Toronto, November 1, 2016 – The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) just held their annual (Halloween) charity fundraiser BOOMBOX. Hosted at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this year’s theme celebrated the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. This builds on TIFF’s fall film and talks programme 50 Years of Star Trek and they delivered an out-of-this-world, sci-fi-inspired extravaganza of food, drinks, performances and installations.
DJ Jules Bangsworth and DJ Romeo played an impressive all-night set in the RBC lobby and the Atrium wall featured a large-scale video projection of Tendril Studios’ virtual reality project, Sankhara, which shows an astronaut’s view of our awe-inspiring universe as he returns home from a mission. Artist Kyle Kofsky transformed TIFF’s loading docks into The Cargo Bay: a crew dance party space with music by DJ M, DJ Blush and The Warp Tens, as well as some interesting alien wrestling matches staged by Superkick’d.
A holographic cabaret took place in Luma on the second floor, as creative technologist and dancer Jacob Niedzwiecki presented PILLAR: an app-powered augmented-reality movement installation. Prolific Canadian storyteller and filmmaker, RT! stunned third floor visitors with his immersive virtual-reality journey that simulated the experience of tele-transportation.
Toronto multimedia artist and musician, Maylee Todd, took over the HSBC Gallery on the first floor with her interactive Cosmic Portal creating a sensational, live-music experience of original songs accompanied by a string quartet.
While guests moved throughout the many spaces at TIFF Bell Lightbox, make-up artists stationed by the wrestling ring in the loading docks applied prosthetic Vulcan ears and Klingon foreheads to willing participants. Guests were invited to join in the cosplay and wear their most inspired Star Trek and sci-fi fashions to which we naturally obliged. Fourth year in a row now? Great party.
50 Years of Star Trek takes place at TIFF until December 30, 2016 and features several facets of Trek-minded programming, including a full retrospective of all Star Trek motion pictures; five Trek Talks, presented with CBS Consumer Products and the Canadian Space Agency; Star Trek: The Original Series episode marathons; and The Fifth Quadrant: Sci-Fi After Star Trek, a programme of post-Trek sci-fi films that came in the wake of the franchise. Visit tiff.net/startrek for more information.
Event Photos: Connie Tsang