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1st Round Of Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Announced ("Shame," "Rampart," Others)

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 26, 2011 3:49 AM
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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the most revered in the world, announced SOME of its 2011 lineup earlier this morning, and titles of note with regards to this site's interest, include the world premiere of Brit Steve McQueen's Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie. It's McQueen's second feature film (the first was Hunger, which also starred Fassbender).

Also, Rampart, the cop drama set in 1990s Los Angeles that explores department-wide corruption in the police department. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, and Ice Cube, amongst many others. Cube plays an investigator.

Machine Gun Preacher, the Gerard Butler as a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes a religious transformation and becomes the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in Sudan; Goodbye Solo's Souleymane Sy Savane co-stars.

Thus far, roughly 40 titles have been announced; there's a lot more coming, as last year, close to 250 films screened at the festival - all features. So, expect another 200 or so to come. There may be more there for us to highlight.

In the meantime, feel free to take a look at the complete list of what's been announced thus far HERE.

By the way, some may not know that the co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and who's responsible for much of the festival's lineup, is a black Canadian. His name is Cameron Bailey (pictured above-right). Cameron reads Shadow And Act, so I'm sure he'll be seeing this! :)

We probably won't be at Toronto this year, though I plan to have someone who'll be there feeding me info to post here, so we won't be totally disconnected.

More to come...

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26 Comments

  • Mecca | July 27, 2011 12:50 PMReply

    @ Laura

    Huh?? Which Non-Black folks are you talking about? And how can you tell me who doesn't consider them self Black on this blog?

    I am very confused by your outlandish, ridiculous comments. How can you assume who is Black and who isn't? *confused* Your ass is behind a computer screen.

  • cruz777 | July 27, 2011 12:30 PMReply

    wait, what?

    we share a closer history more with the UK than the u.s.? have some of you forgot that there was still slavery in upper canada and french Canada? that born canadians descended from loyalists got chased out their own town (like the more known rosewood)? did y'all forget africville? or the the shit that went down in Nova Scotia (and other parts of canada)? what thos of us from TO share closely with the UK is the strong Caribbean roots

    if your ass is from toronnto you damn know how fucked the cops are towards the black community unless you forgot that shit too(do we need to list the those killed and injured?)? the anti-jamaican bigotry (which catches damn near any black person in this city as it's often assumed that you're a yardie)? jeebus, as caribana is just around the corner, reflect on how the city shuffled it off to the lakeshore from downtown, where every other major parade/festival takes place, or how the cops turned it into a free for all in the 80's and 90's.

  • Laura | July 27, 2011 12:16 PMReply

    Tambay

    What's up with these non-Black Black folk who come on a BLACK blog to claim that they don't consider themselves Black, or that there is no such thing as race (check out most of the comments on the most recent Gerard Butler post). If they don't consider themselves Black, or there is no such thing as race, why are they reading and commenting a BLACK blog dedicated to BLACK issues.

    Methinks what we have here are a bunch of extremely narcissistic individuals.

  • Mecca | July 27, 2011 7:54 AMReply

    @ Laura

    I am not trying to make the post about me. I understand the post is about TIFF. I wish you could just sit back and not add your two cents.

    Oh and narcissistic? O.K there. Oh Please.

    People come on this blog and comment about what they read. That's what I did so I don't see how my comments are narcissistic. And why they hell do you care anyway?

    And if I "hijacked the post" why aren't you commenting about TIFF? You decided to jump in on this conversation when you didn't concern you.

    Girl, Bye

  • Laura | July 27, 2011 6:45 AMReply

    @ Zeus

    You keep forgetting this post is all about Orville and his ilk. Not TIFF.

    Hush now chile, hush. ; )

    Oh yeah I want to see "Take Shelter". I saw Micheal Shannon in the trailer because another S & A commenter said he was an actor to look out for. He was great in the Joan Jett film. So now I am hype to see his performance in the film.

