A world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival for Lil Nas – a concert documentary documenting the first global tour of rapper and gay icon Lil Nas
The festival said in a statement that Toronto police converged on the red carpet outside Roy Thomson Hall just before 10 p.m. after a threat was received as the pop star, a Black and queer artist, attended the gala screening with the film. directors.
But after the rap artist and his entourage visited the King Street venue to ensure the safety of partygoers, the TIFF gala screening was given the green light to go ahead.
“Earlier this evening we were notified by Toronto Police of an investigation near the red carpet for the Lil Nas screening. Our standard safety measures remained in place during this period and screening began with a slight delay. To our knowledge, this was a general threat and not directed at the film or the artist,” a TIFF festival spokesperson said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
The Grammy-winning artist finally took the stage at Roy Thomson Hall to introduce directors Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel’s film after signing Montero Hill, aka Lil Nas Long live Montero tour on camera in which he discusses his career and his tenacity and drive to secure success in the pop world.
Lil Nas Montero, and is produced by RadicalMedia, in association with Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia Records and Museum & Crane.
The Toronto Film Festival runs until September 17.