Christina Aguilera Films PSA For World Hunger Relief

first_imgYum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company and parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced today that multi-Grammy Award winner and pop superstar Christina Aguilera is using her voice for good in the fight against hunger by filming a new PSA for the Company’s World Hunger Relief effort that benefits the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies.Christina Aguilera For HungerAguilera will appear in the new PSA as well as in advertising, online efforts and posters made possible by KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to be released this fall. She has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 where her participation has helped raise millions for WFP and other hunger relief agencies. She also serves as an “Ambassador Against Hunger” for WFP where she has traveled on relief trips with the organization to Haiti and Guatemala.Video: Behind the Scenes Footage: Christina Aguilera’s New World Hunger Relief PSAThere are nearly 1 billion hungry people around the world today. Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide – greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.“I’m excited about my new PSA for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort this fall using my voice for good to help feed millions of children who go to bed hungry every night,” said Aguilera. “I hope to inspire others to use their voice for good and move millions of people from hunger to hope.”Yum! Brands’ annual fall World Hunger Relief effort is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief initiative, spanning more than 120 countries, nearly 38,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and over one million employees, to raise awareness, volunteerism and funds for WFP and others. Consumers can visit or donate in the restaurants this fall. Every U.S. dollar raised will go directly towards WFP’s operations to fight hunger around the world.“We are extremely thankful for Christina’s passion to help us raise attention to the critical global hunger problem, inspire others to become part of the solution and save millions of lives,” said David Novak, Chairman and CEO, Yum! Brands, Inc.Since World Hunger Relief launched in 2007, more than one million of the Company’s employees, franchisees and their families have volunteered millions of hours to aid hunger relief efforts in communities worldwide. The effort has raised $115 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and is helping to provide 460 million meals and save the lives of millions of people in remote corners of the world.Yum! is also addressing hunger across the U.S. through its Harvest program. Since its launch over two decades ago, Harvest has become the largest prepared-food donation program in the world. Through Harvest, Yum! has donated over 148 million pounds of food, with a value of nearly $650 million, to those at risk of hunger in the U.S. The Company also has been the primary sponsor of the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville for nine years, and has donated $10 million to this local agency.WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit read more

Prince William Announces Taskforce To Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge gave a passionate speech about the illegal wildlife trade at the World Bank in Washington DC earlier this week.During the speech, the Duke announced that a taskforce, chaired by former Foreign Secretary William Hague, would be established to examine the transport industry’s role in the illegal wildlife trade and identify ways “the sector can break the chain between suppliers and consumers”.“The task force will bring together key partners and representatives of the transport sector, underpinned by expert legal advice,” he said. “It will draw together existing evidence and information about the illegal wildlife trade, identify gaps in knowledge, and commission research to plug those gaps.“The taskforce will call on companies to implement a “zero tolerance” policy towards the trade. Criminals are able to exploit weak and corrupt standards, so we must raise those standards, collectively.“I am delighted that William Hague, the former British Foreign Secretary and chair of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade held earlier this year, is here today and has agreed to chair an international taskforce.“Within a year, the taskforce will work with the transport industry to develop recommendations for how it can play its part in shutting down wildlife trafficking trade routes; with the sole intention that the implementation of these recommendations will lead to a tangible and significant reduction in the illegal wildlife trade.“Cooperation is our greatest weapon against the poachers and traffickers who rely on evading individual national initiatives. By taking a truly international approach, we can get one step ahead of them.“Our collective goal must be to reduce the wildlife trade by making it harder: denying traffickers access to transportation, putting up barriers to their illegal activities, and holding people accountable for their actions. Those who look the other way, or spend the illicit proceeds of these crimes, must be held to account.“Some people may say that this is an impossibly difficult task. It is true that like any organized crime, the illegal wildlife trade is a many-headed hydra. Tackling it will be a complex challenge.”To read the full speech, click here.last_img read more

