grandma does inside out in celebration of festival`s silver anniversary


grandma does inside out in celebration of festival`s silver anniversary
Lily Tomlin comedy to open the 25th edition of the Festival
(April 16, 2015 – Toronto, ON) The 25th Inside Out LGBT Film Festival opens
on May 21 with the international premiere of Paul Weitz’s moving and poignant
comedy Grandma. The film marks iconic comedienne Lily Tomlin’s first film in
over 10 years in which she plays a leading role. The film features an all-star cast
including Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Elliott, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and upand-coming actress Julia Garner.
The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, one of the world’s largest LGBT film
festivals, celebrates 25 years of showcasing the most ground-breaking, powerful and
entertaining work in LGBT cinema from Canada and around the world. This year’s
Festival runs from Thursday, May 21st to Sunday, May 31st with tickets on sale
starting May 5th for members and May 7th for general public at
In Grandma, Tomlin plays Elle, a silver-tongued misanthrope coping with the loss
of her long-time partner. When Elle’s teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia
Garner) needs her help with an unwanted pregnancy, the two of them go on a
day-long journey that forces Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to
confront her future. The film will be released by Mongrel Media in Canada this
"We are incredibly honoured to kick off our 25th edition with a film starring the
incomparable Lily Tomlin," said Andrew Murphy, Director of Programming at
Inside Out. “I grew up watching her in 1980s classics like Big Business and Nine
to Five, so to open our Festival with a film demonstrating her return to comedic
form is exhilarating. Paul Weitz has crafted in Grandma, a perfect balance of
humour and heart and we have no doubt that our audience will feel the same.”
“We’re looking at our anniversary as a time to reflect on all we have
accomplished in the past quarter-century and ushering the festival into the next
25 years by continuing to bring the community together and breaking barriers
with our programming,” added Scott Ferguson, Executive Director of Inside Out.
Made possible by the extra support of returning Presenting Sponsor RBC Royal
Bank, opening night kicks off with a VIP pre-screening cocktail at Malaparte
followed by a tandem screening of Grandma in Cinema 1 and 3 at TIFF Bell
Lightbox. The fun then continues back in Malaparte where DJ JD Samson,
former front-woman of electropunk band Le Tigre, will spin for partygoers. Inside
Out is also proud to welcome CTV this year as the new Premiere Sponsor of the
Additional programming updates are forthcoming in the weeks leading up to
opening night.
About Inside Out
Inside Out presents the annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival, with financial
support from Presenting Sponsor, RBC Royal Bank and Premier Sponsor, CTV.
It is the largest event of its kind in Canada, showcasing the best and most
diverse films by, for and of interest to LGBT communities. For 11 days, the
Festival draws crowds of more than 32,500 to screenings, artist talks, panel
discussions, installations and parties that showcase more than 175 films from
Canada and around the world.
In addition, Inside Out is committed to challenging attitudes and changing lives
year-round through the exhibition, production and promotion of LGBT film with
initiatives that include the Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, development programs
featuring the newly launched New Visions Project (formerly Queer Video
Mentorship Project) and the Harold Greenberg Fund Short to Feature Award, as
well as the Four-Play Screening Series.
Inside Out celebrates a quarter century of showcasing the best in Canadian and
international cinema with the 25th Anniversary Toronto LGBT Film Festival that
runs from May 21 to 31, 2015.
About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news,
sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s
most-watched television network for the past 13 years in a row. CTV is a division
of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in
television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc.
(TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More
information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at
About RBC and the Arts
RBC sponsors a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to
the cultural fabric of our communities. Proud to support events and passions that
resonate with our clients, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists
through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and the RBC
Emerging Filmmakers Competition, part of our commitment to the world’s top
public film festival – the Toronto International Film Festival®. As one of North
America’s leading diversified financial services companies and among the largest
banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization, RBC employs
approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16
million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in
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