Programming and art projects move to public spaces

TORONTO — The Toronto Film Festival goes al fresco this year, expanding its free outdoor programming at new street-level hub Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) and moving its Future Projections visual art projects into more public spaces.

YDS events, announced Tuesday, include the world preems of helmer Benjamin Franzen’s history of hip-hop sampling “Copyright Criminals” and PBS’ “American Masters: Joan Baez,” featuring a live set by the folk singer. The square will also host concert and music films, silent classics with live accompaniment and appearances by George A. Romero (“Survival of the Dead”), Jonathan Demme and Toronto-born songwriter Neil Young (“Neil Young Trunk Show”) and poet Sapphire (“Push”).

The festival, running Sept. 10-19, teams with Toronto cultural institutions and galleries for Future Projections, a program of visual art projects by international art stars that expands the traditional definition of film.

The eclectic lineup includes the world preem of Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno: Scandalous Sea” shorts in the context of a sculptural installation; “Mark Lewis: In a City,” screened earlier this year at the Canadian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale; “The Origins of Factum,” exploring Candice Breitz’s video works about identical twins; “Picture Start,” Christopher Doyle’s musing on the evolution of his film images; filmmaker and writer Don McKellar’s “Imaginary Lovers”; Adam Pendleton’s “Band”; the live, improvised audio visual mashups of Eclectic Method; Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Phantoms of Nabua”; and Jesper Just’s “A Vicious Undertow.”

The festival also announced the 10-film slate of its inaugural City to City program, focusing on the cinema of Tel Aviv, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year. World preems include Danny Lerner’s illegal immigrant thriller “Kirot” and Yoav and Doron Paz’s feature bow “Phobidilia.”

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