On Saturday night, we attended the Closing Night of Images Festival at Toronto Underground Cinema. The audience was treated to a screening of 1928 Tod Browning film West of Zanzibar which was presented alongside a live musical score by local Toronto punk-rock band (and might I add, Polaris Prize winners) Fucked Up. This spectacular performance kicked off with high energy and wondrous and peculiar black and white moving images. As much as I (and the person sitting next to me who was bobbing their head and tapping their feet along with the beat) felt like everyone should be jumping around to the music, you couldn’t help but sit back in awe at the sights and sounds that were attacking your senses. After the film and music wrapped up, the folks at Images Festival presented their 2011 awards – two of which were awarded to Reel Asian filmmakers Luo Li (Director, Rivers and My Father) and Meelad Moaphi (Director, Arrhythmia).
The Closing Night ended with an after party at the United Steelworkers Hall with delicious food catered by Tortilleria (from Kensington), pumping 1980s music and good times had by all.