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ARTS, CREATIVITY AND POP CULTURE ON DISPLAY IN HOT DOCS’ NEXT PROGRAM

SCREENING EVENT TO TAKE PLACE WITH LIVE IMPROVISED SCORE

For immediate release

Toronto, March 23, 2010 – After a successful launch in 2008, Hot Docs is pleased to announce the return of Next, a program that delves into the world the arts, creativity and pop culture. Next will bring to the spotlight such fascinating artists as iconic photographer Anton Corbijn, best-selling crime writer-cum-convicted criminal Anne Perry, raunchy and real comedian Bill Hicks, indie-rock curmudgeon Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, and the “Socalled” love child of Woody Allen and Lil Wayne, and will take audiences to such seminal eras as the grunge movement in the early 1990s and New York City’s Lower East Side in the late 1970s.

Of the 19 films screening as part of Next, 14 are feature-length, one is mid-length and four are shorts. One title will receive its world premiere, six their international premiere, two their North American premiere, seven their Canadian premiere, and two their Toronto premiere.

Next will feature a special screening of NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT: GROS MORNE at the Drake Underground on Monday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. Directed by Ryan J. Noth and filmed by master cinematographer Peter Mettler, the work will be projected onto three screens with a live improvised electronic score by Sandro Perri and guests.

Next screening times and film descriptions appear below. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance for post-screening discussions.

Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham presents
1991 THE YEAR PUNK BROKE
D: David Markey | USA | 1991 | 99 min

Fucked Up’s Damian Ford Abraham will introduce “the most important film I ever saw,” Dave Markey’s seminal tour doc which follows Sonic Youth on their 1991 European Tour, also with Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr. and others.

Saturday, May 1
11:59 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY
D: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas | UK | 103 min | Canadian Premiere

Hilarious and troubling, this retrospective chronicles the rocky road to fame of a comedian who believed that his raunchy thought-provoking comedy could change the world; the self-proclaimed “Chomsky with dick jokes”, Bill Hicks.

Screening with
DOCK ELLIS & THE LSD NO-NO
D: James Blagden | USA | 5 min | International Premiere

Thursday, May 6
7:15 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Saturday, May 8
6:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

ANNE PERRY - INTERIORS
D: Dana Linkiewicz | Germany | 70 min | Toronto Premiere

Best-selling crime writer Anne Perry knows grizzly murder all too well. Convicted for her role in the murder dramatized in the film Heavenly Creatures, Perry allows cameras into her home, exposing her writing process and unexpected burdens of her guilt.

Screening with
NOTES ON THE OTHER
D: Sergio Oksman | Spain | 13 min | Canadian Premiere

Saturday, May 1
2:15 p.m.
ROM Theatre

Friday, May 7
2:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

BLANK CITY
D: Celine Danhier | USA | 94 min | Canadian Premiere

A rollicking recollection of a cultural rebellion, BLANK CITY recounts how the artistic denizens of the Lower East Side in late 1970s New York spawned what came to be known as “independent film”.

Wednesday, May 5
9:45 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Saturday, May 8
9:45 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

COMPLAINTS CHOIR
D: Ada Bligaard Søby | Denmark, Finland, USA | 60 min | International Premiere

“Why do trains always smell like pee?” Everyday complaints form the lyrics of a unique choral project, giving voice to stressed people around the world and hitting some unexpected notes in this melodious social critique.

Screening with
THE FABULOUS FIFF AND FAM
D: Solveig Melkeraaen | Norway | 29 min | International Premiere

Wednesday, May 5
9:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Thursday, May 6
4:30 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

A DRUMMER’S DREAM
D: John Walker | Canada | 84 min | World Premiere

Seven world-renowned master drummers – including Dennis Chambers and Giovanni Hidalgo – blow the roof off a barn in Ontario’s remote cottage country when they gather to teach and end up delivering performances that lift the spirit with pure joy and exhilaration.

Friday, May 7
10:00 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Sunday, May 9
1:30 p.m.
Royal Cinema

NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT: GROS MORNE
D: Ryan J. Noth | Canada | 43 min | Toronto Premiere

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous wilderness of Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park – filmed in all its magnificence and minutiae by master cinematographer Peter Mettler – projected onto three screens with a live improvised electronic score.

