2014 Banner

Docs For Schools 2014

ABOVE ALL ELSE
D: John Fiege | USA | 95 min | English
Curriculum Connections: Civics, Economics, English, Geography, Law, Politics, Philosophy, Science
A retired acrobat risks everything to prevent the Keystone XL pipeline from crossing his property. In this brave first-person account of American justice, individual civil liberties are pushed aside by corporate bullies and government interests.
Website

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
D: Alison Klayman | USA | 91 min | English, Mandarin with subtitles
Curriculum Connections: Arts, English, Geography, History
With unprecedented access, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry follows China’s most renowned artist and activist; his art, politics and humour revealing a man of unrelenting spirit and defiance, who inspires millions across the world.
Website
Distributor

BLACKFISH
D: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | USA | 83 min | English
Curriculum connections: AP&S, English, Geography, Science
When a Seaworld employee is aggressively killed by the whale she trained, a curious filmmaker uncovers a shocking history of corporate deception. Emotionally charged and intelligent, Blackfish offers unique insight into the complex minds of these magnificent animals.
Website
Canadian Distributor

BROTHERS HYPNOTIC
D: Reuben Atlas | USA, Netherlands | 52 min
Curriculum Connections: English, Family Studies, Music, Media Studies
Bombastic, soulful, sexy as hell—and that’s just the music! The eight real-life brothers of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble reinvent horns, hip-hop, and their father’s musical legacy in this thumpin’ look at the struggle to create and control success.
Website
Canadian Distributor

BULLY
D: Lee Hirsch | USA | English | 94 min
Curriculum Connections: Civics, Family Studies, Languages, AP&S
Savage teasing, repeated threats, a gun is pulled – and all this just on the bus ride to school. Filmmaker Lee Hirsch spends a shocking year on the front lines of America’s bullying epidemic.
Website
Canadian Distributor

DAVID & ME
D: Ray Klonsky, Marc Lamy | Canada | 69 min | English
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, Family Studies, English, Intro to AP&S, Law, Media Studies, Philosophy
In 1985, a Brooklyn teen was convicted of pre-meditated murder based on questionable testimonies. A tenacious filmmaker has taken up his cause, presenting compelling new evidence aimed at freeing him after 28 years of incarceration.
Website
Distributor

FED UP
D: Stephanie Soechtig | USA | 92 min | English
Curriculum Connections: Gr 7/8 Languages, Biology, Chemistry, English, Family Studies, Food & Nutrition, Health & Phys Ed, Intro AP&S, Politics, Science
Combining the personal stories of three families struggling with weight issues with a provocative and revealing exposé of the food industry, Fed Up will turn your perspective on diet, nutrition and health inside out.
Website

GOOD OL’ FREDA
D: Ryan White | USA | 86 min
Curriculum Connections: Challenge and Change, English, Family Studies, Intro A,P&S, Music, Philosophy
A Liverpool teen lands the job of a lifetime when a local band, The Beatles, hires her to run their fan club in this fresh insider’s look at Beatlemania direct from the Fab Four’s loyal secretary, fan and friend.
Website
Canadian Distributor

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ
D: Brian Knappenberger | USA | 105 min | English
Curriculum Connections: American History, Canadian & International Law, Civics, Communications Technology, Computer Science, English, Equity, Diversity & Social Justice, Intro to AP&S, Intro to Computer Studies, Media Arts, Media Studies, Politics
An inspiring and emotional portrait of Internet visionary and activist Aaron Swartz explores how one of the most promising minds of a generation found himself staring down a government prosecuting him under the very laws he was fighting against.
Website

JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
D: Grant Baldwin | Canada | 75 min | English
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 Geography, Gr 7/8 Languages, Civics, Family Studies, Geography, Intro to AS&P, Science
If our culture is so food obsessed, why do we toss away nearly 50 per cent of it? Two filmmakers quit grocery shopping, surviving on discarded food as they explore consumable waste from farm to fridge.
Website

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON
D: Alan Hicks | USA | 84 min | English (Some course language)
Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize Winner and Documentary Audience Favourite
Curriculum Connections: American History, English, Equity, Diversity & Social Justice, Exploring & Creating in the Arts, Family Studies, Intro to AP&S, Media Studies, Music
Ninety-three-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry mentors blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, but as Terry’s health and sight fade, their relationship deepens. Through their shared passion in music, they find the strength to face their individual challenges.
Website

