TORONTO - Music legends Neil Young and Joan Baez and renowned directors George A. Romero and Jonathan Demme are among the stars slated to appear at free events for the public during next month's Toronto International Film Festival.
Festival organizers say Young and Demme will host an outdoor screening of their concert film, "The Neil Young Trunk Show" on Sept. 14, while Baez will perform at a downtown square on Sept. 18 to premiere her new documentary, "American Masters - Joan Baez."
Romero will appear at an outdoor screening of his 1968 classic, "Night of the Living Dead" on Sept. 12, while the cast of "Whip It," directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Ellen Page, will attend a roller derby exhibition on Sept. 13.
Other daily events include silent film screenings, swing-dancing lessons and a zombie walk, in which horror fans are invited to dress up like the undead and gather at a downtown square.
The indie band Deerhoof will be part of an art piece reimagining Jean-Luc Godard's 1968 film "Sympathy for the Devil," while the author Sapphire, in town with the acclaimed film, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," will host a reading.
The 10-day festival kicks off Sept. 10 with the U.K. biopic "Creation," about Charles Darwin.
Organizers also announced a series of art films set to screen during the festival, including Isabella Rossellini's "Green Porno: Scandalous Sea," about underwater mating rituals, and Don McKellar's "Imaginary Lovers," in which various women recite "a tender and heartfelt personal video-phone message" for an unnamed lover.