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Absolutely Toronto brings local films, docs to your screen

Celebrating community stories in the Toronto (GTA) region, Absolutely Toronto showcases award-winning short films and documentary programs created by in-house and independent local producers, as well as student filmmakers from Ryerson University and Sheridan College.
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CBC Television ​Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Absolutely Toronto brings local films and documentaries to your screen

Celebrating community stories in the Toronto (GTA) region, Absolutely Toronto showcases award-winning short films and documentary programs created by in-house and independent local producers, as well as student filmmakers from Ryerson University and Sheridan College.

Episodes include Toronto Docs and Toronto Reel Shorts a compilation of short dramas and documentaries highlighting heartwarming profiles and local stories about the people and places in our community.  You'll also want to look out for BUSK a documentary featuring profiles of five talented musicians who are also street performers in Toronto. And a TV adaption of the documentary My Piece of the City. It tells the story about a group of young artists in Toronto's inner-city community of Regent Park, as their community undergoes one of the most dramatic urban revitalizations.  And an encore presentation of HERstory in Black featuring eight inspiring women and how they are making a difference in their communities.

Lineup for the rest of 2018:

HERStory in Black

Air date: Saturday, August 4 at 7 p.m.

HERstory in Black gathered 150 women for a photo shoot to celebrate their life experiences and achievements.  Eight of these women tell their inspiring stories and how they are making a difference in their communities​.

Toronto Reel Shorts 2018

Air date: Saturday, August 11 at 7 p.m.

A compilation of thought-provoking short films by independent and student filmmakers, including two Toronto finalists from CBC's Short Film Face Off. Newborn, which premiered in Toronto at Canadian Film Fest, and A Bicycle Lesson, the official selection of the 2017 Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival.  A short drama by Ryerson University students tells the sentimental story of a woman trying to sell her car.  And a story by Wapikoni mobile filmmaker that includes a conversation among youth about what it means to them to be Two-Spirited. This episode brings together interesting stories from the Toronto (GTA) region and beyond. 

Films: Newborn, Your Mileage May Vary, Niish Manidoowag - Two-Spirited Beings, A Bicycle Lesson

Your Mileage May Vary, filmmakers from Ryerson University/School of Image Arts (Photo Credit: Andrew Barton)
On-location short film production Your Mileage May Vary produced by students from Ryerson University / School of Image Arts (Photo Credit: Stephanie de Bem)

Toronto Docs 2018

Air date: Saturday, August 18 at 7 p.m.

A compilation of short films and documentaries by independent and student filmmakers, including Juan's Speech, a Ryerson University production nominated for best documentary at the school's TARA Awards, as well as Sheridan College films Us = Them and Urban Gold. The show also includes the perfect film for pet-lovers, Big Men, Small Dogs by award-winning local filmmaker Cat Mills. 

Films: Juan's Speech, Us = Them, Big Men, Small Dogs, Urban Gold

On location of short film Us = Them produced by student filmmakers from Sheridan College Department of Film, TV and Journalism (Photo Credit: Sophy Pollak)
On location of short film Us = Them produced by student filmmakers from Sheridan College Department of Film, TV and Journalism (Photo Credit: Brandon Bellon)

BUSK

Air date: Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m.

BUSK is a five-part short documentary series and music recording project that showcases the unique talent of street performers in Toronto. The series profiles five busking acts and uncovers their unique backgrounds, motivations and journeys that led them to share their talent on the streets. These short documentaries were produced by students from Ryerson University, RTA School of Media.   BUSK was nominated for "Best Practicum" at the 2018 TARA Awards, the most prestigious award ceremony in the Ryerson University community.

View trailer busktoronto.com/watch

Musician Charmie (Photo submitted by Jessica Romito)
Filmmakers from Ryerson University, RTA School of Media (Photo credit: Carl Solis)

My Piece of the City

Air date: Saturday, September 1 at 7 p.m.

My Piece of the City is a documentary that tells the story about a group of young artists in Toronto's inner-city community of Regent Park, as their community undergoes one of the most dramatic urban revitalizations in North America. The young artists come together to perform 'The Journey' a musical that helps them explore various challenges during this crucial period of their lives. My Piece of the City follows these young artists as they create the building blocks of the show, soar with their own artistry, and explore all that they have lost and gained as a new world builds around them.

(Chris Romeike (Cinematographer, My Piece of the City))