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- Why did you join?
Originally I joined Cinematheque Ontario, because it provided an opportunity to see great films—with prints that had been re-mastered—throughout the year.
- How to get the most out of your membership?
While I love to read the quarterly programme guide, 180°, for details about all the films, I have really appreciated the new Season Launch events, where Members are given a "head's up" about upcoming programming. This way I can put events into my schedule and buy tickets in advance, so as to avoid sold-out events.
- What is your favourite TIFF memory?
Wow, there have been so many over the years! In terms of a film moment, one memorable one was at the world premiere of the documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, about the 'house band' for Motown Records. This group included as many as 16 different musicians, none of whom were given credit on the albums. The documentary included terrific music, which the audience just loved. After the screening, the director called onto the stage at the Elgin Theatre four of the musicians, who broke down in tears during the sustained standing ovation they received.
- Do you have a TIFF Tip for other Members? This can be Festival or TIFF Bell Lightbox related. For example, do you have a favourite venue, time of day, tips for the Rush line etc.
I would recommend that everyone attend at least one Midnight Madness screening in the Ryerson Theatre during the Festival. A TIFF Member can't profess to really know the Festival without experiencing the excitement and "gusto" of the MM audiences and films. It is just not the same to attend a second or third screening of the films. If the late night timing worries you, attend one on the final weekend of the Festival. Trust me, it is IMPOSSIBLE to sleep through a MM film!
NEW! Members’ Picks: Select your favourite film from TIFF’s Summer Programme http://tiff.net/films/summer.
Why do you support this film? Why should people see this film?
Within the selection of the mid-July to mid-August programming, the "guilty pleasure" I'm really looking forward to is the August 2nd screening of All About Eve. I've watched this film probably dozens of times, but never on a big screen, so it will be wonderful to watch Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders tear up the screen.
From the Cinematheque selections, I'm very excited about the series on Turkish women directors. I like Turkish films (and have even attended the Istanbul Film Festival), but I have not seen these particular films so it's a rare treat to have them screened at the Lightbox.