REEL ARTISTS FILM FESTIVAL announced! – TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX – March 26 – 28, 2015

Canadian Art Foundation

presents
12th Annual
Reel Artists Film Festival

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Thursday March 26 through Saturday March 28, 2015

TIFF Bell Lightbox – 350 King Street West

www.canadianart.ca/raff

Opening Night Gala Screening and Party Tickets:

Early Bird Price (purchase before March 6): $225

Regular Ticket Price (purchase March 6 and after): $300

Festival Tickets:

Advance Sale: $20

Day of: $25

Students and seniors with valid ID: $15

Double Feature (includes a single ticket to both screenings on Friday or Saturday): $35

To purchase tickets:

Online: canadianart.ca/raff/tickets

Phone: (416) 368-8854, ext. 104., 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon–Fri.

Risk-taking [noun]: the act or fact of doing something that involves danger or risk in order to achieve a goal.

The art world thrives on taking risks and loves the artists who take them: Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic and Chris Ofili, are just a few who made names for themselves by taking chances.

This year the theme of risk-taking in the arts is explored at the 12th-annual Reel Artists Film Festival, the Canadian Art Foundation’s film festival devoted to documentaries on art and artists. Three exciting new films will be screened, and special discussions will delve deeper into the ideas and subject matters of these documentaries.

RAFF opens the Festival with a bang! featuring the much talked about Beltracchi–The Art of Forgery, directed by Arne Birkenstock, winner of the Best Documentary at the 2014 German Film Awards. Wolfgang Beltracchi, currently in jail, is the ultimate risk-taker who pulled off the biggest art-forgery scandal of the past 100 years.

The 2nd of the films to be screened is Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy, directed by Stéphanie Valloatto, and was featured in the specials screening section of 2014 CANNES. In this ominously timed documentary, Valloatto investigates 12 international artists who risk everything for freedom of expression. There will be a post screening panel discussion that includes a number of political cartoonists that will no doubt be one of the highlights of this festival.

Making its world premiere is the 3rd documentary, Patron Saint, written, produced and directed by Michael Kainer that features the incomparable Janusz Dukszta, who as a major art patron has collected 100 portraits, of himself, that he commissioned over the last 60 years.

Don’t risk missing out—tickets now on sale.

Gala Opening Night Screening and Celebration

Thursday, March 26

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

Director: Arne Birkenstock

Toronto Premiere

TBLB – Cinema 1

6:30 p.m. Cocktail Dinner Reception

8:00 p.m. Screening

9:30 p.m. Exclusive Panel Discussion

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

Wolfgang Beltracchi, the ultimate risk-taker, pulled off the biggest art-forgery scandal of the past 100 years. Together with his wife, Helene, he created works in the styles of well-known 20th-century artists and introduced them into the market as originals. The charismatic and witty artist fooled Sotheby’s, Christie’s and other international art experts for nearly 40 years before being caught. See into the Beltracchis’ world with this gripping film that won Best Documentary at the German Film Awards.

The RAFF Opening Night Celebration always includes an unforgettable, sensational party. Before the film, enjoy cocktails and canapés at Malaparte with some of Toronto’s most renowned film experts, tastemakers and VIPs. Then, watch the film and stay for a rousing discussion on art forgery and other topics from the film.

Friday, March 27

6:00 p.m.

Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy

Director: Stéphanie Valloatto

Ontario Premiere

 

Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy

In this ominously timed documentary, director Stéphanie Valloatto investigates 12 international artists who risk everything for freedom of expression. The story will be keenly felt as a grim portent of the recent tragic events at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Political cartoonists occupy a space that is fraught with risk—of censorship, backlash and physical harm—and create provocative work with the goal of eliciting a response. This documentary provides an in-depth look at the unique position these artists occupy. Featured artists: Plantu (Jean Plantureux), Willis from Tunis (Nadia Khiari), Angel Boligán Corbo, Slim (Menouar Merabtene), Mikhail Zlatkokvsky, Rayma Suprani, Damien Glez, Baha Boukhari, Michel Kichka, Zoh (Lassane Zohore), Pi San (Wang Bo) and Jeff Danziger.

