“41 Pianos” – Pan Am Games Documentary – Funding Promo

“41 Pianos” Feature Documentary – Completion Funding Promo

“Play Me, I’m Yours Piano” is an international piano Installation by Luke Jerram which has traveled all around the world.

In the Summer of 2012, 41 Pianos, representing 41 Pan American Countries, were designed by 41 artists and installed in 41 locations around the Greater Toronto, Canada Area.

In 2012, we had an opportunity to shoot a documentary based on this installation throughout the City of Toronto, Canada. Our film crew with a local well known composer, piano player challenged themselves to play AND film all of the 41 Pianos. Day or Night. Rain or Shine.

Sometimes an arduous task. Many of the pianos were damaged, removed, or missing keys. But, in the end, our film team completed the challenge with entertaining results. Now we need your help. We need ‘Completion Funding’ and funding to create Awareness and Marketing for our Film which will hopefully see it’s Premiere the week before or during the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games July 10-26.

If you’d like to donate and get your name in the Credits, Please email us for more info!

TIFF 2012 : : Day 7 – Remembering 9/11 and Films You Should See

by Shannonn Kelly
04:06AM, EST, September 12, 2012

Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan in director Neil Jordan’s ‘intelligent’ Vampire tale “Byzantium”

I’m happy to report that only a few hours ago, one of my *must* see films, “Byzantium“, by Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan was picked up for distribution by IFC Films. It’s sinking its teeth into “Byzantium,” by grabbing the North American rights of this ‘intelligent‘ Vampire tale set in a sleepy English seaside tourist town and stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.

IFC Films (Independent Film Channel) is an American film distribution company based in New York, owned by AMC Networks.


Remembering 9/11:

For the 2011 installation of the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto filmmaker Lucius Dechausay made a 4-minute short documentary to mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

My TIFF Program Book from September 2001

His film contained stock and archival footage, and interviews with 11 people, of which only 3 were Americans, one being a native New Yorker. Politically, I cannot mention the interviewees by name but, the rest were Canadians that live in Toronto. You can see their name in the credit list here.

TIFF made the decision to screen this film in front of all public screenings on September 11th, 2011. My 4 films that day were “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”, “Dark Horse”, “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best” and “Livide”.

While I’m pro-Canadian and the City of Toronto has much to offer in Arts and Culture, I was offended by the documentary each and every time I saw it. I still am in fact.

I do not believe a “commissioned film” on the horrors of 9/11 was appropriate. I also did not appreciate Canadians expressing what they could only imagine Americans and specifically New Yorkers were feeling at the time.

9/11 wasn’t an attack on Toronto. It was an attack on America. Specifically, areas of Washington D. C. and New York City itself, to try and cripple the United States of America and to break ‘our’ spirit.

9/11 is part of our New York City collective identity. A film from an American and/or a New Yorker would have been a fitting remembrance. Not, a film commissioned by high profile Canadian Radio and Print outlets, by a Toronto filmmaker whom, prior to this film made an unknown short film in 2004 called “Black Clouds“.

If any film should have been shown at TIFF 2011 to commemorate the tragedy of this date in history, it should have been this film: “11’09”01” the September 11 “USA segment“, starring the late, great character actor Ernest Borgnine and written and directed by Sean Penn. Americans

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