Good Look Now
Good Look Now is a program of films that each depict a glass of water, produce, flowers, a turtle, a human pattern, and a sloth.
Works by Peter Todd, Dawn George, Laurel Beckman centre natural matter arranged by civilization into cups, grocers, and fountains; while Philip Hoffman and Isiah Medina’s Ending 2 avails us with possible languages for experimental nature films. Ishu Patel’s 1977 animation, Bead Game, suggests how political patterns since time immemorial impose a limitation on our planetary moment.
SAT, APR 18
INNIS TOWN HALL
There’s Something in the Water
Directed by Ellen Page
In honour of Earth Day and National Canadian Film Day, Planet in Focus will be presenting There’s Something in the Water in partnership with the Paradise Cinema and Reel Canada.
There’s Something in the Water is a disturbing and, frankly, terrifying portrait of ecological and social disasters in Page’s native Nova Scotia. Based on Ingrid Waldron’s incendiary study, the film follows Page as she travels to rural areas of the province that are plagued by toxic fallout from industrial development. As did Waldron, the filmmakers discover that these catastrophes have been precisely placed, all in remote, low income — and very often Indigenous or Black — communities. As the filmmakers observe, your postal code determines your health.
WED, APR 22
THE PARADISE THEATRE
First We Eat
Directed by Susanne Crocker
First We Eat: Food Security North of 60 celebrates the ingenuity, resourcefulness & knowledge of Northern Canadians and our relationship to the land through the food that we hunt, fish, gather, grow and raise in the North. Whether you are concerned with community (knowing where your food comes from and valuing the land and the people who produce it), sustainability, the nutritional value of your food, a finite oil supply, carbon footprint or food costs and accessibility – food security is a topic of interest for many Northerners.
The Planet in Focus
Join us for drinks, raffle prizes and performances from Shawnee and Long Branch on Thursday, July 11, 2019, in honour of the 20th anniversary of Canada’s largest environmental film festival.
‘Dreamy twang one minute, driving folk-rock the next, followed by flawless forays into underground punk-psychedelia and blissed-out, guitar-fuzz ballads. There’s nothing quite like Found the Setting Sun, the first record from Toronto/Honey Harbour, Ont., supergroup Long Branch ” – Andrea Warner, CBC
Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 7:00PM
Revival Bar, 783 College St., Toronto | $50
From the creators of Planet Earth and in partnership with World Wildlife Fund, the Netflix original documentary series Our Planet is a spectacular journey of discovery through the natural world—and one of the most anticipated releases of 2019. Narrated by legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, this groundbreaking eight-part series showcases the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they’ve never been seen before. Join us for an exclusive sneak peek screening of the first episode prior to its spring release, followed by a Skype Q&A with the brilliant minds who conceived this inspiring project.
Sunday, March 3, 2019 | 2:30PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
Curious Minds Weekend at Hot Docs:
Vertical Features presents:
Directed by Ryan Ermacora & Jessica Johnson
Since 2015, filmmakers Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson have worked collaboratively and independently on a series of lush and enigmatic non-fiction shorts that engage with interrelated questions of landscapes and duration. Working in the lineage of icons Sharon Lockhart and James Benning – filmmakers that privilege the contemplative over the chaotic – Ermacora and Johnson most often turn their camera to the sylvan unceded territories of interior British Columbia.
Vertical Features is a project by Jesse Cumming, Olivia Wong, and Dan Browne.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 7:00PM
AGO Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St. W. (McCaul Entrance)
General Admission $7 / Students $5
Toronto Palestine Film Festival:
Directed by Saburo Hasegawa
Ryuichi Hirokawa is a human being first, a photojournalist second. He considers journalism the right to know, and relief work the right to live—two things that have informed his character and career. Recently retired from Days Japan magazine as editor-in-chief, the septuagenarian goes back into the field and revisits the sites and stories of his past. He returns to Israel and Palestine, and remembers a Lebanese refugee camp massacre—images burned into his brain that sent shockwaves around the world. Then he travels back to Chernobyl, where he was the first Western journalist allowed to enter the no-go zone after the nuclear disaster. But all roads lead home, where his focus now rests on fundraising in the wake of Fukushima.
FRI, SEPT 21 9:00PM TBLB C2
City of Toronto & Great Gulf present:
Doors Open Festival
A 90-minute curation of family favourites from Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. These films deal with the changing Toronto environment, exploring lakes and illuminating urban landscapes. Local wildlife are represented in “Bird City Lights” and “Fix and Release,” which showcase documentaries as a catalyst for conservation. Explore Indigenous Ontario’s cottage country in “Lovesick” and ancient agriculture in “The Three Sisters Community Garden”. Light-hearted shorts will be screened including “FIXED!” which chronicles Toronto’s volunteer-run Repair Café, where beloved items are given a new lease on life.
Where: Kingsway Community Life Centre, 186 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON M5T 3B2
When: May 26 10am-5pm & May 27 1-5pm
Christie Pits Film Festival:
Directed by Lucy Walker
In 2009, internationally renowned Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz began an ambitious project to make large-scale artworks in collaboration with workers at Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, on the edge of Rio de Janeiro. The workers scour the landfill to triage its recyclable materials, effectively making up a guerilla-style environmental programme. The award-winning documentary Waste Land is a deeply moving portrait of urban gleaners living on the geographical and social margins of a city, yet whose work is integral to the environmental sustainability of the metropolis.
SUN, JUL 29 9:00PM CHRISTIE