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Hands down TIFF is great.

However it costs money to get your film shown at TIFF.

Artists are supposed to get paid to play.

Artists are not supposed to pay to play.

At my programs admission is by donation. Nobody has to pay anything except me as I pay the bills. I ask for $20 over 24, $10 under 24 and, as in my Rochdale programs, you can get in free if you are naked (lots of folks were naked at Rochdale and who can carry money naked?). Mind you, you must be over 17.

A woman once said to me, “Artists get fed from the last teat on the bull.”

I looked at her in puzzlement.

She said, “You have never heard that before?”

I said, “No.”

She said, “Bulls don’t give milk. When an artist drinks from the last teat on a bull they are drinking from a particularly dry well.”

Got a movie short or long you’d like people to see during TIFF?

Come talk to me, Reg Hartt.

I’m numbered among the top fifty male speakers of all time.

A lot of folk will be speaking at TIFF.

I won’t be one of them.

Your film won’t be one of the films they talk about there.                                                                                       .


One of the fifty greatest male speakers of all time will speak about your movie.

By the way as that list includes neither Socrates, The Buddha nor Jesus I take my inclusion on it with a truckload of salt.

What I do take as of value are the words Jane Jacobs spoke to me over a few beers in her home; “The best part of what you offer is what you have to say.”

Jane Jacobs did not go to TIFF. She did go to my programs.

I have been described as everything she wrote about.

That I’m proud of.

–Reg Hartt



The ultra legendary Al Aronowitz at The Cineforum.

Chuck Jones is one of the great masters of the animated cartoon. This card was sent to me on the last Christmas of his life. Local animation artists avoid my program because I speak. Not one of them is even close to the caliber of a Chuck Jones.

Jane Jacobs is most famous for her book THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES. Her last book, DARK AGE AHEAD, is must reading. She was my friend from her arrival in Toronto in 1968. Her children say to me when we meet, “Our mother loved you.” I love her.

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