    I also want to see Viggo Mortensen in " A Dangerous Method". I stalk, oops I mean *heart* him. He can do no wrong.

  • Zeus | July 27, 2011 6:35 AMReply

    I don't speak for ALL of anybody. That's the damn point! It's impossible to do unless you talk to all BLACK CANADIANS. That's what you are doing JACKASS! LOL!!

  • Orville | July 27, 2011 6:09 AMReply

    And you speak for all black Americans Zeus I think I know more about blacks in Canada than you jackass!

  • tambay | July 27, 2011 5:43 AMReply

    @ Orville - *sigh*... who are the "some" posters you refer to? Only one person has expressed discontent. The others (some who claim to also be Canadians) have absolutely no problem with my categorization.

    So, while some of you apparently haven't met other blacks in Canada who identify themselves as "black," there are others who clearly do!

    And yes, I'm aware of noted differences between Black Canadian and African American histories.

    But be careful...your comments about black Americans are incredibly condescending, and only serve to reduce the weight of your arguments. I may not be Canadian, but I have a brother who lives in New Brunswick. And, from what he and other Canadians tells me, as well as from the research I've done, I'm pretty sure blacks in Canada aren't as "baggage-free" as you seem to imply. The fact that, based on the comments on this thread, there seems to be disagreement on how you identify yourselves, only helps prove that.

    I Google the term "black Canadian" and see numerous links to sites referencing the label. From Facebook pages for "black Canada," to "black Canadian" dating sites, to articles written by blacks Canadians referring to themselves as black Canadians, and more.

    According to the 2006 Canadian census, 783,795 Canadians identified themselves as black; my understanding is that there isn't a consensus on how the various "black groups" have chosen to identify themselves, which has led to some controversy in the Black Canadian community, notably between the African and Caribbean communities, who make up the bulk of the black Canadian population.

    But "black Canadian" is unquestionably used and accepted by SOME blacks in Canada, even if you nor Mecca, and the folks you know, do not.

    But really, I'd love to actually talk about the real focus of the post - ie, the festival and the films.

  • Zeus | July 27, 2011 4:54 AMReply

    Orville,



    Unless you speak for all Black Canadians you are generalizing them and Black Americans. You are talking out of your ass.

  • Orville | July 27, 2011 4:46 AMReply

    The reason some black Canadians don't just identify with that term is because the black community in Canada is extremely diverse.
    A lot of black Americans seem to have a real big chip on their shoulders and very race obsessed.

    I think in Canada there is less of this whole black solidarity nonsense that takes place in the United States I guess. According to the black people I know in Canada we are more focused on education, making a better life than worrying about a label.

    Also, the people in power that created the census is statistics Canada which of course is run by white folks.

    I just don't like it when Americans try to speak about black people from different countries and really don't know the story. Blacks in Canada have more in common with black people in the United Kingdom than the United States. The histories are so different and we just don't have that loaded baggage.

    Tambay you mention the Canadian census but some blacks in Canada have spoken out about their concerns about the census. The Canadian census just groups all of us together into one group even though we are so diverse and different from each other. A black person from Somalia doesn't have much common with a black person from Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago. Yes, the race is the same but the culture is so different.

    Some black people in Canada identify more than just with the term black. Obviously we know we are black but some of us identify more with our own cultural and ethnic group than just under the term "black". There are blacks from the Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana.

  • Orville | July 27, 2011 4:12 AMReply

    I can see why some posters are upset at Tambay's comment calling Cameron Bailey a black Canadian. It seems to me that Tambay is using American cultural values and places it on to a foreign country. Just because blacks in the United States are so race conscious and obsessed with labels doesn't mean everyone else is.

    I think people can tell by looking at Cameron that he's a black man. I am from Toronto and I have to agree blacks in Toronto don't have the loaded baggage that black Americans have. I don't know anybody here that uses the term "black Canadian". In the USA yes down there you Americans have that African American term.

