Big Screen Debut – My short film on the G20 to premiere at Reel Awareness this weekend
This weekend in Toronto the 5th Annual Reel Awareness Film Festival takes place from Thursday 18 November to Sunday 21 November. The festival is organized and presented by Amnesty International and takes place at the National Film Board Cinema at 150 John Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The festival features international films on human rights issues.
I am familiar with Reel Awareness, as I have previously attended and also helped to organize a previous edition of the festival. This year I am honoured to be a part of the festival itself, with my short film G20 Summit, Toronto – Faces and Voices* set to premiere on Saturday night. My short will be shown at 8.00pm before the main Saturday night feature The Devil Operation. (*n.b. the film is listed in the RA programme with the working title of A Perspective)
With thanks to Factor and Fake Four Records
The full synopsis on my G20 short can be read below, but the film would not have been possible without the featured music of hip-hop artist and producer Factor and the co-operation of Fake Four Records. My G20 film is a collection of pictures and audio captures from the G20 Summit in Toronto in June of this year, and is set to the song “Every Morning (ft. Cars & Trains)” by Factor from his latest album Lawson Graham. I am a big fan of that album and that song in particular seemed to go so perfectly with the images and sounds that I had captured from the events of the G20 protests in the streets of Toronto. Factor and Fake Four records have kindly supported my film by allowing the music to be used for the public screening at this film festival. I’m very grateful for their support, as are the organizers Amnesty.
On the weekend of 26-27 June 2010 the G20 summit meeting was held in the city of Toronto, Canada. Walls and fences were erected around the downtown core as the leaders of the world’s global elite nations met for talks. Outside the walls, people took to the streets to march and protest against the G20 while an unprecedented number of police officers patrolled the streets.
Early clashes between police and protesters were being shown through the media with reports of overhand policing. I set out at midday on Saturday with my camera bag – I planned to join the peaceful protest march which was heading down Spadina Ave and take a few pictures . It wasn’t long before I noticed the large police presence downtown, including witnessing a seemingly law-abiding civilian getting randomly stopped and searched by two unmarked officers on King St. As I reached for my camera bag I noticed that I had my digital voice recorder as well – I turned the recorder on and proceeded to record everything I encountered that weekend. Combined with the pictures I took, the audio would prove to tell the story of what I saw during the G20 weekend – with the voices of protesters, bystanders and police all being captured. This short film is the end result.
Reel Awareness festival details and programme
Full details on the film festival and the synopsis on my G20 film are included below. If you live in Toronto and are at a loose-end this wekend, then please come out and support this festival. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can and all proceeds go to Amnesty International, a charity organization who work to defend the human rights of people around the world.
All screenings will take place at the National Film Board Cinema at 150 John Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It can be found on the North West corner of the Richmond and John intersection. Reel Awareness begins on Thursday, 18 November 2010 and ends on Sunday, 21 November 2010. Admission Price: Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) at the door, with a suggested donation of $5.00.
Thanks for the support of anyone who makes it out to the festival.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice