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TIFF Doc Conference September 9 & 10 – Save Money

TIFF Doc Conference returns for its sixth year, fostering career development and networking. The event runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. over two days, featuring speakers Michael Moore, Joshua Oppenheimer, Alanis Obomsawin, Ramin Bahrani and Astra Taylor; plus presentations by Netflix, ESPN Films, Conde Nast, VHX and the New York Times; a report on the Hot Docs Audience Survey results; and much more. Each day concludes with a reception.

TIFF will extend its early bird rate of $165 (covering both days) if you request the “Hot Docs Special.” That’s a savings of $80 off the onsite price!

To take advantage, register onsite between September 2 - 8 (9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) at the Industry Centre, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mezzanine Level, 370 King Street West. You can also register on the day of the event at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St W.

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   Posted: Wed, August 27, 2014 - 12:56 | #

MARMATO to Open Doc Soup Toronto Season

Doc Soup Toronto’s 2014-15 season will open with the Toronto premiere of MARMATO, winner of the 2014 Candescent Award presented at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It is the vivid story of the residents of Marmato, a historic Colombian mining town, who must confront the Canadian mining company that wants the $20 billion in gold beneath their homes.

MARMATO will screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, October 2, at 6:45 p.m. Director Mark Grieco will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.

Doc Soup subscriptions and advance tickets are available online.
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   Posted: Tue, August 26, 2014 - 6:49 | #

Hot Docs to Present Doc Audience Study at TIFF

At the 2014 TIFF Doc Conference, Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw will reveal the results of a major survey on documentary viewing habits in Canada. LEARNING FROM DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCES: A MARKET RESEARCH STUDY draws data from thousands of completed surveys and a five-city focus group tour. Discover the key takeaways that can help inform filmmaker, distributor and exhibitor strategies. Commissioned by Hot Docs, the survey is supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board (NFB) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF).

Session Date: September 10, 2014
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   Posted: Tue, August 26, 2014 - 6:46 | #

Congratulations to Hot Docs Forum Alumni Premiering at TIFF

Congratulations to the recent Hot Docs Forum projects screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, September 4-14.

THE PRICE WE PAY (D: Harold Crooks)
THE WANTED 18 (D: Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan)


   Posted: Tue, August 26, 2014 - 6:39 | #

Hot Docs Hits TIFF 2014 – Meet Staff at This Year’s Fest

A number of Hot Docs staff, including executive director Brett Hendrie, president Chris McDonald, director of programming Charlotte Cook, and industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw, will be in attendance at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 4 to 14.


   Posted: Tue, August 26, 2014 - 12:59 | #

Films Announced for Hot Docs Showcase 2014-15 Season

Hot Docs is pleased to announce the 2014-15 season of Hot Docs Showcase, a program that offers independent cinemas, film societies, student associations, museums, libraries and other non-traditional screening venues across Ontario access to a catalogue of recent, high-quality Canadian and international documentary films. The 18 films specially selected by Hot Docs offer audiences unique viewing experiences through engaging and provocative true-life stories from around the globe.

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   Posted: Tue, August 19, 2014 - 4:03 | #

Hot Docs Releases New Documentary Impact Report

Hot Docs, Inspirit Foundation and Panicaro Foundation are pleased to release Documentary Impact: Social Change through Storytelling. The report examines the ways documentary film can drive social and cultural change, further elaborating on the ideas expressed during Docs Change People. People Change the World., a free public talk on the value of social impact documentaries held during the 2014 Hot Docs Festival.

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   Posted: Wed, August 13, 2014 - 3:10 | #

2014-15 Doc Soup Subscriptions Now On Sale

Subscriptions for the 2014-15 Doc Soup season are now on sale. From October through April, Hot Docs’ monthly screening series brings seven of the world’s hottest documentaries to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), with special guests at every screening. Subscribers also receive tickets for the 2015 Hot Docs Festival. Get yours today!

