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This is Not A Reading Series presents: Tom McSorley and Geoff Pevere

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This is Not A Reading Series presents: Tom McSorley and Geoff Pevere

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 6:30pm


Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON


Toronto is home to internationally celebrated directors like Atom Egoyan, hosts one of the world’s major film festivals, and appears in more movies than Mickey Rooney. But what sort of relationship does our fair city really have with the big screen? We’ll unravel this riddle during a double feature. To launch his contribution to the film studies series Canadian Cinema, Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster (University of Toronto Press), scholar and critic Tom McSorley will discuss and show clips from Egoyan’s award-winning film. Acclaimed critic Geoff Pevere and special friends will celebrate the release of the Toronto International Film Festival’s landmark anthology, Toronto On Film (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) by screening and shedding light on some key moments in our city’s cinematic history. Marc Glassman, editor of POV and Montage magazines and Executive Director of This Is Not A Reading Series, will host the evening.

A This is Not A Reading Series event presented by The Force For Cultural Events Production (FORCE) in partnership with Gladstone Hotel, NOW Magazine, Take Five On CIUT, University of Toronto Press, and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, and with the support of The Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council For The Arts.

THE ADJUSTER One of Canada's pre-eminent auteur filmmakers, Atom Egoyan has been celebrated internationally, earning multiple awards from the prestigious Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals and an Academy Award nomination. One of his most accomplished and controversial early works, The Adjuster, is a dark drama about the complex and intense relationship between an insurance adjuster and his clients.

In this accessible analysis, Tom McSorley traces the genesis, production, and reception of Egoyan's fourth feature film, from its Cannes Film Festival premiere to its North American commercial release. The book locates The Adjuster in the larger context of Canadian cinema history's peculiar and often troubled evolution, and offers a provocative interpretation of the film's unique analysis of the malaise of materialism in North American culture. Richly illustrated and featuring new interview material with Egoyan himself, this study in the Canadian Cinema series offers an insightful review of one of Atom Egoyan's most searching, unsettling films.

TOM MCSORLEY is the executive director of the Canadian Film Institute, a sessional lecturer in Film Studies at Carleton University, the film critic for CBC Radio One’s Ottawa Morning, and a contributing editor at POV Magazine.

TORONTO ON FILM. No Canadian city has been exposed, cinematically speaking, more often than Toronto. Published to coincide with the city’s 175th birthday, Toronto on Film examines the way the city has been presented in cinema. Geoff Pevere examines Toronto’s portrayal by filmmakers such as David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan and in seminal works such as Don Owen’s Nobody Waved Goodbye and Don Shebib’s Goin’ Down the Road. Just like the real city, the reel city of Toronto is a place of fascinating complexity, rich contradiction, and radical transformation, and Pevere presents an analysis of how filmmakers such as Deepa Mehta (Sam and Me; Bollywood Hollywood) and Srnivas Krishna (Masala) have created an alternative, more magical view of the city. Key landmarks such as the CN Tower and the Yonge Street strip are featured in some of the wilder and more recherché portraits of Toronto.

Toronto on Film includes a new essay by critic and scholar Matthew Hays, writing on the development of queer-themed film in Toronto, as well as contributions by Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival co-director and CEO; former Take One editor and publisher Wyndham Wise (on the emergence of the independent film scene in 1960s Toronto); filmmaker and scholar Brenda Longfellow (on the birth of the Toronto New Wave); and Steve Gravestock, associate
Director of Canadian programming at TIFF. The book contains an annotated filmography of key Toronto films.

GEOFF PEVERE has been a broadcaster, programmer, author, and critic for more than thirty years. He was the first program coordinator of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Perspective Canada program. For many years he was the film critic for the Toronto Star, where he now writes about books. He is the co-author (with Greig Dymond) of Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Culture Odyssey and author of Team Spirit: A Field Guide to Roots Culture.

MARC GLASSMAN is Executive Director of This Is Not A Reading Series, Proprietor of Pages Books & Magazines, Editor of POV and Montage magazines, and a freelance arts journalist. He is the film critic for Classical 96.1. For more than three decades, Glassman has been instrumental in the creation and development of numerous festivals and arts organizations in Toronto. Notable amongst these are Ashkenaz, Images, Moving Pictures, and Hot Docs.

POV Magazine will have a draw at the event for two passes to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which runs from October 14-18 in Toronto. POV is sponsoring a documentary at the festival.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media.

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Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St West, Toronto

Wed. Sept 9; 7:30pm (Doors 7pm) $5 (Free with Book Purchase)


Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

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