FWL presents DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK - Premieres at TIFF Bell Lightbox - Aug 26, 2016

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FWL presents DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK - Premieres at TIFF Bell Lightbox - Aug 26, 2016

The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the present, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of
artistic gestures.

From the early ’90s on, Frank has been making his films and videos with the brilliant editor Laura Israel, who has helped him to keep things homemade and preserve the illuminating spark of
first contact between camera and people/places.

DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively rummage sale of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves us a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90.


About Films We Like
Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent, and international
films in Canada. Recent releases include Mavis!, James White, and Heart of a Dog.

Running time: 100 minutes
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Media Contact: Mallory Andrews

 

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FWL PRESENTS Kasper Collin’s I CALLED HIM MORGAN - In TIFF Docs at TIFF 2016

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FWL PRESENTS Kasper Collin’s I CALLED HIM MORGAN - In TIFF Docs at TIFF 2016

Films We Like is pleased to present Kasper Collin’s new documentary I Called Him Morgan at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of TIFF Docs. 

Kasper Collin’s second feature-length documentary, I Called Him Morgan looks at one of the music world’s most shocking and talked-about murders. 

On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America with cinematography by Bradford Young (DOP, Selma).

KASPER COLLIN, director/ producer
Kasper Collin’s first feature-length film was My Name is Albert Ayler (2005), in which he draws a portrait of American jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler’s life. It was among the most well received theatrically released documentaries in UK and US during 2007 and 2008.  

FILMS WE LIKE
Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Recent releases include Force Majeure, Finding Vivian Maier, and the Academy Award-winner Ida.

Running time:  91 minutes

TBC with English subtitles

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Media Contact: Virginia Kelly, Meghan Parnell
V Kelly & Associates

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FWL presents Jim Jarmusch's GIMME DANGER, featuring Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Danny Fields

FWL presents Jim Jarmusch's GIMME DANGER, featuring Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Danny Fields

Like The Stooges and their music, GIMME DANGER is a little wild, messy, emotional, funny, primitive and sophisticated in the most unrefined way.  Long live The Stooges’! – Jim Jarmusch

Films We Like is pleased to present Jim Jarmusch’s documentary Gimme Danger at the Toronto International Film Festival in the TIFF DOCS programme.

Familiar to TIFF audiences since his 1984 seminal indie film “Strangers Than Paradise”, Jim Jarmusch is a true American auteur.  Favouring mood and character over plot, Jarmusch’s films view America through the eyes of the outsider, a hallmark of his more than 21 films as a director.  Gimme Danger is Jarmusch’s second documentary profiling a musician after Year of the Horse that followed Neil Young and Crazy Horse on their 1997 concert tour.

Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960’s.  Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed.  Jim Jarmusch’s new film Gimme Danger chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time.  

Gimme Danger presents the context of the Stooges emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relates their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.  

Jim Jarmusch, Director, Writer
Jim Jarmusch lives and works in New York.  Films include Permanent Vacations (1980); Stranger than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Night on Earth (19991), Dead Man (1995), Year of the Horse (1997), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), The Limits of Control (2009), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Paterson (2016) and the short film International Trailer Night (2002).

FILMS WE LIKE
Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Recent releases include Force Majeure, Finding Vivian Maier, and the Academy Award-winner Ida.

Running time:  108 minutes
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Media Contact:
Virginia Kelly, Meghan Parnell
V Kelly & Associates

FWL presents Bruce McDonald’s WEIRDOS - A boy and a girl from nowhere who think they’re going somewhere… Written by Daniel MacIvor - WORLD PREMIERE AT TIFF 2016

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FWL presents Bruce McDonald’s WEIRDOS - A boy and a girl from nowhere who think they’re going somewhere… Written by Daniel MacIvor - WORLD PREMIERE AT TIFF 2016

Films We Like is pleased to announce that two of Canada’s most original and prolific talents - award winning Daniel MacIvor and Bruce McDonald - reunite as screenwriter and director of Weirdos, a World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation.

Known to TIFF audiences for his irreverent, eclectic style, McDonald brings a rebel heart to the story of 15 year-old Kit, a young man determined to seek change by running away from home.

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FWL presents Johnny Ma’s OLD STONE (Lao Shi) - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AT TIFF 2016

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FWL presents Johnny Ma’s OLD STONE (Lao Shi) - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AT TIFF 2016

Films We Like is pleased to present the North American Premiere of Johnny Ma’s debut feature film Old Stone (Lao Shi) at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Discovery Programme.

