Pharrell will rock the Toronto International Film Festival with a concert featuring new songs from the movie “Hidden Figures”.
Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, “Hidden Figures” tells the story of three pioneering black women who were at the forefront of the space race behind-the-scenes at NASA. TIFF members will get their first look at the film in a private showcase of excerpts from the drama, followed by a performance by Pharrell and friends on TIFF’s Festival Street, the pedestrian-only promenade along King Street.
“Hidden Figures” director Theodore Melfi praised the Toronto audiences and homegrown festival in a statement.
“I am so honoured for the world to first see a part of ‘Hidden Figures’ at TIFF where I was lucky enough to premiere my first ever feature, ‘St. Vincent’,” Melfi states. “TIFF has a very special place in my heart. Pharrell’s musical genius acumen takes the film to a different level.”
The announcement comes as TIFF also unveils the screenings as part of the Primetime programme.
For the second year, TIFF will tune-in to TV by showcasing five series from around the world which are selected for their powerful storytelling that pushes the boundaries of traditional small-screen production. This year, the award-winning “Transparent” will premiere the first three episodes of season three to TIFF audiences. The UK cult anthology series “Black Mirror” will also screen two new episodes from the series which taps into the techno-paranoia of contemporary society. “Black Mirror” will screen the episodes “San Junipero” and “Nosedive”, which feature Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alice Eve, Bryce Dallas Howard and Mackenzie Davis.