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Christie Pits Film Festival is a local arts organization that programmes a free weekly series of outdoor film screenings each summer in Christie Pits Park, Toronto. Founded in 2011, the festival will soon present its sixth summer season. CPFF is the signature project of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show.
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show presents Vampires in the Outfield at Queensway Park!
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, the people who bring you Christie Pits Film Festival, will kick off its 2016 season with its first off-site screening on June 18th in Queensway Park!
The event, called Vampires in the Outfield, is a one-night-only encore presentation of the silent classic Nosferatu with a live musical score composed and performed by Del Bel. If you missed this spectacular night in Christie Pits Park last July, here’s your lucky second chance! Check out some photos from the first production of this event.
Christie Pits Film Festival Summer 2016 Programme:
In 2016, Christie Pits Film Festival will present a 9-evening series called Stranded in Christie Pits! throughout the summer, on Sundays June 26-August 28.
The theme this year will look at themes of isolation, confinement, escape, and perseverance in a variety of great short and feature films!

The 2016 season will also feature an encore presentation of our very special opening night event from 2015: a screening of Nosferatu alongside a live-score performance by Del Bel, this time in a new location at Queensway Park.

All screenings at Christie Pits Park are PWYC with a suggested donation of $10.
Screenings begin at sundown.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013) New Summer – Young Galaxy (Ivan Grbovic, 2013, short) Opening Night Sponsor, Whole Foods Market
Christie Pits Film Festival will open its 6th summer season - called "Stranded in Christie Pits!" - with the contemporary space Odyssey Gravity, which takes us on the nail-biting journey of a medical engineer stranded in space. The evening’s programme will begin with Young Galaxy's sci-fi inspired music video for New Summer, setting the tone for a beautiful and exciting new summer in the Pits. Come join us!
Sunday, July 3, 2016
My Prairie Home, directed by Chelsea McMullan (2013) With Short Films: The Little Deputy, directed by Trevor Anderson (2015) Handsome & Majestic, directed by Jeff Petry and Nathan Drillot (2015)
Celebrate Pride at CPFF!

After the Pride parade, come down to the park for a real treat. My Prairie Home is a gorgeous musical documentary about the life and art of nonbinary transgender musician Rae Spoon. Toronto director Chelsea McMullan’s film weaves together beautiful cinematography, confessional interviews, and emotionally-charged performances to produce an evocative portrait of small-town isolation, family trauma, and restrictive gender norms.

An affiliated event of Pride Toronto’s 2016 “You Can Sit With Us” programme.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg (1971) With Short Films Blind Spot, directed by Matthew K. Nayman (2011) While I’m Here: the San Diego Highwayman, directed by Brent Foster (2014)
Steven Spielberg's brilliant, rarely screened first feature, Duel, is a taught thriller that takes us for a ride in a Plymouth Valiant as its cowering driver is trapped on the road by a menacing oil tanker.

Before Duel, short films Blind Spot and While I'm Here: The San Diego Highwayman set the stage for an evening of highway dramas that feature characters confined in their cars as hostile surroundings wreak havoc on their personal safety.

This evening is part of Christie Pits Film Festival's 2016 "Stranded in Christie Pits!" series.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Mustang, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (2015) With Short Films Winter (dir Lina Roessler, 2015) Home Away (dir Hannah Yohannes, 2013) Savage (dir Lisa Jackson, 2009)
Recent Oscar nominee Mustang (2015, Foreign Language Film) leads a pack of four beautiful films in tonight’s programme, all made by female filmmakers.

Often dubbed “the Turkish Virgin Suicides”, Mustang tells the story of five fun-loving teenaged sisters who are confined to their family compound by their small, conservative village. Mustang and the three local short films paired with it tonight look at this year's theme of isolation through the eyes of women who have seen their families torn apart at the hand of social injustice. These films are affecting, character-driven gems that will stay with you long after you leave the park that night. Don’t miss this special night.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
I Put A Hit On You, directed by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark (2014) With Short Films Long Branch, directed by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark (2011) The Lamp, directed by Trevor Juras (2013)
Toronto indie film at Christie Pits Film Festival!

