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Toronto, February 15, 2012 – The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is pleased to unveil the dynamic programming slate for its opening months of operation. The century-old cinema, newly renovated by Toronto-based film company Blue Ice Group, is operated and programmed by Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Programmed monthly, the schedule features limited engagements of recent critically acclaimed films from around the world, themed documentary programs, and weekly showcases of classic documentaries and fiction titles.

“For our first months’ programming we thought it was essential to highlight the incredible range of documentary genres and subjects that filmmakers are exploring,” says Robin Smith, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema programmer. “There really is something for everyone, and we’re looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming audiences back, especially our neighbours in the Annex who have been such loyal supporters of the Cinema.”

After an opening week that will include free public open-house screenings of Lucy Walker’s WASTE LAND (March 12 and 13), and grand-opening screenings for invited audiences, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema’s scheduled public programming commences on Friday, March 16.

Films with featured theatrical runs in March and April include: Alex Stapleton’s CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL (March 16 - 21), a star-studded tribute to Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director-producer and his cult-film empire; Constance Marks and Philip Shane’s BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY (March 16 - 21), the heart-warming story of Kevin Clash, the shy puppeteer behind everyone’s favourite Muppet; Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER (March 27 - 29), a definitive cinematic foray into the world of the iconic design team; Errol Morris’ TABLOID (March 27 - 29), a funny, strange, and disturbing portrayal of a woman whose deluded romantic obsessions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety; Henry Corra’s THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN (March 30 - April 5, select dates), the mysterious story of the disappearance of an army private on the battlefields of Vietnam; Thomas Wallner’s THE GUANTANAMO TRAP (March 30 - April 5, select dates), a provocative exploration of the impact of the gross injustices suffered by those at the controversial military prison; Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s FIGHTVILLE (April 6 - 12), a look at the struggles of two up-and-coming fighters in the gruelling world of mixed martial arts; Xun Yu’s THE VANISHING SPRING LIGHT (April 6 - 12, select dates), which reveals the effects of rapid modernization on a traditional Chinese family and its matriarch; David Redmon and Ashley Sabin’s GIRL MODEL (April 13 - 18), which exposes the harsh side of international modelling through the stories of two young girls; Dmitry Vasyukov and Werner Herzog’s HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA (April 13 - 19), a picturesque documentary about the life of the indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga; Jeanie Finlay’s SOUND IT OUT (April 20 - 25, select dates), a funny and intimate portrait of the last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England; and Joel Heath’s PEOPLE OF A FEATHER (April 20 - 24), a visually stunning journey into the remote world of the Belcher Islands Inuit people.

For many above-mentioned films, directors and other special guests will be in attendance on select dates for post-screening audience discussions. Additionally, complementary programming for select titles has been scheduled, including Retrospect – Roger Corman, featuring three of the director’s cult fiction titles.

Every Saturday afternoon Essential Docs showcases some of the best documentaries of all time. March and April will feature: Ross McElwee’s SHERMAN’S MARCH (1986); Werner Herzog’s GRIZZLY MAN (2005); Errol Morris’ THE THIN BLUE LINE (1988); Leon Gast’s WHEN WE WERE KINGS (1996); Allan King’s A MARRIED COUPLE (1969); and Ron Mann’s COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL (1988).

On select Sunday afternoons starting in April Back to the Bloor showcases classic fiction films that helped define the Bloor Cinema in its popular rep years. April will feature: Terry Jones’ MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN (1979); Joel and Ethan Coen’s THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998); and Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH (1986).

Additional monthly themed programs include: Cinema Politica Presents, co-presented with the Montreal-based media arts network and dedicated to independent documentary film and video; Films on Film, which will feature documentaries on the art of filmmaking; Rock Docs (last Sunday and Monday of each month), which showcases new and classic music docs; and Sci-(Non)Fi (last Tuesday and Wednesday of each month), which allows non-fiction fans to explore the secrets of the universe.

In its first months of operation, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will also host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (March 23 - 25), and, in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, will host a special benefit screening of Lorenz Knauer’s JANE’S JOURNEY. Renowned environmentalist, primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall will be in attendance for a reception and post-screening audience Q&A.

Full schedule, including appearances by directors and special guests, can be found at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is located at 506 Bloor Street West.

Tickets for regular programming are now on sale at or by calling 416-637-3123. Tickets for regular screenings are $11 unless otherwise noted. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema memberships and discount cards are also available, which provide discounts on tickets and other benefits.


Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 19th annual edition from April 26 – May 6, 2012. An outstanding selection of 150+ documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum and The Doc Shop.

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema ( is an historic, century-old cinema located in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood. Operated and programmed by Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the 727-seat venue is a year-round home for first-run Canadian and international documentaries, as well as special documentary presentations and showcases, including the popular Doc Soup screening series. Continuing its longstanding role as a community cinema, it also hosts many of the city’s independent film festivals and offers audiences some repertory and specialized fiction film programming. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is a joint Blue Ice Group-Hot Docs project.

Media Contact for Hot Docs:
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Phone: 416-466-9799

Media Contact for Bloor Hot Docs Cinema:
Heather Belot
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Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Phone: 416-203-2155 ext. 284

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