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In celebration of their 10th anniversary, BRON will present a series of In Conversation With… as a part of new programming at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival featuring Denzel Washington, Ava Duvernay, Barry Levinson and more. 


Thursday, September 10th – Sunday, September 20th

TIFF announced additional programming for audiences to enjoy as part of TIFF 2020 which includes talks, special events and Short Cuts to elevate TIFF’s offerings, providing an immersive experience for Festival-goers. 

In Conversation With… is one of TIFF’s most exciting programmes, featuring candid, intimate, and entertaining sit-downs with some of the industry’s biggest names. This year BRON will host three of six inspiring conversations about art, creative processes, activism, and the power of music and film to unite us. See BRON’s confirmed events below.  

As a Candadian-based company, BRON is proud to support TIFF.      

In Conversation With…..
In Conversation With… Auteur Filmmaker Barry Levinson and Actor/Director Denzel Washington  

Presented by BRON in celebration of their 10th anniversary
Date/Time: Thursday, September 17 at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET
Moderated by: Scott Feinberg
Two Academy Award winners join us for a unique live conversation about the art of filmmaking. Producer, writer, and director Barry Levinson is a living legend in Hollywood. His oeuvre comprises such celebrated films as Diner (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Rain Man (1988), Bugsy (1991), Wag the Dog (1997), and his most recent, The Humbling (2014), which premiered at the Festival. He is joined by actor, producer, and director Denzel Washington, who has starred in such iconic films as Malcolm X (1992), Devil in the Blue Dress (1995), Training Day (2001), and American Gangster (2007), among many others.

In Conversation With… D-Nice and Anthony Mandler 
Presented by BRON in celebration of their 10th anniversary
Date/Time: Saturday, September 12 at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET 
Moderated by: Tyrone Edwards
For nine hours on Saturday, March 22, 2020, D-Nice oversaw a spectacle that was part dance party, part social-media therapy, part health-policy initiative  during the current plague that we are experiencing once collectively and entirely alone simultaneously.  Over the following week, the nightly Club Quarantine sessions became the hottest ticket, culminating in a legendary nine-hour daily virtual party, that included drop-ins by the likes of Michelle Obama, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Lopez. D-Nice joins Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Anthony Mandler for a conversation about the uplifting power of music and the moving image, and how they transform human interaction and the way we experience the world around us. Mandel has directed some of the most celebrated music videos of our time, collaborating with Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Drake and Shakira. Most recently, his feature film debut Monster (2018), starring John David Washington, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Jeffrey Wright, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Join us for an engaging conversation about the impact of music and film on our daily lives with these two celebrated artists. 

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In Conversation With… Ava DuVernay
Presented by BRON in celebration of their 10th anniversary 
Date/Time:  Monday, September 14 at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET
Moderated by: Cameron Bailey 
Academy Award–nominated producer, writer, director, and distributor Ava DuVernay is a master of all trades. Following her 2010 directorial debut, I Will Follow, and 2012’s award-winning Middle of Nowhere, she has charted an unprecedented path in Hollywood, elevating women and BIPOC storytellers via her film collective and distribution company ARRAY Now. As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow around the world and citizens demand that governments and police — as well as social and arts institutions — confront and eliminate systemic racism, DuVernay’s work and activism stand out as examples of the transformative power of the moving image. From her powerful tribute to the leaders of the Civil Rights movement in Selma (2014), to her in-depth analysis of the US justice and prison system in 13th (2016), and her portrayal of the injustices committed against Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, and Korey Wise in When They See Us (2019), DuVernay is an expert storyteller with an agenda. Join us for a conversation about art, activism, and Black Lives Matter with one of the most outspoken and forward-thinking filmmakers of our time.