Sneak preview screening November 26 at Toronto's Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
includes special performance by glee clubs from Wexford Collegiate
School for the Arts and Etobicoke School of the Arts
World broadcast premiere airs December 4 at 9 pm across Ontario on TVO
and nationally at docstudio.tvo.org and on the Doc Studio App for iPad
TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Calling all gleeks: TVO celebrates high
school show choirs and the transformative power of music in the new
one-hour documentary, Unsung: Behind the Glee. Commissioned by TVO and produced by Shaftesbury, Unsung chronicles the journey of two rival Toronto high school glee clubs as
they gear up for a musical showdown at the annual Show Choir Canada
National Championship. On Tuesday November 26 at 6 pm, TVO presents a public screening of Unsung at Toronto's Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in advance of its world television
premiere Wednesday December 4 at 9 pm on TVO.
"This documentary is about the real-life challenges facing students and
coaches as they prepare for a championship," says Jane Jankovic, TVO's
commissioning editor. "Their stories go beyond the drama and
entertainment inherent in a competition. Unsung is really about the power of optimism and the rewards of just going for
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Moze Mossanen (Love Lies Bleeding, Romeos & Juliets) and produced by Jeff Spriet (Nothing But Net), Unsung follows students from SPLASH of the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA)
and the Wexford Gleeks of Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. With
the schools having one previous win each at the Show Choir Canada
Nationals, both choirs are out for nothing less than a second victory
at the third annual championship.
Filmed in the month leading up to the national competition held this
past April in Toronto, Unsung charts the compelling struggles and triumphs of the performers. From a
cancer survivor to a gifted dancer dealing with depression to a boy
recovering from bullying, the students describe how show choir has
enabled them to cope with their challenges and motivate them to reach
new creative heights. Interviews with choir coaches and choreographers
offer deeper insight into the students' unique stories, as well as a
look at the mentor figures shaping and empowering the kids along their
journey toward a much-hoped for win.
The advance public screening will be hosted by TVO's Ian Brown and is
the third installment in the TVO Doc Studio Screening Series, for which
Toronto Life is the exclusive media partner. The evening includes a Q&A discussion
with director Moze Mossanen, artistic choir directors Paul Aikins of
ESA and Ann Merriam of Wexford. Look also for a special live
performance by glee club students from both schools. Tickets to this
fundraising event are $10 and can be purchased at tvo.org/docstudioscreeningseries.
TVO Doc Studio Screening Series - Unsung: Behind the Glee
Tuesday November 26
Screening and live performance: 6 - 7:30 pm
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West, Toronto
To purchase tickets, visit tvo.org/docstudioscreeningseries
Proceeds from the event will help TVO, Ontario's public educational
media organization and a registered charity, nurture and support
"Toronto Life is proud to partner with TVO in the TVO Doc Studio Screening series,"
says publisher David Hamilton. "As the go-to source for navigating
culture and life in Toronto, Toronto Life is committed to supporting events that enable Torontonians to better
understand and engage in the life of their city."
Unsung: Behind the Glee makes its broadcast premiere on TVO Wednesday December 4 at 9 pm. It
will be repeated the same evening at midnight, Thursday December 5 at 7
pm, Sunday December 8 at 9 pm, and Friday December 27 at 8 pm and 11
pm. Unsung will also be available at docstudio.tvo.org and on the Doc Studio App for iPad the day following its broadcast premiere.
TVO champions documentaries on air and through Doc Studio, an online showcase for documentary filmmakers and their work and a
learning community supporting point-of-view filmmaking. A leader in
Canadian point-of-view documentaries, TVO devotes more than half of its
primetime schedule to documentaries.
Unsung: Behind the Glee is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund
and Canada Media Fund, and the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video
Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to
be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
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