War Child Passport Gig Tickets Available Via Lottery

first_imgWar Child and O2 are proud to announce the line-up, dates and venues for Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to big names acts in the most intimate music venues.This special series of gigs supporting War Child will be especially important coming, as they do, after an unprecedented year of violence for children in war zones.The full line up isThe Vaccines16 Feb, Dublin Castle, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text VACCINES to 88450Ride(Andy Bell and Mark Gardener acoustic show) 19 Feb, 100 Club, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text RIDE to 88450Duran Duran19 Feb, Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text DURAN to 88450You Me at Six22 Feb, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text YMAS to 88450Bastille23 Feb, Sofar Sounds House Party, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text BASTILLE to 88450Elbow24 Feb, the Roadhouse, ManchesterYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text ELBOW to 88450Ticket detailsTickets to all shows are available by lottery.Each entry costs £4.50 and offers the chance of winning a pair of tickets to the chosen show. You can enter as many times as you like.Every entry will make a vital contribution to War Child’s work protecting vulnerable children who have been affected by conflict around the world.last_img read more

Standing Rock Music Video Nominated For MTV Video Music Award

first_imgFor the first time, Native American artists will be standing up to celebrate a major nomination during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards in the newly-added “Best Fight Against the System” category.The music video “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” was recorded by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and “Magnificent Seven” Native American artists from different tribes, including Zack “Doc” Battiest, Spencer Battiest, Emcee One, Drezus, PJ Vegas, SupaMan, Natalia Aka “My Verse.” The song serves as a statement of support to those who have embraced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Native American actor Martin Sensmeier and pipeline activist Shailene Woodley also make appearances in the nominated music video.Taboo, who has Shoshone Tribe heritage, and other Native American artists including those from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, banded together to create the song, which is meant to serve as both a tool to promote awareness, as well as an anthem for the indigenous people across the country who have united in the effort against the DAPL. The video features real footage from the water protectors on the front lines at Standing Rock, and looks to rally people from across the country and draw together the Native communities of North America in an unprecedented way.“The purpose of this video was to shine the light on this very important cause – pairing that with recognition from MTV is incredible,” said Spencer Battiest, Hard Rock Records alumnus, member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and one of the “Magnificent Seven.” “This song is the only one nominated without a record label, which I think is very powerful and special – and we’re proud to be doing our part to raise awareness for native issues.”The addition of the “Best Fight Against the System” category was added to the 2017 MTV VMAs to continue reflecting the audience’s passion and activism around social justice issues such as environmental justice, immigration, LGBTQ equality and racial justice. Fans can cast their vote now through August 27th at 3 p.m. as a means of supporting the Native American artists and spreading awareness of #NoDAPL and other indigenous resistance messages. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Evander Holyfield Leverages Cryptocurrency To Fund Humanitarian Disaster Preparedness Efforts

first_imgEvander Holyfield is teaming up with AriseBank, the first decentralized cryptocurrency bank and blockchain development company Cryptonomex, to raise money for disaster preparedness.Using [BitShares ], one of the most advanced blockchain platforms in the world, they will accelerate the slow process of recovery in future disasters like the recent hurricane and wildfire storms.In 2017, super-storms devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, California and dozens of other communities in the Caribbean and the Gulf States. These disasters have left millions without the help they need.The money required to restore the Houston Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other areas, can’t be raised fast enough if you’re homeless or forced to live with relatives because your family’s house was one of the one million homes destroyed. Holyfield wants to help raise the funds needed through his charity endowment to help these people recover from these type of disasters in the future.This is not your usual celebrity endorsement. This is a long-lasting strategic partnership. The world sees “digital currency” as a unique solution to the biggest challenges presented by these national tragedies.Holyfield plans on using cryptocurrency to fund humanitarian disaster preparedness. He hopes to raise a million dollars for disaster-related causes and then grow it to a billion-dollar endowment using the Bitshares Endowment model created by the Billion Hero Campaign. Holyfield’s endowment, as well as the original Billion Hero Endowment are hosted on“I am really excited about this. The more I can do, the better. Cryptocurrency seems to be a good way to help the causes that I care about,” said Evander Holyfield.The team has developed a way to create digital currency endowments that leverage the growth of cryptocurrency using the BitShares platform. One dollar can become hundreds of dollars paid out to victims over several years. One thousand dollars can become hundreds of thousands and so on. As BitShares value grows the donations grow with it.There are a number of companies like AriseBank, building on the BitShares platform and the price is starting to rise. As BitShares becomes more and more popular, the endowment will use that growth to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.Announcements of the launch of “The Holyfield BitShares Endowment for Global Disaster Preparedness” will be coming soon.last_img read more

