Re: Toronto Film Festival

From: john porter (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Aug 26 2007 - 12:11:50 PDT

--- Andrea Picard <email suppressed> wrote:
> I feel as though I should interject here

Hi Andrea,
Yes, thanks for interjecting.

> Wavelengths tickets. There is
> a package price for the entire series
> All 6 for $66.49 plus tax.

equals $76. $12.67 each, but to get that you have to
be able to attend all 6, and have $76 which is a lot
more than the $20 I balked at.

> the festival is not all about business.

Dickens said "business". I said "mainly (not 'all')
about money", and I repeat it below.

> And finally, I know you don't agree with complying
> this law, John,

Actually, I've never disagreed with anyone complying
with the law, in and of itself.
I object to TIFF enforcing the law unlike anyone else,
and at the same time not openly protesting the law.
Being legal, they're in a much better position than
all the non-complying exhibitors to protest openly.
And receiving funding from the same Provincial
Government that created and enforces the law, puts
TIFF and many others in Ontario on the "inside" to
better lobby that government. Those of them who don't
openly protest appear to be "chilled" by the fear of
risking their funding. It all comes down to (mainly)

> I've had all of the Wavelengths programmes
> rated so that children and families can attend

That IS big news! Please tell us more. How were they
submitted - on video, or written descriptions? Do the
artists know? Will the ticket buyers? I don't see it
posted on your Wavelengths web page yet, only this:
"Festival screenings are exempt from classification by
the Ontario Film Review Board, provided audiences are
restricted to eighteen years of age or older, unless
otherwise posted. This includes infants and toddlers."
Notice that there's no protest in that statement.

> Andréa Picard
> Film Programmer, Cinematheque Ontario &
> Wavelengths, Toronto International Film Festival

> I can't afford the $20 tickets,
> Among Toronto's more than 30 "film" festivals, TIFF
> is
> "The Big One", with the biggest ticket prices.
> > active art and film scene year-round.
> > Many experimental filmmakers live and work there,
> > many FrameWorkers too.
> > Jonas Mekas classes it among his four
> > most boring cities in the world.
> It's very small-town Conservative, even the active
> art
> and experimental film scene.
> For example, TIFF's visiting experimental filmmakers
> should be forewarned that your screening will be
> automatically "Restricted" (adults only) by law,
> regardless of the content! Minors (anyone under 18)
> are not allowed to see even abstract films! TIFF not
> only does not protest this law, but they help to
> enforce it and don't inform their filmmakers, so on
> many occasions filmmakers and/or their families have
> been caught by surprise and sent home by TIFF from
> their own screening with their child (sometimes a
> mere
> babe-in-arms)!
> You don't hear any complaints from TIFF's
> experimental
> filmmakers either, including those Frameworkers here
> in Toronto.
> It's always been mainly about the money here.
> "Toronto is full of life and motion, bustle,
> business,
> and improvement. The houses are large and good, the
> shops excellent. But the wild and rabid Toryism is,
> I
> speak seriously, appalling." (Charles Dickens, 1842)
> John.

John Porter, Toronto, Canada
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