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Toronto International Film Fest 2012

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The Toronto International Film Festival 2013 is only two months away so I wanted to share some of my images from last year’s festival. I had the opportunity again this year to work with Industry Programming which is where all the filmmaking hopefuls go to get their new creations either funded or distributed or at least find out how to do it. They are a business- card-flinging crowd with fast-flapping lips and an ear for the next great industry party. I love listening to the movie greats such as producer Jeremy Thomas or director/actor Edward Burns on their long-standing relationships with the moviemaking process. I even did a little star-gazing with Kristen Wiig (actress), Gael García Bernal (actor), Derek Cianfrance (director) and others.

I leave the festival every year with a greater appreciation for the films that do get not only produced but seen by an audience. If they go on to win accolades that is all the more impressive. I also leave with a heartfelt admiration for the behind-the-scenes festival staff and volunteers that through their own love of film make this event possible every year. They work many long hours from panel discussion setup to industry party breakdown to make this the buzz of the town that it is every September in Toronto.

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Sometimes the Second Time is Sweeter

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I was delighted to be chosen to shoot Jennifer and Robin’s wedding. It was a second wedding which thankfully lacked all the formalities of first weddings but lacked none of the joy, love or merrymaking. Robin had his proud son as his best man adding a certain poignancy to the ceremony. The ceremony took place at Christ Church Deer Park with its stunning wooded interior and high vaulted ceilings. Then the reception was at the Granite Club where the décor was brought in to give a comfortable lounge feel. Friends and family toasted the newlyweds with rounds of laughter and broad smiles.

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Laura and Alexey’s Wedding – Toronto, Canada


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The year has been flying by and there have been many picture making sessions I have not released widely.

Here is the wedding of Laura and Alexey. It happened in September in Toronto at the idyllic Fantasy Farm on Pottery Road. Laura and Alexey managed to preserve their own cultural heritage and traditions in doing a Chinese and Jewish wedding. Beginning with the tradition of the father turning over his daughter with a red umbrella to the Chinese tea ceremony and then on to the Ketubah signing (Jewish marriage contract) and wedding service officiated by a cantor.

After all the formalities of the day, the party started. Laura has a background in ballroom dancing and this came out when they had a fully choreographed number with their entire bridal party followed by their show-stopping first dance. The whole room was invited to the dance floor for the hora prior to dinner even starting!

Following dinner, they celebrated the bride and groom with speeches and telltale trivia games and then danced the night away.

Toronto International Film Fest (TIFF) 2011

The Toronto Film Festival 2012 is right around the corner so I took the time to revisit some photographs I took last year at TIFF 2011!

For the second year in a row I got to photograph the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2011. This year I focused the majority of my time on the Industry Programming. This was very exciting because it is the whole foundation and purpose of the festival itself. It is where emerging, up-and-coming and just plain hopefuls get to learn from the best of the industry and even try to hob-nob with them.

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Each day was jammed with orderly and wonderfully informative panel discussions with some of the most respected producers, screenwriters and directors of the Canadian and International film scene such as: Bruce MacDonald [director] Deepa Mehta[director], Michael Dowse[director], Michael J. Werner[producer] to name a few . After the panel discussions were over, the room turned into a scene not dissimilar to the stock market floor where young directors and producers tried to lobby for their cause (a.k.a their film) in the hopes it might get produced or distributed, mouths rapid firing and business cards flying.

I learned more about the filmmaking process and scene in these few days then ever before. I felt like I was next to the throbbing heart of some immense organism. Clusters of people sat around tables, chairs, sofas, benches with laptops open and mouths jabbering while their minds problem-solved at dizzying speeds.

Not only did I get to surround myself with the creative juices of the striving artist but a few celebrities stopped by who had films that were screening at the festival for an intimate discussion with a very attentive audience. Emily Blunt, Chase Crawford and Gael Garcia Bernal were but a few of the celebs that came by for a chat.

Then the day was ended properly with a totally packed Happy Hour where slightly exhausted cinephiles drank up, talked it up and prepped up for a night on the town at the best industry parties. TIFF is always a whirlwind and this time a felt like I was in the eye of the tornado!

For more info on Industry Programming at TIFF go to: http://tiff.net/industry/programmes

For more images see:  www.jamiedayfleck.com

 

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Night Portraits Exhibition – February 2012

On February 9th, I had the opening of I See the Night at the Elaine Fleck Gallery. This was a particularly momentous opening for me because it was the showcase of my latest photographs from my ongoing series, Night Portraits. I began this project while an undergraduate student at Parsons School of Design in New York City. It started in the Fall of 2001, just a couple of months after 9/11, both a terrible tragedy for the city as well as a triumph as New Yorkers banded together to overcome adversity like only they can.