The CRTC wants Canadians to take back control of their TV services

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today set out best practices for TV service providers to ensure Canadians are offered real choice regarding their services and have information about their options.To follow these best practices, providers should, among other things: provide information about the new choices that will be available as of December 1, 2016; keep their offers simple and transparent; offer deals and discounts regardless of the entry-level package selected; provide online tools allowing subscribers to easily add or remove channels; and offer different options to obtain a set-top box.The CRTC is also renewing the licences of most TV service providers for one year, rather than the usual seven-year term. This will enable the CRTC to closely monitor the TV providers’ practices as they implement the new TV choices. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment These new options will enable Canadians to create their own package for TV services. Canadians are encouraged to shop around to ensure they are aware of what is available in the market if their service provider’s offers don’t meet the needs or the budget of their household. There are many online tools on the CRTC’s website to help Canadians find the best services and negotiate with their provider.Quick FactsSince March 1, 2016, all licensed television service providers must offer a basic package priced at no more than $25 a month (not including equipment).Some smaller providers like Access, Zazeen, Rangtel and Beanfield have been offering the small basic package at less than $25 a month without having to subscribe to other services.Since March 1, 2016, Canadians also have more options to add to that basic service, as TV service providers must offer channels either individually or in packages of up to 10 channels.Starting on December 1, television service providers will have to offer both pick-and-pay and small packages.The service providers’ actions regarding these new TV choices will be closely monitored in the year to come to ensure that they respect the best practices highlighted by the CRTC.As a result of the CRTC proceeding, some providers announced plans to change practices that were not consumer friendly.Canadians have multiple options to watch TV programming, which can include a combination of the new basic package, individual channels, small packages, free over-the-air stations and Internet streaming services.Canadians are encouraged to use the new CRTC online tools to help them identify their needs and budget, shop around and negotiate for TV services.Quote“Starting on December 1, Canadians will have greater flexibility in choosing how they subscribe to TV services. We have set out best practices for television service providers and created online tools to help Canadians navigate this new world. We encourage Canadians to shop around, as some providers are offering consumer-friendly options that include a basic TV package at less than $25 per month.”– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC Facebooklast_img read more


first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Some time after our beloved friend and coworker Janet Wright passed away, I spoke with her husband Bruce about how he felt she would want us to proceed with the new Corner Gas Animated project.  He said emphatically that Janet would want Emma to live on, and gave us his blessing to start looking for the new voice of Emma.  But more than his blessing, he gave us a suggestion.  He said we should audition a good friend of Janet’s, named Corinne Koslo.  Corinne lived in Vancouver for many years, and worked with Janet on a number of theatrical projects.  So I thought, “For sure – we’ll have her do a read.” but I also thought, “What are the odds that this friend of Janet’s will actually be the right one for the part?”  Well, maybe there was a bit of a guiding hand, because Corinne absolutely nailed it.  She has a similar timber in her voice, and knows Janet’s rhythm  and cadence intimately.  Every person involved in the decision, had her listed as their first choice.  It was unanimous.  When we did our first studio voice record for the first episode, the rest of the cast welcomed Corinne with open arms, and each thought there were times during the recording that it sounded so much like Janet, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.  It goes without saying that Janet will be forever missed by all of us, and by all who enjoyed Corner Gas.  She can never be replaced.  But having a dear friend of hers step into Emma’s shoes, and do such an amazing job, is a bit of a soothing balm on the wound.  And it feels good.  We hope you’ll all listen with an open mind, and give Corinne a chance.  She really is terrific.”~Brent Butt Facebook Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook “In a game-changing twist, beloved series Big Brother Canada will return to Global in 2018, earlier than previously anticipated,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “With the utmost respect for the loyal following this series has engendered over five terrific seasons, we heard the fans loud and clear. We recognized their passion for this high quality, dynamic, and engaging series, and are thrilled to have Big Brother Canada on the Global schedule next year.” “Big Brother Canada has the best fans in the world, and we could not be more thrilled and honoured to be producing a brand new season of Big Brother Canada for them,” said John Brunton, Executive Producer and Chairman & CEO of Insight Productions. “Strap on your seatbelts, it’s going to be another wild ride!”Airing exclusively on Global in the 2018 broadcast season, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.Additional details about Big Brother Canada Season 6, including casting news, will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, fans can catch up on all the best moments from Season 5 on by Corus Entertainment, Season 6 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine North America. Executive producers are John Brunton, Erin Brock, and Sue Brophey.Season 19 of Big Brother is currently airing Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT, and Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT on Global. Fans can catch up on all the action the day following the broadcast on and Global Go.Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, SP17 std (Jan2/17- Apr16/17), Canadian Conventional Ranker, based on 3+ airingsSOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @BigBrotherCA | @Global_TV | #BBCAN6Instagram: @BigBrotherCA | #BBCAN6Facebook: | Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. Big BrotherCanada (consistently ranked in the Top 20 shows nationally), The Amazing Race Canada (the most watched Canadian show on record), The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016, Canada’s Walk of Fame 2015, andHow To Change The World were collectively nominated for 31 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, and taking home 14 awards. Other productions include Intervention, Top Chef Canada, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol.  Most recently, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians.  Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.About Endemol Shine North AmericaEndemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all Spanish and Portuguese-language efforts across Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Twitter TORONTO – That’s right, Canada! Following the overwhelmingly powerful fan response to its hiatus, Global is adding smash-hit original series Big Brother Canada to its 2018 schedule. Produced by Insight Productions in association with Endemol Shine North America, the Top 10 series amongst millennials (A18-34) and A18-49 will return for an exciting sixth season. #BBCAN host Arisa Cox broke the exciting news to viewers tonight in an exclusive on-air and online video. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Sara Kopamees interviews HGTV hosts and entrepreneurs Jonathan and Drew Scott for

