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NOVEMBER’S DOC SOUP BRINGS AWARD-WINNING OCTOBER COUNTRY TO TORONTO

FILMMAKERS MICHAEL PALMIERI AND DONAL MOSHER IN ATTENDANCE

Toronto, October 27, 2009 - Hot Docs is pleased to announce that the November installment of the Doc Soup monthly screening series will feature OCTOBER COUNTRY (USA, 80 MIN), a universal story of family struggle directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film honourees). Winner of the Sterling U.S. Feature Award at Silverdocs and recently nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, OCTOBER COUNTRY has been called “something special… visually seductive, conceptually concise” by Filmmaker Magazine and “moody, amusing, stunningly filmed and riveting” by The Huffington Post. OCTOBER COUNTRY will screen on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West.

Every family has its ghosts - some metaphorical, some literal. The Mosher family has more than most. The haunting multi-generational story of a working class family in Herkimer, New York, OCTOBER COUNTRY follows the Moshers from one Halloween to the next, crafting an intimate family portrait that is at once unique and yet wholly definitive of the struggles of America’s working poor. A vibrant, socially conscious documentary that unearths the violence that lurks beneath the surface of American life, OCTOBER COUNTRY touches on issues of war, poverty, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse, and shares the compelling stories of individuals as they grapple with forces that tear at their relationships and homes.

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Select subscription packages for Toronto’s Doc Soup are still available for purchase. Single tickets for OCTOBER COUNTRY are $12 and can be purchased in advance at www.hotdocs.ca or at the door on the night of the screening (subject to availability). A limited number of free tickets for the 9:15 p.m. screening will be available to students with proper ID (subject to availability) at the door, on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17 and April 14. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.

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

Doc Soup Toronto is sponsored by Rogers.

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