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Fisher: Boombox showcases TIFF's year-round charitable focus

On Nov. 5, the fourth annual Boombox event will transform the TIFF Bell Lightbox into a multi-sensory adventure — highlighting the fact that TIFF represents much more than just the September film festival, says Toronto lawyer Kevin Fisher.

Fisher, a litigation partner with Basman Smith LLP, has been on the executive committee for the fundraising event since its inception. This year, Boombox will feature the exhibition Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen, which will explore the artist’s film work, as well as his fascination with fame and stardom.

"The event," says Fisher, “really uses the whole space that is the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and creates something that is completely unique to charity events in the city."

Boombox has something for everyone, he says, and will completely transform the venue on all three levels.

Boombox 2015 will feature Toronto filmmakers, artists and dancers, who will share Warhol-inspired original installations and performances. Principal artist Director X will unveil his installation Everyone will be famous for 15 seconds at the event. DJ Starting From Scratch, with special guest MC Kardinal Offishall, will also perform.

“I have been a long-time supporter of TIFF, I am a patron sponsor and I was a member of the Film Crew executive committee, which was an earlier group that created and put together events for TIFF throughout the year,” says Fisher.

“TIFF is not just the 11 days in September when the film festival is on. It is an umbrella organization with a number of charitable and philanthropic missions. This is its 40th year,” he adds.

Proceeds from Boombox will enable TIFF to continue its work in film-based education and outreach, film preservation, artist experimentation, and filmmaker development.

TIFF offers community outreach initiatives year-round, including providing families and youth facing financial challenges with access to programming through the Pocket Fund. TIFF also brings film education to youth in under-served communities across the GTA through its Special Delivery program, and to mental health patients through the Reel Comfort initiative, according to the organization’s website.

Boombox 2015 kicks off at 9 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at Reitman Square, 350 King St. W. in Toronto. For information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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