first_imgAdvertisement KITCHENER, ON, July 31, 2017 – Interactive publishers Industry Media announced the release of the latest issue of Canadian Industry Online (CIO) magazine, featuring an exclusive cover interview with Drew and Jonathan Scott. The Scott brothers are co-hosts of HGTV‘s Property Brothers, Brother vs. Brother, Home to Win and Property Brothers at Home, and are also founders of Scott Brothers Entertainment and Scott Living. In the interview, Drew and Jonathan highlight the best places in North America to make a return on renovating houses, talk about what it’s like to build a brand, and how important education is to being a successful entrepreneur in real estate.In this month’s edition, CIO also features interviews with the founder of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters Diana Olsen, Ken LeBlancof, and more.Readers are invited to share their comments on this month’s content via Facebook, and by email at Contributions to the magazines are welcomed, and will be reviewed by the Industry Media team for inclusion in the next issues. Current contributors include Mergermarket, CNW, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook About Industry MediaIndustry Media is an interactive publishing company dedicated to serving the information needs of business professionals in Canada and abroad.  Headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Industry Media produces online magazines Canadian Industry Online (CIO) and Global Renewables Online (GRO), with a mandate to share Canadian innovation success nationally and beyond, as well as showcase the best in international renewable energy development.last_img read more

