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8/19/2008| TIFF08 Offers Free Outdoor Programming At Yonge-Dundas Square

Toronto - The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival is pleased to announce a series of free outdoor programming at Yonge- Dundas Square, the new street-level hub of Festival activity. Located at the corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets, in the heart of Toronto, the Square sees daily foot traffic of over 60,000 pedestrians at one of Canada's busiest intersections.

Bringing the Festival experience outside the theatre, programming will include free public performances and presentations by some of the artists and entertainers featured in films at this year's Festival in Festival Showcase. Senegalese music sensation Youssou Ndour headlines a free concert in celebration of his film Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love, Keb' Mo' honours the history of Chess Records in support of Who Do You Love, the cast members of 'A Chorus Line' will perform in support of Every Little Step and a martial arts demonstration will be featured in celebration of The Real Shaolin. Movies on Movies, programmed by Colin Geddes, celebrates film with free outdoor screenings dedicated to the art of cinema. Visitors will be able to trace the history and art of cinematography in Visions of Light; walk their way through the MGM musical vault in That's Entertainment and explore the evolution of sex and sexuality on film in The Celluloid Closet. During non-programming times, visitors are welcome to visit Yonge- Dundas Square and take some time to relax and enjoy some of the best soundtracks from past and present films at the Festival. In addition, visitors can learn more about the Festival by visiting the Information Desk, and capture a memento of their Festival experience at outdoor photo booths. This year's Film Festival comes to a close with the first ever Public Festival Wrap Party at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, September 13.

"We're thrilled to be in Yonge-Dundas Square for the first time this year. Whether you've got 10 minutes or all day, this is the place to plug into the Festival," says Cameron Bailey, Co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival. "It is a unique opportunity for Toronto audiences to catch sensational performances and presentations for free!"

Schedule and Event Descriptions
MOVIES ON MOVIES Film Screening: Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography
Renowned cinematographers such as Vittorio Storaro, Nestor Almendros and László Kovács are featured in this compelling documentary that chronicles the history, the art and the power of cinematography. Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography showcases classics such as Birth of a Nation, Blade Runner, Citizen Kane and Do The Right Thing and includes sequences from more than 125 movies. Thursday, September 4 at 8:30 p.m.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: 'Who Do You Love' with Keb' Mo'
In support of Jerry Zaks's film Who Do You Love, in which Alessandro Nivola stars as legendary record producer Leonard Chess. Founded by Leonard and his brother Phil, the label helped to introduce and popularize blues music during the 1950s and 1960s, including that of the extraordinary Muddy Waters. This free outdoor concert will feature:
Keb' Mo': Keb' Mo's music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America, informing all of its musical roots before evolving into a universally celebrated art form.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Invitational Slam Dunk Competition with an appearance by LeBron James
In support of Kristopher Belman's More Than a Game, a documentary about the journey of a remarkable high-school basketball team in Akron, Ohio, that included future NBA superstar LeBron James.
Saturday, September 6 at 1 p.m.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: 'I Bring What I Love' with Youssou Ndour and Le Super Etoile Straight from Dakar, Senegal, Youssou Ndour and the world famous Le Super Etoile will perform in a rare free public concert event in celebration of the film Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love, a music-infused journey that chronicles the power of one man's voice to inspire change. Director Chai Vasarhelyi tells the story of this Grammy award-winning artist who began humbly, with an African youth's desire to share his joy of music and his family's socially conscious storytelling tradition. Ndour has become a messenger for our times, recently being chosen as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Saturday September 6 at 8:30 p.m.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Performance: 'Every Little Step' featuring cast members of 'A Chorus Line' The cast members of 'A Chorus Line' will perform in support of Every Little Step. Every Little Step is a documentary that explores the journey of the Broadway musical 'A Chorus Line' as an international phenomenon that has reached audiences in over 22 countries of continuous performances from the 70s to 90s and a revival beginning 2006. The film contrasts the original musical with the current revival. It investigates the societies in which they've debuted, and why the themes are so timeless and universal. Finally, it goes behind the scenes with exclusive interviews and footage of the revival's audition process, revealing the dramatic struggles of the performers. Thus the story of life imitating art unfolds.
Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: In support of Witch Hunt, featured artists TBA
Dana Nachman and Don Hardy's documentary Witch Hunt chronicles the unraveling of a small town's justice system. Voters in Bakersfield, California, elected a tough-on-crime District Attorney into office for more than 25 years. During his tenure, dozens of innocent working class moms and dads were sent to prison on charges of sexual abuse.
Sunday, September 7 at 4 p.m.

MOVIES ON MOVIES Film screening: That's Entertainment!
The exuberant and critically acclaimed That's Entertainment! spotlights MGM's legacy of musicals from the 1920s through the 1950s, showcasing performances from dozens of the studio's films, including Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Gigi, and The Band Wagon, and features screen legends Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Bing Crosby among others. Sunday, September 7 at 8:30 p.m.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: Miracle at St. Anna with Terence Blanchard
Internationally renowned jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard created the score for Spike Lee's latest feature Miracle at St. Anna and will perform in support of the film. Terence's acclaimed album Flow was produced in 2005 by the artist and four-time Grammy winner Herbie Hancock and showcases Terence's prodigious instrumental and composing skills.
Monday, September 8 at 8:30 p.m.

MOVIES ON MOVIES Film Screening:
This in-depth look at the history of film editing gathers the opinions of a wide range of academics, critics, directors and editors, including Michael Ondaatje, Norman Jewison, George Lucas and Thelma Schoonmaker (best known as the editor of Martin Scorsese's films). The Art of Motion Picture Editing gives an overview of the development of this art form, spanning the earliest years of cinema through to present-day technological advances.
Tuesday, September 9 at 8:30 p.m.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Martial Arts demonstration
A martial arts demonstration will be featured in support of Alexander Sebastien Lee's The Real Shaolin. Rich with dazzling displays of kung fu, The Real Shaolin follows two Chinese and two western students as they undergo a year of rigorous training in martial arts at the Shaolin temple in Central China. Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.

MOVIES ON MOVIES Film screening: Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
The award-winning Hearts of Darkness is an engrossing, uncompromising documentary of Francis Ford Coppola's chaotic catastrophe-plagued film Apocalypse Now. Mixing on-location footage shot by Eleanor Coppola, and featuring interviews with the original cast and crew, the film chronicles how production problems delayed the film and nearly destroyed Coppola's career.
Wednesday, September 10 at 8:30 p.m.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Concert: 'One Week' with musical guests
Great Lake Swimmers will perform in support of Michael McGowan's latest film One Week.
Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m.

MOVIES ON MOVIES Film screening: Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Many consider the late 1960s and 1970s to be a time of great daring and invention in Hollywood cinema. A new generation of directors - Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, and Roman Polanski, to name a few - reshaped the boundaries of American filmmaking. Narrated by William H. Macy, Kenneth Bowser's documentary uses clips from key films and interviews with essential figures to shed light on this incredibly fertile period of film history.
Thursday, September 11 at 8:30 p.m.

MOVIES ON MOVIES Film screening: The Celluloid Closet
This comprehensive, award-winning documentary examines the history of gays and lesbians in cinema, and the evolution of sex roles in film. Featuring interviews with Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, and Gore Vidal among others, The Celluloid Closet is significant and essential viewing.
Friday, September 12 at 8:30 p.m.

Festival Wrap Party
Celebrating Closing Night of the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, this event will offer an incredible lineup of musical performers at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Saturday, September 13 at 8pm

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