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Movies that mattered with fred fuchs

Movies have the power to change the way we look at the world.  Hollywood is amid a reckoning about how its films influence society.  The historic Black Lives Matter movement has ignited discussion and action about ending harmful stereotypes and creating inclusive stories representing all facets of the human and global experience in the movies.

So much has been written and discussed how movies have desensitized us to violence, sexism, racism, classism, xenophobia, and all manner of ill will towards our fellow human beings.

The movies, of course, have also done us a lot of good.   Great films have the power to raise awareness, change our outlook, and make us think in a way we haven’t before.  We have the opportunity, through the movies, to walk a mile in another’s shoes. So many documentaries have successfully educated us to be more empathetic and compassionate, and select narrative movies have also achieved this feat.

In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently.

We invite you to watch each film with an open mind and heart and stay after for a Film Talk with Hollywood producer Fred Fuchs.  Fred will discuss the enormous impact each film had as well as answer questions from the audience.

FRED FUCHS

Fred is an independent film & television producer focusing on the development, financing, and production of films and television series for international audiences. He spent 20 years living and working in California, 10 years as the President of American Zoetrope Studios and was Executive Producer of 17 feature films including The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Secret Garden, Don Juan De Marco, The Virgin Suicides and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. He was the Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment at the CBC in Toronto where he was responsible for developing, commissioning and supervising production of major television series. Current feature projects include: LITTLE ITALY, MONKEY BEACH, THE VIRTUOSO, and MILTON’S SECRET.

World Cinema Masterworks with Jeff Bender 

Join The Westdale as we take a tour around the world to explore the finest films from international cinema. A combination of classic and contemporary, World Cinema at The Westdale will lead you on a winding journey through masterworks by acclaimed filmmakers and the stories they tell will broaden your movie-going horizons.

Come on an adventure around the world with us after the film! Through his film talks, Jeff will introduce us to the masterworks focusing on specific international film movements, spotlighting legendary filmmakers, and interviewing special guests. He will lead interactive discussions about the films and get us excited about where we are traveling next.

JEFF BENDER

Jeff Bender is a volunteer with The Westdale who has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs and co-facilitated the Virtual Film Talk Series with host and chairman, Fred Fuchs.
This fall, Jeff will be joining us again to host the World Cinema Masterworks Series in which he will present talks on international film movements and spotlight legendary filmmakers as well as interview special guests and lead interactive discussions about the films programmed at The Westdale.

MUSIC IN FILM SERIES

Hosted by Alysha Main (Music Supervisor/DJ/Host of “Hamilton Film” Podcast) 

A series for true music lovers longing to immerse themselves in a big audiovisual experience with the greatest sonic moments ever captured on film.  Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries. 

In Part 1 of the series, we will revisit the heady era of 1969-1976, exploring the impact the music had on culture, and how it lives on in the context of our current society.  Above all, these nights are a celebration of the way music makes us feel, and how it connects us.  It gives us the chance to see legends like Janis Joplin, Ike & Tina Turner and Townes Van Zandt projected 50 feet tall, and to sing along together to our favourite soundtrack moments of all time. 

The Music in Film Series is sponsored by Take Note Stationery Boutique

FESTIVAL EXPRESS (2003)

Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm

In 1970, a train rocked and rolled across the Canadian countryside, carrying some of the world’s biggest bands: The Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, and Buddy Guy, and more.  Cameras captured camaraderie and intimate jam sessions in between station stops on a five-day journey to play a festival mired by controversy. 

GIMME SHELTER (1970)

Wednesday, November 24 at 7:30 pm

Documenting pivotal moments from the last weeks of The Rolling Stones 1969 US tour, Gimme Shelter captures the brightness and darkness surrounding rock n roll’s biggest band.   What began as a peaceful thank-you from The Stones to their fans, ended with an infamous concert that brought the sixties to a tragic close.

HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS (1976)

Wednesday, December 22 at 7:30 pm

The music speaks for itself in this performance documentary that highlights some of the biggest names within the outlaw country movement in Texas and Tennessee in the mid-seventies.  Rather than follow in the tradition of the previous generation, songwriters like Guy and Susanna Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Rodney Crowell formed their own country-folk community, working outside the confines of the Nashville establishment.

ALYSHA MAIN

Alysha Main is a Music Supervisor, DJ, and Podcaster who has been working in the entertainment industry for 20 years. Her career has taken her to Toronto, London, and Melbourne, working in Artist Management, Event Promotion, Sales, and Marketing.  She is the creator and host of the Hamilton Film podcast, documenting the local film industry.  In 2017 she shifted her focus to Music Supervision, studying at Berklee College of Music, and now works on film and TV projects in Canada and the USA. 

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October 2021

Gentleman’s Agreement – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947) Presented with the AGH Film Fest A reporter pretends to be Jewish to cover a story on anti-Semitism and…

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Festival Express – Music in Film Talk

MUSIC IN FILM SERIES Hosted by Alysha Main Music Supervisor/DJ/Host of “Hamilton Film” Podcast A series for true music lovers longing to immerse themselves in a big audiovisual experience with the greatest sonic moments ever captured on film.  Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries. In Part 1 of the series, we will revisit the heady era of 1969-1976, exploring the impact the music…

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November 2021

Modern Times – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. MODERN TIMES (1936) The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Directed by…

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Pather Panchali – World Cinema Talk

World Cinema Masterworks Film Talk With Jeff Bender Join The Westdale as we take a tour around the world to explore the finest films from international cinema. A combination of classic and contemporary, World Cinema at The Westdale will lead you on a winding journey through masterworks by acclaimed filmmakers and the stories they tell will broaden your movie-going horizons. Come on an adventure around the world with us after the film! Through his film talks, Jeff will introduce us…

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On the Waterfront – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs. In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Directed by Elia Kazan…

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Gimme Shelter – Music in Film Talk

MUSIC IN FILM SERIES Hosted by Alysha Main Music Supervisor/DJ/Host of “Hamilton Film” Podcast A series for true music lovers longing to immerse themselves in a big audiovisual experience with the greatest sonic moments ever captured on film.  Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries. In Part 1 of the series, we will revisit the heady era of 1969-1976, exploring the impact the music…

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December 2021

Do the Right Thing – Movies that Mattered Talk

Movies that Mattered Film Talk Series with Fred Fuchs In our Movies that Mattered Film Talk series, we will present narrative movies from different decades that managed to achieve commercial and critical success while profoundly challenging audiences to look at the world differently. Watch the film and stay for the Film Talk. Included in the price of admission. DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's…

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Fanny and Alexander – World Cinema Talk

World Cinema Masterworks Film Talk With Jeff Bender Join The Westdale as we take a tour around the world to explore the finest films from international cinema. A combination of classic and contemporary, World Cinema at The Westdale will lead you on a winding journey through masterworks by acclaimed filmmakers and the stories they tell will broaden your movie-going horizons. Come on an adventure around the world with us after the film! Through his film talks, Jeff will introduce us…

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Heartworn Highways – Music in Film Talk

MUSIC IN FILM SERIES Hosted by Alysha Main Music Supervisor/DJ/Host of “Hamilton Film” Podcast A series for true music lovers longing to immerse themselves in a big audiovisual experience with the greatest sonic moments ever captured on film.  Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries. In Part 1 of the series, we will revisit the heady era of 1969-1976, exploring the impact the music…

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