Here's a sneak peek at the new photo-filled post from Chaz's Blog on the first annual Ebert Dinner at TIFF 2014...
One of the highlights of the Toronto Film Festival for me this year was the lovely, lovely tribute to Roger and Martin Scorsese that TIFF named, "The Ebert Dinner." It was an elegant, intimate affair hosted in honor of Roger's passion for film and his impact on the festival.
Cameron Bailey, the Artistic Director of TIFF, expertly handled the details and welcomed everyone warmly before Piers Handling, the Festival Director, set the stage for the night with a brief recap of the festival's earlier years.
Dusty Cohl, Bill Marshall and Henk Van der Kolk started what would become the Toronto International Film Festival in 1976. Real estate developer John Daniels and his wife Myrna wrote the first check to make the festival possible. And when TIFF was looking to build its permanent home, the Daniels Corporation stepped in once again to help.
A key event in TIFF history was the night that Roger and Gene Siskel invited Martin Scorsese to accept an award. No one knew at that time that it would be a turning point, both for the Festival, and for Scorsese.
Click here to check out the rest of Chaz's article and an exclusive photo gallery of the night's guests and festivities.