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HOT DOCS SHOWCASES THE TALENT OF YOUNG FILMMAKERS WITH DOC IT!

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce the titles chosen for this year’s Doc It! showcase, a 90-minute program of films created by youth reflecting their interests, perspectives and artistic choices through documentary filmmaking. Doc It! will present nine extraordinary films made by Canadian and international youths between 14 and 18 years old. Doc It! films are selected with input from young people and are eligible for juried prizes. The Doc It! showcase will screen at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the ROM Theatre.

Celebrating its fourth year, Doc It! continues to grow in popularity. This year saw a record number of submissions, nearly doubling last year’s record. Submissions were received from all over Canada and as far as New Orleans and California.

All films in the Doc It! showcase are eligible to win juried prizes.

Doc It! is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and though contributions by individual donors.

Films in this year’s Doc It! showcase are listed below.

4 FOR THE FUTURE
D: Dylan Dyson, Canada, 9:58 min

This doc features four high school students from London, Ontario who travel to Italy to take part in the J8 and G8 summits in the summer of 2009. The film follows the students’ journey, submitting their entry, participation, and experiences.

BEING PARKOUR
D: Hamish Lambert, Canada, 5:16 min

Parkour is often defined as “the art of movement.” For many, however, parkour is more than just a sport—it’s a way of life. Being Parkour explores what the activity means to members of the Halifax Parkour Community.

FOOD FIGHT
D: Savannah O’Leary, Canada, 9:26 min

Exploring the concept of genetically modified foods, the documentary discusses the controversy surrounding this new scientific practice.

GAME ON
D: Jonathan Andrade, Canada, 8:33 min

Two Grade 10 boys unite to prove their teacher wrong. When, due to late-night gaming, the boys start missing classes and falling behind on their documentary assignment (ironically titled Video Game Addiction), their teacher challenges them to give up video games for two weeks.

GOING FOR GOLD
D: Peter and Julien Locke, Canada, 5:12 min

Made for the Olympic torch relay in Nelson, British Columbia, the film features three 10- and 11-year-old athletes in biathlon, figure skating, and downhill ski racing. The youths talk about challenges with their sports and why they want to compete in the Olympics.

MY GRANDMOTHER’S SUITCASE
D: Riley Weyman, Canada, 10:43 min

The film follows Vanna Weyman through an exploration of the photos she finds in her mother’s suitcase. Through the photos, we watch as Vanna tells the story of her unusual upbringing and sheds light on what it’s like getting old.

SHIZOKA-PEACEFUL
D: Kaelan Doyle-Myerscough, Canada, 4:13 min

An inside look at Sanko, the popular family-owned Japanese grocery store on Queen Street West in Toronto. The film focuses on the store’s peaceful atmosphere and family bonds. The filmmaker, in voice-over, reflects on these in relation to her own life and experiences.

SKIPPING STONE: A DOCUMENTARY
D: Laura Orozco, Shaya Mulcahy, Canada, 9:58 min

Skipping Stone is the story of a family as they come to terms with having a parent with an acquired brain injury. It’s filmed from the point of view of a daughter as she watches her father’s recovery process.

STUNTWOOD
D: Chris Johnston, Canada, 9:49 min

Stuntwood is a personal film about skateboarding that covers how skateboarding makes the filmmaker feel, how it’s viewed in the community, and how it deserves more recognition as a sport. Includes clips of local skateboarders.

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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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