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TIFF fundraiser honours Jeff Lyons’ love of movies

It was almost a year ago that two of my uncle, Jeff Lyons’, dearest friends — Jerome Zwicker and Wayne Pulver — decided they wanted to put his name in lights.

So spawned next Wednesday evening’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) fundraising tribute to Jeff called “Movies and Memoirs” — dedicated not just to his dear memory but to a scholarship fund started in his name for aspiring young filmmakers.

Discovering the world through film was probably one of my uncle’s biggest loves after his family, politics and enjoying life to its fullest — so much so that he started the Jeffrey and Sandra Lyons Film Scholarship.

That scholarship provides an annual stipend and designated office space at TIFF, mentorship from TIFF experts, and unrestricted access to the festival’s Film Reference Library for a post-secondary film student to support his or her research related to Canadian film.

The evening will include tributes to Jeff, the screening of the as-yet-unreleased feature film “Manchester by the Sea” (about which there is already Oscar buzz) and a cocktail reception. All donations from the event will go directly to the scholarship fund.

Zwicker, who was friends with Jeff for 60 years, said he created this event because he was a “great friend, everyone loved him” and he felt a lot of people wanted to honour his memory.

He says the response has been “overwhelming” and ticket sales “beyond their expectations.”

“Jeff Lyons was the type of guy who would do anything for a friend and not expect anything in return,” Zwicker said. “He was a mensch.”

His long-time dear friend Paul Godfrey, Postmedia president and CEO, who was part of the tribute’s organizing committee, says he misses Brother Jeff terribly and thinks of him often.

He calls Jeff a “one-of-a-kind guy” who always went out of his way to help the “little guy.”

“I am thrilled that his friends are honouring his memory,” Godfrey said. “His great love for the movies is an ideal way to recognize one of his gifts to Toronto.”

TIFF’s Erin Hewitson says events like this are also important “to raise awareness about all TIFF does in the community” and that they are a charity.

There are a limited number of tickets still available. For those interested in attending, please contact Hewitson at 416-599-8433 ext. 2010 or go online to www.tiff.net/lyonsmemorialevent.

Source: Toronto Sun

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Front Page, Headline, Industry News

TIFF fundraiser honours Jeff Lyons’ love of movies

It was almost a year ago that two of my uncle, Jeff Lyons’, dearest friends — Jerome Zwicker and Wayne Pulver — decided they wanted to put his name in lights.

So spawned next Wednesday evening’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) fundraising tribute to Jeff called “Movies and Memoirs” — dedicated not just to his dear memory but to a scholarship fund started in his name for aspiring young filmmakers.

Discovering the world through film was probably one of my uncle’s biggest loves after his family, politics and enjoying life to its fullest — so much so that he started the Jeffrey and Sandra Lyons Film Scholarship.

That scholarship provides an annual stipend and designated office space at TIFF, mentorship from TIFF experts, and unrestricted access to the festival’s Film Reference Library for a post-secondary film student to support his or her research related to Canadian film.

The evening will include tributes to Jeff, the screening of the as-yet-unreleased feature film “Manchester by the Sea” (about which there is already Oscar buzz) and a cocktail reception. All donations from the event will go directly to the scholarship fund.

Zwicker, who was friends with Jeff for 60 years, said he created this event because he was a “great friend, everyone loved him” and he felt a lot of people wanted to honour his memory.

He says the response has been “overwhelming” and ticket sales “beyond their expectations.”

“Jeff Lyons was the type of guy who would do anything for a friend and not expect anything in return,” Zwicker said. “He was a mensch.”

His long-time dear friend Paul Godfrey, Postmedia president and CEO, who was part of the tribute’s organizing committee, says he misses Brother Jeff terribly and thinks of him often.

He calls Jeff a “one-of-a-kind guy” who always went out of his way to help the “little guy.”

“I am thrilled that his friends are honouring his memory,” Godfrey said. “His great love for the movies is an ideal way to recognize one of his gifts to Toronto.”

TIFF’s Erin Hewitson says events like this are also important “to raise awareness about all TIFF does in the community” and that they are a charity.

There are a limited number of tickets still available. For those interested in attending, please contact Hewitson at 416-599-8433 ext. 2010 or go online to www.tiff.net/lyonsmemorialevent.

Source: Toronto Sun

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Front Page, Headline, Industry News

TIFF fundraiser honours Jeff Lyons’ love of movies

It was almost a year ago that two of my uncle, Jeff Lyons’, dearest friends — Jerome Zwicker and Wayne Pulver — decided they wanted to put his name in lights.

So spawned next Wednesday evening’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) fundraising tribute to Jeff called “Movies and Memoirs” — dedicated not just to his dear memory but to a scholarship fund started in his name for aspiring young filmmakers.

Discovering the world through film was probably one of my uncle’s biggest loves after his family, politics and enjoying life to its fullest — so much so that he started the Jeffrey and Sandra Lyons Film Scholarship.

That scholarship provides an annual stipend and designated office space at TIFF, mentorship from TIFF experts, and unrestricted access to the festival’s Film Reference Library for a post-secondary film student to support his or her research related to Canadian film.

The evening will include tributes to Jeff, the screening of the as-yet-unreleased feature film “Manchester by the Sea” (about which there is already Oscar buzz) and a cocktail reception. All donations from the event will go directly to the scholarship fund.

Zwicker, who was friends with Jeff for 60 years, said he created this event because he was a “great friend, everyone loved him” and he felt a lot of people wanted to honour his memory.

He says the response has been “overwhelming” and ticket sales “beyond their expectations.”

“Jeff Lyons was the type of guy who would do anything for a friend and not expect anything in return,” Zwicker said. “He was a mensch.”

His long-time dear friend Paul Godfrey, Postmedia president and CEO, who was part of the tribute’s organizing committee, says he misses Brother Jeff terribly and thinks of him often.

He calls Jeff a “one-of-a-kind guy” who always went out of his way to help the “little guy.”

“I am thrilled that his friends are honouring his memory,” Godfrey said. “His great love for the movies is an ideal way to recognize one of his gifts to Toronto.”

TIFF’s Erin Hewitson says events like this are also important “to raise awareness about all TIFF does in the community” and that they are a charity.

There are a limited number of tickets still available. For those interested in attending, please contact Hewitson at 416-599-8433 ext. 2010 or go online to www.tiff.net/lyonsmemorialevent.

Source: Toronto Sun

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