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   Posted: Tue, July 08, 2014 - 2:40 | #

The Globe and Mail Foreign Dispatches Returns to the Bloor

On July 16, The Globe and Mail Foreign Dispatches returns with MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE. An unsettling look at the banking industry, MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE explores the economic crisis and reveals a world of extreme income and merciless pressure. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with special guest Paul Waldie, the Report On Business editor for The Globe and Mail.

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   Posted: Tue, July 08, 2014 - 2:33 | #

Thanks for Making Best of Hot Docs Vancouver a Success

With packed screenings and some fascinating Q&As, the Best of Hot Docs weekend in Vancouver was a success! Thank you to our presenting partner City, sponsor Rogers Group of Funds, media sponsor The Georgia Straight and everyone who came out to support the event. We hope to see you again in 2015.


   Posted: Tue, July 08, 2014 - 2:28 | #

Hot Docs Hits Sunny Side

Hot Docs industry programmer Chloe Sosa-Sims will be in attendance at Sunny Side of the Doc, June 23 to 26.


   Posted: Wed, June 18, 2014 - 12:12 | #

Special Offer On International Documentary Buyers’ Guide

An invaluable and unique resource for producers seeking international partners. Purchase before June 30, and save 20%.

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   Posted: Wed, June 18, 2014 - 12:10 | #

BravoFACTUAL Applications Open for Short Docs

BravoFACTUAL’s last application deadline of 2014 for short documentary projects is fast approaching. Since its inception less than a year ago, 22 short documentary projects from across Canada have been awarded production funding. These short docs reflect a wide range of styles,themes and subject matter. Don’t miss out on this amazing funding opportunity and apply by September 8, 2014.

Find out more at: www.bravofact.com.


   Posted: Mon, June 16, 2014 - 8:19 | #

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   Posted: Wed, May 21, 2014 - 1:15 | #

Hot Docs Hits Culture Days National Congress and Shanghai Television Festival

Hot Docs president Chris McDonald will be giving the keynote presentation at the Culture Days National Congress, May 22 to 23. He will also be attending Shanghai Television Festival, June 9 to 16, where he will serve as head of the documentary jury.


   Posted: Tue, May 20, 2014 - 4:03 | #

2014 Audience Award Winner Announced

After the final screening yesterday, audience votes were tallied for the Audience Award, sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca. The winner is THE BACKWARD CLASS (D: Madeleine Grant, Canada), the story of the Dalit students of Shanti Bhavan school in India preparing to make history by becoming the first from their “untouchable” caste to take high-school graduation exams. Second in the audience poll is MEET THE PATELS (D: Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel; USA), in which a first-generation Indian-American decides to find love the old-fashioned way by letting his parents find him a wife; and third in the audience poll is THE CASE AGAINST 8 (D: Ben Cotner, Ryan White; USA), which looks at the emboldened movement to strike down California’s Prop 8 as unconstitutional.

The top 20 audience favourites are:

  1. THE BACKWARD CLASS (D: Madeleine Grant; Canada)
  2. MEET THE PATELS (D: Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel; USA)
  3. THE CASE AGAINST 8 (D: Ben Cotner, Ryan White; USA)
  4. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (D: Alan Hicks; USA)
  5. VIRUNGA (D: Orlando von Einsiedel; UK)
  6. MARINONI (D: Tony Girardin; Canada)
  7. AN HONEST LIAR (D: Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom; USA)
  8. THE SECRET TRIAL 5 (D: Amar Wala; Canada)
  9. I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY (D: Chad Walker, Dave LaMattina; USA)
  10. THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST (D: Gabriel London; USA)
  11. DAVID & ME (D: Ray Klonsky, Marc Lamy; Canada)
  12. MISSION BLUE (D: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens; USA)
  13. BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS (D: Thomas Wallner; Begium, Canada, Germany)
  14. JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY (D: Grant Baldwin; Canada)
  15. OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT (D: John Kastner; Canada)
  16. WATCHERS OF THE SKY (D: Edet Belzberg; USA)
  17. THE SHEIK (D: Igal Hecht; Canada)
  18. ALFRED AND JAKOBINE (D: Jonathan Howells, Tom Roberts; UK, Canada)
  19. RED LINES (D: Andrea Kalin, Oliver Lukacs; USA)
  20. VESSEL (D: Diana Whitten; USA)

