begin to manifest.
Written and directed by Roney, Glitter’s Wild Women is a magical realist comedy that follows Hannah and Sophie, two sisters living in solitude on their eighty acres of farmland. Set in stunning Prince Edward County, the sisters experience a supernatural life as they harvest and smoke glitter that grows in the forest, developing strength beyond their imagination.
In its fourth year, the TIFF Primetime Programme will feature five series from six countries from around the world: France, the United States, Israel, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia by Kit Steinkellner, Daniel Syrkin, Eric Khoo, and Eli Horowitz, Micah Bloomberg & Sam Esmail. This year’s line up includes Folklore: A Mother’s Love & Pob a six-part, modernized horror anthology series directed by six Asian directors, including Joko Anwar and Pen-ek Ratanaruang.
The World Premiere of Amazon Studio’s psychological thriller Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, Thomas Cailley’s sci-fi series Ad Vitam, Sorry For Your Loss with Elizabeth Olsen as a young widow struggling to come to terms with her husband’s death, and the dark comedy Stockholm by Daniel Syrkin.
All images courtesy of TIFF. TIFF 2018 runs from September 6 – 16, for more festival announcements and to purchase tickets, visit TIFF.net. You can email us at SHWHPod@gmail.com, and follow the ladies on social media at @CarrieCnh12, @La_Ney_Sha, and the podcast’s official Twitter account @SHWH_Pod but be warned, we tweet a lot.
Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.