Rosie Dransfeld Honoured With Focus On Retrospective at Hot Docs 2016
Hot Docs is pleased to announced that this year’s Focus On retrospective will pay tribute to Gemini Award-winning producer and director Rosie Dransfeld. The Focus On program showcases the work of a mid-career Canadian filmmaker, and will take place during this year’s Festival, from April 28 to May 8.
Rosie Dransfeld is an internationally renowned producer and director of feature documentaries. Her films are powerful encounters of the human condition and invite audiences to take another look at reality, balancing on a thin line between laughter and tears. In 2010, her documentary Broke (2009) won the prestigious Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary. Hot Docs programmer Lynne Fernie called Dransfeld a “master of vérité cinema” for her film Who Cares?, about the gritty and dangerous world of sex trade workers, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Hot Docs Festival. She won the Edmonton Film Prize for Anti-Social Limited (2014), a powerful portrait of a self-proclaimed psychopath. Dransfeld also directed and produced The Ward (2014), a CBC documentary about life on dialysis. She is currently producing two high profile documentaries as part of The Transplant Project for CBC’s The Nature of Things and the documentary Channel. Through ID: Productions, Dransfeld has worked with a wide range of broadcasters, such as CBC, TVO, Knowledge, CTV, OMNI, ARD, ZDF and Arte. Dransfeld’s career has been a whirlwind and she is excited to look back and celebrate 15 years of boundary pushing cinema.
Film titles and the full schedule will be announced in March.
Past Focus On honorees include Carole Laganière (2015), John Zaritsky (2014), Peter Mettler (2013), John Kastner (2012), Alan Zweig (2011), Tahani Rached (2010), Ron Mann (2009), Jennifer Baichwal (2008), Kevin McMahon (2007), Serge Giguère (2006), Larry Weinstein (2005), Nettie Wild (2004), Shelley Saywell (2003) and Zacharias Kunuk (2002).