    Canada's history is very different from American history. I think the history of black people in Canada is more similar to England than the United States. Most of the blacks in Canada are either African or Caribbean immigrants. Of course, there are also black people from Nova Scotia whose ancestors have lived in Canada for hundreds of years.

  • Mecca | July 27, 2011 3:52 AMReply

    @ Tambay

    No I am very much familiar with the old and the new S&A site. You don't have to remind me about what I missed in the past previous posts or discussions. I am familiar with a lot of what you post on your blog.

    I just never commented on a lot of posts because some didn't interest me. I am not trying to step on anyone's toes here. The term always perplexed me and I don't here it quite often where I am from so please forgive me.

  • JMac | July 27, 2011 3:41 AMReply

    T, you shouldn't have even spent the time to respond to something like this. Man calls himself Black Canadian so he gets called Black Canadian - end of story. There are plenty of sites for non Black Black people (I'm gonna steal that one) to go and complain about their "label" and/or water down their " blackness" but this ain't the place.

    Anyway, don't care for Shame. Rampart sounds kind of okay - Ice Cube as an investigator: how unrealisitc. I'm liking some of the other selections on the website. Is that Glenn Close dressed like a man?! Yes and she co-wrote the story. Need to see that one.

    And in case Mr. Cameron Bailey does step by: Keep up the good work! I hope more "cultural" movies make it in. There's only a couple asian works and two borderline black flicks. Not nearly international enough.

  • Richard Iton | July 27, 2011 3:19 AMReply

    Taking a cue from some of the comments below, it is important to note that Cameron has played a very important role in shaping the film world through his work at TIFF including providing a great platform for African diaspora/black film (i.e., in the earlier Planet Africa program and currently in the general festival itself). We humans, including Canadians, and self-identified black folk situated in Canada and elsewhere, owe him a debt of thanks. Looking forward to this year's offerings.

  • Zeus | July 27, 2011 3:01 AMReply

    Honey, hate to be the bearer of bad news. This post ain’t about you.


    I wish there was a LIKE button for this comment.

  • Laura | July 27, 2011 2:50 AMReply

    @ Mecca

    I see I hit a nerve.

    The problem is not about how you define oneself. It is about why would you hijack a thread about your self definition. That is narcissistic IMHO

    In the post, Tambay started a sentence with "By the way, then continued on to write that Cameron Bailey is a Black Canadian. He made an incidental point. It was not central to the post. The post is about TIFF.

    In all of your comments you have yet to make any statements about TIFF. It was about your self definition. Moreover, you implied that all Canadians of African descent are like yourself, they do not self identify as Black.

    You straight-up hijacked the thread. That is narcissistic.

    Honey, hate to be the bearer of bad news. This post ain't about you.

  • Richard Iton | July 26, 2011 12:40 PMReply

    Oooh, I can't resist. As someone who is black and born in that place called Canada (and carries a Canadian passport), I just call myself black. Why bother with the 'Canadian' part? Why can't I just be black? lol

    Seriously, Mecca, empirically you are not on solid ground I'm afraid.

  • tambay | July 26, 2011 11:13 AMReply

    @Mecca - you said: "I just don’t understand why can’t someone just be Canadian, American or English? Why do we have to put race first all the time?"

    You know Mecca I've wondered that same thing for a really long time. In fact, I'd say many of us have. But check this out, we can take it even further and ask why can't we all just be human beings instead of using these divisive identifiers? That should be your next question.

    And while we're at it, why don't we all hold hands and sing Kumbaya?

    I think you said it all when you responded with, "I visit your blog because I am interested in reading the latest news about TV/Film entertainment in the Black community."

    What community is that again?

    And lastly, you said "I really don’t know what’s the issue with a lot of you who make these posts but a lot of you are going to lose some readers I sense a lot “attitude” and that’s not cool."

    Ahhh, you must be new here. It's that so-called "attitude" that helps make this site what it is, and has seen it grow to what it has become today. Regardless, you challenged an item in my post, and I responded to your challenge. Maybe you didn't expect that I would, I don't know. But if there's any "attitude" here, it's certainly not one-sided.

