HOT DOCS SEES RETURN OF ROOFTOP DOCS AND SCREENS IN NEW NEIGHBOURHOODS THROUGHOUT TORONTO
For immediate release
March 22, 2011 – Building upon the success of last year’s launch of Rooftop Docs, Hot Docs will once again mount a series of screenings on a downtown rooftop during this year’s Festival, April 28 to May 8. Hot Docs will also venture outside of the traditional Festival village and into venues in neighbourhoods where it has never shown films before. Hot Docs will screen films on the final weekend of the Festival at beloved Toronto cinemas Fox Theatre, The Regent and The Revue. Rooftop Docs screenings will take place Wednesday, May 4, to Friday, May 6, on the roof of 250 Adelaide Street West.
“Our rooftop screenings were one of the hottest tickets at last year’s Festival,” says Hot Docs managing director Brett Hendrie, “so we couldn’t resist bringing them back and experimenting with a new location. We also want Hot Docs to be as accessible as possible to the entire city, and are excited to partner with three great rep cinemas to bring Hot Docs screenings to neighbourhoods that normally don’t get visited by the dozens of Toronto film festivals.”
Rooftop Docs and satellite screenings are generously supported by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
Selections and screening times for Rooftop Docs appear below.
D: Jay Cheel | Canada | 90 min | Canadian Premiere
Before Tom Green, Jackass or YouTube, Cap’n Video (a.k.a. Ralph Zavadil) achieved minor celebrity with his zany cable-access television show. When one gag stands – and falls – above the rest, the world’s attention is drawn to his shocking stunts.
Screening with FAHRENHEIT 7-ELEVEN
D: Walter Forsberg | Canada | 14 min | World Premiere
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 7:30 PM, 250 ADELAIDE STREET WEST
WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING
D: Whitney Dow | USA | 85 min | International Premiere
This engrossing doc explores Haiti’s complex past and challenging present through the music of its most beloved band, Orchestre Septentrional. A rotating mix of Haiti’s finest musicians, the group has worked for six decades to preserve their national culture.
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 7:30 PM, 250 ADELAIDE STREET WEST
OLA SVENSSON SUPERSTAR
D: Stefan Berg | Sweden | 58 min | Canadian Premiere
Ola Salo, beloved frontman for Swedish glam-rock band the Ark, decides to take a year off. Swapping his trademark gold lamé and rock-god image for a run as the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar, Ola re-invents his life and career.
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 7:30 PM, 250 ADELAIDE STREET WEST
Selections and screening times for films showing at Fox Theatre, The Regent and The Revue appear below.
D: David York | Canada | 94 min | North American Premiere
The Alberta government and Big Oil brand convicted saboteur Wiebo Ludwig an eco-terrorist; he calls himself a devout Christian who is driven to defend his Trickle Creek community from the deadly effects of sour gas wells. You decide.
Screening with DANGER
D: Nemnemiss McKenzie, Langis Fortin | Canada | 4 min | Toronto Premiere
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 7:00 PM, THE REGENT
THE GUANTANAMO TRAP
D: Thomas Selim Wallner | Germany, Canada, Switzerland | 2011 | 90 min | North American Premiere
Follow four lives forever changed by the infamous U.S. detention camp, and witness the scars that remain as democratic values fade. Torture in its many insidious forms is described by perpetrators, whistleblowers, victims and their defenders.
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 9:30 PM, THE REGENT
D: Charles Officer | Canada | 83 min | Toronto Premiere
Race, national pride and tragic misfortune shape the story of 1960s track star Harry Jerome, one of Canada ‘s finest and fastest athletes. In Charles Officer’s feature doc debut, fantastic soul music, rare footage and compelling reenactments illuminate Jerome’s remarkable career.
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 4:30 PM, THE REVUE
D: Matt Gallagher | Canada | 75 min | World Premiere
A colourful cast of professional poker players lays their cards on the table in this high-stakes journey through their often bizarre world of Toronto’s underground clubs, online gambling sites and Vegas tournaments.
Screening with CHANCE ENCOUNTERS
D: Justin Colautti | Canada | 10 min | World Premiere
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 6:30 PM, FOX THEATRE
D: Patrick Reed | Canada | 80 min | Canadian Premiere
Can a soap opera save a country? Kenyans scramble to produce a taboo-breaking TV series about an ethnically diverse soccer team, hoping to capture an audience and unite a nation teetering on the brink of conflict.
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 7:00 PM, REVUE CINEMA
THE PIRATE TAPES
D: Matvei Zhivov, Roger Singh, Andrew Moniz, Rock Baijnauth | Canada | 72 min | World Premiere
In this riveting tale of danger, politics and international intrigue, a Somali-Canadian journalist risks his life to infiltrate a Somali pirate cell. His hidden camera footage is woven with insights into the complex causes that turned ordinary fishermen into marauders.
Screening with ONLY SKY & WATER
D: Tamara Scherbak | Canada | 4 min | World Premiere
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 9:00 PM, FOX THEATRE
Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 28 to May 8, 2011, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of over 190 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 Hot Docs Forum, May 4 and 5, and The Doc Shop.
The Hot Docs documentary Box Office, newly located at 131 Bloor Street West, 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 $14 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, a Bloor Cinema All Access Pass is $120, a Premium Pass (one ticket to every screening, excluding those running concurrently) is $190, and a Premium Pass for Two is $300. Free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. are available for seniors (60+) and students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices on the day of the screening (subject to availability).
FILM STILLS AVAILABLE
Media Download Site: http://www.hotdocs.ca/media/media_download_centre
Hot Docs is proud to include Scotiabank Group, Rogers Group of Funds, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners.
V Kelly & Associates