Three NFB films selected at TIFF

The summer is drawing to a close and that means the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just around the corner. One of the world’s most happening film festivals (film critic Roger Ebert once said that if Cannes remains the greatest, Toronto is more useful and important), TIFF will unfold September 9 to 19, 2010. Three hundred films will be presented. This year, three NFB productions have been selected for presentation at the festival. (Yippee!)

They are:


Lipsett Diaries, by Theodore Ushev.

The Trenches, by Claude Cloutier.


Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Legacy, by Sturla Gunnarsson.

<p><em><strong>"There is no environment out there and we are here. We are the environment."</strong></em></p>
<h3>About the virtual classroom</h3><p>Back by popular demand, you can once again join David Suzuki, live, in your classroom as he talks about his life experiences and compelling vision for the future of our planet. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the David Suzuki Foundation are offering students (ages 13 +) the chance to ask David about his experiences and the environment.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Live in your classroom via teleconferencing<br /><strong>When:</strong> Tuesday, November 13th and Wednesday November 14<sup>th</sup> 2012, both days at 1:00 p.m. EST (1-hour duration)</p>
<h3>About the film</h3><p>In <strong><em>Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie</em></strong> the iconic scientist’s “last lecture” is intercut with emotional scenes that trace his life’s journey, from an internment camp in British Columbia and the swamps of small-town Ontario to a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima and the CBC studios. The film encourages the examination of world events in relation to oneself and one another, as well as our interconnections with nature.</p><p><strong><em>Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie</em></strong> is directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and produced by <a href="">Entertainment One</a> in co-production with the National Film Board and in association with the <a href="">CBC</a>.</p>
<h3>I want to join the conversation with my classroom!</h3><p>To participate, simply purchase the documentary<em> Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie</em> at the institutional use price*. By purchasing the film, you will be automatically registered to participate in our event. You will receive an e-mail shortly after finalizing your purchase with further important information about the NFB virtual classroom in November. Please note that space is limited for this event.</p><p>Show the film to your class and use our educator’s guide (<a href="#pl-edu" title="educator's guide">see below</a>) to help spark discussion. Next, have students prepare questions for David, and submit them before Thursday, October 26, 2012 to <a href=" Virtual Classroom" title="Write to"></a>. Our selection of questions will be representative of all the questions we receive. We will let you know which students have been selected to ask their questions by November 2, 2012.</p><p>* If you have already purchased the film, or if you participated last year, you can register for only $40 per day. Please contact Customer Services to complete the transaction, at <a href=" Virtual Classroom" title="Write to"></a>.</p>
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<p>Your school will be asked to participate in a technical test of video and audio equipment. Log-in information will be e-mailed prior to the event.</p><p><a href="" title="Technical FAQ [PDF]">Technical FAQ</a></p>

(To see more clips from the David Suzuki documentary, please visit the Force of Nature playlist, here.)

Congratulations to all involved and happy TIFF 2010!

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