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Innis Alumni & Friends

The First Steps Toward a First-Class Town Hall

More than 150 alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff kicked off the transformation of Innis College’s Town Hall on October 12, 2011.

Principal Janet Paterson announced a $3.2 million fundraising goal for the Town Hall renovation.

Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute celebrated the launch with a screening of Barry Avrich’s (BA 1985 WDW) newest film: Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.The screening was followed by a panel discussion involving film critics Peter Howell of the Toronto Star and Richard Crouse of CTV, along with Bryan Gliserman, President, Entertainment One Films Canada, and Mr. Avrich.

The generosity of alumni and friends will elevate Town Hall to a first-class facility with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, enhanced comfort and versatility, a revitalized lobby and improved accessibility.

Professor Charlie Keil, Director of the Cinema Studies Institute, emphasized that a first-class screening facility will help keep the Cinema Studies Institute among global leaders in the field. The Institute has recently introduced a Masters program and is in the process of launching a PhD program.

Professor Keil also recognized the support and commitment of the Town Hall Advisory Board – made up of a distinguished group of the College’s alumni and friends.

Town Hall not only serves the needs of thousands of students and faculty, but also hundreds of community groups that rent the venue for film festivals, receptions, lectures and other special events.  More than 50,000 community members use the space throughout the year.

This is an exciting time for Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute. The College’s fundraising goal is an ambitious one, and we will rely on the support of alumni and friends to meet it.

READ more on the Town Hall capital program and other funding priorities at the College.

VIEW the Town Hall Campaign video presentation.


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