No stranger to TIFF, Ma has presented two short films at the festival; The Genius from Quintino (2013) and A Grand Canal (2014) and was the winner of Telefilm Canada’s Pitch This! at TIFF in 2014.

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GODDESS a Musical Romantic Comedy, Special Event Screening with Musicale, August 28 at 4:30pm, The Royal, Toronto

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GODDESS a Musical Romantic Comedy, Special Event Screening with Musicale, August 28 at 4:30pm, The Royal, Toronto

August 28 @ 4:30pm - The Royal, Toronto, ON
Purchase advance tickets here!

Full-time mum of twins, Elspeth Dickens (Laura Michelle Kelly), becomes a web sensation when she inadvertently broadcasts her sink songs across the internet. With Elspeth’s husband, James (Ronan Keating), at sea saving whales, advertising mogul Cassandra (Magda Szubanski) relishes the opportunity to exploit Elspeth s new-found fame by offering Elspeth her dream career in showbusiness. With her dreams of stardom within reach, Elspeth finds the choice between fame and family may come at the cost of losing both.

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Films We Like presents the Canadian Premiere of HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE - The Royal, July 15, 2016

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Films We Like presents the Canadian Premiere of HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE - The Royal, July 15, 2016

HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE follows two men as they set out on a journey to build their own time machines. Rob Niosi is a stop motion animator who has spent the last thirteen years obsessively constructing a full-scale replica of the time machine prop from the 1960 motion picture adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. It's his attempt to recapture the memory of seeing the film in theatres with his father.

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RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE: Opens at Cineplex Theatres June 17th in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax and Calgary

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RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE: Opens at Cineplex Theatres June 17th in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax and Calgary

Raiders! Is a documentary about two friends’ lifelong journey to complete their childhood passion project: a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  An inspiring testament to the creative spirit and the powerful role of cinema, Raiders! was a bonafide hit at festivals such as SXSW, Hot Docs, DOC NYC, Fantasia International and more.

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CHEVALIER Opens June 3, 2016 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

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CHEVALIER Opens June 3, 2016 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Known for her dynamic and fearless filmmaking in Attenberg (2010) which was selected as the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, Tsangari returns with Chevalier a buddy comedy that takes place in the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht.

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 I AM THE BLUES Opens at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, June 3, 2016

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I AM THE BLUES Opens at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, June 3, 2016

Following 3 sold-out shows at Hot Docs and an unforgettable live performance by Bobby Rush at Toronto’s Silver Dollar Room,  I Am The Blues, produced by EyeSteelFilm, directed and written by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Cross, is set to premiere June 3rd at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, followed by a wide theatrical release across Canada.

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FRANCOFONIA - Opens in Toronto on Friday, April 8th at TIFF Bell Lightbox

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FRANCOFONIA - Opens in Toronto on Friday, April 8th at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, Sokurov applies his unique personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for a fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich.  Enemies who became collaborators, Jaujard and Wolff-Metternich’s alliance would be the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures during the Nazi occupation of France. 

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MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART - Opens in Toronto Friday, March 4th at TIFF Bell Lightbox

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MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART - Opens in Toronto Friday, March 4th at TIFF Bell Lightbox

“It’s because I’ve experienced my share of ups and downs in life that I wanted to make “Mountains May Depart”…..Buddhist thought sees four stages in the flow of life:  birth, old age, sickness and death.  I think the ultimate point of this film is to say:  Whatever times we live through, none of us can avoid experiencing those stages, those difficult moments.” -Jia Zhang-Ke, Director, Screenwriter -  “Mountains May Depart"

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR Opens in Toronto, Friday March 11, TIFF Bell Lightbox

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR Opens in Toronto, Friday March 11, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Familiar to audiences for his rapturous dreamlike films - such as Cannes Palm D’or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives (2002) - Cemetery of Splendour is set in a rural hospital where patients are being treated for a mysterious sleeping sickness.  Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of a caregiver’s path towards deeper awareness and the world.

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SONG OF LAHORE: Opens in Toronto on March 4 at The Bloor Hot Doc Cinema

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SONG OF LAHORE: Opens in Toronto on March 4 at The Bloor Hot Doc Cinema

Since the time of Pakistan’s independence, the city of Lahore was world renowned for its music. Then with the Islamization of Pakistan in the 1970s, many of Lahore’s most accomplished and celebrated musicians struggled to continue their life’s work. “Song of Lahore” turns the spotlight on a group of brave musicians that kept on playing.

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