Toronto standup comedians petition launches battle for shot at government grants

first_img Twitter Comedian Sandra Battaglini, seen here in her recent appearance on Comedy Network’s JFL All Access, has launched a petition through her local MP to declare standup comedy to be an art form, and hence eligible for grants from arts funding agencies such as the Canada Council. (PIERRE CREPO / BELL MEDIA PHOTO) Advertisement What’s the difference between a one-person stage play and a standup comedian’s performance?The first one is eligible for various types of government funding while the latter is not, which is a sad punchline to several of this country’s comedians. It has long been the case that various arts institutions across the land don’t recognize standup comedy under the umbrella of performing arts, which has left many comics fuming about what they see is an unfair distinction between types of performances. Canadian comedians are getting organized to try and change it.Locally based comedian Sandra Battaglini has started an Parliamentary e-petition, a government-sponsored program which ensures an official government response provided the document gets at least 500 signatures. The petition started last week and already has over 2,000 signatures. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img “I just thought this is the standup industry, we don’t have anything. This just seemed like this was something that could give comics a bit of relief, because so many comics are living below the poverty line, and it is one of the greatest legacies of our country and nobody talks about it,” says Battaglini. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Sitting down for an informative chat with Lennox, Katzenberg said that he believes movies represent the first generation of film narrative, television is the second generation, and he sees Quibi as becoming the third.“What that means is, stories that are two to two and a half hours, with chapters, or act breaks, that are seven to 10 minutes long,” Katzenberg told Lennox. “They are specifically shot and designed to be watched on the go.”Lennox peppered Katzenberg with questions about Quibi’s business and financial models, but the two industry leaders also shared common ground on being innovators, with Lennox playfully and knowingly quizzing Katzenberg about his legendary work ethic.“I think, Randy, it just comes from the fact that work has always been a love and a passion for me,” Katzenberg said. “I’m at my happiest when I’m doing things that are somewhere between improbable and impossible – that’s my home address.”Viewers can get more insight on the conversation in an interview with Lennox and Katzenberg on ETALK, Tues. June 11th at 7 p.m. ET. And the Banff World Media Festival continues through Wednesday. The Banff World Media Festival is known for bringing together media-industry heavyweights for fascinating conversations, and that happened yet again this week when Randy Lennox, President of Bell Media, spoke with legendary industry innovator Jeffrey Katzenberg.Getting Katzenberg to open up about many topics, Lennox had a lot of informed and specific questions about Katzenberg’s past, at Walt Disney Studios and at DreamWorks SKG, but more importantly about Katzenberg’s future, with his new project called Quibi – short for Quick Bites. Quibi launches April 6, 2020 in the United States and Canada.“Every article I read ends with the words, ‘Don’t bet against Jeffrey Katzenberg,’ and that’s something I certainly wouldn’t do,” said Lennox, who is Chair of the Board of Directors for the 40th Annual Banff Festival.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths programme revealed today the lineup for its 19th edition, consisting of international shorts and features by established and emerging talents. With a total of 37 titles, this year’s selection is a testament to political fortitude and artistic experimentation, seen across a captivating mix of genres and perspectives.The selection comprises four programmes of experimental short films, two curated pairings, and 10 features, each contributing to a dynamic survey of some of today’s most exciting moving-image work. Wavelengths is curated and overseen by Andréa Picard, with contributions from members of TIFF’s international programming team — namely Brad Deane, Giovanna Fulvi, Dorota Lech, and Kiva Reardon — and programming associate Jesse Cumming.New profile and banner images courtesy Pedro Neves Marques’ THE BITE (A MORDIDA) and Mike Gibisser’s SLOW VOLUMES.— WAVELENGTHS@TIFF (@WVLGTHS) August 13, 2019 Facebook Login/Register With: “As we approach the 20th anniversary of Wavelengths, one can discern an important shift in formal language and experimentation, and an even wider range of artistic expression, which reflects — in some cases seriously, and others surprisingly playfully — a refusal to be contained, confined, or even labelled,” said Picard. “As the world runs further amok, it is comforting and inspiring to see filmmakers and artists continue to make work that is personal, committed, generous, aesthetically alert, and rigorous. The films in this year’s programme perfectly exemplify the essential role art plays in resistance and resilience, but also in our capacity for imagination.”Wavelengths is pleased to host a number of alumni to present some of their most provocative and accomplished work to date, including Catalan artist-filmmaker Albert Serra with Liberté, his award-winning tale of 18th-century decadence and desire; Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa with Vitalina Varela, a continuation of his pathos-laden tales of life in Lisbon’s margins; Sergei Loznitsa with State Funeral, in which he repurposes footage shot in 1953, in the days following the death of Joseph Stalin, into a trenchant reflection on cults of