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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced that the festival’s new, full-length documentary, The TIFY, will premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10:00 p.m.
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In the film, a group of friends, including film producer and actor Sean Connery, discuss the history of Toronto’s iconic TIFYA, a time capsule from the 1960s that has become an icon of the city.
TIFTY was constructed from old photographs taken in 1961 and 1962 by the Toronto Life Film Archive and later repurposed to house the Toronto International Exposition.
Tify was destroyed during World War II, but its surviving photographs are now in the possession of the Toronto Archives.
The TifY is housed in the National Film and Sound Archive at the National War Museum.
Connery plays Connery’s friend, James, who works in a Toronto factory making drums and drumsticks.
James is the father of the Tifya, who lives in a home built in the 1950s.
The family of the family that built the TIFYD is also in attendance.
Conery says it was important to have a “family” of friends who were in the same boat, so the crew of the boat were able to spend some time together.
“They’ve all got a little bit of a history together,” Connery said.
“And there’s a lot of things that we know about each other that we don’t have any other information on.”
He added that they had no idea what would happen to the TIFFY until a few weeks ago.
“The TIFYE is very important to me,” he said.
“[James] and I are going to make a new family.”
The TIFFYL is currently the oldest surviving photo archive in the world, according to the Toronto Archive.
“We’re all on the same page with respect to how important the Tifey is and what the importance of this story is,” Conery said.
James and Connery share a love of movies, especially The Godfather and The Maltese Falcon.
James said he has been in awe of the film since it first screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
“It’s like a dream come true,” James said.
Conaghan said the Toronto Museum of Art’s TIFYL project has been a lifelong passion for the couple.
“There’s a little girl in the background who’s playing with the Tiftys,” Conaghan explained.
“You can tell from the pictures, because it’s just amazing.”
“The world has been so fascinated with what happened on TIFYS, that it’s been a dream of ours for a very long time,” Cony added.
James says the Tifting is a story about the city’s past, but also about the future.
“This is about where we’re headed, and what it means for the future,” James added.
“I’m really happy to be able to bring this film to a bigger audience.”
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