The Lunchbox will screen with two local short films. Sol Friedman’s Bacon & God’s Wrath is a portrait of 90-year old Torontonian Razie, who discovers her own cure for social alienation - the internet - and begins to consider one of life’s great temptations, bacon. Milk, directed by Winnifred Jong, captures a comedic miscommunication between granddaughter and grandmother over the family’s grocery list.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s classic caper To Catch a Thief, a cat-and-mouse game unfolds from casino hall to beach side to hotel rooftop in Cannes, France, a quintessential cinematic city of glitz, glamour, and jewels. Paired with the Hitchcock classic is the short film Lucky Moose, directed by Perry Walker.
Christie Pits Film Festival’s summer 2018 tour of Cinematic Cities around the world will come to a close with Alfred Hitchcock's indelible San Francisco thriller, Vertigo! Vertigo is paired with rising star local filmmaker Kazik Radwanski's film Scaffold, a short documentary about recent immigrants to Toronto
Unarmed Verses will be paired with two short films that also capture the rapidly changing face of urban life in Toronto, Castles on the Ground directed by Ananya Ohri and Cleo, directed by Sanja Zivkovic. Read on to find out what inspires these filmmakers in Toronto, and their personal relationships to urban housing and redevelopments.
In the heart of Montmartre, Paris’ most famous waitress, Amélie Poulin, is on a mission to transform the lives of her neighbours in Amélie, screening August 5th at Christie Pits Film Festival. The film is paired with two Toronto-set short films that, like Amélie, portray women armed with wit and determination.
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show takes a trip to 1930s Berlin with our screening of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret on July 19th at Corktown Common. Filmmaker Zachary Russell’s short film She Stoops to Conquer is a tailor-made pairing, telling the story of a Toronto drag performer who stumbles across a doppelgänger of her on-stage persona.
This evening’s programme is all about leaving banality behind and giving into the thrill of the chase! Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven screens alongside two-time festival veteran Dylan Reibling’s short film Model, which is also about outsmarting a rival and mastering the urban environment.
As part of the Cinematic Cities programme at Christie Pits Film Festival, Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love looks to the unassuming corners of Hong Kong.. An ode to uncompromising visual artists, our screening of In the Mood For Love is accompanied by a montage of local experimental shorts that each depict Toronto through a unique lens.
In homage to outlaws, femmes fatales, and unforgiving towns of the 1940s, Christie Pits Film Festival is celebrating the Cinematic Cities of Classical Hollywood Cinema. Paired with Casablanca, local filmmaker Nadia Litz’s The Good Escape fictionalizes the capture of John Dillinger in Toronto’s historic Winter Garden Theatre.
A very special edition of this year’s Cinematic Cities programme, Christie Pits Film Festival is celebrating Canada Day with three films that highlight our hometown of Toronto! Local writer-director Sarah Goodman’s headlining feature film Porch Stories is set in and around Toronto’s Little Portugal, and depicts love in all its different stages unfolding on neighbouring porches over the course of a summer’s day.
Filmmakers Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart are veterans of Christie Pits Film Festival, and they also happen to be married! Their first feature film, I Put a Hit on You, screened at CPFF in 2016, and this season they have two short films in the Cinematic Cities programme. Bickford Park is a story about a disaffected 30-something woman who secretly begins to take skateboarding lessons to avoid dealing with her marital problems, and Long Branch centers on two strangers who travel to the furthest edges of Toronto for a little romance.
The Cinematic Cities series at Christie Pits Film Festival kicks off on June 24th with a high camp celebration of life and love on the closing night of Pride Toronto! Paired with John Waters’ Hairspray is local writer/director Lisa Rideout’s documentary short film Take a Walk on the Wildside, a charming profile of one of Toronto's oldest cross-dressing shops and its compassionate owner, Paddy.