Rooftop Docs: Beauty Day
Hot Docs’ open-air screening program returns! Join us on a downtown rooftop for music, drinks and fantastic films. DJed by Ruby Ashtar. Doors open at 7:30 pm and screenings start at sunset. Admission is restricted to those 19 years of age or older.
What motivates someone to snort eggs through their nostrils, ski off a rooftop or attempt to remove a swimming pool cover through the most reckless method imaginable? Welcome to the mind of Ralph Zavadil, better known by his fans as Cap’n Video. Years before Jackass and the YouTube era of instant fame, Zavadil’s 1990s cable access TV show brought him notoriety—but the self-produced program was abruptly cancelled after an unfortunate Easter stunt involving chocolate, an obese rabbit and cute puppies. Over a decade has passed since that doomed skit, and Cap’n Video is eager to don his specialized lightning helmet one more time. Blending vintage video footage of Zavadil’s stunts with his present attempts to stage an anniversary special, Jay Cheel delivers a Herzog-inspired adventure of a pioneer living life on the edge, filled with humour, heart and its share of bodily fluids. Alex Rogalski
On a fateful night in 1985, Burton Cummings of The Guess Who fame entered a 7/11, and left bloodied and battered, scorning his hometown as ‘Negativipeg.’ This urban legend is retold by an eclectic group of Winnipeg residents, participating in dramatic re-enactments that bring humour and hubris to a city that is its own worst enemy. Part One of the Burton Cycle is pure Winnipeg folklore. Alex Rogalski