LAST WOMAN STANDING
D: Juliet Lammers, Lorraine Price | Canada | 88 min
Curriculum Connections: Business, English, Intro AP&S, Family Studies, Marketing , Comm Tech, Phys Ed
For years Ariane Fortin and Mary Spencer fought side by side on Canada’s national boxing team, winning championships and taking the sport by storm. But only one can be an Olympian, and now they must battle each other.
Distributor

LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM
D: Sean Fine; Andrea Nix Fine | USA | 88 min
Curriculum Connections: Gr 7/8 Languages, Biology, Challenge and Change, English, Family Studies
The story of one family’s courageous fight to save their only son from an extremely rare and fatal disease, progeria. The average age of death from progeria is 13, because there is no treatment and no cure. Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns are set on changing this. Website

LINSANITY
D: Evan Leong | USA | 89 min
Curriculum Connections: Careers, English, Family Studies, History, Intro AP&S, Phys Ed, Religion
An in-depth look into the Linsanity craze that took over the world after basketball underdog Jeremy Lin was drafted to the NBA and became an overnight superstar.
Website
Canadian Distributor

MAD AS HELL
D: Andrew Napier | USA | 80 min | English (Contains some course language) | 80 min
Curriculum Connections: Business, Civics, Communications Technology, English, History, Marketing, Media Arts, Media Studies, Politics
Cenk Uygur is a man determined to change the face of news media, and he’s not afraid to ruffle some feathers along the way. In this unlikely version of the American Dream, Cenk rises from public access TV to the creator of the most popular online news show in the world.
Website

MISSION BLUE
D: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens | USA | English | 95 min
Curriculum Connections: Gr 7 Geography, Gr 7/8 Science, Civics, English, Geography
The trailblazing career of internationally renowned oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle is celebrated in this beautifully shot testament to her passionate commitment to saving the world’s oceans and its imperiled inhabitants.
Website

THE STARFISH THROWERS
D: Jesse Roesler | USA | English | 83 min
Curriculum Connections: Grade 7/8 Languages, Civics, English, Equity, Diversity and Social Justice, Family Studies, Geography, Philosophy, Politics
When a five-star chef, a retired teacher and a sixth-grade girl make a simple gesture to feed the poor, they unexpectedly ignite a movement in the fight against hunger, and prove that individuals can make an enormous difference.
Website

THESE BIRDS WALK
D: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq | USA | Urdu subtitled in English | 77 min
Curriculum Connections: Civics, English, Family Studies, Geography, Politics
The Edhi children’s shelter is a rare safe haven for Karachi’s runaways. Over three years, its cranky founder, a spirited child, and a gold-hearted ambulance driver are filmed, creating a tender portrait of where a city’s most vulnerable and dedicated souls meet.
Website
Canadian Distributor

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM
D: Morgan Neville | English | 90 min
Curriculum Connections: English, Media Arts, Music
They’ve sung to millions, their voices on platinum selling albums gracing songs that defined generations, but nobody knows their names. This Sundance hit is a triumphant and touching look at the exceptional backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.
Website

WATERMARK
D: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky | 90 min | English, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali, Mandarin with subtitles
Curriculum Connections: Geography, Photography, Science
Following the success of Manufactured Landscapes, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky have come together once again to co-direct Watermark. Visiting locations across the globe, the film showcases diverse stories about our relationship with water: How we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it, and the consequences of that use.
Website
Canadian Distributor

WE ARE THE GIANT
D: Greg Baker | USA, UK | 90 min | English, Arabic, some subtitles (Contains some graphic imagery)
Curriculum Connections: American History, Canada & World Issues, Canadian and International Law, Civics, English, Equity, Diversity & Social Justice, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics
Profiling a group of Arab Spring activists, director Greg Barker (Sergio) offers incredible insight into what it means to be at the forefront of a call to action—and the repercussions. We hear firsthand the experiences of these brave young people taking on governments and dictators.
Website
Canadian Distributor

WHEN I WALK
D: Jason DaSilva | USA, Canada | 85 min
Curriculum Connections: English, Family Studies, Challenge and Change
Before the sudden onset of Multiple Sclerosis, when he was 25, filmmaker Jason DaSilva travelled the world. Now, he now struggles to stand and share his setbacks and achievements as he fights to live his dreams.
Website




All >

Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotiabank

Presenting Partners

  • logo Bell-Media
  • logo documentary-Channel
  • logo Rogers

Major Supporters

  • logo Celebrate-Ontario
  • logo telefilm

Official Airline Partner

  • logo Delta Web