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HOT DOCS AND GLOBAL VISIONS FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH DOC SOUP SCREENING SERIES IN EDMONTON

CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL CINEMAS PARTNER IN RETURNING DOC SOUP TO CALGARY AND VANCOUVER FOR SECOND YEAR

Toronto, September 23, 2009 - After successful launches in Vancouver and Calgary last fall, Hot Docs is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Global Visions Film Festival to launch its immensely popular Doc Soup screening series in Edmonton this December.

“We’re proud to be working with such dynamic partners and sharing these groundbreaking films with audiences across the country,” says Chris McDonald, executive director of Hot Docs. “Global Visions has developed a loyal following in Edmonton over the past 28 years, and we know they’ll embrace Doc Soup as audiences in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary have done.”

Launched in 2001, Hot Docs’ monthly Doc Soup screenings have become must-attend events for Toronto’s film-loving public. Running October to April, the series showcases the latest Canadian and international documentaries, and has premiered for Toronto audiences such notable Academy Award-nominated films as CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS (2003), JESUS CAMP (2006), NO END IN SIGHT (2007) and TROUBLE THE WATER (2008). As an added bonus, guest directors are in attendance at select screenings to introduce their films and engage in post-screening Q & A sessions with audiences. With well over 1000 subscribers and hundreds more single ticket buyers, Doc Soup screenings regularly sell out. In 2008, Hot Docs and its partners successfully launched the Doc Soup series in Calgary and Vancouver.

Films selected for each city’s Doc Soup series will be premieres in those markets and guest directors will also be present at select screenings. Films will be programmed by Sean Farnel, Hot Docs’ Director of Programming, and his team, in consultation with local partners. To ensure the best available selection, Doc Soup films are programmed and announced a month prior to their screenings.

Toronto’s Doc Soup will launch its eighth season in October. Screenings will take place at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West. Screening dates are: October 21, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17 and April 14. Just announced: Toronto’s Doc Soup will launch with the Canadian premiere of R.J. Cutler’s THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, the story of legendary editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors as they create the single largest issue of a magazine ever published – the nearly five pound September 2007 issue of Vogue.

Calgary’s Doc Soup, presented with the Calgary International Film Festival, will run from November to April. Screenings will take place at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade, S.W. Screening dates are: November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3 and April 7.

Edmonton’s Doc Soup, presented with the Global Visions Film Festival, will run from December to May. Screenings will take place at Metro Cinema, Zeidler Hall in the Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Avenue. Screening dates are: December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6. Subscriptions to Doc Soup Edmonton go on sale in early October.

Vancouver’s Doc Soup, presented with new partner Festival Cinemas, will run from November to April. Screenings have moved to a new location for 2009-2010, the Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street. Screening dates are: November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18 and April 15.

Subscription information for each Doc Soup series is currently available at [www.docsoup.ca](http://www.docsoup.ca]. Limited quantities are available. Single tickets will also be sold for Doc Soup screenings in each city, subject to availability.

Hot Docs is pleased to acknowledge Citytv as the Presenting Partner of the Doc Soup series.

Toronto’s Doc Soup series is sponsored by Rogers.

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Hot Docs
Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 17th annual edition from April 29 – May 9, 2010. 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 Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 & 6, and The Doc Shop. For more information please visit www.hotdocs.ca.

Calgary International Film Festival
Founded in 1998, the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization based in Alberta, Canada. Inspired by the pioneering spirit and maverick ideals of the community, CIFF showcases films that break traditional boundaries and forge new cinematic ground. CIFF celebrates an unparalleled breadth and depth of cultural diversity through the meaningful, accessible, and artistic medium of film and engages thousands of artists to showcase the best films from filmmakers in over 100 countries around the world. CIFF is held annually at the end of September, screening over 200 films and hosting several gala events, awards, and special presentations. For more information visit www.calgaryfilm.com.

Global Visions Film Festival
The Global Visions Film Festival (GVFF), Canada’s longest running documentary film festival, is proud to be the newest addition to the Doc Soup family. Each year GVFF programs the finest Canadian and international documentaries that combine excellence in the art of storytelling with a passion to inform, intrigue, amuse, enrage and inspire. GVFF 2009 runs November 5-8 in Edmonton’s Downtown Arts District. In addition to screening groundbreaking films, GVFF hosts public forums, Q & As with filmmakers and the popular Youth Media Arts Day. Join us as we celebrate the passion of film, and the diversity, joy and responsibility of being a global citizen. Visit www.globalvisionsfestival.com.

Festival Cinemas
Festival Cinemas are a family of independently owned and operated cinemas in Vancouver consisting of The Park Theatre, The Ridge Theatre and Fifth Avenue Cinemas. Festival Cinemas started with the Ridge Theatre in 1978 and, in its history, has also operated the Vancouver East Cinema, the Varsity Theatre and the Starlight Cinema. Leonard Schein, the president of Festival Cinemas, also founded the Vancouver International Film Festival. Visit Festival Cinemas’ website at www.festivalcinemas.ca.

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