The Open Roof Festival is an outdoor film and music series held every summer since 2010.
While there are plenty of film festivals in the city, this is the only one to showcase musical performances followed by a film screening. The festival runs every Thursday until August 23, 2012 and features a mix of Canadian and international films, documentaries and indie music acts. The event was voted one of the top ten Toronto film stories of 2010 by BlogTO and last year welcomed over 4000 guests over twelve evenings.
This year’s showing is once again at the Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON) and the schedule is as follows:
Fat Kid Rules The World (US)
Date: July 5
Based on the novel by KL Going, a story about two teenage outcasts with minimal talent who form a band and through music discover self-confidence and acceptance while battling addiction and abuse.
Charles Bradley Soul Of America (US)
Date: June 28
This documentary feature follows the extraordinary journey of 63-year-old singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album took him from a hard life in the Brooklyn Housing Projects to Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 50 albums of 2011.
China Heavyweight (Canada)
Date: July 12
A documentary on rural teenagers in southwestern China who are recruited as their country’s next Olympic hopefuls, with a focus on the coach Qi Moxiang.
Hermanʼs House (US)
Date: July 19
A feature documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of Americaʼs most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.
Date: July 26
A documentary chronicling the lives of three underprivileged student athletes
from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
Date: August 2
A lighthearted romantic comedy based on the surprising truth of how Dr. Mortimer Granville devised the worldʼs first electro-mechanical vibrator.
Indie Game: The Movie (Canada)
Date: August 9
An award-winning documentary at Sundance that captures the emotional journeys of indie game developers who devote their lives to their interactive art.
Moonrise Kingdom (US)
Date: August 16
The story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness, causing a local search party to fan out and find them. Grand Jury prize winner at Sundance.
Beasts Of The Southern Wild (UK
Date: August 23
A narrative drama that follows a six-year-old girl from Southern Delta who searches for her long lost mother after her father falls ill.
Musical acts this year include Army Girls, The Magic, The Little Black Dress, Stacey Bulmer, Run With The Kittens, Eucalyptus, Parlovr, Dusted, and Bruce Peninsula.
Every Thursday, the venue opens at 7:30 p.m. and features a guest musical act and a film will be screened at sundown.
Single tickets for the 2012 festival and remain the same price as in previous years at $15 for the evening. Tickets will be available for purchase through the official websiteor at the door.