Saturday, March 26, 2011

Toronto Film Events: Japan Relief Screening of "Fine, Totally Fine" + The One Minute Film & Video Festival

Hello all. I'm chiming in here to bring your attention to two noteworthy events that, if you're into film and live in or near Toronto, will hopefully be of interest to you.

The first is an upcoming screening of Yosuke Fujita's 2008 film Fine, Totally Fine, which will be taking place on Tuesday, April 5th at 7pm at the Revue Cinema in Toronto. Organized by my friend Chris MaGee of the Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow in collaboration with Pictures Dept. and Third Window Films, this event is designed to raise money for the relief effort going on in the wake of the recent earthquake/tsunami disaster that has rocked Japan. Tickets are only $8, and 100% of the proceeds will be going to the SUPPORT JAPAN - GAMBARE/ JustGiving relief fund created by Yuko Shiomaki, president of Pictures Dept. and distributor of Fine, Totally Fine. To seal the deal, the film itself is supposed to be absolutely delightful and totally worth seeing - especially for a mere $8 that will be going to charity!

Here's the trailer:

The second event I'd like to bring your attention to is the One Minute Film & Video Festival, which is being directed by Matt Brown of the MAMO Podcast, which he co-hosts with Matt Price. The festival, which will be showing films exactly 60 seconds in length, will be held this year on March 31st at the Toronto Underground Cinema at 7pm, with ticket prices set at  $10 at the door. Set around the specific theme of social/media, it sounds like the festival will have quite a bit to offer. From the press release:

"In addition to new works from filmmakers in Toronto and around Canada, the 2011 One Minute Film & Video Festival features new films from Japan, Italy, Australia, Germany, Poland, Romania, South Africa, and the United States, offering a complete, international film festival experience in a single screening.

Festival Director Matt Brown has also put together a programme of thirty personal favourites from the first five seasons of the One Minute Film & Video Festival. This retrospective will screen jointly with the new works presented in the social/media programme on March 31. A total of sixty one-minute films (thirty new, thirty old) will screen starting at 7 p.m. at the Toronto Underground Cinema."

The website for the event can be accessed here.

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