You’re Invited: Toronto Screenings April 11 – May 30, 2012

You are invited to the following FREE screenings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:



Colour Me

FREE Family Screening

14 April 2012


Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas

Contact Info:
Phone: (416) 598-7933

“This year’s Free Family Screening is brought to you by Global Toronto and will be the feature documentary Colour Me.

Colour Me challenges viewers to re-examine how they think about race.

It follows motivational speaker Anthony McLean as he runs a ground-breaking mentorship program for black teens in Brampton.”

NFB Mediatheque
150 John Street (Richmond St. W. & John Street)

Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C3

Presents the following



 April 11, 2012 at 4 PM

Come and see the story of the last great supply of  fresh drinking water on earth!
This is the official trailer of Waterlife:


“Waterlife follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, telling the story of the last huge supply of fresh water on Earth.

Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, Waterlife is a cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted.

Narrated by Gord Downie, lead vocalist of The Tragically Hip and Waterkeeper’s Trustee of Lake Ontario.

Featuring music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.”

Kevin McMahon | Primitive Entertainment, Inc. & NFB | 1972 | 109 min

April 18 at 4 PM

“Produced in 1965, this is an informal portrait of the Montreal poet, novelist and songwriter, Leonard Cohen.

He is seen reading his poetry to a rapt audience and also alone, or relaxing with family and friends.

Donald Brittain, Don Owen | NFB | 1965 | 44 min

Paired with In Short: Leonard Cohen, featuring the following short films (total running time approximately 20 minutes):

I’m Your Man: Set to the Leonard Cohen song of the same name, this irreverent animated film plays on the conventions and clichés of romance.

Poen: In this 1967 film, Leonard Cohen reads and re-reads a prose poem from his novel Beautiful Losers as diverse photographs flash by, juxtaposing word and image for a different effect each time.

A Kite Is a Victim: “Worthy, lyric and pure,” a line from this early Cohen poem, describes this animated short and the poetry itself. Excerpt from Poets on Film No. 1.

Angel: A man, a woman and a dog take turns donning wings in this 1966 experimental film that both mocks and embodies the spirit of its decade. Featuring music and an uncredited appearance by Leonard Cohen.”


May 2 at 4 PM

“On the Record: The renowned Canadian concert pianist in New York for a recording session, Gould jokes with a cab driver, banters with sound engineers at Columbia Records, then alone with the piano, fastidiously recording Bach’s Italian Concerto.

Off the Record: At his cottage retreat near lake Simcoe, Ontario, Gould revels in his freedom from public performances, playing for an audience of one, his collie. He rambles through the woods and chats about composition with fellow musician Franz Kramer.”

Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor | NFB | 1959 | 44 minutes


May 9 at 4 PM

“Toronto-born Norman Jewison first gained prominence producing for Canadian television, then went on to greater success making Hollywood theatrical features.

In this film he is seen directing a large international cast and crew in the film version of the musical hit Fiddler on the Roof.

Between scenes, Jewison talks freely about many aspects of the film industry and some of his experiences in it. A candid study of a director in action.”

Douglas Jackson | NFB | 1971 | 50 minutes


May 16 at 4 PM

“In this wryly intimate film, Timothy Findley, an actor who became one of Canada’s finest novelists, gives the performance of his life.

Findley acts out for the camera his multiple roles and selves–ex-alcoholic, passionate lover of landscape and animals, failed dancer, homosexual, friend, child–all with charm and candor.

However, it is Findley’s life as a writer that most fascinates the viewer.

One of the most compelling sequences in this film shows actors dramatizing several plots and variations as Findley creates, in successive drafts, the many possible lives of his characters–a perfect illustration of how imagination performs.”

Terence Macartney-Filgate | Tiffin Productions Inc. & NFB | 1992 | 57 minutes


May 26 and 27, 2012 | 10 AM to 5 PM each day

“Ever wonder what it would be like to walk on a steel beam high above the city?  Come and participate in our interactive installation You Are the City Builder, and cross a steel beam high above a virtual Toronto landscape!

Thanks to our HD projectors, sound installation and motion detectors, visitors will create their own thrilling “high steel” experience.

You’ll be walking just a few inches up from the floor, but you’ll appear to be 35 storeys in the air.

Then, take part in an animation pixilation activity by taking a virtual “streetcar ride” through a Toronto neighbourhood.

All weekend long, we’ll screen films on Toronto’s city builders — visionaries including the late Jane Jacobs and Glenn Gould, who have put Toronto on the map as a world class cultural destination.

Enjoy classic NFB films highlighting the construction of the subway, the post-war building boom, images of Regent Park and Flemingdon Park circa 2002, and the spectacular renovation of the ROM.

Choose from our big-screen cinema or Digital Viewing Stations, and enjoy a digital photo gallery highlighting Toronto buildings and builders.”


May 30 at 4 PM

A documentary account of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951 includes:

  • pageantry of Québec City
  • National War Memorial in Ottawa
  • Trenton Air Force Base
  • Toronto
  • a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Regina
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • the royal train crosses the Rockies and makes stops in several small towns
  • the royal couple boards the HMCS Crusader in Vancouver and watches native dances in Thunderbird Park, Victoria
  • they are then welcomed to the United States by President Truman
  • Montreal
  • University of New Brunswick in Fredericton
  • a steel mill in Sydney
  • Nova Scotia
  • Portugal Cove, Newfoundland

David Bairstow, Roger Blais, Gudrun Parker  | NFB | 1951 | 54 minutes


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