Actor Matt Bomer to attend premiere and reception


Festival runs May 22 to June 1, 2014 and public tickets on sale May 8


(April 30, 2014 – Toronto, ON) Inside Out, in partnership with Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and HBO Canada, announced today that the HBO Film, THE NORMAL HEART, will have a special Canadian premiere screening at the Festival. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts, and directed by Ryan Murphy (Eat Pray Love, and creator of Glee and Nip/Tuck) the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's Tony award-winning play on the advent of the AIDS epidemicwill screen on Friday, May 23. Matt Bomer (Magic Mike, White Collar) will be in attendance to present the film. The screening will be preceded by a cocktail reception. All proceeds from this event will benefit Inside Out and CANFAR.


The Normal Heart is a seminal work in the discourse around HIV that intelligently and passionately presents a period that was hugely impacted by the disease,” said Director of Programming Andrew Murphy. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Matt to the festival and to work with great partners CANFAR and HBO Canada to present Ryan Murphy's adaptation in Toronto.”


“HBO Canada is the destination for HBO’s established legacy of compelling, premium films that win over audiences and critics alike,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. “We are proud to bring the Canadian premiere of THE NORMAL HEART to Inside Out in support of CANFAR – an evening that will be all the more special with the incredibly talented Matt Bomer in attendance.”


“The impact of The Normal Heart has not diminished since it was first staged, and we applaud HBO for producing the first-ever film version of this immensely powerful story,” said Christopher Bunting, President and CEO of CANFAR.  “We are thrilled to be part of this event with our partners at Inside Out and HBO Canada.”


THE NORMAL HEART, which has its broadcast premiere on HBO Canada on Sunday, May 25 at 9 pm ET/MT, explores the early years of the AIDS crisis, as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the epidemic to a city and nation in denial.


Mark Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Julia Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS.



Tickets for this event: Individual tickets for this screening are $40 ($30 for Inside Out members). Tickets to the film (priority seating) and pre-screening reception are $150 ($125 for Inside Out members). A tax receipt will be issued for the maximum amount allowable. All proceeds from the screening and reception will benefit Inside Out and CANFAR.  Tickets will be available on May 6 to members, May 8 to public. Visit www.insideout.ca for more information.


Inside Out is pleased to welcome RBC Royal Bank as the Festival’s returning Presenting Sponsor. Screenings for the 2014 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival will take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W).


About Inside Out

Inside Out presents the annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival, with financial support from Presenting Sponsor, RBC Royal Bank. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada and entertains cinema buffs of all stripes, showcasing the best and most diverse films by, for and of interest to LGBT communities. For 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of more than 32,500 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that showcase more than 175 films and videos from Canada and around the world. In addition, Inside Out is committed to challenging attitudes and changing lives year-round through the exhibition, production and promotion of LGBT film with initiatives including annual festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, educational programs including the Queer Video Mentorship Project and the Mark S. Bonham Scholarship, and fall/winter screening series. This year’s Festival runs May 22 to June 1, 2014.



Founded in 1987, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) raises awareness to generate funds for research into all aspects of HIV and AIDS. CANFAR is the only organization in Canada that operates for the sole purpose of privately funding HIV and AIDS research, and finances AIDS researchers throughout Canada. 


About HBO Canada

HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).


About RBC and the Arts

RBC sponsors a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Proud to support events and passions that resonate with our clients, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition, part of our commitment to the world’s top public film festival – the Toronto International Film Festival®. As one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies and among the largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization, RBC employs approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com





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