Whit Stillman is coming to Toronto as part of our new Live Directors Series – December 12/13

Whit Stillman Screenings in Toronto, Director in Attendance

The Seventh Art Launch Live Directors Series Presented By The Royal

TORONTO, November 27, 2012 – The Seventh Art and The Royal announce a two night engagement with filmmaker Whit Stillman on December 12th and 13th. Stillman will present a film each night, Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco, and discuss his work as a whole following each screening. The event will mark the first in the newly created The Seventh Art Live Directors Series presented by The Royal, which will bring important directors to Toronto to screen and discuss their films.

“We’re thrilled to kick off the series at The Royal with Whit, a great contemporary American filmmaker” said The Seventh Art co-producer Pavan Moondi. “The consistency of his films fits the series perfectly,” said fellow co-producer, Brian Robertson.

The first night, Wednesday, December 12th, will showcase Stillman’s breakout hit, Metropolitan (1990), while the next night features the cult favourite, The Last Days of Disco (1998). The filmmaker will be joined by The Seventh Art’s Christopher Heron for a conversation on the topic of each night’s film and a moderated Q&A with the audience.

“We’re overjoyed with the opportunity to host such a fabled filmmaker in Toronto and to partner with The Seventh Art” said Stacey Donen of The Royal. Tickets will be sold in advance through The Royal’s web site (http://www.theroyal.to) for $15 per screening, or $20 for both. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20 each night. Doors will open at 7pm.

Whit Stillman’s four films are comedic investigations of modern class triumphs and tragedies, including the varying comforts and malaise of the ‘urban haute bourgeoisie’ in Metropolitan and the collapse of the utopian ideals of disco in The Last Days of Disco. Last year marked a return to filmmaking after 13 years for Stillman, who writes, directs, and produces each of his films.

About The Seventh Art

The Seventh Art is an independently produced video magazine about cinema with profiles on interesting aspects of the film industry, video essays and in-depth interviews with filmmakers. The production is based in Toronto, Canada and releases an online issue once a month. Past feature interviews include Peter Bogdanovich, Guy Maddin, Mia Hansen-Løve, Ben Wheatley, Patricia Rozema and Miguel Gomes.

About The Royal

Originally built in 1939, The Royal is an historic Art Moderne movie house located in the heart of Little Italy. The 400-seat theatre was known as the Pylon when it first opened in 1939. In 2007, Theatre D Digital moved into the space, seeing an opportunity to bring their unique business model to a second facility (the first being The Regent Theatre). The Royal continues to operate in the evenings as an indie/art house cinema. With extensive upgrades and renovations, it is now also a digitally equipped screening and live event venue, adhering to the highest standards for picture and sound presentation. For more information, visit www.theroyal.to.

This event is made possible with the generous support of:

For more information, please contact:
Brian Robertson
Co-Producer, The Seventh Art
seventhartseries@gmail.com +1 416 953 6227

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The Seventh Art is a Toronto-based video magazine about cinema.