Open Roof Festival

Open Roof Festival

May 31, 2012 09:00 ET

Open Roof Festival, Toronto's Annual Outdoor Film and Music Series Proudly Returns for Its Third Season With an Award-Winning 10-Week Programme

Every Thursday Night from June 21 to August 23, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) - Open Roof Festival (ORF), Toronto's only outdoor film and music series is back this summer with another award-winning lineup of films and musical acts. Now in its third season, the festival will continue to offer local Torontonians and international visitors a 10-week outdoor urban and cultural showcase every Thursday night at the Amsterdam brewery beginning June 21 and running through August 23, 2012. The 2012 programme includes an eclectic mix of both Canadian as well as international narrative films, documentaries, and indie music acts designed to attract all lovers of great film and music. Each week, the evening will begin with a musical performance shortly after the venue opens at 7:30pm, followed by a film screening at sundown. The venue is accessible by car and transit, and offers a bicycle valet.

"Our mission at Open Roof Festival is to bring a great range of films and music to Toronto audiences and our 2012 programme is our best lineup yet," says festival co-founder Michael MacMillan. "ORF is more than just another night the movies it's an evening of arts and entertainment celebrating independent filmmakers and artists from Canada and abroad."

As in previous years, many of the official selections were premiered at some of the world's leading film festivals including Sundance, Hot Docs and TIFF, and have yet to be released commercially in Canada.

ORF will offer food and beverage from Cheesewerks, Grace Sodas, One Love Vegetarian, Come & Get It, Fidel Gastro, Sky Blue Sky Sandwiches, Esé, and, of course, Amsterdam brewery.

Single tickets for the 2012 festival remain the same price as in previous years at $15 for the evening. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance through the official website ( beginning May 30th, 2012.

"The Open Roof Festival is such a unique experience in the city. It's true that, as Torontonians, we have more than our fair share of choices during the summer. The difference with ORF is that we combine the best of film, music, food and, of course, beer, that the city has to offer," says co-founder and co-executive director, Jordan Nahmias.

Voted one of the top ten Toronto film stories of 2010 by Blog T.O., ORF followed up with a stellar season in 2011, welcoming in excess of 4,000 patrons over the course of twelve evenings of outdoor music, film, food and drink.

"We are very excited to have a number of great sponsors and co-presenters supporting us at Open Roof Festival this year including Hot Docs Film Festival, Autoshare, Desjardins, RBC, Metro, Telefilm, PwC, William F. Whites, and the Amsterdam Brewing Company. Toronto has embraced our festival and we're thrilled about seeing the unique Open Roof experience make it on everyone's summer to do list" says Sandra Singer, the festival's co-founder and co-executive director.

ORF will kick-off on June 21 at 7:30 PM with the film Marley (US 145 mins), a documentary about the life, music and legacy of Bob Marley from Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

Feature Film Presentations

Fat Kid Rules The World (US, 98 mins)
Director: Matthew Lillard
Screening Date: July 5
  • Based on the novel by KL Going, a story about two teenage outcasts with minimal talent who form a band and through music discover self-confidence and acceptance while battling addiction and abuse.
Charles Bradley Soul Of America (US, 74mins)
Director: Poull Brien
Screening Date: June 28
  • This documentary feature follows the extraordinary journey of 63-year-old singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album took him from a hard life in the Brooklyn Housing Projects to Rolling Stone Magazine's top 50 albums of 2011.
China Heavyweight (Canada, 94mins)
Director: Yung Chang
Screening Date: July 12
  • A documentary on rural teenagers in southwestern China who are recruited as their country's next Olympic hopefuls, with a focus on the coach Qi Moxiang.
Herman's House (US, 80 mins)
Director: Herman's House
Screening Date: July 19
  • A feature documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America's most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.
Undefeated (US, 113 mins)
Director: Daniel Lindsay, T.J Martin
Screening Date: July 26
  • A documentary chronicling the lives of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
Hysteria (US, 100 mins)
Director: Tanya Wexler
Screening Date: August 2
  • A lighthearted romantic comedy based on the surprising truth of how Dr. Mortimer Granville devised the world's first electro-mechanical vibrator.
Indie Game: The Movie (Canada, 96 mins)
Directors: Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky
Screening Date: August 9
  • An award-winning documentary at Sundance that captures the emotional journeys of indie game developers who devote their lives to their interactive art.
Moonrise Kingdom (US, 94 mins)
Director: Two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson
Screening Date: August 16
  • Tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness, causing a local search party to fan out and find them. Grand Jury prize winner at Sundance.
Beasts Of The Southern Wild (UK, 92 mins)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Screening Date: August 23
  • A narrative drama that follows a six-year-old girl from Southern Delta who searches for her long lost mother after her father falls ill.

ORF is proud to present a fantastic lineup of indie music acts at this year╩╝s festival including the festival's opening night band, Friendlyness & The Human Rights. Other musical acts this year include Army Girls, The Magic, The Little Black Dress, Stacey Bulmer, Run With The Kittens, Eucalyptus, Parlovr, Dusted, and Bruce Peninsula. ORF is pleased to partner with Slaight Music this year to offer an unparalleled selection of Canadian indie talent.

About Open Roof Festival

Co-founded by Michael MacMillan, Sandra Singer, Jordan Nahmias, and Burzin Contractor in 2010, Open Roof Festival (ORF) is a not for profit, outdoor music and film festival with a mission to provide the city of Toronto with a summer experience like no other, highlighting independent filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world. ORF is a fun, unique event that's more than just a party - it's an evening of shared experiences and appreciation for Toronto's music and film scene under the city's beautiful summer night sky. Open Roof Festival is nearly 100% volunteer driven and all profits are directed to support Canada's independent film production community. For more information including all festival announcements, appearing bands, guest hosts, attending filmmakers and ticketing please visit

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