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Rushes Football Film Festival Presented by Nolitours Kicks Off the 100th Grey Cup Festival


BRIAN’S SONG to Launch the Film Festival with Very Special Introduction and Q & A Featuring Michael “Pinball” Clemons and Billy Dee Williams

TORONTO, OntarioRushes Football Film Festival presented by Nolitours will launch the 100th Grey Cup Festival with the classic film BRIAN’S SONG on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 PM.  The first-ever film festival of its kind, Rushes will take place at the Scotiabank Theatre, running from Thursday through Sunday, November 18, and will feature some of football’s most celebrated films.  Each screening will be accompanied with an introduction and panel discussion following the film featuring some of the greatest CFL alumni and other celebrities from the worlds of film, television and sports, all moderated by esteemed film critic Richard Crouse.  Opening night will see four-time Grey Cup champion Michael “Pinball” Clemons participate in a pre-screening panel along with the film's star, Billy Dee Williams

Rushes presented by Nolitours is another example of the scope of the 100th Grey Cup Festival, illustrating the great variety of events available for fans to join in the celebrations.  Film lovers and football fans will debate and reminisce over the best football films of all time!   Capture an inside perspective on these great moments of popular and sport culture from the experts through informative and engaging conversations prior to each screening, attended by stars from the sports, film and television worlds.

Don’t miss the chance to see critically acclaimed football-themed films while kicking back with some popcorn in hand at Rushes. Tickets for all of the screenings are $10 each and available at www.cineplex.com.

Screening Schedule:

Thursday, November 15

7:00 PM – BRIAN’S SONG; starring Billy Dee Williams (in attendance) and James Caan

  • Introduction and Q & A featuring Michael “Pinball” Clemons

Friday, November 16

7:00 PM – NORTH DALLAS FORTY; starring Nick Nolte and Charles Durning, directed by Ted Kotcheff

  • Director Ted Kotcheff in attendance 

10:00 PM – THE LONGEST YARD; starring Burt Reynolds and Eddie Albert

Saturday, November 17

2:00 PM – JERRY MAGUIRE; starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr.

  • Hall of Fame quarterback Damon Allen in attendance

 7:30 PM – ANY GIVEN SUNDAY; starring Al Pacino and Dennis Quaid, directed by Oliver Stone

Sunday, November 18

5:00 PM – THE REPLACEMENTS; starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman

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