   Posted: Mon, May 05, 2014 - 10:55 | #

Hot Docs 2014 Festival Sees Audiences of 192,000

Hot Docs has wrapped its 21st edition with record-breaking audience numbers reaching an estimated 192,000. The 11-day event featured 452 public screenings of 197 films on 16 screens across Toronto, an internationally renowned conference and market for documentary professionals, the phenomenally popular Docs For Schools youth education program, Hot Docs Live! simulcast on over 50 screens across Canada, and the Scotiabank Big Ideas series featuring screenings and onstage discussions with prominent subjects. The Festival welcomed 176 guest filmmakers and 60 guest subjects from across Canada and around the world to present their films and take part in special post-screening Q&A sessions with audiences.

“It’s a testament to the creative vitality of Canadian docs that one has captured the Audience Award and so many others have landed in the audience top twenty,” says Brett Hendrie, Hot Docs executive director. “Congratulations to all the filmmakers, and big thanks to the dedicated audiences who helped us welcome so many international guests—we love showing off this wonderful city and its insatiable appetite for docs.”

A full week of industry programming was attended by 2389 delegates from around the world. Hot Docs mounted a roster of three workshops, nine conference sessions, 23 networking events and parties, three Kickstart panels for emerging filmmakers, 11 Micro-Meetings, 16 Close Up With… sessions with broadcasters, three Rent-an-Expert sessions, the Doc Summit, International Co-Production Day panels, and the Hot Docs Awards Presentation. Hot Docs also hosted seven official delegations from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Nordic Region, South Africa and the USA.

The Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs’ key international co-financing market event, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Hot Docs’ one-on-one curated pitch event, and Distribution Rendezvous, Hot Docs’ tailored meeting service for completed films seeking distribution, saw brisk pitching, networking and deal-making. In total, 20 projects representing 13 countries were presented to a panel of over 180 key commissioning editors and funders at the Hot Docs Forum. A total of 50 projects were pitched at approximately 540 meetings during Hot Docs Deal Maker, and Distribution Rendezvous facilitated approximately 329 meetings.

Doc For Schools, Hot Docs’ education program that runs during the Festival and offers free in-theatre and in-school screenings of select Festival films, reached a record number of students in 2014. Close to 85,000 students participated in the program, including schools in Toronto and throughout Ontario.


   Posted: Mon, May 05, 2014 - 10:50 | #

2014 Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award Winner Announced

During this year’s Hot Docs Festival, attending filmmakers with official selections in the Festival were invited to vote for their favourite film. This year’s Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award winner is NE ME QUITTE PAS (D: Niels van Koevorden, Sabine Lubbe Bakker; Netherlands, Belgium), and coming in a close second is BEYOND CLUELESS (D: Charlie Lyne; UK, Canada).


   Posted: Mon, May 05, 2014 - 10:30 | #

Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker Wrap Successful 2014 Edition

The Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs’ key international co-financing market event, and Hot Docs Deal Maker, Hot Docs’ curated one-on-one pitch meeting program, wrapped after three days of brisk pitching, networking and deal-making. At the Hot Docs Forum, 20 projects representing 13 countries were presented to a panel of over 180 key commissioning editors and other funders, while at Hot Docs Deal Maker, 50 projects were pitched to 56 buyers at approximately 540 meetings.

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize was awarded to Shot Glass Productions’ TEMPEST STORM, a feature-length film about the incredible true story of one of America’s greatest living sex icons, who at the age of 84 is still the reigning queen of burlesque. Disbursed from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds, the $10,000 cash prize is awarded to the best Canadian pitch at the Forum as voted on by attending international buyers. Shaw Media’s Sarah Jane Flynn presented the award to pitch team members Nimisha Mukerji and Kaitlyn Regehr.

