RECOMMENDED WATCH TIME, FOLLOWED BY EXCLUSIVE DIRECTOR Q&A:
OCT 16, 7:30 PM
Next Stop’s approach to filmmaking is unapologetically TORONTO. This series is well-made, funny, and thought-provoking. The filmmakers fuse their youth, blackness, and roots in the Caribbean diaspora to make something truly special.
Next Stop subverts commonly-perpetuated narratives associated with Toronto. This is not a story centred on Downtown Toronto, because Toronto is not just Parkdale and Trinity Bellwoods. These filmmakers invite us into life as experienced by the common Torontonian outside the downtown elite: where long waits for the TTC are the norm, where people battle their (literal) demons and issues pertaining to marginalization in their own comical way, and where Uber pool is an extravagance.
In Next Stop, these filmmakers shift the lens through which we see Toronto from the white gaze to a gaze that is unapologetically black, unapologetically funny, and unapologetically bold.
J. Weekes, T. Tapambwa, P. Witmer
Jabbari Weekes is an emerging Caribbean director focused on creating slice-of-life and fantasy stories within the diasporic community. His work touches on pointed topics like mental health and liveable wages through blunt humour. That is, because he finds a good laugh is the best way to take on our deepest concerns.
Tichaona Tapambwa is an emerging director, writer and producer based in Toronto and of Zimbabwean heritage, focused on creating stories based from the diaspora.
Phil Witmer is an emerging filmmaker and music composer of Brazilian and Swiss heritage creating multi-genre stories about the social issues facing the GTA and its diasporas. He is endlessly proud to have contributed to the first season of NEXT STOP, composing the overall music and directing the episode “for POOL”.