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“White Night” – a film about navigating through Toronto’s Nuit Blanche – Opens Sept 29, 2017
WHITE NIGHT is set in Toronto, and highlights five stories about various people over the course of one night at Nuit Blanche. It stars, Canadian actor, Adam Booth, as well as Jonathan Keltz, Sara Mitich, and Natalie Brown.
Nuit Blanche Toronto happens this year on Sept 30, 2017 across the entire city. It’s a free annual city-wide celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. For one sleepless night, from sunset to sunrise, the familiar is discarded and Toronto is transformed into an artistic playground for a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences in unexpected public spaces. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured nearly 1,400 art installations by approximately 4,900 artists, generating over $311 million in economic impact for Toronto.
Set in the sleepless night of Nuit Blanche, White Night follows six different stories of people in transition. As they weave their way through various art installations they are forced to tackle the issues of, love, loss, aging, and the ever important question; is it art?
Emily is an artist. She has an installation. But does she have anything to say? Frank was a lawyer, he was just fired. So he decides to take up a career in crime fighting. Violet and Sully are long time friends. Once young punk rockers fighting to take down the man they now face the idea of growing up. Melanie needed change. So she uprooted her life in Quebec to start anew in Toronto. The language barrier is proving to be more difficult than she imagined. Stacey likes to help people. While everybody else is transfixed by art she is out to find people in need. Riley lives to capture life on his camera. He hides behind what he sees in everyone else.
What do these people have in common? They all find themselves deep in the heart of Nuit Blanche, coercing the sensory overloaded, 905 riddled, art-seeking masses that fill the streets for one sleepless night. As they weave their way through art installations, live performances and the general circus like atmosphere of Toronto’s busiest night, they are forced to look inside themselves to see who they’ve become and where they should go next.
The film overall is a bit slow moving, and it doesn’t give an accurate depiction of what it’s really like to be roaming the streets of Toronto during Nuit Blanche, however the intertwining story lines are quite real. These various individuals navigate their way throughout the evening, some bitter and critical, some in love, while others enjoying what the artists have to offer. There are a few comedic scenes as well, making it worthwhile checking out during it’s limited Toronto theatre run.
Directed by Dan Slater, Sonny Atkins, P.H. Bergeron, Brian Hamilton, and Matt Purdy. The film was partially funded through a ambitious Indiegogo campaign.
Toronto White Night Screenings
Imagine Cinemas – Carlton Theatre (20 Carlton St, Toronto) September 29 to Oct 5, 2017
Distributed by IndieCan Entertainmen
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