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Of course, what’s missing is larger than that. While buzz can migrate online, the Choose to be the change shirt reaction Bailey sees when festivalgoers sit in a real movie theater, look up at that giant screen, and hear that giant sound is irreplaceable, emotional even: “People cry,” he said.I believe it. Between the glowing screen and Toronto’s skyline, watching the credits roll as viewers honked their horns in appreciation, I felt a dose of that thanks, for TIFF as well for the violent, fun, ungainly art I’d just had the pleasure of swallowing. Without the flash and panache, it’s clear TIFF sees what’s important: getting films to the people and people to the films. The programmers, Bailey, my host and his friend, the staff on the trikes, TIFF: They’re not shedding tears. They’re fighting the monster.
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