I’m sure you are all aware of the protest taking place at the Toronto Film Festival condemning the organizers’ choice of Tel Aviv for an inaugural City-to-City Spotlight. Many of the participants have denounced this “celebratory spotlight on a city of “an apartheid regime”, and sent an open letter accusing the festival of, “whether intentionally or not, [becoming] complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine”. They organized an open letter, and the signatories include Danny Glover, Jane Fonda, David Byrne, Ken Loach and others. Canadian filmmaker John Greyson withdrew his short film after learning of the Tel Aviv spotlight. In response to this, I’ve learned there will be a full-page ad running Monday in Canada’s Globe and Mail signed by Hollywood players on the other side of this issue:
Editor-in-Chief Nikki Finke - tip her here.