The Cuban Hat Award, which offers “real cash, no strings attached” support for powerful and unique projects, was presented to THE BLUE ID (MOXIE, ARTvoltage), pitched by Burcu Melekoglu, Basak Callioglu and Vuslat Karan. This year’s prize includes $1347.15 CDN, $125 US, 27 euros, 5,000 pesos, as well as indiegogo support, an EyeSteel story session, distribution advice from Debra Zimmerman, a story editing session with Charlotte Engel, a screening and Skype session from Mette Hoffmann Meyer, and two 2015 Hot Docs Forum Passes.


   Posted: Mon, May 05, 2014 - 10:24 | #

Top 20 Audience Picks - May 4

Voted on by audience ballot, here are the top 20 films in the running for the Audience Award sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca. The winner will be announced on May 5.

List updated at 9:00 a.m. on May 4.

  1. MEET THE PATELS
  2. THE BACKWARD CLASS
  3. THE CASE AGAINST 8
  4. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON
  5. MARINONI
  6. VIRUNGA
  7. AN HONEST LIAR
  8. THE SECRET TRIAL 5
  9. I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
  10. THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
  11. DAVID & ME
  12. MISSION BLUE
  13. BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS
  14. JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
  15. WATCHERS OF THE SKY
  16. OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT
  17. THE SHEIK
  18. RED LINES
  19. ALFRED AND JAKOBINE
  20. STARFISH THROWERS

   Posted: Sun, May 04, 2014 - 9:05 | #

Hot Docs in the Headlines May 3

The Globe and Mail - Belgian-Romanian, Canadian films take top prizes at Hot Docs
Toronto Star - John Kastner’s OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT Takes $10,000 Prize
National Post - Out of Mind, Out of Sight named best Canadian documentary as Hot Docs hands out 2014 prizes
Indiewire - Hot Docs 2014 Winners Announced: ‘Out of Mind, Out of Sight’ Wins Best Canadian Feature Documentary
Realscreen - OUT OF MIND, WAITING FOR AUGUST honoured
The Hollywood Reporter - Hot Docs Festival: ‘Waiting For August’ Takes Top Honors
Broadcaster - Hot Docs Deal Makers Trigger New Co-Pros, Commissions, Production Funding
Movie City News - Hot Docs 2014 Awards Announced
Huffington Post - Feature on the future of documentary


   Posted: Sat, May 03, 2014 - 2:18 | #

Top 20 Audience Picks - May 3

Voted on by audience ballot, here are the top 20 films in the running for the Audience Award sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca. The winner will be announced on May 5.

List updated at 10:30 a.m. on May 3.

  1. MEET THE PATELS
  2. THE CASE AGAINST 8
  3. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON
  4. AN HONEST LIAR
  5. VIRUNGA
  6. THE BACKWARD CLASS
  7. MARINONI
  8. DAVID & ME
  9. THE SECRET TRIAL 5
  10. I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
  11. THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST .
  12. BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS
  13. WATCHERS OF THE SKY
  14. JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
  15. MISSION BLUE
  16. OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT
  17. THE SHEIK
  18. RED LINES
  19. ALFRED AND JAKOBINE
  20. STARFISH THROWERS

   Posted: Sat, May 03, 2014 - 10:22 | #

Watch Hot Docs on iTunes

Can’t make it to Hot Docs this year? Experience the Festival from anywhere. For a limited time, you can watch Hot Docs 2014 hits SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER, KUNG FU ELLIOT, DOC OF THE DEAD and AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE.

Plus, you can check out Hot Docs favourites year-round on iTunes at iTunes.com/hotdocs. Check out the films that have captivated Festival audiences, including BLACKFISH, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, BABIES and lots more!

