Wrapping up at TIFF

Sep 14, 2016 by Kristin Morris on The Nickelodeon Blog

The past few days at TIFF have been incredible. I saw so many amazing films and am very excited to bring the experiences I’ve had back to the Nick for our upcoming programming. Here’s a list of the feature films I’ve seen the last few days of the festival:

Salt and Fire
Queen of Katwe
The Journey
The Ivory Game
My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Frantz
Moonlight

I also attended two shorts blocks of films. Here are the titles of those with links to the festival website:

Trespass
Ape Sodom
A New Home
Imago
The Road to Webequie
Paraya
Decorado
Wild Skin
Small Fry
Transition

These films are from all over the world and left me with so many thoughts and feelings I can’t express them all in a blog.

Out of all of these films the one that left me with the strongest lasting impression was Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins. This film premiered just a weeks ago at the Telluride Film Festival and had tons of momentum approaching TIFF. I wasn’t able to get into the first screening of this film, but was able to get into the second and it was well worth the wait.

I had read articles using words like “masterpiece,” “amazing,” and “incredible.” It lived up to the description and more. It tells the story of Chiron during three time periods in his life; six years old, sixteen years old, and an adult. Chiron grows up in the projects in Miami with a mother struggling with drug addiction while he is learning about his social status, sexuality, and identity as a whole. He has adult and peer influences in his life that shape who he is at these different times and who he eventually becomes.

There is not one thing about this film that isn’t impeccable. The storytelling, cinematography, acting, pacing – everything was perfect. I am so grateful I was able to see this film. I also was able to see it at the gorgeous TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema which is a beautiful building itself. One of the main highlights of my trip.

This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, "Moonlight."  The film is  a poetic coming-of-age tale told across three chapters about a young gay black kid growing up in a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood of Miami. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP)

This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, “Moonlight.” The film is a poetic coming-of-age tale told across three chapters about a young gay black kid growing up in a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood of Miami. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP)

This festival experience has been truly great and I am forever thankful that the Nick was able to send me and provide me with these opportunities. I’m also excited to come home and share what I’ve seen and learned with our staff and with you! See you back in Columbia very soon.

 

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