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Movies, Music and Moonlight – rooftop screenings arrive in Toronto

TORONTO – Open Roof Films, a new Toronto-based non-profit organization, is launching a rooftop movie screening series. For seven evenings in August (6 to 27), movie-goers can watch award-nominated independent films under the stars. The series kicks off with the hit indie documentary “The Parking Lot Movie.”

For $15, guests will be treated not only to the movie, but also to up-and-coming local Toronto bands and an exclusive rooftop party. “Open Roof Films is unique because we’re showcasing different genres of talent in the film and music industry, wrapped up in a great rooftop patio experience,” says Michael MacMillan, co-founder of Open Roof Films and former CEO of Alliance Atlantis Communications. MacMillan is working with co- founders and fellow film enthusiasts Burzin Contractor and Sandra Singer to launch the series.

“Toronto is becoming an internationally recognized hot-spot for film, and we’re excited to be a part of this ever-evolving culture.”

The series features award-nominated and winning independent films from across North America, including Toronto-based drama “This Movie is Broken.” Others include “Tiny Furniture” (SXSW 2010 Narrative Feature Film Award Winner), “Lovers of Hate” (Sundance 2010 Grand Jury Prize Nominee), “Winnebago Man” (Hot Docs 2010 Audience Top 10) and a series of comedy shorts produced by the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival.

Every Rooftop Screening will begin with a sample of local musical talent like Little Black Dress, Girls on Stilts, Alright Alright and more. After the music, the audience will be treated to an exclusive program called “In Conversation With,” sponsored by Heineken, which gives film enthusiasts an opportunity to hear from established filmmakers about upcoming projects.

Open Roof Films is committed to supporting the Canadian film industry and will be directing any proceeds to local independent film production. They have also partnered with the POV Film Program – a registered charity dedicated to helping at-risk youth gain the skills and experience needed to secure employment in film, television, and commercial production. Select screenings will begin by showcasing a short film made by one of POV’s young filmmakers. (www.povfilm.org)

The screenings take place on Friday Aug 6, Thursday Aug 12, Friday Aug 13, Thursday Aug 19, Friday Aug 20, Saturday Aug 21 and Friday Aug 27, at a cost of $15 per show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Evenings will kick off with the musical act, followed by Heineken’s “In Conversation With,” and the screening at 9:00 p.m. A bar and refreshments will be available throughout the evening. All shows take place on the rooftop of 200 Queens Quay W. (just north of Queens Quay and Simcoe), Toronto.

To purchase tickets, or to see additional information on the organization, the films and the founders, visit www.openrooffilms.com

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Movies, Music and Moonlight – rooftop screenings arrive in Toronto

TORONTO – Open Roof Films, a new Toronto-based non-profit organization, is launching a rooftop movie screening series. For seven evenings in August (6 to 27), movie-goers can watch award-nominated independent films under the stars. The series kicks off with the hit indie documentary “The Parking Lot Movie.”

For $15, guests will be treated not only to the movie, but also to up-and-coming local Toronto bands and an exclusive rooftop party. “Open Roof Films is unique because we’re showcasing different genres of talent in the film and music industry, wrapped up in a great rooftop patio experience,” says Michael MacMillan, co-founder of Open Roof Films and former CEO of Alliance Atlantis Communications. MacMillan is working with co- founders and fellow film enthusiasts Burzin Contractor and Sandra Singer to launch the series.

“Toronto is becoming an internationally recognized hot-spot for film, and we’re excited to be a part of this ever-evolving culture.”

The series features award-nominated and winning independent films from across North America, including Toronto-based drama “This Movie is Broken.” Others include “Tiny Furniture” (SXSW 2010 Narrative Feature Film Award Winner), “Lovers of Hate” (Sundance 2010 Grand Jury Prize Nominee), “Winnebago Man” (Hot Docs 2010 Audience Top 10) and a series of comedy shorts produced by the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival.

Every Rooftop Screening will begin with a sample of local musical talent like Little Black Dress, Girls on Stilts, Alright Alright and more. After the music, the audience will be treated to an exclusive program called “In Conversation With,” sponsored by Heineken, which gives film enthusiasts an opportunity to hear from established filmmakers about upcoming projects.

Open Roof Films is committed to supporting the Canadian film industry and will be directing any proceeds to local independent film production. They have also partnered with the POV Film Program – a registered charity dedicated to helping at-risk youth gain the skills and experience needed to secure employment in film, television, and commercial production. Select screenings will begin by showcasing a short film made by one of POV’s young filmmakers. (www.povfilm.org)

The screenings take place on Friday Aug 6, Thursday Aug 12, Friday Aug 13, Thursday Aug 19, Friday Aug 20, Saturday Aug 21 and Friday Aug 27, at a cost of $15 per show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Evenings will kick off with the musical act, followed by Heineken’s “In Conversation With,” and the screening at 9:00 p.m. A bar and refreshments will be available throughout the evening. All shows take place on the rooftop of 200 Queens Quay W. (just north of Queens Quay and Simcoe), Toronto.

To purchase tickets, or to see additional information on the organization, the films and the founders, visit www.openrooffilms.com

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Movies, Music and Moonlight – rooftop screenings arrive in Toronto

TORONTO – Open Roof Films, a new Toronto-based non-profit organization, is launching a rooftop movie screening series. For seven evenings in August (6 to 27), movie-goers can watch award-nominated independent films under the stars. The series kicks off with the hit indie documentary “The Parking Lot Movie.”

For $15, guests will be treated not only to the movie, but also to up-and-coming local Toronto bands and an exclusive rooftop party. “Open Roof Films is unique because we’re showcasing different genres of talent in the film and music industry, wrapped up in a great rooftop patio experience,” says Michael MacMillan, co-founder of Open Roof Films and former CEO of Alliance Atlantis Communications. MacMillan is working with co- founders and fellow film enthusiasts Burzin Contractor and Sandra Singer to launch the series.

“Toronto is becoming an internationally recognized hot-spot for film, and we’re excited to be a part of this ever-evolving culture.”

The series features award-nominated and winning independent films from across North America, including Toronto-based drama “This Movie is Broken.” Others include “Tiny Furniture” (SXSW 2010 Narrative Feature Film Award Winner), “Lovers of Hate” (Sundance 2010 Grand Jury Prize Nominee), “Winnebago Man” (Hot Docs 2010 Audience Top 10) and a series of comedy shorts produced by the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival.

Every Rooftop Screening will begin with a sample of local musical talent like Little Black Dress, Girls on Stilts, Alright Alright and more. After the music, the audience will be treated to an exclusive program called “In Conversation With,” sponsored by Heineken, which gives film enthusiasts an opportunity to hear from established filmmakers about upcoming projects.

Open Roof Films is committed to supporting the Canadian film industry and will be directing any proceeds to local independent film production. They have also partnered with the POV Film Program – a registered charity dedicated to helping at-risk youth gain the skills and experience needed to secure employment in film, television, and commercial production. Select screenings will begin by showcasing a short film made by one of POV’s young filmmakers. (www.povfilm.org)

The screenings take place on Friday Aug 6, Thursday Aug 12, Friday Aug 13, Thursday Aug 19, Friday Aug 20, Saturday Aug 21 and Friday Aug 27, at a cost of $15 per show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Evenings will kick off with the musical act, followed by Heineken’s “In Conversation With,” and the screening at 9:00 p.m. A bar and refreshments will be available throughout the evening. All shows take place on the rooftop of 200 Queens Quay W. (just north of Queens Quay and Simcoe), Toronto.

To purchase tickets, or to see additional information on the organization, the films and the founders, visit www.openrooffilms.com

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