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Toronto, April 14, 2010 – Hot Docs, in partnership with Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films, will celebrate springtime in Toronto by presenting three special open-air screenings in its new Rooftop Docs series during this year’s Festival, taking place April 29 to May 9. Hot Docs and Rooftop Films will take over the top tier of the Citipark Cumberland Garage in downtown Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood on the nights of Thursday, May 6, to Saturday, May 8, presenting film screenings and live music, and offering locally brewed pilsner courtesy of Steamwhistle Breweries and free popcorn courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

“Rooftop Docs presents a new and exciting viewing experience for our audiences, offering more opportunities to meet and socialize with one another,” says Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald. “The outdoor screenings we’ve attended at other festivals are always a thrill. Docs, drinks and popcorn under the stars – what could be better?”

Rooftop Docs titles and screening times appear below:

THE PARKING LOT MOVIE D: Meghan Eckman | USA | 84 min
Long stretches of tedium punctuated by brief moments of “F*ck you, buddy!” - that’s life at the Corner Parking Lot. A hilarious look at the ragtag crew of over-educated misfits that you trust with your keys.

Thursday, May 6 8:00 p.m.

MARWENCOL D: Jeff Malmberg?USA?83 min
Seeking solace after a brutal beating, Mark Hogencamp constructs a miniature WW II-era town in his backyard. But when his talent is discovered, the instant “artist” must choose between his fantasy life and the real world he’s carefully avoided.

Friday, May 7 8:00 p.m.

Rooftop Docs Shorts Program
ARSY-VERSY D: Miro Remo?Slovakia?23 min
DOCK ELLIS & THE LSD NO-NO D: James Blagden | USA | 5 min
THE FRESHWATER PLAGUE D: Jake Chirico | Canada |10 min
INUIT HIGH KICK D: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | Canada | 2 min
PETER IN RADIOLAND D: Johanna Wagner?Scotland?10 min
QUADRANGLE D: Amy Grappell | USA | 20 min
TIME’S UP D: Jan Peters, Marie-Catherine Theiler | Germany | 15 min

Saturday, May 8 8:00 p.m.

Rooftop Docs screenings will take place on the roof of Citipark Cumberland Garage, 148 Cumberland Street. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with live music and bar service starting at 8:00 p.m. Screenings will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets to each Rooftop Docs event are $12 and can be purchased at the Hot Docs documentary Box Office (Hazelton Lanes, 55 Avenue Road), by phone at 416-637-5150, or online at

Funding for Rooftop Docs is provided by the Government of Ontario.


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, 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.

Hot Docs is proud to include Rogers, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners, with special support from the Government of Ontario.

Media Contact:
Virginia Kelly
V Kelly & Associates
Phone: 416-466-9799

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