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Rooftop Docs

Hot Docs, in partnership with Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films, will celebrate springtime in Toronto by presenting three special open-air screenings in its new Rooftop Docs series during this year’s Festival. Hot Docs and Rooftop Films will take over the top tier of the Citipark Cumberland Garage in downtown Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood on the nights of Thursday, May 6 to Saturday, May 8, presenting three evenings of film screenings and live music, and offering locally brewed pilsner courtesy of Steamwhistle Breweries and free popcorn courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

D: Meghan Eckman | USA | 84 min
Thursday, May 6, at 8:00 p.m.

Long stretches of tedium punctuated by brief moments of “F*ck you, buddy!” - that’s life at the Corner Parking Lot. A hilarious look at the ragtag crew of over-educated misfits that you trust with your keys.

Pre-show musical performance by Elvis Bosa Nova!.


D: Jeff Malmberg?USA?83 min
Friday, May 7, at 8:00 p.m.

Seeking solace after a brutal beating, Mark Hogencamp constructs a miniature WW II-era town in his backyard. But when his talent is discovered, the instant “artist” must choose between his fantasy life and the real world he’s carefully avoided.

Pre-show musical performance by Christine Bougie.


Rooftop Docs Shorts Program
Saturday, May 8, at 8:00 p.m.

ARSY-VERSY D: Miro Remo?Slovakia?23 min
DOCK ELLIS & THE LSD NO-NO D: James Blagden | USA | 5 min
THE FRESHWATER PLAGUE D: Jake Chirico | Canada |10 min
INUIT HIGH KICK D: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | Canada | 2 min
PETER IN RADIOLAND D: Johanna Wagner?Scotland?10 min
QUADRANGLE D: Amy Grappell | USA | 20 min
TIME’S UP D: Jan Peters, Marie-Catherine Theiler | Germany | 15 min

Pre-show musical performance by Ronley Teper’s Lipliners.


Rooftop Docs screenings will take place on the roof of Citipark Cumberland Garage, 148 Cumberland Street. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with live music and bar service starting at 8:00 p.m. Screenings will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets to each Rooftop Docs event are $12 and can be purchased at the Hot Docs documentary Box Office (Hazelton Lanes, 55 Avenue Road), by phone at 416.637.5150, or online.

For more information on Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films, visit

Funding for Rooftop Docs is provided by the Government of Ontario.

Important Festival Dates

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Documentary Organization of Canada
POV Magazine

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