Media Alert - Lee Daniels, Oscar nominated director of Precious to be special guest at the Canadian Film Centre's salute to Black History Month

Daniels to join film legend Norman Jewison and Canadian filmmaker Clement Virgo in a discussion on Black representation in cinema

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ -

Who:   Critically acclaimed African-American filmmaker Lee Daniels,
           (director, PRECIOUS: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,
           producer, MONSTER'S BALL) will join Academy Award(R)-nominated
           filmmaker and CFC founder Norman Jewison (IN THE HEAT OF THE
           NIGHT, A SOLDIER'S STORY, THE HURRICANE) and African-Canadian
           award-winning filmmaker, Clement Virgo (RUDE, POOR BOY'S GAME) for
           an intimate evening that will "Celebrate the Black Experience in
           Cinema".

    What:  To commemorate Black History Month, CFC (Canadian Film Centre)
           will host an evening that will "Celebrate the Black Experience in
           Cinema". Presented by TD, the evening begins with an inspiring
           conversation about black representation in cinema. Following the
           discussion, audiences will enjoy a special screening of the 1967
           classic "IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT", directed by Norman Jewison.
           This critically acclaimed five-time Oscar-winning film, starring
           Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, signaled a shift in the depiction
           of the black hero at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

    When:  Tuesday, February 9th
           6 p.m. - Photo op/media wall
           7 p.m. - Discussion with Lee Daniels, Norman Jewison, Clement
                    Virgo
           8:15 - Brief intermission
           8:30 - Screening of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

    Where: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto.
           Tickets are $20.00 (all proceeds will go towards the CFC Diversity
           Scholarship). Tickets can be purchased at www.totix.ca or at the
           venue on the night of the event.
For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Tamara MacKeigan, Communications Manager, CFC, (416) 445-1446 x304, tmackeigan@cfccreates.com