WATCH HOT DOCS NOW


   Posted: Sat, May 03, 2014 - 9:41 | #

Hot Docs 2014 Awards Announced

Tonight at a reception hosted by award-winning broadcaster and best-selling author Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio’s Q, at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto. Thirteen awards and $66,000 in cash and prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers. Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are awarded to the director of the winning film.

Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award
OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT (D: John Kastner; P: John Kastner, Deborah Parks, Silva Basmajian; Canada)
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT screens again on Sunday, May 4, at 1:00 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary
BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS (D: Thomas Wallner; P: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz; Belgium, Canada, Germany)
Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada and DGC Ontario, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award
Grant Baldwin, JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY

Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award - Honourable Mention
Amar Wala, THE SECRET TRIAL 5

Best International Feature Documentary Award
WAITING FOR AUGUST (D: Teodora Ana Mihai; P: Hanne Phlypo, Antoine Vermeesch; Belgium)
Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary
WALKING UNDER WATER (D: Eliza Kubarska; P: Monika Braid, Stefan Kloos, Maciej Ostoja-Chyžynski, Filip Kovcien, Eliza Kubarska; Poland, Germany, UK)
Sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
WALKING UNDER WATER screens again on Saturday, May 3, at 9:30 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Emerging International Filmmaker Award
Orlando von Einsiedel, VIRUNGA (UK)
VIRUNGA screens again on Saturday, May 3, at 9:30 pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

Best Mid-Length Documentary Award
KINGS OF THE WIND & ELECTRIC QUEENS (D: Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz; P: Jérome Aglibert; France)
Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, the award includes a $3000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

Best Short Documentary Award
GHOST TRAIN (D: Kelly Hucker, James Fleming; P: James Fleming, Kelly Hucker; Australia)
The award includes a $3000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
Hot Docs is an Academy Award® qualifying festival for short documentaries and, as winner of the Best Short Documentary Award, GHOST TRAIN will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided it complies with Academy rules.

Best Short Documentary - Honourable Mention
BEACH BOY (D: Emil Langballe; P: Emil Langballe; UK, Denmark)

Lindalee Tracey Award
This award honouring an emerging Canadian filmmaker with a passionate point of view, a strong sense of social justice and a sense of humour, was presented to two recipients: Madeleine Grant and Matt Johnson. Each recipient received a $5000 cash prize courtesy of the Lindalee Tracey Fund, $5000 in post-production services from Technicolor, and a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture by Andrew Kuntz, specially commissioned to honour Lindalee.

2014 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award
Adam Curtis

Don Haig Award
Toronto-based producer Michael McNamara The award includes $5000 cash prize courtesy of the Don Haig Foundation.

Gaiam TV Conscious Media Award
Andrew Napier, MAD AS HELL (USA) Selected by Gaiam TV, the award includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Gaiam TV.

2014 Doc Mogul Award
Mette Hoffman Meyer (Commissioning Editor of Documentaries for DR TV, Danish Broadcasting Corporation)

The Audience Award, sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca, and audience top ten favourite films of the 2014 Festival, determined by audience ballot, will be announced on Monday, May 5. Also announced on this day is the Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award, determined by ballots cast by Hot Docs 2014 filmmakers.


The 2014 awards for films in competition were determined by four juries.

The Canadian Feature Documentary Jury: Shelley Ambrose (executive director, The Walrus Foundation; publisher, The Walrus magazine), Malcolm Ingram (director, CONTINENTAL, Hot Docs 2013), Stephen Schroeder (executive director, Calgary International Film Festival).

The International Feature Documentary Jury: Anna Eborn (Director, PINE RIDGE, Hot Docs 2014), Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and Founder, Kartemquin Films), Tom Quinn (Co-President, RADiUS-TWC).

The Mid-Length Jury: Thomas Balmès (Director, HAPPINESS, Hot Docs 2014), Kirsten Johnson (Director, Cinematographer), Maxim Pozdorovkin (Director, THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT, Hot Docs 2014).

