NXNE Film has announced further programming, including six Canadian premieres and eight world premieres. More than 40 movies will be screened from June 11-17 at the NFB Mediatheque, Royal Cinema, and Toronto Underground Cinema.
Audiences will be treated to a gala presentation of the Canadian premiere of My Father And The Man In Black, a feature-length documentary focusing on Johnny Cash’s talented but troubled manager, Canadian impresario Saul Holiff. Written and directed by Saul’s son Jonathan Holiff, the film includes previously unreleased footage that weaves a fascinating yet tragic story: Holiff, estranged from his father for 20 years, discovered a storage locker just six months after Saul’s death in 2005. Inside were hundreds of hand-written letters between Saul, Johnny and June Carter, taped conversations with Cash and an audio diary reaching back to 1965. Holiff himself will be in attendance.
Another highlight is the Canadian public premiere of My Hometown, an animated short produced and directed by Canadian filmmakers Jerry Levitan and Terry Tompkins, and narrated by Yoko Ono. The film captures Yoko’s original poem of peace and the importance of hope, using illustrations done by children from across the globe. The film will be screened alongside I Met The Walrus, an animated film directed by Josh Raskin and produced by Jerry Levitan. Nominated for an Oscar in 2008, it features a 14-year old Levitan and his encounter with music legend John Lennon.
We have also released details of 15+ more films, including renegade hip-hoppers in Fugitives: Wax Lives; Jim Talks, a portrait of fine art photographer Jim Allen reflecting on his early rise to prominence in New York; 5th grade choirs taking on the Academy Awards in Once In A Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story; and the zero-budget celebrating Disposable Film Festival 2012 Competitive Shorts. For the full list please visit our NXNE Film subsite.
Fans can attended NXNE Film showings free with any NXNE wristband or pass (recommended!), pay cover at the door of each showing (not recommended!) or – if it’s just movies you’re after – buy a Film Festival-only wristband for just $25. Click here for more information and to buy. There will be further announcements in the very near future, so please follow NXNE on Twitter and Facebook for updates.