The Luminato Festival starts tomorrow bringing another year of vibrant artistic culture to the city. While there are a slew of performances (Isabella Rossellini!!) and musical acts (TV on the Radio!!) to see, I want to highlight one event in particular that I highly recommend you check out. National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animator Munro Ferguson is premiering his latest 3D short film, Minotaur. Enlisting the talented musician Kid Koala to create haunting original music for the piece, Ferguson’s film is truly a sensory treat.
Inspired by the ground-breaking Expo 67 film Into the Labyrinth, Minotaur takes us through a series of emotions as a mythic hero experiences several of the archetypal stages of life. Over the course of the film we follow the hero through birth, adolescent, love, struggle, death, and rebirth. Ferguson manages to pack a lot of emotion into the films scant seven minute running time. If my endorsement is not enough to entice you to catch Minotaur, then the addition of a live Kid Koala performance might further whet your appetite. Kid Koala will be performing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 7 through to June 9. On June 8, audience members can join both Kid Koala and Munro Ferguson for a talk following the concert. Having recently seen Kid Koala in concert, when he opened for Arcade Fire, I can vouch that he is a musician not to be missed. So if you are looking for an experience that beautifully merges film and music, then consider giving Minotaur a shot.
Screens (with Kid Koala’s Nufonia)
June 7 to 9, 7:30 pm, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Be sure to visit the Luminato website for ticket information and full Luminato schedule.