Black Film Festival launches film club in T.O.

 The Canadian Black Film Festival (CBFF) is launching a new, monthly film club. While the festival itself launches this fall, the CBFF Film Club presents the first of what will be regular monthly film screenings at the National Filmboard Mediatheque (NFB) in April.

 The club was created as a showcase for both Canadian and international filmmakers who produce works with Black world cinema content. The goal is to create a worthwhile opportunity for filmmakers to screen diverse bodies of work and generate dialogue about what they’ve seen.

The inaugural screening will be the movie, Saving God, by Toronto director and Ryerson University graduate, Duane Crichton, probably best known for his commercial and music video work. The film boasts a stellar cast – including Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible, Rosewood), Dean McDermott (Notorious), Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Dwain Murphy (How She Move) and 2008 Juno award nominee, Jully Black, in a heartfelt, inner city tale of the eternal struggle between good and evil.

Pastor Cane (Ving Rhames), having served 15 years in prison for manslaughter, manages to turn his life around and returns home with plans to resume his father’s work as a pastor in the local church, thereby helping to rebuild the community he left behind. He meets Norris (Dwain Murphy), whom he recognizes as a young man headed down the wrong path. Lured into the depths of drugs and violence by local dealer, Blaze (Dean McDermott), the troubled teen is pulled in opposing directions and, ultimately, forced to make a critically important decision.

While battling his own issues, Pastor Cane fights to save Norris’ soul from condemnation, but the ultimate question remains: “Can people really change, or will the demons of their past overcome them?”

Prior to the screening, the producers and writer will introduce the film and then stay to host an audience Q&A session. Special guest, Tabby Johnson, of ACTRA’s Diversity Committee, will present an overview session for all attendees.

So, whether you’re a writer, filmmaker, director, producer, actor, student or just someone interested in Black film, you’re invited to come and enjoy some fascinating films, participate in interesting discussions, meet industry colleagues and friends, and network as you ‘mix ‘n mingle’ at the CBFF Film Club.

The screening of Saving God, the presentations and discussion, begin at 1:30 pm on Sunday, April 12 at the National Filmboard Mediatheque, 150 John Street (NW corner of John & Richmond) and end at 5 pm.

Tickets are $8 (General) and $6 (Students & Seniors with ID). They are available at the door or, for advance tickets, call 905-999-2629 or e-mail: andrewmahorn@gmail.com

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