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Christie Pits Film Festival Summer 2017 Programme:
In 2017, Christie Pits Film Festival will present an 8-evening series called EYES ON THE PRIZE throughout the summer, on Sundays June 25-August 20.
For its seventh season, Christie Pits Film Festival proudly presents EYES ON THE PRIZE, a weekly outdoor series featuring films about competition, camaraderie, and the drive to win. Don’t miss this summer’s opening night event - a screening of the Harold Lloyd silent comedy The Freshman with an original score performed live by Toronto musicians The Holy Gasp!

All screenings at Christie Pits Park are PWYC with a suggested donation of $10.
Screenings begin at sundown.
Sunday, June 20, 2017
The Freshman featuring a live musical score by The Holy Gasp. With short film Squeaky Shoe. Opening Night Sponsor, Ontario 150
To kick off Christie Pits Film Festival’s seventh summer season, the 2017 EYES ON THE PRIZE programme, we have a special treat in store. The classic silent comedy The Freshman is reinvented with a brand-new live musical score! Toronto musicians The Holy Gasp have composed original music for the film, and will perform it live alongside the film. Fans of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s previous live-score screenings will not want to miss this latest production.

A must-see event! Come join us!
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Strictly Ballroom with short films.
There are few better examples of the dance competition sub-genre than Baz Luhrmann's Australian cult classic Strictly Ballroom, in which he establishes the colourful, frenetic style that would later be seen in Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001). Traditional ballroom dancing and maverick moves collide when Scott and Fran – coming from opposing cultures and bringing with them competing family pressures – pair up to compete in the Australian Pan Pacific Championships, challenging norms along the way. In short film Duelo de Duendes, two rival mothers have a flamenco duel on a Japanese train platform as their daughters look on. Completing this dance-themed programme is director Ben Shirinian and choreographer Guillaume Côté's enthralling Lost in Motion II.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
The Maltese Falcon with a short film.
This evening of CPFF’s EYES ON THE PRIZE programme follows a rogue’s gallery of colourful criminal characters vying for an legendary, elusive statue, all through the eyes of the archetypal hard boiled private detective, Sam Spade. In both John Huston's classic film noir, The Maltese Falcon, and Toronto animator Patrick Jenkins' stylish Phantom City, the players in the game have various inscrutable motives and are determined to outwit the lead investigator and keep the prize for themselves. We could imagine no better pairing than Jenkins’ clever animated throwback to mid-century film noir for one of the primary narrative and stylistic examples of the genre.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Speed Sister with short films.
The Speed Sisters are an all-female Palestinian auto racing team that competes professionally in the male-dominated West Bank circuit. Canadian-Palestinian filmmaker Amber Fares’ thrilling documentary traces the triumphs and challenges of these indomitable women, united in competition not only with one another, but against social stigma and political repression. Preceding this evening’s screening are two short films that also foreground competitive drive by women in highly physical sports, a characteristic often gendered as male, especially in film.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Best in Show with short films.
CPFF’s EYES ON THE PRIZE programme simply had to include the competition and chaos of Christopher Guest’s hilarious, pitch-perfect satire Best in Show. Far from being a mean-spirited mockery, the film reflects a genuine appreciation and affection for the insular world of dog shows and the quirky characters (and pets) that inhabit it. To give the Best in Show participants some admirable competition, we’ve chosen three similarly quirky shorts: Bootwmm, Pottery Wars and Sink or Swim.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Bee Nation with short films.
Hot on the heels of its world premiere as the Opening Night film for Hot Docs 2017, BEE NATION tells the story of First Nations kids competing at the highest level in the provincial and national spelling bees. Tackling thorny issues of language, culture, and assimilation with tenderness and nuance, BEE NATION is equal parts inspirational journey and call to arms for Canadians to face up to our ongoing legacy of colonialism. Both short films for the evening also look at children competitors: CUBER captures the Toronto teenager ranked second fastest Rubik's Cube competitor in the country, while Dear Scavengers pits a group of girls competing in a scavenger hunt against a crusty middle-aged shopkeeper who becomes an unwilling participant in their game.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Bring It On with a short film.
C-H-R-I-S-T-I-E! Christie Pits is the place to be! There may be no more fiercely competitive showdown in the EYES ON THE PRIZE programme than the Southern California high school cheerleading tournaments depicted in the cult hit Bring It On. Two teams - a rich, white squad from San Diego, and a cutting-edge, Black squad from East Compton - go head to head, ruthlessly vying for the national championship trophy. In between spectacularly choreographed performances, Bring it On also manages to work in a timely commentary of cultural appropriation and the power of female friendship, largely thanks to Jessica Bendinger’s biting screenplay.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
West Side Story with a short film.
The epic musical romance-drama WEST SIDE STORY is a tale straight out of Shakespeare: Tony and Maria are young lovers caught on either side of a clash between immigrant communities – the Polish Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks – vying for turf and a crucial piece of the American dream. Beneath the seemingly celebratory tone of the film’s most famous song and dance number, America, West Side Story offers biting social commentary: “Life is all right in America/If you're all white in America”. Its contemporary relevance makes this an impassioned and thought-provoking extension of CPFF’s prize-vying theme of the summer. Paired with the short film BOREDOM, which also uses music, dance, and pitch-perfect choreography to convey the sense of aimlessness and rivalry felt by two young women.
Saturday and Sunday August 19 and 20th
CPFF’s 2017 summer season will go out with a knockout two-night Closing Weekend! On Saturday and Sunday, August 19th & 20th, the EYES ON THE PRIZE theme will culminate with a special surprise screening of a hard-hitting sports epic with a tonne of heart. What could it be? The secret film will be announced shortly before the screening, so stay on the edge of your seats and mark your calendars!
Volunteers can sign up for shifts starting June 10th!
CPFF is currently accepting volunteers for our Summer 2017 programme EYES ON THE PRIZE 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.
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 a minimum of four shifts - that's only about 10 hours over the summer! Each shift ranges from 2 to 3 hours and snacks and drinks are provided. Each volunteer will be given a EYES ON THE PRIZE t-shirt thanks to our Volunteer Programme Sponsor Fiesta Farms.
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