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Toronto, October 6, 2011 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that November’s Doc Soup will screen the Toronto premiere of PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE (D: Jonathan Lee, USA, 83 minutes), the first documentary about Paul Goodman, the late social critic, poet, and philosopher of education. Called “striking…seductive appeal and lively sense of humour” by Variety, PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE will screen on Wednesday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Advance tickets are now available for purchase online at Filmmaker Jonathan Lee will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.

Born in New York City in 1911, Goodman laboured in obscurity as a writer and freelance intellectual until 1960 when the publication of Growing Up Absurd made him famous and a significant moral force of the times. His unabashed frankness about his bisexuality was costly to his career and reputation, yet it won him the admiration of some of the activists who created the modern gay rights movement. PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE tells the biographical story of Goodman’s life through interviews with family, friends, peers, and activists, and is interwoven with archival footage rare photographs.

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Select subscription packages for Toronto’s Doc Soup are still available for purchase. Single tickets for PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE are $14 and can be purchased in advance at 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 7, January 4, February 1, March 7 and April 4. 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 Group of Funds and Ford.


Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 19th annual edition from April 26 – May 6, 2012. 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 Hot Docs Forum and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the recently acquired Bloor Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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