personality; and Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers, who return to TIFF with Krabi, 2562, a collaborative work on memory, landscape, and social awareness.Resistance and tenacity — both political and personal — are the theme of several Wavelengths selections, including two highlights from the burgeoning “Galician New Wave”: Oliver Laxe’s quietly monumental Fire Will Come, the follow-up to his Festival selection Mimosas (TIFF 2016), and Eloy Enciso’s Endless Night, set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, with its script drawn from letters and other texts of the era. A different strength is exhibited in Hassen Ferhani’s understated documentary 143 Sahara Street, which presents the world in a microcosm as seen through a portrait of octogenarian Malika, who lives and works alone in her roadside diner in the Sahara Desert.Wavelengths 2019 also welcomes many newcomers to the programme, with a number of works that reflect on the state of contemporary geopolitics through a mix of styles that range from non-fiction to the speculative. Highlights from contemporary Brazil include The Fever by director Maya Da-Rin, an Indigenous-led tale of a father who must navigate his daughter’s imminent departure for medical school; Affonso Uchôa’s forceful yet elegant documentary experiment Seven Years in May (which screens with Gabino Rodríguez and Nicolás Pereda’s previously announced My Skin, Luminous); and the short film The Biteby artist Pedro Neves Marques, a science fiction–tinged story about a queer love triangle struggling to survive an encroaching mosquito epidemic in the rainforest.This year’s shorts programmes feature formally impressive and surprising work by a number of leading international talents, including World Premieres by Zachary Epcar, Luke Fowler, Gastón Solnicki, Mike Gibisser, and Tomonari Nishikawa, as well as the North American Premieres of Turner Prize–winning artist Charlotte Prodger’s entry in this year’s Venice Biennale, SaF05, and Marwa Arsanios’s Who’s Afraid of Ideology? Part 2,which premiered at the Sharjah Biennial. As ever, the programme is rounded out by a number of restorations and rediscoveries, including Edward Owens’s Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967), a touching and playful tribute to the artist’s mother, and 2minutes40seconds (1975), an experimental documentary by Korean filmmaker Han Ok-hee, founding member of the feminist film collective Kaidu Club.The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.Wavelengths’ complete 2019 lineup is as follows:SHORT FILM PROGRAMMESWavelengths 1: WLS19Austrian Pavilion Philipp Fleischmann | Austria | World PremiereSaF05 Charlotte Prodger | United Kingdom | North American PremiereSlow Volumes Mike Gibisser | USA | World PremiereThe Bite (A Mordida) Pedro Neves Marques | Portugal/Brazil | World PremiereWavelengths 2: Sun Rave2008 Blake Williams | Canada | World PremiereAmusement Ride Tomonari Nishikawa | Japan | World PremiereBlack Sun (Sol Negro) Maureen Fazendeiro | Portugal/France | International PremiereA Topography of Memory Burak Çevik | Turkey/Canada | North American PremiereSun Rave (Lafhat Shams) Roy Samaha | Lebanon | North American Premiere(tourism studies) Joshua Gen Solondz | USA | Canadian PremiereWavelengths 3: Look Around2minutes40seconds Han Ok-hee | South Korea | International PremiereHrvoji, Look at You From the Tower Ryan Ferko | Canada/Serbia/Croatia/Slovenia | World PremiereCircumplector Gastón Solnicki | Argentina | World PremiereCézanne Luke Fowler | United Kingdom/France | World PremiereSecond Generation Miryam Charles | Canada | North American PremiereTranscript (Lín Mó) Erica Sheu | USA/Taiwan | Canadian PremiereWho’s Afraid of Ideology? Part 2 Marwa Arsanios | Lebanon/Kurdistan/Syria | North American PremiereWavelengths 4: Lives of PerformersBilly Zachary Epcar | USA | World PremiereRemembrance: A Portrait Study Edward Owens | USA | Festival PremiereVever (for Barbara) Deborah Stratman | Guatemala/USA | Canadian PremiereBook of Hours Annie MacDonell | Canada | World PremiereWe Still Have to Close Our Eyes John Torres | Philippines | North American PremiereThis Action Lies (Cest Action Gist) James N. Kienitz Wilkins | USA/Switzerland | North American PremierePAIRINGSThose That, at a Distance, Resemble Another Jessica Sarah Rinland | United Kingdom/Argentina/SpainNorth American Premierepreceded byHeavy Metal Detox Josef Dabernig | AustriaWorld PremiereSeven Years in May (Sete Anos em Maio) Affonso Uchôa | Brazil/ArgentinaNorth American PremiereandMy Skin, Luminous (Mi Piel, Luminosa) Gabino Rodríguez, Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/CanadaNorth American PremiereFEATURES143 Sahara Street (143 rue du désert) Hassen Ferhani | AlgeriaNorth American PremiereEndless Night (Longa noite) Eloy Enciso | SpainNorth American PremiereThe Fever (A Febre) Maya Da-Rin | Brazil/France/GermanyNorth American PremiereFire Will Come (O que arde) Oliver Laxe | Spain/France/LuxembourgNorth American PremiereHeimat is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) Thomas Heise | Germany/AustriaNorth American PremiereKrabi, 2562 Anocha Suwichakornpong, Ben Rivers | Thailand/United KingdomNorth American PremiereLiberté Albert Serra | France/Spain/Portugal/GermanyNorth American PremiereState Funeral Sergei Loznitsa | Netherlands/LithuaniaNorth American PremiereUn Film Dramatique Éric Baudelaire | FranceNorth American PremiereVitalina Varela Pedro Costa | PortugalNorth American PremiereFor film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see tickets go on sale September 2 at 10am (TIFF Member pre-sale August 31, 10am–4pm). Buy tickets online at, by phone at 416.599.2033 or 1.888.258.8433, or in person at a box office. See box office locations and hours at prefers Visa.Social TIFFTIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.last_img read more

