Lost Years Toronto Premiere
Thursday, 24 October 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
**As of October 8th, bookings will be taken for a waiting list. Please add your name and when tickets become available, we will contact patrons in priority sequence.**
LOST YEARS is an award winning documentary tracing four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and family story of Kenda Gee, a Chinese Canadian. Co-Produced/Directed by Kenda Gee & Tom Radford, the documentary begins in China in 1910 and concludes with the movement to embrace redress as a concept of social justice in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, exactly a century later.
**Doors open at 5.45 pm** with opening remarks and screening to be followed by a Q&A. Our esteemed MC for the evening is Jeannie Lee who covers breaking business news for CBC News Network. Her reports are also heard regularly on CBC Radio.
The documentary's run time is 90 minutes and we encourage you to bring friends and family to the screening.
Remember to print your ticket and present it for admission. A voluntary donation of $5 or whatever you can contribute will be graciously accepted at the door to help offset the event's expenses.
As this is a free event, please take note that your reservation may not guarantee admission (the theatre's capacity is 700). Unclaimed seats will be released to standby customers ten minutes prior to the start of the event. We recommend that you arrive early to ensure best seating.
We invite audience members to stay after the screening for a Q&A with director, Kenda Gee, over Skype.
Lost Years Toronto acknowledges the generous support of Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s National Conversation on Asia, and University College's Canadian Studies Department. Special thanks to Alicks Girowski (TIFF), Vanessa Tam (TIFF), Elaine Joe, and Allie Caldwell (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema).
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is a licensed venue with wine, spirits, and beer available. Snacks at the concession stand include popcorn, candy, and gluten free cookies.
The theatre is located in a neighbourhood with many restaurant choices for either pre theatre enjoyment or post screening dining.
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Lost Years Toronto
The organizing committee is comprised of Jse-Che Lam, Nancy Siew, and Tracy Wang, huge believers in education, history, and remembrance. This screening is dedicated to Gim Wong, RCAF pilot (WW2) and motorcycle riding Redress Campaign activist who passed away July 29, 2013 at the age of 90.
Limited tickets are still available tonight for Lost Years' Toronto screening at the Bloor Hot Docs Theatre, 506 Bloor Street West.
Just show up at the theatre if you do not have a ticket. We will ask you to wait in the rush line until ticketholders have been given time to take their seats. Odds are very good for our rush patrons to catch this film tonight. Try to arrive no later than 6.15 pm.
Lost Years has gone "rush" for our Thurs. Oct. 24th screening. What does rush mean? This is when we make on last attempt to get everyone we can into the screening. It involves counting the unused seats just before a screening begins, and releasing available seats to those who are standing in the rush line. If you have not secured a hard ticket, you can take your chances by standing in the rush line in front of the theatre. Just ask one of the volunteers to point you to this line.
Please add your name to the wait list for available tickets. But remember to check your email for instructions on how to claim your ticket. A lot of people are signing up to be on the wait list and then are letting their opportunity to secure a ticket expire. Claiming your ticket is time sensitive so please follow up. We have actually moved a lot of people onto the ticketholders' line.
For those who would like a souvenir DVD copy of Lost Years, a limited number of DVDs will be available at the venue, prior to the screening. The cost of each DVD is $25, cash only and exact change greatly appreciated. Please note that these DVDs are for home use only, not for public performance.
After the screening, you are welcome to stay for a Skype Q&A with director, Kenda Gee. This segment will be approximately 20 minutes.
Lost Years wins two awards, "Best Documentary" and "Best of the Best", at the International Film Festival Manhattan NYC, tonight (producers/directors Kenda Gee & Tom Radford). Lost Years will receive a 3rd, for Film Achievement & Social advocacy, at an Award Ceremony tomorrow evening, October 20, 2013 co-sponsored by IFFM NYC and the Mt. Hope Project.
LOST YEARS is the Winner of the Best Documentary Award (History & Culture) & Prize, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, Dec 5, 2011, and Grand Prize Winner for Best Feature Documentary, 16th Rhode Island International Film Festival, Aug 7-12, 2012.
In 2013, it was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards for Best Original Music, and Best Sound in a Documentary Program or Series, Toronto, Mar 3, and was been named Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Asians on Film Festival, Los Angeles, Feb 15-17.
Due to popular demand for tickets, we are now 100% at capacity for our screening at Bloor Hot Docs for Thursday Oct. 24th. There are no more bookings at the moment though we have a waiting list. If you are unable to attend the event, please contact the organizer via Eventbrite and your tickets will be made available to another patron. Thank you again for your enthusiastic support of Lost Years.
Great news! The screening for Lost Years is now booked at 70% capacity. Should you find yourself no longer able to attend the event, please contact the organizer via Eventbrite so that your tickets are made available to another patron. Thank you again for your interest in Lost Years Toronto.