The Shorts Jury: Jessica Oreck (Director, AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS, Hot Docs 2013), Florian Habicht (Director, PULP, Hot Docs 2014), Matthew Hays (Montreal-based critic, author, film festival programmer and university instructor).


   Posted: Fri, May 02, 2014 - 8:30 | #

Hot Docs in the Headlines May 2

The Globe and Mail - Feature on John Kastner (OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT) and Jamie Kastner
The Globe and Mail - Feature on BRONX OBAMA
NOW Magazine - The final crop of Hot Docs
Toronto Star - Interview with James “The Amazing” Randi (AN HONEST LIAR)
Indiewire - Interview with Ms. Cleo from HOTLINE
Indiewire - Interview with Ryan Cassata from SONGS FOR ALEXIS
CBC, Q - Interview with Kitty Green (UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL)
CBC, Q - Interview with Dan Harmon (HARMONTOWN)
CBC, Q - Interview with Brian Knappenberger (THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ


   Posted: Fri, May 02, 2014 - 4:29 | #

Top 20 Audience Picks - May 2

Voted on by audience ballot, here are the top 20 films in the running for the Audience Award sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca. The winner will be announced on May 5.

List updated at 10:30 a.m. on May 2.

  1. THE CASE AGAINST 8
  2. MEET THE PATELS
  3. AN HONEST LIAR
  4. VIRUNGA
  5. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON
  6. THE BACKWARD CLASS
  7. MARINONI
  8. DAVID & ME
  9. THE SECRET TRIAL 5
  10. I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
  11. THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
  12. WATCHERS OF THE SKY
  13. BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS
  14. JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
  15. MISSION BLUE
  16. MAD AS HELL
  17. OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT
  18. THE SHEIK
  19. RED LINES
  20. ALFRED AND JAKOBINE

   Posted: Fri, May 02, 2014 - 10:31 | #

Hot Docs Final Weekend - Hot Picks

What are you watching this weekend? We’ve got incredible docs on screens across the city.

Here’s a list of hot picks to help you plan your doc-viewing schedule.

Friday, May 2

  • AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE On probation, the renowned artist continues to resist and provoke Chinese authorities. 4/5 Ns – NOW Magazine (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 6:00 pm)
  • IN COUNTRY While re-enacting the Vietnam War, a platoon of unlikely men seek meaning and discover unsettling truths. “A fascinating portrait.” – The Globe and Mail (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 6:30 pm)
  • RED LINES Unlikely activists struggle to establish one free and democratic Syrian village. “One of the most important films at this year’s Hot Docs.” – Pretty Clever Films (ROM Theatre, 7:00 pm)
  • A DANGEROUS GAME Everyday heroes battle Donald Trump and greedy developers looking to turn precious landmarks into playgrounds for the rich. (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 8:30 pm)
  • LIVING STARS A joyously unabashed love letter to dancing. “Endlessly entertaining.” – POV Magazine (Hart House, 9:30 pm)
  • SHIELD AND SPEAR South African artists and musicians test the limits of free expression on issues of race, class and history. “Essential viewing.” – Toronto Film Scene (ROM Theatre, 9:30 pm)

