ICED IN BLACK, at Harbourfront Centre, John Spotton Cinema and Innis Town Hall, January 30-February 2. Rating: NNN
Designed as a mid-winter feast of homegrown black movies, Iced In Black enters its third year with a collection of docs and shorts capped by Clement Virgo's feature The Planet Of Junior Brown (Sunday, February 2, 8 pm, Innis Town Hall). A touring program heads out to eight more cities across the country, Halifax to Victoria.
Tonight (Thursday, January 30, 7 pm), the John Spotton Cinema hosts an Iced In Black francophone screening featuring Martine Chartrand's Ame Noire/Black Soul. Charles Officer's remarkable short hymn, silent war screens Friday (January 31, Harbourfront Centre, 7 pm). An all-day program Saturday wraps up with Edimburgo Cabrera's and Anton Wagner's Toronto black drag doc, Divas: Love Me Forever (Innis, 8:30 pm). Sunday afternoon the festival dips into the National Film Board's Tailspinners series of children's films, including Itah Sadu's hilarious Christopher stories. With its flagrant diversity and nation-spanning scope, a festival couldn't get more Canadian.