 

9:10 p.m.

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

Director: Arne Birkenstock

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery will be rescreened on Friday evening. After the film, a special panel discussion will give audiences the opportunity to further explore ideas within the documentary.

 

Saturday, March 28

5:30 p.m.

Patron Saint
Director, Writer and Producer: Michael Kainer
World Premiere

Patron Saint is a look at the life and art collection of Janusz Dukszta, a charming 82-year-old psychiatrist and art patron who came to Canada as a refugee from Poland. Dukszta’s collection consists of nearly 100 portraits of himself that he has commissioned over the past 60 years, and this biographical documentary explores the motivations and history behind those commissions. The portraits, and indeed this film, show a man who is not afraid of being exposed.

Featured artists: Stephen Andrews, Terry Berkowitz, Bob Daignault, Cathy Daley, Patrick De Costa, Marc de Guerre, Andy Fabo, Tom Falus, Oliver Girling, Rae Johnson, Bryan McBurney, Dr. James I. MacDougall, Barbara Mercer, Michael Merrill, Charles Pachter, Evan Penny, Fabrizio Perozzi, Goran Petkovski, Vince Pietropaolo, Phil Richards, Max Streicher, Yves Tessier, Jim Vacola, Olaf von Brinckenhoff, Ewa Wilczynski, Tony Wilson and Paul Young.


8:15 p.m.

Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy

Director: Stéphanie Valloatto

Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy will be rescreened on Saturday. Both screenings will be followed by a panel discussion presenting an engaging and deeper look at the themes addressed in the documentary.


About Reel Artists Film Festival

RAFF is one of many programs produced by the Canadian Art Foundation. Your ticket purchase to the RAFF Opening Night Celebration includes a contribution to the Canadian Art Foundation, which will directly support CAF programs and initiatives that connect art enthusiasts with the arts throughout the year.

 

Box Office Information:

Opening Night Gala Screening and Party Tickets – Thursday March 26, 2015

Gold Screen Tickets, Early Bird (purchase before March 6): $225

Gold Screen Tickets (purchase after March 6): $300

 

To purchase Opening Night tickets:

Online: canadianart.ca/raff/tickets

Phone: (416) 368-8854, ext. 104., 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon–Fri.


Opening Night tickets not available in person. P
ickup tickets at TIFF Bell Lightbox, March 26 beginning 6:00 p.m.

 

Weekend Festival Tickets

Advance Sale: $20

Day of: $25

Students and seniors with valid ID: $15

Double Feature (includes a single ticket to both screenings on Friday or Saturday): $35

VIP Ticket (includes premium reserved seating, complimentary cocktail and a special Canadian Art gift bag): $50

All tickets are subject to availability.

 

To purchase tickets:

Online

canadianart.ca/raff/tickets

Phone

Opening Night Screening and Celebration: (416) 368-8854 ext. 104, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.

Weekend Festival tickets: (416) 599-TIFF (5433) or 1 (888) 599-8433 (toll-free); 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily.

Service fees apply to ticket sales (exclusive of Opening Night) purchased online and by phone.

In Person

Weekend tickets may be purchased in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. daily. Opening Night tickets are not available to purchase in person.

All prices include HST. All Weekend Festival ticket sales are final; no refunds or cancellations.
All seating is general admission.

All screenings will be held at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Festival tickets will not be mailed; they will be available for pickup at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. daily.
Opening Night tickets will be available for pickup at TIFF Bell Lightbox on March 26 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Schedule and programming subject to change.

 

Reel Artists Film Festival 2015 Committee
Chair
:

Marc Glassman

Committee:

Lilo Bulger

Amy Burstyn-Fritz

Anouchka Freybe

Ingrid Hamilton

Adrienne Kirby

Katherine Knight

Rebecca Kun

Charlotte Mickie

Rundi Phelan

Jennifer Kerbel Poirier

Daniela Ponce

Anusha Rajeswaran

Steven Rapkin

Tatiana Read

Pauline Rentzelos

Elisa Salvatore

Miranda Urbanski

Charline Wang

Sabrina Wong