See all Friday screenings


Saturday, May 3

  • SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER The legendary rocker’s career is celebrated through a mix of archival material and rock opera. “Red-hot ticket.” – Toronto Star (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 11:00 am)
  • BRONX OBAMA An unemployed single dad reinvents himself as a presidential impersonator, but still struggles to make ends meet. 3/4 stars – The Globe and Mail (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 1:30 pm)
  • FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE A revealing portrait of Jane Campion as she writes and directs her latest project. ““Wonderful.” – Thirty Four Flavours (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 3:00 pm)
  • ART AND CRAFT A talented art forger is pitted against an obsessive museum curator who may be powerless to stop him. “One of the festival’s best…a must-see.” – Toronto Film Scene (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 4:00 pm)
  • THE SHEIK The behind-the-scenes story of the villainous pro wrestler and pop culture icon. “Fascinating and wonderfully entertaining.” – Dork Shelf (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 6:30 pm)
  • WATCHERS OF THE SKY An artistic and intellectually rigorous film on the history of genocide and those fighting for justice for its victims. 5/5 Ns “Bracing and heart-wrenching.” – NOW Magazine (Isabel Bader Theatre, 6:30 pm)
  • ACTRESS The Wire’s Brandy Burre struggles to balance the demanding roles of mother, wife and performer. “Mesmerizing.” – Toronto Star (Hart House, 7:00 pm)
  • THE GREAT INVISIBLE A sweeping investigative look at the causes and impacts of 2010’s disastrous Deep Horizon oil spill. 3.5/4 stars – The Globe and Mail (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 9:00 pm)
  • SILENCED Three of the world’s most important government whistleblowers speak on risking everything to reveal the truth. “A film that resonates.” – Toronto Star (The Regent, 9:30 pm)
  • VIRUNGA Militias, poachers and rebels threaten the world’s last mountain gorilla population. “Amazing, heart-breaking and beautiful.” – The Matinee (Isabel Bader Theatre, 9:30 pm)
  • DOC OF THE DEAD A love letter to zombies and their cultural impact, featuring George Romero, Simon Pegg and other experts. “This one delivers.” – Toronto Star (Royal Cinema, 9:45 pm)

See all Saturday screenings


Sunday, May 4

  • CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART Delve into the media frenzy surrounding the murder trial that inspired To Die For. “Fascinating.” – Toronto Star (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 11:00 am)
  • SLEEPLESS IN NEW YORK An in-depth look at heartbreak and the power and resilience of love. “Hauntingly beautiful.” – The Matinee (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 1:30 pm)
  • EVERYDAY REBELLION This slick tribute to disobedience reveals modern pacifism’s colourful new tactic: creative non-violent protest. 4/5 Ns – NOW Magazine (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 4:00 pm)
  • GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE Follow the ultimate indie filmmaker who shoots his latest feature in two days using his trailer park as the set and his homeless friend as actors. “The fun is contagious.” – NOW Magazine (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 6:00 pm)
  • HOTLINE An intimate look at the connections between strangers who speak on all different types of phone lines. “Powerful.” – The Arts Guild (Isabel Bader Theatre, 6:30 pm)
  • THE BACKWARD CLASS Students in India make history by becoming the first from their ‘untouchable’ caste to take high school graduation exams. “Inspiring.” – Dork Shelf (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 7:00 pm)
  • THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT A look at how a ‘legitimate businessman’ became the world’s most notorious arms dealer. 3.5/4 stars “Engrossing.” – The Globe and Mail (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 7:00 pm)
  • THE IMMORTALISTS Two free-thinking biologists seek the cure to mortality and to reverse the aging process. “Must-see.” – Pretty Clever Films (TIFF Bell Lightbox, 9:30 pm)
  • WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER The story behind the infamous Boston gangster and FBI informant. “A chilling, immediate true-crime story.” – NOW Magazine (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 9:30 pm)

See all Sunday screenings


   Posted: Fri, May 02, 2014 - 10:17 | #

Top 20 Audience Picks - May 1

Voted on by audience ballot, here are the top 20 films in the running for the Audience Award sponsored by JUST-EAT.ca. The winner will be announced on May 5.

List updated at 10:30 a.m. on May 1.

  1. THE CASE AGAINST 8
  2. MEET THE PATELS
  3. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON
  4. THE BACKWARD CLASS
  5. VIRUNGA
  6. MARINONI
  7. THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST
  8. DAVID & ME
  9. THE SECRET TRIAL 5
  10. I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY
  11. WATCHERS OF THE SKY
  12. BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS
  13. JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
  14. MISSION BLUE
  15. MAD AS HELL
  16. OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT
  17. THE SHEIK
  18. RED LINES
  19. ALFRED AND JAKOBINE
  20. THE STARFISH THROWERS

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