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BELL MEDIA BEST OF HOT DOCS TO SCREEN JUNE 12-16 AT VANCOUVER’S VANCITY THEATRE

Toronto, May 21, 2015 – The Vancouver International Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival are pleased to announce the return of the Bell Media Best of Hot Docs, a selection of documentary screenings taking place from June 12-16 at Vancouver’s Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street. The Bell Media Best of Hot Docs will celebrate the Vancouver premieres of ten outstanding films from this year’s Hot Docs lineup.

Screening times and descriptions for the Best of Hot Docs selections appear below.

Friday, June 12 at 6:30 PM
FOR GRACE
D: Kevin Pang, Mark Helenowski | USA | 2015 | 93 min

“Essential.” – Toronto Film Scene

From inspiration to opening night, For Grace follows renowned American chef Curtis Duffy as he strives to overcome adversity in his personal life to build his dream restaurant.

Friday, June 12 at 8:30 PM
ROLLING PAPERS
D: Mitch Dickman | USA | 2015 | 79 min

“Incredible energy.” – Scene Creek

When Colorado legalized marijuana, the Denver Post hired the world’s first marijuana editor. Sit back as he and his pot reviewers, “high” mommy bloggers and grass-preneurs roll establishment and counter-cultures into a strange new canni-business.

Friday, June 12 at 10:30 PM (repeats Saturday, June 13 at 10:30 PM)
LIVE FROM NEW YORK!
D: Bao Nguyen | USA | 2015 | 90 min

“Fun and informative.” – Toronto Film Scene

Lorne Michaels couldn’t have guessed that his little sketch comedy experiment would become America’s highest temple of comedy. Saturday Night Live alumni Chase, Curtain, Newman, Samberg, Poehler and countless more, reflect on 40 years of television magic.

Saturday, June 13 at 4:00 PM (repeats Tuesday, June 16 at 8:30 PM)
UNBRANDED
D: Phillip Baribeau | USA | 2015 | 105 min

Winner, Vimeo On Demand Audience Award, Hot Docs 2015
“Spectacular cinematography.” – Twitch Film

Four young men embark upon an adventure of a lifetime. Traversing desert to mountain, they ride over 3000 miles from Mexico to Canada on adopted wild mustangs—a journey once a reality for western frontiersmen.

Saturday, June 13 at 6:30 PM
SPEED SISTERS
D: Amber Fares | Palestine, USA, Qatar, Denmark, UK, Canada | 2015 | 80 min

“An inspiring, lively story.” – Scene Creek

Bold and fearless, the first all-female car racing team in the Middle East is burning rubber and tearing up tracks all over Palestine as they defy the odds and shatter stereotypes of Arab women.

Saturday, June 13 at 8:30 PM
THE BARKLEY MARATHONS: THE RACE THAT EATS ITS YOUNG
D: Timothy Kane, Annika Iltis | USA | 2014 | 90 min

“Captivating and thrilling.” – Exclaim!

With a secret application process, unknown start time and an ever-changing course, each year the Barkley Marathons tempt runners to rural Tennessee to test their limits in a gruelling trail race that’s seen only 10 competitors finish in 25 years.

Sunday, June 14 at 6:00 PM
AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 CONCERTS
D: Heddy Honigmann | Netherlands | 2014 | 94 min

“A magnificent tapestry of sounds and images.” – Variety

Award-winning documentary veteran Heddy Honigmann follows Netherlands’ prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on an astounding musical journey as they perform 50 concerts on six continents to celebrate their 125th anniversary. With stunning passion and intellect, the masters perform and discuss their music.

Sunday, June 14 at 8:00 PM
JESUS TOWN USA
D: Julian Pinder, Billie Mintz | Canada, USA | 2014 | 80 min

“Cheekily entertaining.” – The Globe and Mail

In this cinematically stylish comedy, the Wichita foothills stand in for Jerusalem as a small Christian community that has re-enacted Christ’s Passion for 88 years grapples with the news that the paperboy playing Jesus is a Buddhist.

Monday, June 15 at 6:30 PM
HELP US FIND SUNIL TRIPATHI
D: Neal Broffman | USA | 2014 | 75 min

“Eye-opening.” – POV Magazine

The potential and perils of online vigilantism and crowdsourcing are starkly realized for a family searching for their missing son, when the theory that he is a terrorist behind the Boston Marathon bombings goes viral.

Monday, June 15 at 8:30 PM (repeats Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 PM)
THE WOLFPACK
D: Crystal Moselle | USA | 2014 | 86 min

“Fascinating.” – NOW Magazine

Obsessively kept from the outside world by their father in a Manhattan apartment, six remarkable teenage brothers grow up inhabiting a world entirely shaped by movies, but newfound freedom offers a reality much different than what they imagined.

A 3-Pack ticket package is only $27. Single tickets are $12 each. Tickets and ticket packages go on sale on Saturday, May 23, and can be purchased at the Vancity Theatre box office (1181 Seymour Street) or online at www.viff.org.

The Bell Media Best of Hot Docs is generously supported by presenting partner Bell Media, sponsor Rogers Group of Funds and media sponsor The Georgia Straight.

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Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, presented its 22nd annual edition from April 23–May 3, 2015. Outstanding selections of 210 documentaries from Canada and around the world were presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs also mounted a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

Hot Docs is proud to include Scotiabank as its Presenting Platinum Partner, Bell Media, documentary Channel, and Rogers Group of Funds as its Presenting Partners, and Telefilm Canada and the Government of Ontario as its Major Supporters. The 2015 Festival chose green electricity with Bullfrog Power.

Every year the Vancouver International Film Festival (www.VIFF.org) hosts one of the largest cultural events in the country. Over 140,000 attendees enjoy this annual celebration of film. VIFF also mounts the annual VIFF Industry Conference, the largest event of its kind in western Canada. Year-round, VIFF operates the luxurious Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre where some of the best festival-style films from around the world are screened to enthusiastic audiences.

Media Contacts:

Laine Slater, Vancity Theatre
Email: laine.slater@viff.org
Phone: 604-685-0260 x809

Patrycja Cieniewicz, Hot Docs
Email: pcieniewicz@hotdocs.ca
Phone: 416-203-2155 x292

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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