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Published:May 11th, 2012 11:21 EST
20th Annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival Offering Free Screenings

20th Annual Toronto Jewish Film Festival Offering Free Screenings

By SOP newswire

There are discount movie nights. And then there`s free. And this year the Toronto Jewish Film Festival is opening its doors  - free of charge - to a number of screenings, as well as stimulating talks. 

Highlights include:

A "Sensory Friendly" screening of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond, will offer families and children affected by autism a chance to see a movie on the big screen together "often for the very first time. Taking place Saturday May 12 at noon at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, this screening will provide a safe and welcome setting. The theatre will have the lights turned up and the sound turned down, and we invite audience members to get up, dance in the aisles and sing along! 

Five minutes prior to any screening at the Festival, students with valid ID will be admitted for free from the Rush Line. Subject to availability.

Saturday May 12 at 2:30pm at  Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
Leonard Cohen (spotlighted in last year`s TJFF sidebar series, The Three Lennys) is the recipient of  the Ninth Laureate of the  Glenn Gould Prize, to be presented in Toronto on May 14.  In honour of Cohen, the Festival presents a special programme, consisting of three films:  I`m Your Man (animated short), I Am A Hotel, and Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Leonard Cohen.  Co-presented with the Glenn Gould Foundation.

Saturday May 12 at 4pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St W. 
A must-see doc about one of the legends of film scoring, Fred Karlin`s Film Music Masters: Jerry Goldsmith is an illuminating homage to the musical genius of the Oscar-winning film and television composer Goldsmith (Chinatown, Star Trek, Twilight Zone). The film (not available anywhere else) includes a wealth of film clips, as well as rare interviews with Goldsmith and colleagues.  The documentary will be introduced by film music journalist Mark Hasan.
Saturday May 12 at 7pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St W.
Rodney Greenberg`s Movie Music Man: A Portrait of Lalo Schifrin is an enjoyable concert film featuring award-winning Argentinian-born composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin and guest jazz artists, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown and Grady Tate. The film incorporates clips from Schifrin`s celebrated film scores (Mission Impossible, Bullitt, Cool Hand Luke). The programme also includes an excerpt from an exclusive TVO  interview with composer Laurence Rosenthal (Beckett, The Miracle Worker).

Sunday May 13 at 11am at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St W.
Film scholar Eric Goldman delivers a lecture with film clips entitled The New Yiddish Cinema: Renaissance or Curiosity? Filmmakers in France, Israel and the United States have recently turned to Yiddish as the central language of their films. Why is there renewed interest in what was thought to be the dying language of the diaspora, and who are the auteurs of the new era of Yiddish filmmaking?
All free events require tickets, which must be ordered in person at the TJFF box office. Tickets are subject to availability. One ticket per person/ per free event.

PRICES (HST included)
Single Tickets: $13
Opening Night: $20
Closing Night $18
Senior/Student Tickets: $9 (ID required)
Weekday Matinees: $8 (Monday "Friday before 5 pm)
Free Student Admission: Subject to availability. Five minutes prior to each screening, students with ID  admitted free from Rush Line.
Free Screenings: All free events require tickets and must be ordered in person at a TJFF box office. Tickets are subject to availability. One ticket per person/ per free event.
PURCHASE TICKETS Order tickets online at or by phone: 416-324-9121 (from 12pm-6pm daily)
April 18 " May 3
Toronto Jewish Film Festival Box Office (basement level)*
19 Madison Ave
Monday " Sunday 12pm " 6pm
* No wheelchair access " please call 416-324-9121
for assistance by phone.
April 30 " May 5
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard  Cinemas
4861 Yonge Street at Sheppard (Sheppard subway station)
Monday " Sunday 2pm " 6pm
Opening Night
  " Advance purchase at,
cash only at door (subject to availability)
Bloor  Hot Docs Cinema (beginning May 7)
506 Bloor Street West at Bathurst
(Bathurst subway station)
Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina Avenue at Bloor (Spadina subway station)
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Centre Cinemas
4861 Yonge Street at Sheppard
(Sheppard subway station)
During the Festival, venue box offices open 1 hour before the first scheduled screening of the day and
close 30 minutes after the start of the last screening of
the day.