Beaver Lake Cree Nation battling oil giants

first_imgAPTN National NewsLess than two months after the chief of Beaver Lake Cree Nation filed a motion in Federal court to halt new oil and gas developments on their traditional territory, oil giants BP and Husky Energy announced a plan to do just that.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more on this story.last_img

Senate report calls for review of 2 cap inclusion of Metis and

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology is recommending that Prime Minister Stephen Harper review the 2% funding cap on First Nations education, and expand education funding to include Metis and non-status Indians.Their report is called “Opening the Door: Reducing Barriers to Post-Secondary Education in Canada”. The committee’s chair, Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie, says that these problems “are kinda obvious to deal with, but it seems a lot of these things are not occurring”.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis sat down with Ogilvie, as well as Metis National Council president Clem Chartier and Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett, to talk about the report.last_img read more

BC First Nation steps up protest against planned ski resort

first_imgAPTN National NewsHundreds of people from the Ktunaxa Nation in southeast British Columbia came out to protest a proposed ski resort on their territory.The protest was not the first and its organizers say it won’t be the last.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Computer giant working with Indian Brook school

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome Mi’kmaq high school students put their skills and their robot to the test.The group recently competed at the world robotics championship in Michigan.As Trina Roache reports, they’re already planning bigger and better things for next year.last_img

Casino indictment dismissed against Akwesasne man who became fugitive to be with

first_img(Ieweras, whose name means “she helps bring the thunder and lightning,” died on June 4. Facebook photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA U.S. federal judge dismissed an indictment this week against an Akwesasne man who became a fugitive to be with his dying daughter.James Gray was one of five men indicted in 2012 by federal authorities for allegedly operating a casino illegally on the U.S. side of Akwesasne. Gray was wanted on a federal warrant.  He fled Akwesasne following the indictment to be with his 16 year-old daughter Ieweras Gray who was undergoing treatment for leukemia in Ottawa.Ieweras, whose name means “she helps bring the thunder and lightning,” died on June 4.Three of the five men named in the indictment were found not guilty by a jury this past December following a six-week trial in Albany, NY.Gray was recently in Akwesasne to bring his daughter’s ashes back to the community for the funeral ceremony held at the Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne longhouse. Her ashes will be spread out over the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.James Gray. Photo courtesy of Charles KaderU.S. federal Judge Thomas McAvoy this week granted a request filed by U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian to dismiss the indictment against Gray and another man, Anthony Laughing. Laughing was set to be retried after falling ill during the initial trial. At one point, he was taken from the courtroom with chest pains.Hartunian said the motion to dismiss was made “after considering all of the circumstances of this case and in the interest of justice,” according to court documents.U.S. authorities, including Homeland Security, with the help of the St. Regis Mohawk tribal police, raided the Three Feathers Casino in December 2012. The raid followed an investigation that included the use of undercover officers who visited the casino with hidden cameras.Thomas Square, one of the indicted men, spent nearly 11 months in jail before the trial because he refused to submit to the authority of the U.S. court system.In the end, the jury acquitted Square and Roger Jock, who are both from Akwesasne, along with Joseph Hight of Georgia.The prosecutor’s case took up most of the trial time, while the defence rested its case after one read more

Transition back to main camp for those arrested at Standing Rock hasnt

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN National NewsOn Thursday, nearly 150 water protectors were arrested by local and State police at a barricade in North Dakota near a pipeline construction site.They were taken to the Morton County jail in Bismark for processing.Most of them have been charged with various offence and released.They’re settling back into life at the main camp – but for some, the transition hasn’t been easy.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

Atikamekw Nation in Quebec finding ways to take care of their own

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsMembers of the Atikamekw Nation in Quebec are very passionate about their future generations.They refer to their children as “Aswashish” which means light.A few years ago, the community was facing an exodus of their children to the outside world and non-Aboriginal foster homes.The council decided to put its own system in place.15 years later, the Nation is still struggling for recognition and autonomy.drochette@aptn.calast_img

