Aspiring Young Filmmakers Get a Taste of TIFF as The John Lennon Bus Visits CTV HQ, Sept. 4-9



    
     - CTV gives students the chance to make movies and music during 2008
                   Toronto International Film Festival -

     - Mentors include Jason Reitman, Sol Guy, Farley Flex, Jully Black,
               Luther Brown, Linda Schuyler, K'Naan and k-os -
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - CTV today announced that it is hosting the
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus during the 2008 Toronto International Film
Festival. The state-of-the-art, non-profit audio and video production
facility, sponsored by Maxell, parks at CTV's iconic Queen Street headquarters
in downtown Toronto, beginning today through September 9. Aspiring young
filmmakers from Toronto's urban neighbourhoods get the unique opportunity to
prepare short movies about their experiences at the Festival on the fully
loaded bus.

    Industry pros including Jason Reitman (Juno), Degrassi creator
Linda Schuyler, Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex, JUNO winner Jully Black,
hip-hop artists K'Naan and k-os, and choreographer and So You Think You Can
Dance Canada judge Luther Brown mentor members of two Toronto youth programs.
"Shoot with This" is a film mentorship project for kids from Toronto's
Jane/Finch area. "The Remix Project" is a youth-led urban arts project in the
Greater Toronto Area. The students have access to all CTV-hosted events and
production areas at its Queen Street headquarters while they shoot their
films. Sol Guy, creator and host of CTV and MTV's 4REAL, initiated the visit
of the John Lennon Bus and will work with the students day-to-day.

    The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit, mobile audio and HD
video recording and production facility. Since 1998, the Bus has provided free
hands-on programs to hundreds of organizations across the continent. In the
U.S., major recording stars have supported the high-tech bus and interacted
with students, including Carlos Santana, Natasha Bedingfield, Wyclef Jean,
Fergie, and will.i.am.

    "This is precisely the kind of project John Lennon would have loved,"
said Yoko Ono Lennon.

    "We're giving the students an all-access pass to our coverage of TIFF,"
said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.
"Working with some of Canada's most notable artists, they'll have the
experience of a lifetime and hopefully learn something along the way."

    "The exciting thing about the Bus is that young people can work with
state-of-the-art equipment while interviewing filmmakers at TIFF," said Guy.
"More importantly, they'll be working on a project that's all about using art
and culture to affect social change."

    Tonight on eTalk, Sol Guy provides a tour of the Bus. The students' short
film about the drama and dazzle of the Festival premieres on Canada AM on
Tuesday, September 9 and online on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

    
    About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
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    Logging 60,000 miles a year since 1998, the non-profit facility has
offered free hands-on programs to children in high schools, colleges and
community outreach programs across the United States. The interior is divided
into three separate studio environments that can be opened to create one large
studio. The front studio is a cutting-edge audio and video production room.
The rear studio offers pro-level recording and mixing at the highest possible
resolution, as well as an isolation booth for acoustic recordings, and a
chromate (green screen) booth. Powered by Apple computers, the studios feature
traditional musical instruments and the latest Sony HD products and solutions.
Also on-board is a Mackie P.A. system enabling performances on the side of the
Bus.

    The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free
tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining
artists, and at major industry conferences. Sponsors of the Bus include Maxell
Corporation, Godin Guitars, Apple, NAMM, and Sony. The John Lennon Educational
Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

    
    About CTV
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    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail.
CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Amber Nasrulla, CTV Inc., (416) 519-7400 x
3004, amber.nasrulla@ctv.ca


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