Wednesday, February 9, 2011

TIFF Lightbox presents In Conversation: Paul Haggis

Tonight, you'll get a chance to hear Oscar-winning writer/director/producer Paul Haggis live in person at the Toronto International Film Festival's Bell Lightbox. He appears tonight in a conversation to be conducted by programmer Noah Cowan.

Recently, he's been in the news because of his humanitarian work for Haiti, and also because of his much-publicized split with Scientology (see The New Yorker's 26-page article). He has a distinguished career in film and television. After writing for series such as The Facts of Life, Due South and thirtysomething, he switched to film and became the first screenwriter to write two Best Picture Oscar-winners back to back, with Million Dollar Baby and Crash. The following year, Letters from Iwo Jima (for which he was a writer) was also a Best Picture nominee. 

He has also written scripts as diverse as Flags of Our Fathers, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and The Last Kiss. He wrote and directed In the Valley of Elah and The Next Three Days in addition to Crash.

He appears tonight at 7pm. You can purchase tickets here.

He also appears tomorrow morning at 10am for a Higher Learning event. Students and faculty are invited to a screening of In the Valley of Elah. Afterwards, he will be on hand for a Q&A session. This event is free for those with valid university or college ID.  Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour before the event.

TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Box Office are located at the corner of King and John at Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON.

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