Thursday, January 31, 2013

Celebrating Bold, Black, Risk Takers: An Evening with John Singleton, Feb 12


Presented by TD and BAND (Black Artists' Network in Dialogue), Clement Virgo Productions and CFC (Canadian Film Centre) are hosting a special evening in celebration of Black History Month with filmmaker John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice, Shaft). An acclaimed, trailblazing legend, Singleton has lit up the screen with his unapologetic, incendiary characters and provocative storytelling about inner-city life. He also holds the distinction of being the first black filmmaker nominated for the Best Director Oscar®.

“At 23, John Singleton wrote and directed Boyz N the Hood, shaping an era of cinema that gives voice to people and stories traditionally not part of the mainstream,” said Clement Virgo. “It’s our privilege to honour his body of work.”

An Evening with John Singleton will celebrate Singleton’s distinct and powerful body of work through conversation and clips, and allow Toronto audiences to participate in a Q&A.

Who: Filmmaker John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice)
When: Tuesday, February 12, at 8:30 pm
Red carpet/photo opportunity at 8 pm. In conversation to immediately follow.
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online by visiting, or through the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office in person or by phone, beginning February 1. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards CFC’s Diversity Scholarship fund.

This event is part of TD's Then & Now series, an inspiring and entertaining cultural showcase of one of Canada's prominent communities. The lineup of events includes films, concerts, exhibitions, and performances by a host of Canadian and international artists. Visit the Then & Now website for more information.

About CFC

Celebrating 25 years, CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media. A charitable organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities, industry collaborations and creative partnerships for top creative content leaders. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's most creative ideas and voices to the world.

About Clement Virgo Productions

Director Clement Virgo has received acclaim for his work in both film and television. His most recent film, the boxing drama Poor Boy's Game (starring Danny Glover and Rossif Sutherland), received its world-premiere at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival. Rude (1995), his first feature premiered at the Festival de Cannes as an Official Selection in the Un Certain Regard Programme. The Planet of Junior Brown(1997) earned Virgo an Emmy® nomination for best direction, and Love Come Down (2000) won three Genie Awards. Virgo's 2005 feature Lie With Me is a provocative sexual romance that has sold in over 45 countries, including Showtime in the US. TV credits include “The Wire” (HBO), “The L Word” (Showtime), and “The Listener” (NBC/CTV). His production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, is currently developing a six-part CBC miniseries adaptation of Lawrence Hill's best-selling novel, The Book of Negroes.

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