Enbridge responds to Lheidli Tenneh lawsuit says turning off gas pipeline not

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsEnbridge Inc. says its natural gas pipeline in B.C., which exploded last fall in Lheidli T’enne traditional and unceded territory, must continue to operate because it would impact millions of people in and outside the province.“It is not in the public interest to stop operating a critical piece of energy infrastructure that millions of people in B.C. and the U.S. Pacific Northwest rely on every day,” the company says in a statement posted on its website.The explosion took place on Oct. 9, 2018 near Prince George.Last month the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation filed a lawsuit against Enbridge in B.C. Supreme Court.They have requested a permanent injunction that would prevent the company from operating the pipeline in their territory and reserves. They also ask for the pipeline’s immediate dismantling and removal.In a phone interview with APTN News, elected Chief Dominic Frederick said, “We are worried about the safety of our community and our members.”“That pipeline could explode again, here or in someone else’s backyard, and we don’t know why.”Frederick says the company has not offered his people an explanation for the explosion, or an apology.“No one is safe until we know the cause of the explosion,” he says.The pipeline rupture blasted a massive fireball into the sky just five metres from the Southwestern corner of the nation’s reserve.A natural gas pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc. exploded in B.C. last October. Photo: Dhruv Desai/Twitter.Frederick says the explosion was felt in nearby homes and at the Band office over two kilometres away.No one was injured, but nearly 100 community members evacuated their homes. They had to cross over the pipeline on their way out.“In our community there is only one route in and out,” says Frederick. “You don’t have a choice but to go over the pipeline.“We were very lucky those parts of the lines didn’t explode as well.”In an email to APTN News, Enbridge explained their pipeline system in B.C. runs 2,858 kilometres and is made up of two lines that run parallel to each other.They said the line that exploded is a 36-inch pipe that was installed in 1972.The other, a 30-inch pipe, dates back to 1957.Both lines were isolated and shut down following the incident.The smaller pipeline was back online the following day, operating at 80 per cent of its normal capacity.Almost a month later, following repairs to the ruptured pipeline, Enbridge restored its operations to 80 per cent of its normal capacity.Frederick says he was appalled the company reopened the line without knowing the cause of the explosion.“All anyone could talk about was getting the gas back on,” he says. “There was no talk about the safety of our community and members.“They turned it back on without answers and without our consent. They didn’t care about us.”Lheidli T’enne First Nation Chief Dominic Frederick. Photo: the pipeline is regulated by the National Energy Board (NEB), the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is leading the post-incident investigation.The return-to-service plan was reviewed by the NEB and Enbridge conducted a dig to validate the integrity of the entire system.Both pipelines continue to operate at a reduced capacity until the regulatory review is complete.In October, an RCMP investigation ruled out criminal activity.Investigators from TSB have collected and examined the wreckage, but a final report has not been issued.Malcolm Macpherson, lawyer for the Lheidli T’enneh, says his clients have been totally shut out.“They received the odd surface-layer email, but they haven’t been participants in the investigation and that is wrong,” he says.“This pipeline literally blew up in their backyard, yet they are not involved in the investigation, the gas was turned back on without their consultation, without their participation, and very importantly, without their consent.“They are Section 35 rights holders and they are not being treated that way.”Macpherson is seeking compensation for damages, nuisance and trespass and a declaration that the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation was never consulted on the construction, operation, repair or return to service of the pipeline.Lawyer Malcolm Macpherson is representing Lheidli T’enne First Nation in their lawsuit against Enbridge. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN.He says while there are a number of reasons behind the lawsuit, “first and foremost it’s about human safety.”“There was also a perception on the part of the Nation that Enbridge was not respecting them and acted as though it was business as usual,” he says, adding “there is now a profound lack of confidence in Enbridge.”In its public statement Enbridge says it is “committed to fostering a strengthened relationship with Indigenous communities, including the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, built upon openness, respect and mutual trust.”The company also says it has “committed a team involving senior executives to negotiate a settlement and an agreement to frame the relationship going forward.”Despite its issues with Enbridge, the First Nation says it’s still open to working with others in the industry.The Lheidli T’enneh signed an agreement with Coastal GasLink and say they’re looking forward to construction of the new natural gas pipeline later this year.“We have nothing against industry, nothing against pipelines,” Frederick says.“What we don’t want is unsafe transportation of hydro carbons, and it’s important that we stand up for our rights.”lhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more