Friday, December 2, 2011

TIFF launches Food, Science and Books on Film series

TIFF offers one-stop holiday shopping for all the foodies, bookworms, popular science lovers and film fans on your list

Toronto TIFF presents three exciting subscription series launching in February 2012 that pair screenings with fascinating conversations. Food on Film, Books on Film, and Science on Film each feature six screenings with guests who use the films as a launch pad for engaging discussions and take questions from the audience. Subscriptions are on sale Monday for TIFF members and are available for non-members to purchase beginning December 8.

Food on Film
For people who love great food and entertainment, TIFF partners with Oliver and Bonacini and Food Network Canada for TIFF Bell Lightbox’s newest subscription series. Chefs, food experts and film lovers come together to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. For each installment, host Jason Bangerter, Executive Chef of Luma and O&B Canteen restaurants, welcomes guest chefs from Food Network and other experts from the culinary world to examine the intersections of great food and great films. A unique dish will be created and served at Luma before and after each event (additional charge applies) and all Food on Film subscribers will receive a recipe card for each of the dishes.

Guests and films include: Food Network celebrity and restaurateur Chuck Hughes (host of Chuck’s Day Off) on Vatel; and world renowned award-winning pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer on Kings of Pastry.

Tuesdays are now officially the best day of the week for chefs, critics and foodies alike! Food on Film screenings will take place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: February 7, February 21, March 20, April 10, May 15 and June 26.

Science on Film
Where left brain meets right brain! Daily Planet’s Jay Ingram hosts this fun, innovative and accessible series that uses unexpected films as a springboard for fascinating discussions at the intersection of popular science, art, culture and technology. Discover the facts, formulas and phenomena that underpin some of the great classic and cult films of our time.

Guests and films include: internationally renowned animal behaviourist as well as a best-selling author and trainer Pamela J. Reid on animal learning in Best in Show; Academy award®-nominated make-up artist Adrien Morot on the process of aging in Barney’s Version; and award-winning science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer on artificial intelligence and nanotechnology in the 1951 cult classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still. The first 100 subscribers to Science on Film will receive a signed copy of Daily Planet: The Ultimate Book of Everyday Science by Jay Ingram, courtesy of Penguin Canada.

Science on Film presentations will take place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on the following dates: February 1, February 22, March 28, April 25, May 16 and June 27.

Books on Film
Book club meets film group as TIFF launches the second season of Books on Film, presented in association with Random House of Canada, which brings together book and film lovers to examine great cinema that began as outstanding literature. Host Eleanor Wachtel of CBC’s Writers and Company welcomes filmmakers, authors and experts to discuss the art of adaptation and the sometimes challenging passage from page to screen. The first 100 subscribers will receive a complimentary copy of each book featured courtesy of Random House of Canada.

Guests and films include: Academy award®-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan on Felicia’s Journey; critically acclaimed and award-winning author Russell Banks on Affliction; and Academy award®-nominated director James Ivory on Howard’s End.

Books on Film screenings will take place Mondays at 7 p.m. on the following dates: February 6, February 27, March 26, April 16, May 14 and June 18.

Additional guests for all series will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Subscriptions to each of these series are available for $180 for non-members or $140 for TIFF members (prices include tax).

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC and BlackBerry, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.

About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, Major Sponsor and official bank RBC, Major Sponsor BlackBerry. For more information, visit

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