Wrongfully Imprisoned Subject of Hot Docs Hit DAVID & ME Freed!
The Hot Docs team is elated by the recent news of David McCallum’s release from prison after being wrongly convicted and held for almost 30 years. Toronto audiences may know of David’s story from the heartrending film David & Me, which received its world premiere at the 2014 Hot Docs Festival and which was supported by the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Documentary Fund.
David & Me was one part of a larger team effort, championed by Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, to secure David’s release. Directors Ray Klonsky—whose relationship with David inspired the film—and Ray’s friend Marc Lamy laboured for nearly a decade on the cause and the documentary. During filming, they worked closely with a private investigator hired by Toronto-based Markham Street Films to seek new evidence in the case, which was eventually uncovered, turned over to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and became part of a larger case file that helped determine David and his co-accused’s innocence.
David & Me was embraced by Hot Docs audiences, who voted it into the top 15 favourites at the Festival, and was screened for hundreds of students as part of the Docs for Schools program.
Hot Docs applauds the producers, filmmakers and David’s legal team and advocates who worked tirelessly to tell his story, uncover the truth and right this terrible wrong.
Support the filmmakers’ campaign to help David’s transition to life as a free man.
Celebrate Canadian Docs at the Toronto Public Library
On October 20, Toronto Public Library’s Innovator in Residence: Focus on Filmmaking will kick-off with A Celebration of Canadian Documentaries. Innovator in Residence Sarah Goodman will be joined by Lisa Jackson and Amar Wala to discuss the creative trends taking shape in today’s Canadian documentary scene and the challenges of the current industry. The session will be moderated by Hot Docs Senior Canadian Programmer Lynne Fernie.
Date: October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto Reference Library’s Norman G. Hinton Learning Theatre
LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM at November’s Doc Soup Toronto
November’s Doc Soup will present the Canadian premiere of Rory Kennedy’s LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, a stunning look at the final days of the Vietnam War and the heroic efforts of Americans who took matters into their own hands to help evacuate 135,000 South Vietnamese.
LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM will screen at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, November 5, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, November 6, at 6:45 p.m.
THE BACKWARD CLASS at November’s Doc Soup Calgary
The Doc Soup Calgary 2014-15 season will open with the Calgary premiere of THE BACKWARD CLASS, about the Dalit students of Shanti Bhavan school in India who are preparing to make history by becoming the first from their “untouchable” caste to take high-school graduation exams.
The film will screen at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, 200 Barclay Parade Southwest.
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Congratulations to Hot Docs Alumni at IDFA
Congratulations to the recent Hot Docs Forum and Deal Maker alumni, and Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund recipients screening at this year’s International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) from November 19 to 30. Projects include CHAMELEON (2013 Hot Docs Forum and 2013 Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds Completion Fund), MOTHER OF THE UNBORN (2013 Hot Docs Deal Maker and 2012 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Development Grant), and THE SHORE BREAK (2013 Hot Docs Deal Maker and 2013 Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund Completion Grant).
Submit a Film to Hot Docs 2015 Festival
Hot Docs is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Festival! Newly revised submission guidelines and FAQs are available online.
Early-Bird Deadline: November 19, 2014
Deadline: December 10, 2014
Applications for the second round of 2014 Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds disbursements are now open. The Funds offer completion grants and no-interest development loans with an aim to increase the quantity and quality of social, cultural and political one-off documentaries produced in Canada by Canadian-based production companies.
Deadline: October 22, 2014
Hot Docs Releases Learning from Documentary Audiences Study
Hot Docs is pleased to release Learning from Documentary Audiences: A Market Research Study, a major survey of documentary viewing habits in Canada supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board (NFB) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF).
Drawn from thousands of completed questionnaires and a five-city focus group tour, results of the study were presented at the 2014 TIFF Doc Conference by Hot Docs industry programs director Elizabeth Radshaw.
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.
Hot Docs Hits VIFF
Hot Docs senior Canadian programmer Lynne Fernie will be in attendance at the Vancouver International Film Festival, September 25 - October 10. While there she will serve as a member of the Impact Award jury.
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The second round of 2014 funding will open on September 24, with a final deadline on October 22, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Revised application guidelines and FAQs are available online.
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)
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.
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.
Subscribe to Doc Soup 2014-15 Season
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!
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.
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.