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Hot Docs to Honour Alan Zweig with Focus On Retrospective

Hot Docs is pleased to pay tribute to local Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig, honouree of this year’s Focus On retrospective, as part of the 2011 Festival.

Alan Zweig spent 20 years in the film business as a driver captain, screenwriter, teacher, short film director and occasional actor, managing in this time to direct one feature drama. In 2000 he completed VINYL, his first documentary, which premiered at Hot Docs and went on to develop a cult following. He made two more documentaries in a similar style, both of which also premiered at Hot Docs – 2004’s I, CURMUDGEON, which cleverly examines the risks of being a naysayer in a society continually pitching the positive, and 2007’s LOVABLE, which explores yearnings for the romantic myths of our culture. Having completed these films, sometimes referred to as his “mirror trilogy,” Alan moved on to less personal territory with A HARD NAME, which premiered at Hot Docs in 2009 and went on to win the Genie for best feature-length documentary. Alan lives in Toronto with his wife Julie and baby daughter Keely.

Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Alan Zweig will be in attendance at this year’s Festival. Curated by Hot Docs programmer Angie Driscoll, the titles in Focus On Alan Zweig will be announced in March.

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