Toronto – The City Life Film Project will premiere three short films at a special screening
at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, January 24th at 7pm, with a red carpet at 6:30pm.
In its second year, the program seeks to provide talented youth from priority
neighbourhoods with the unique opportunity to achieve artistic excellence through
In these neighbourhoods, over 30% of high school students are not expected to
graduate. With higher unemployment, increased crime rates and deeper social divisions
within our city, City Life trains talented youth and gives them the chance to tell their
stories. Top filmmakers from the Toronto film industry act as mentors to the youth
helping them to articulate their experiences and expand their education. This yearʼs
filmmakers and mentors are:
Gebriel Deneke “CUL-DE-SAC,” mentored by Leonard Farlinger (IʼM YOURS)
Kimberly Miller-Pryce “BABY HALF LIE,” mentored by Ruba Nadda (CAIRO TIME).
Kobina Ntiri “FADING,” mentored by David Weaver (THE SAMARITAN)
“We are thrilled the Toronto community has continued to show tremendous support for
this project. These filmmakers have very personal stories to share and to contribute to
the diversity of voices in Toronto. We know this yearʼs films will create a social dialogue
with audience members, and thatʼs one of the projectʼs main goals,” said Tara
Woodbury, Program Director.
City Life began when Calum deHartog, a city cop with a passion for filmmaking,
approached The Remix Project and Temple Street Productions with the idea of helping
Torontoʼs inner city youth tell their stories through film. Thus began an innovative
partnership that led to the creation of the City Life Film Project. Please see the
Filmmakers section at www.citylifefilmproject.com to learn more out the films, our finalist
and all of our participants.
For more information, please contact:
CITY LIFE FILM PROJECT