Mon, May 3
7:00 p.m.
Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West

SHADOWPLAY
D: Josh Whiteman | Australia | 90 min | Canadian Premiere

Photographer Anton Corbijn transforms stars into icons. Music’s glitterati – from Bono to the late Kurt Cobain – share their thoughts on his shots, but it’s the candid footage of Corbijn directing his first feature, Control, that truly reveals the man behind the lens.

Friday, May 7
9:15 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

Sunday, May 9
1:00 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

THE “SOCALLED” MOVIE
D: Garry Beitel | Canada | 90 min | Canadian Premiere

If Woody Allen and Lil Wayne had a love child it would be Josh Dolgin, a.k.a. Socalled. Hip-hop meets klezmer music in this kaleidoscopic portrait of the unstoppable gay musician, magician, songwriter, visual artist, and filmmaker.

Sunday, May 2
9:15 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

Tuesday, May 4
11:30 a.m.
ROM Theatre

STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
D: Kerthy Fix, Gail O’Hara | USA | 84 min | Canadian Premiere

Shot over 10 years, this captivating film delves into the unusual world of misanthropic genius Stephin Merritt, a notorious indie-rock curmudgeon who’s also lauded as the Cole Porter of independent music.

Thursday, May 6
6:30 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

Friday, May 7
11:59 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

VIEWS ON VERMEER - 12 SHORT STORIES
D: Hans Pool | Netherlands | 69 min | International Premiere

What does a Scarlett Johansson film, one of the last photos of the Twin Towers, and Steve Wynn all share? Each is inspired by 17th century painter Johannes Vermeer. Experts and the obsessed discuss the master’s influence over modernity.

Friday, May 7
7:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Sunday, May 9
11:30 a.m.
ROM Theatre

WE DON’T CARE ABOUT MUSIC ANYWAY
D: Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz | France | 80 min | Canadian Premiere

The line separating music and noise is blurred in this showcase of Tokyo’s explosive avant-garde music scene. From radical turntablism to a simple, amplified heartbeat, sound collides with image to offer a frenetic montage of the cityscape.

Tuesday, May 4
9:45 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Thursday, May 6
11:30 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

WHAT’S IN A NAME
D: Eva Küpper | Belgium | 75 min | International Premiere

A riveting portrait of Jon Cory, a charismatic NYC body-art performer whose raw and provocative acts – and their meticulous preparations – challenge society’s limited views on gender.

Screening with
THE JONESES
D: Moby Longinotto | UK | 13 min | International Premiere

Thursday, May 6
9:15 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Sunday, May 9
4:15 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

THE WOMAN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS
D: Vadim Jendreyko | Switzerland, Germany | 93 min | North American Premiere

Great writers create text that moves; great translators inhabit that movement. At 85, Swetlana Geier is the leading translator of Dostoyevsky into German. Inexhaustible and independent, she weaves stories that unlock the secrets of her craft.

Friday, Apr 30
7:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Sunday, May 2
1:30 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B.
D: Alexander Nanau | Romania | 61 min | North American Premiere

Ion Bârl?deanu has been creating provocative collages in a cultural vacuum for decades. Discovered living on the streets of Bucharest, the 62-year-old outsider is suddenly thrust into the art mainstream, his work drawing breathless comparisons to Warhol.

Friday, Apr 30
7:15 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

Sunday, May 2
1:45 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

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Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 29 to May 9, 2010, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions, market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 and 6, and The Doc Shop.

The Hot Docs documentary Box Office (55 Avenue Road, 2 blocks north of Bloor St. W., lower level of Hazelton Lanes) is open for advance ticket and pass sales. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at www.hotdocs.ca, or by phone at 416-637-5150. Single tickets to screenings are $12 each. Late night screenings (after 11 p.m.) are $5 each or $10 for an All-You-Can-Eat Late Night Pass (one ticket to each screening). A Festival Pass (10 tickets) is $98 and a Premium Pass (one ticket to every screening, excluding those running concurrently) is $180 ($300 for two passes). Free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. are available for students and seniors (subject to availability) with valid photo ID at the venue box offices on the day of the screening.

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