    Like I said before, there's a much larger conversation to be had here about race as a social construct - a matter we've tackled on this site a number of times in previous posts (what is "black cinema," what is a "black filmmaker" etc). You're encouraged to search through the archives here and on the old site at shadowandact.com if you missed them.

  • Cynthia | July 26, 2011 10:17 AMReply

    @Mecca...Did you notice you used the word "black" in the following sentence you made? *shrugs with confusion*

    "I visit your blog because I am interested in reading the latest news about TV/Film entertainment in the Black community"

  • Mecca | July 26, 2011 9:57 AMReply

    "Is that a serious question? You’re asking that question on a “Black film” website that you frequent? Why are you here then if it’s all the same to you?"

    Uh Yes, It is a serious question. I lived in Canada my whole life I have never come across a single Black person who consider themselves as Black-Canadian.

    Why are you here then if it’s all the same to you? Huh? I had to ask a question because I just don't understand why can't someone just be Canadian, American or English? Why do we have to put race first all the time?

    Oh and why are you asking me why I am here? I visit your blog because I am interested in reading the latest news about TV/Film entertainment in the Black community. That's why I am here.

    I really don't know what's the issue with a lot of you who make these posts but a lot of you are going to lose some readers I sense a lot "attitude" and that's not cool.

  • tambay | July 26, 2011 9:21 AMReply

    You're right, I can't make broad generalizations and assume anything. Then again, neither can you. Do you know every black person in Canada?

    I know a handful of British folks. One of them writes for Shadow And Act actually. MsWOO is her name and she lives in London. Feel free to ask her.

    And, again, as I already said, Cameron Bailey refers to himself as a black Canadian, so ask him as well.

    There's also the Canadian census.

    Why do black people have to put "Black" in front of everything? Is that a serious question? You're asking that question on a "Black film" website that you frequent? Why are you here then if it's all the same to you?

    We can get into a much longer discussion about race as a social construct, which it is, and put the conversation into historical context, but I don't have the time for that right now.

  • Mecca | July 26, 2011 9:05 AMReply

    Well, if you guys want to be defined as Black-American or Black- ??? That is your choice all I am saying is you don't see white people calling themselves European-American. So, why do Black people always have to put Black in front of everything.

    @ cruz777
    Uh I live in the city of Toronto and nobody I know calls themselves Black-Canadian that is absurd. I think you and me both know that Canada is culturally and historically is much different than America.

    @Tambay
    How many British people do you know? You can't make a broad generalization and assume all Black people in England consider themselves as Black-British. I have been to England heck half my family comes from England and trust me a lot of people don't call themselves Black-British.

  • cruz777 | July 26, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    i'm a canuck, more specifically a Torontonian (mother was from one of the oldest black communities in Nova Scotia and my pops is a yardie) and i call myself a black canadian. hell, folks have tried to make me and my friends (including my asian friends) seem like we aren't canadian from jump, with the whole "where are you really from". Organizations all across the country have pushed for african/black canadain studies and history. where you get this weird idea that we don't identify ourselves is baffling. Shit, toronto has an Afrocentric school for the young ones.

    This isn't some multi cultural colourblind utopia,

    anyways, good to see cameron still doing his thing

  • tambay | July 26, 2011 7:25 AMReply

    @ Mecca - Are you next going to ask me why we can't just be "American" instead of "Black American?" Or why the British refer to themselves as "Black British" instead of just "British?"

    The man even refers to himself as a "black Canadian." You can follow him on Twitter and ask him yourself: http://twitter.com/cameron_tiff/

  • Mecca | July 26, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    "is a black Canadian"

    Why can't he just be a Canadian? Canadian people of color don't call themselves Afro-Canadian or African-Canadian. They are simply just Canadian.

  • Vanessa | July 26, 2011 5:11 AMReply

    I want to go! :) There's quite a few films I want to see screening at Venice and TIFF.

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