Continuing on with our coverage of the free screenings during the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009, we present you the schedule for the free screenings taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square on the last day of screenings, Saturday September 19 2009. Although there are many premieres and film events happening as well on the same day, there’s nothing better than to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city while taking in a visual masterpiece in the heart of Toronto…
september 19 2009
Madonna: Truth or Dare by Alek KeshishianMark & Aldo Miceli
“From the rain of Japan, through threats of arrest for ‘public indecency’ in Canada, and a birthday tribute to her father in Detroit, this documentary follows Madonna on her 1990 ‘Blond Ambition’ concert tour. Filmed in black and white, with the concert pieces in glittering MTV color, it is an intimate look at the work of the music performer, from a prayer circle with the dancers before each performance to bed games with the dance troupe afterwards.”
Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport by Benjamin Franzen & Kembrew McLeod
“Copyright Criminals: This Is a Sampling Sport examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money.
This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.”
The film showcases many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground—while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more. It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s drummer and the world’s most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton.
As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, this documentary asks a critical question, on behalf of an entire creative community: Can you own a sound?”
Future Projections: The Essential 100 & Festival Wrap Party by Eclectic Method
“Festival Wrap Party: Featuring The Eclectic Method, Clyde Stubblefield, Chuck D and other special guests.”