Bringing community film festival experiences to new heights
TORONTO, September 4, 2022 /CNW/ – What began 17 years ago as a local community film festival is now an annual event that offers stunning performances, harmonizing film, music and dance while engaging its audience in provocative discussions; presented by local and international artists over food and drink. Among them are Jay Douglas a 3-time Juno nominee, a music producer and the band Kollage featuring Alexis Baron.
Jay has worked with international reggae stars such as Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregorJesse “Dubmatix” King Ziggy Marley, Lyn Tait and the big one Ernest Ranglin.
Alexis Baron was born into a family of musicians in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he began the trumpet at the age of 8 and completed his musical training by obtaining a teaching certificate at the prestigious Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory in Havana.
The opening night friday september 16 6:20 p.m. is dedicated to our community with a feature film and a short film shot in the St Lawrence Market area depicting community life. This is the transition to local musicians/performers featuring a jazz singer Tracey Gallant and members of the Performing Arts Lodge.
Saturday September 17 12:00 p.m.. canadian movie “Love in the Time of Fentanyl” Settle from Vancouver Downtown Eastside is an intimate observational look beyond the stigma of injection drug users.
Saturday 3:30 p.m.. Featuring short films from the island of Antigua and Barbuda. There’s Christal Clashing O’Reilly ‘Yemoja’s Anansi’, a filmed dance performance short story about an Afro-Caribbean water goddess with elements of 3D motion capture effects with an opportunity for audience participation .
Saturday September 17 8 p.m.. “A Tribute to Blues and Jazz”, a musical narrative of the evolution of jazz heralding from the United States the Caribbean and Canada with Jay Douglas with his All-Star Band.
COMMFFEST honors artist filmmakers and community leaders with the prestigious MADA (Making A Difference Award).
Tickets $20.00 Where $38.00 (pass) St. Lawrence Arts Center 27 Front St. East of Toronto September 16-17. Available online at Live.
September 18 Imagine Cinema. Feature films and short films combined that inspire, raise awareness of social and cultural issues in the global community. 80 Front Street East 5pm-10pm. The tickets are $15.00. Our online movies are streaming from September 18 to 22 $5.00.
For further information: Please contact: Sandie de Freitas/President, 416 362 5570, [email protected]