The Funky Forest

This Week in Film: September 26th 2008

This week in film really kicks it up a notch, with yet another fantastic Free Friday Film, one last film screening under the stars, a documentary about who controls your food and what they do with it, a festival of films that are short and sweet, classic cinema offerings you have to see, for the first or dozenth time... and did I mention a funky forest?

With the Planet in Focus Film Festival only a month away, tonight is the last Mixed Greens program at the Gardiner Museum this year. The film selected is a fantastic offering that really takes a hard look at the global food situation, asking some important questions and pushing those pressing political buttons. If you're looking for a film to make you enraged and engaged about what you eat, look no further than The World According to Monsanto, previously mentioned when it was at the NFB Green Screens program this past spring. The screening is pay-what-you-can ($7 suggested) and begins at 6:45pm at the Gardiner Museum, just outside of Museum station.

Starting tonight, the Student Shorts Film Festival will be taking over the Bloor Cinema with a selection of films created by students, all under 5 minutes long. The festival which is in it's 8th year, has selected films by students from here in Canada, the USA, the UK, Spain, Germany and even Australia, giving you an idea of what student directors are capable of, from all around the globe. Tonights screening begins at 9:30pm and is $5, or free for students with valid ID. The remaining programs continue Saturday at the Bloor at 4:30pm, 7pm and 9:30pm.

Tonight's Free Friday Film was first screened in Toronto at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2006 and has been confounding audiences ever since. The Funky Forest has been described as part sketch comedy, cultural satire, homage and, my favourite, as a classic surrealistic mind-fuck. There's no way I can explain it, so I won't even begin, the brain lacerations begin tonight at Innis Town Hall at 7pm.

As part of a last-farewell to summer, this Sunday the Fox Cinema will be hosting a free screening under the stars at 8pm at Kew Gardens, just south of Queen and Lee Street. The film selection was left up to the audience, with the voting taking place on the Fox Cinema blog. The winner? Everybody's favourite swashbuckling, crime-fighting kids movie, The Goonies!

In classic offerings this week, the Bloor Cinema sinks their feelers into a screening of the 1960's version of The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman, Monday at 9:30pm. Then Wednesday the Revue Cinema offers a fascinating double bill of conman-film The Grifters as well as Robert Altman's insider-Hollywood film The Player, starting at 7pm and 9:15pm respectively.

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