Taking place over one tumultuous night in Toronto, in I Put A Hit On You we witness the unravelling of a dysfunctional relationship while a young couple (played by Aaron Ashmore and Sara Canning) is trapped in their apartment by a hit man lurking outside. The short films Long Branch and The Lamp hilariously capture the awkwardness of urban dating in this city, pushing their odd couples into uncomfortable tight spaces. This evening's programme will be a celebration of Toronto’s emerging independent filmmakers as part of CPFF's 2016 theme "Stranded in Christie Pits!".
Sunday, July 31, 2016
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996) With Music Videos Flesh Without Blood, directed by Grimes (2015) Bodies at Bay, featuring Cold Specks, directed by Josh Reichmann (2014)
Come visit us under the stars, you star-crossed lovers!

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary year, Baz Luhrmann's iconic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet captured millennial fears of isolation and crises of identity. Its hyper-stylized visual aesthetic, inspired by 1990s MTV video culture, is experiencing a revival in the work of current young artists including musician and filmmaker Grimes and the collaboration of Toronto singer-songwriter Cold Specks and director Josh Reichmann in their video Bodies at Bay. This music-themed, high camp evening will be the place to be this August long weekend!
Sunday, August 7, 2016
The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir (1998) With Short Film Entangled, directed by Tony Elliott (2014)
The "Stranded in Christie Pits!" series wouldn't be complete without Truman Burbank.

Cult favourite The Truman Show and Toronto filmmaker Tony Elliott’s quantum physics thriller Entangled present us with characters who are caught in densely layered fictional worlds, trying to break free.

Playing with the structures of time and space, Toronto filmmaker Tony Elliott carefully blurs the lines between fiction and reality, allowing us to share in the characters’ experience of confusion and confinement. In The Truman Show, director Peter Weir invents a reality TV world-within-a-world for its unknowing hero Truman.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Meek's Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt (2010) With Short Film The Surveyors, directed by Chris Romeike (2012)
As part of CPFF's 2016 "Stranded!" theme, this evening’s programme captures the emptiness and isolation of the Western landscape, while challenging the colonialist myth-making of the “Wild West”.

Kelly Reichardt’s Meek's Cutoff takes the viewer on an ill-fated pioneer journey through Oregon with a group of families who find themselves lost in an unfamiliar land with no sense of direction. Toronto filmmaker Chris Romeike’s The Surveyors tells a similar tale of European settlement on First Nations lands, this time north of the border in the Canadian prairies, through the eyes of a Metis surveyor.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Cast Away, directed by Robert Zemeckis (2000) With Short Film Dredger, directed by Phillip Barker (2015)
Christie Pits Film Festival's “Stranded!” series will close with two very different films about ordinary people lost at sea.

In Cast Away, Tom Hanks struggles to stay alive and maintain his sanity after being stranded on a desert island by a disastrous plane crash. Trapped and alone for years waiting for outside help, the film is a deeply humanistic tribute to the will to survive even in the most extreme conditions.
In Toronto filmmaker Phillip Barker's tense, atmospheric Dredger, a captain's wife spends her days and nights daydreaming about longing, lust, and confinement while she waits out a long journey across Lake Ontario alongside her husband and his rugged but intriguing first mate.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Rain Date Screening.
Volunteering with CPFF
We have a variety of volunteer roles available for high school students, film lovers or people who just want to help out their Christie Pits community.
We ask each volunteer to commit to four shifts - that's less than 10 hours! Each shift ranges from 2 to 3 hours and snacks and drinks are provided. Each volunteer will be given a "Stranded in Christie Pits!" t-shirt thanks to our Volunteer Programme Sponsor Fiesta Farms.
Volunteers can sign up for shifts starting May 23rd!
CPFF is currently accepting volunteers for our Summer 2016 programme "Stranded in Christie Pits!" If you love film, food, people and wish to be involved with our festival please fill out our brief volunteer form. We are looking for people who are willing to put up posters, talk to the public, man our merch table, collect donations and volunteer photographers.
Volunteer with CPFF this summer!
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