Black Star

Love, Sex and Eating the Bones with T.O. Hip-Hop Classics

115 minutes18A

Nov 3
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    Director Sudz Sutherland, his partner and producer Jennifer Holness, and other special guests join us for this programme that pairs Sutherland's Toronto-set romantic comedy with a trio of classic Toronto music videos.

    Sudz Sutherland

    Sudz Sutherland is a freelance writer and director for TV, film, and new media. His first feature was the award-winning and Genie-nominated Love, Sex & Eating the Bones (03). His latest feature film, Home Again (13), won the prestigious PAFF/BAFTA Festival Choice Award. His latest project is Shoot the Messenger, premiering in 2018. His next feature is Operation Red Dog, slated for production in 2018. Sutherland also works in digital media and is starting to work in the exciting world of VR.

    Jennifer Holness

    Jennifer Holness is writer and producer for TV and film. She co-created and produced the miniseries Guns (09), which won five Canadian Screen Awards, including a shared best writing award for Holness. She’s also produced numerous documentaries for TV and is currently in production on Subjects of Desire and Hispaniola with the NFB. Other credits include Love, Sex & Eating the Bones (03), which won the Best First Canadian Feature at TIFF, and Home Again (13).


    Cazhhmere is an award-winning music video director who has completed over 200 music videos for broadcast television over the past 14 years. In 2010, she was the first woman in over seven years to be nominated for MuchMusic’s coveted Director of the Year Award for Classified’s Oh Canada. She has worked with Howie D. of The Backstreet Boys, Royce da 5’9, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, Kardinal Offishall, Melanie Fiona, Karl Wolf and many others. In 2015, Cazhhmere branched out from the music video world to explore other areas of filmmaking and teamed up with the CBC to write and direct her debut documentary Deeply Rooted (17). She is currently in post-production on her first short film along with two more feature films and a television series.


    MOTION is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, poet, and emcee. Her work has been published in Motion in Poetry and The Great Black North, and has been performed onstage in Aneemah’s Spot (Summerworks/MotionLive), Black Lives, Black Words (Rhubarb Festival) and Loveleigh’s Logue (Billie Holiday Theatre NYC). Her recent productions include the Dora-nominated Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape with DJ L’Oqenz and the ReelWorld Film Festival Impact Award–winning short film A Man’s Story, which has screened at film festivals in London, Ghana, Belgium, Zanzibar, and Toronto.She is working on an upcoming television pilot, feature film, and the multidisciplinary opera Motherland (IFT Theatre).


    Solitair is a Juno Award–nominated hip-hop artist and producer from Toronto. After close to two decades of producing, songwriting, and touring with Canadian hip-hop and R&B icons such as Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, and The Rascalz, Solitair has branched off into artist development and artist management, while still continuing to collaborate with artists from all over the world. He founded 4Sound Media Studios and 4Sound Music School in 2014.