Looking back I don’t know if it was the trying nature of recent events or the loneliness of big city living but the project definitely taped into my raw connection with the city both the beauty and isolation. Ten years later I tackled other cities and while I don’t feel that the images have the same raw intensity of those early days of the project, I feel they have matured conceptually and compositionally. The placements are exact and methodical but the project still resonates with its early themes and visual content.

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Photos of the opening by Emma McIntyre www.emmamcintyre.com

I was blown away at the opening due to the sheer number and scope of people that attended. I felt like I was on a game show like This is Your Life where every important person from your past and present is there. I apologize now if I did not get to talk to you at the opening, it was not on purpose. The room was filled with a tremendous energy, both complimentary and supportive.

All the images in this show were from Toronto, making it even more personal by presenting the images to a Torontonian audience. I am looking forward to continuing this project in the future by taking it to other cities, showing both the similarities and differences in urban experiences.

In honour of the exhibition, I produced a digital book which you can view and purchase here, as a digital or print version:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2929551

To see all the images from the project go my website and look under the Fine Art Section: www.jamiedayfleck.com

To follow Jamie Day Fleck Photography on Facebook go to: https://www.facebook.com/jamiedayfleckphotography

Venice Biennale 2011

Venice Biennale 2011

I know this is a very overdue post but I still wanted to share all these photographs and the experience with you.

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Venice, Italy this past June. And if that wasn’t incredible enough I got to shoot the opening of the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The Venice Biennale is the largest and oldest art fair in the world. With 89 countries in attendance this past year, it was the biggest Biennale to date. The Canadian artist that was commissioned to represent the country on the world art stage was Steven Shearer.

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During the Biennale, Venice is teeming with reporters, art buyers, photographers, patrons of the arts, curators, museum directors: basically a who’s who of the international art scene. It is very exciting, very tiring and very hot. If you have ever been to Venice, you know that most of your day is spent walking or jetting around on boats to get to where you need to go. It is exhilarating and exhausting.

Inside the Canadian Pavilion, painting by Steven Shearer

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I photographed the donor events. The Canadian donors fundraised the money needed to stage this year’s exhibition which was commissioned and mounted by the National Gallery of Canada. I also photographed the opening of the Pavilion and various other events around town. The major exhibition was the group show entitled IllumiNATIONS , curated by Bice Curiger, showcasing 83 international artists. It took up most of the Arsenale, an immense space filled with a lot of installation and video art.

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In the IllumiNATIONS show

The city itself was filled to the brim with modern art. Many of the institutions opened their doors to modern artists from around the world turning museums and old palazzos into staging grounds for major modern art shows. The opening of the Prada Foundation, which exhibited many of Prada’s extensive fine art collection and is situated right off the Grand Canal, coincided with the Biennale.

Prada Foundation, Tulips by Jeff Koons

One of the most amazing shows that I saw while I was there was Future Pass which showcased Asian artists and Asian-inspired artists. http://www.future-pass.com

Future Pass show of Asian inspired art

All the while indulging on wine, prosciutto with melon and cappuccinos, it was a trip to remember, to savor and reminisce on long after I returned.

http://www.labiennale.org

Lovers cruising up the Grand Canal by moonlight

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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2010

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I had the pleasure of photographing the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2010. This year’s festival was bigger and more monumental than those of years past because not only was it TIFF’s usual buzz, premiering the soon to be top films of the year, but also the opening of their new headquarters, the TIFF Bell Lightbox. I was out shooting the block party that TIFF threw to commemorate the opening with three-layer cake, bandstand and street vendors to boot. This was the party that Toronto threw for the love of film, for the love of the city, for the love of the arts.

And it was a great party!

There were Canadian bands to kick off the musical lineup with Radio Radio and Fefe Dobson but the real crowd showed up for the “secret” musical guest, K’naan who rocked the Canadian audience with his world cup theme song among others. He got even the conservative Toronto crowd dancing, arm-waving and chanting the chorus in reply. There was also facepainting for the kids, local restuarants peddling their wares and orange cupcakes for the crowd.

As soon as the ribbon was officially cut, with all the press cameras abounding, the red carpet was rolled out for the stars of Trigger directed by Bruce MacDonald to kick off TIFF with true Canadian talent. Atom Egoyan and Don McKellar also in attendance (and for those that don’t know they are Canadian cinematic royalty.) Sarah Polley shone as one of the brightest acting/directing stars out of Canada and Bruce MacDonald looked the picture of paternal pride showcasing not only his movie but his young daughter on the red carpet.

I also had the opportunity to shoot the producers of an Australian film premiering at the Festival. The film was Blame, directed by Michael John Henry. It was a film that was ten years in the making which is now hoped to get picked up for distribution, not an unusual occurance at TIFF, by the hopeful filmmaker and team. The photo got published in the magazine Inside Film from Australia which talked about the husband and wife producing duo. For more info: www.blamefilm.com

From going to the premiers, meeting the stars and directors that I admire, it was a whirlwind experience which I can only say made me fall in love with film all over again. I hope to see the whole gang for TIFF 2011.

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