In Celebration of Black History Month, TD, CFC and Clement Virgo Present: 'An Evening with Pam Grier'

Presented by TD in celebration of Black History Month, CFC (Canadian Film Centre) and Clement Virgo are pleased to present a special evening in conversation with iconic actress Pam Grier, hosted by Sharon Lewis. For more than 40 years, starting out as cinema's ‘first female action star', Grier has been a trailblazer for strong women on-screen. From her early starring roles in hit blaxploitation films FOXY BROWN and COFFY, to Quentin Tarantino's JACKIE BROWN, and the acclaimed Showtime series “The L Word”, she has captivated and engaged audiences with her character portrayals. The evening will explore her inspirations for entering the film business, the choices she has made as an actor, and the challenges she has faced along the way. Grier will also draw on her personal experiences to discuss the impact of being a role model both on and off the screen.

Sharon Lewis - Host

Sharon Lewis is an award-winning actress who recently moved behind the camera. Chains, her most recent short film, aired on HBO in the US and screened at many festivals, winning awards along the way. Sharon also has a feature film in development that is scheduled to shoot in 2013. Personal accolades include being voted one of the ten most powerful women in the country by Elle Canada, playing the title character in Clement Virgo's breakout film, Rude, and receiving Gemini and Leo nominations for hosting duties on the CBC Television show "ZeD".

Clement Virgo – Co-presenter

Director Clement Virgo has received acclaim for his work in both film and television. His most recent film, the boxing drama Poor Boy's Game (starring Danny Glover and Rossif Sutherland), received its world-premiere at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival. Rude (1995), his first feature premiered at the Festival de Cannes as an Official Selection in the Un Certain Regard Programme. The Planet of Junior Brown (1997) earned Virgo an Emmy nomination for best direction, and Love Come Down (2000) won three Genie Awards. Virgo's 2005 feature Lie With Me is a provocative sexual romance that has sold in over 45 countries, including Showtime in the US. TV credits include The Wire (HBO), The L Word (Showtime), and The Listener (NBC/CTV). His production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, is currently developing a screen adaptation of Lawrence Hill's best-selling novel, The Book of Negroes.

Who: Actress Pam Grier, (JACKIE BROWN, COFFY)

What: To commemorate Black History Month, TD, CFC and Clement Virgo present a special in conversation with actresses Pam Grier. Hosted by Sharon Lewis.

When: Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
6:45 p.m. - Photo op/media wall
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – In Conversation with Pam Grier

Where: Cineplex Odeon Varsity and VIP Cinemas
55 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20.00 (all proceeds will go towards the CFC Diversity Scholarship)
and can be purchased in advance through T.O. TIX in person or online at www.totix.ca, or at the venue on the night of the event. To purchase your online tickets, please click here.

This event is part of TD's Then & Now series, an inspiring and entertaining cultural showcase of one of Canada's prominent communities. The lineup of events includes films, concerts, exhibitions, and performances by a host of Canadian and international artists. Visit the Then & Now website www.td.com/thenandnow for more information.

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