​CFC Celebrates Black History Month With Special Guest - Acclaimed Filmmaker Spike Lee

By CFC Staff January 10, 2011 17:00

In Conversation to be moderated by Clement Virgo


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In celebration of Black History Month and presented by TD, CFC and Clement Virgo are pleased to host a special evening in conversation with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee to discuss the role of music in his films. A notable writer, director, producer, actor and author who revolutionized both the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film, Spike Lee is widely regarded as a premiere filmmaker and a forerunner in the ‘do it yourself' school of filmmaking. His films are often provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, not only about race, but class and gender identity as well while incorporating a distinctive and powerful use of music. The evening will combine conversation and film clips to examine the use of music in Lee's films – from his musical collaborations with his father, Bill Lee, a jazz bassist, to Prince, Stevie Wonder and composer Terence Blanchard.

Who: Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, (director, If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, Inside Man, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing) will join Canadian award-winning filmmaker, Clement Virgo (Rude, Poor Boy's Game) for an intimate in conversation.

What: To commemorate Black History Month, CFC (Canadian Film Centre) will host a special in conversation with filmmaker Spike Lee.

When: Tuesday, January 25th 2011
6:45 p.m. - Photo op/media wall
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Discussion with Spike Lee, Clement Virgo

Where: Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre 8
55 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
7 - 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20.00 (all proceeds will go towards the CFC Diversity Scholarship). EVENT IS SOLD OUT! 

TD salutes the contributions of members of the Black community to Canada by proudly sponsoring the THEN & NOW series of cultural events. This celebration of Black History Month showcases 12 visual arts, performance and cinematic events for the entire family. Visit the THEN & NOW website www.td.com/thenandnow for more information.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Tamara MacKeigan, Communications Manager, CFC,

416.445.1446 x304