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     The Dyonne Lewis Show Film Festival brings local and international autobiographical subjects to the screen to showcase and workshop in a safe space with a social distancing protocol in effect. This Black-led Toronto TV Talk Show Film Festival is about curating digital storytelling to heal humanity.  Customize your Toronto Arts & Culture itinerary, with a TDLS Film Festival "Guest Pass" to access Studio Z screenings anytime, anywhere on-demand.  Catch classic Dyonne Lewis TV Talk Show episodes from the original seasons produced at Vision TV through to the current season.

     Take into consideration you are welcome to reserve Studio D, for two people, to enjoy a Better Days TV Production Workshop. 

Alternatively, schedule a small group screening in Studio Z for up to six people in the same social circle.  TDLS Film Festival is a unique experimental TV, Film Festival dedicated to workshopping projects which highlight psycho-educational, and spiritual self-reflective storytelling.  Consider watching episodes from our multi-season video gallery.  Reserve a virtual screening--year-round.  The Festival's Better Days TV features international autobiographical stories presented in-House and virtually with a special annual presentation throughout Black History month in Canada, every February.

GROUP PASSES & FUNDRAISING

     We cater for groups on cultural excursions: including a business, club, church, non-profit, professional organization, school, and community centre. From media tours for co-op students to on-camera Zoom training for employees and/or volunteers, ask about our workshops.  Fundraising opportunities are available for groups of 6 or fewer.  Ask about Video "Fundraising" for your charitable cause.

Digital storytelling the ace up our sleeve. 

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Lady Dee

How it All Started —

     It started in 2013.  Pause. Rewind, and time travel back to 1986. In her teens, Dyonne wrote to Moses Znaimer, the co-founder of CityTV to request a sit-down interview with the media mogul of Hollywood North. Fast forward 25 years. Mr. Znaimer's pro·té·gé--the world's first videographer, Dominic Sciullo--spoke to Moses about greenlighting the pilot episode of The Dyonne Lewis Show on the award-winning multicultural VisionTV network. The rest is... Her story.

A Dream & A Prayer

Spiritual Storytelling

     The talk show host's early childhood forays into Fine Arts and Performing Arts primed her for a love affair with Communication Arts, in general and digital storytelling in particular. Who do you trust to reveal your life story? God chose prophets to document His story of creation, and master plan to save humanity. 

     Dyonne's mother prayed with her hand on her baby bump before her firstborn made an appearance at Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. "God, Please let my child love reading." Dyonne's father, loved building things from scratch, and delighted in designing his baby girl's nursery--as a carpenter by trade, although Mr. McGowan was skilled with his hands he was academically illiterate. Yet ironically always talked writing a book to tell his life story.  

     As a street-smart businessman, Franklin read people like a book. He put his photographic memory to use as an entrepreneur who always worked for himself.  

When Dyonne read The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, by Mordecai Richler, while in high school, she couldn't get over how eerily similar her father was to the protagonist both in character and in spirit. 

     Dyonne was five years old, saw Lola Falana perform solo on television, and from that instant, she dreamt about being on TV--one day.

     Turnica called Dyonne "my miracle baby" as she had a difficult time conceiving and could not carry a pregnancy to full term after the delivery of her first born.  

     Moma T named her girl after two singers, Dionne Warwick and Bernadette Peters. Now a divorced woman of 33, she enrolled her daughter in "On-Camera" classes at Weist-Barron School of Television. It was 1979. An eleven year-old Dyonne remembers her mother's words. "Don't sing, you don't have a singing voice. It's not in the cards." 

     God granted the child's dream and the mother's prayer--while the legacy of patriarch Frank lives on through his daughter's eyes. Dyonne grew up as an only child, but reading protected her like a brother and writing held her hand as a sister.  Words became her best friends. In her later years, studying and listening were Dyonne's faithful mentors. 

     With a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and a post-graduate certificate in Broadcast Journalism as her allies, now like Joseph from the Bible, with pit experience, and palace visions, she founded The Dyonne Lewis Show Film Festival to pay tribute to her late mother and father, Mr. & Mrs. McGowan.  Autobiographical ShortDocs digital storytelling gallery is about healing the past and clearing the future to dream and create Better Days.

More...on The Dyonne Lewis Show Film Festival Submission Website

Entertainment Dedicated to Better Days 

     The annual festival date will coincide with the 25th Anniversary of Black History Month in Canada

on February 14, 2021. The Dyonne Lewis Show Film Festival is a Toronto Tourist Attraction open for screenings virtually 365.  Autobiographical Content explore self-reflective, self-education, and miseducation by honouring self through digital oral storytelling traditions.  The Festival has an emphasis on bringing all people together to support, promote showcase, and workshop an idea:  The idea is advancing the "Individual" healing process...through digital storytelling therapy.  Request an annotated list from our Spiritual Storytelling Gallery which was conceived to "Heal Humanity" in general and Black people in particular, as a balm to improve, platform and develop..."Black Voices and The Black Soul" and thus "Black Emotions and Black Minds" with psycho-educational personal transcendence stories told during an Arts & Cultural revolution in the face of anti-Black, institutional, and systemic racism. 

     Our Festival Official Music Video is called Better Days. There is a link to the song, written by a sixteen-year-old Toronto Singer-Songwriter named Zoe.L Please check it out.  As a digital storytelling gallery, The Dyonne Lewis Show Film Festival Studio unabashedly amplifies Black voices in Black bodies. Employing soul-stirring cinematic devices, culturally respected psycho-educational resistance, spiritual fire-power, and ancient oral tradition, it's possible to heal psychological impact of racial injustices propagated by systemic, institutional, anti-Black racism in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Welcome to The Dyonne Lewis Show Film Festival, and please join us as we continue our daily countdown to Better Days.



Mr. & Mrs. McGowan



Dyonne Lewis née Dionne Bernadette McGowan 

The 1973/74 Senior Kindergarten Class at Jackman Junior Public School in Toronto, Canada. Sitting in the second row, Dyonne is the little five-year-old girl with the "See-You-On-TV" Smile.


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     Please choose your preferred hour of the day, and day of the week at our 24/7 Virtual Box Office.  A Rep will reach out to you to confirm receipt of your booking. In case you have not received an email check the spam section of your inbox.  Our TDLS team will review your selection, and you should hear back from us within 24 hours.  

     Digital Storytelling Arts & Culture is our passion. The Dyonne Lewis Talk Show Toronto experience serves to multiply engagement and connection as well as to facilitate healing emotional/psychological/spiritual wounds. 

     We will do our best to accommodate all screening requests sent to us. Please note, placing safety first, in the COVID-era, is top of mind. Therefore, we reserve the right to make an executive decision to offer a live-virtual screening in place of an in-person screening