2017 Focus On Retrospective Honours Maya Gallus

Hot Docs will pay tribute to Gemini Award-winning director and producer Maya Gallus with this year’s Focus On retrospective, an annual program showcasing the work of a mid-career Canadian filmmaker. Hot Docs will screen a selection of Gallus’ films in the Focus On program during the 24th annual Festival, April 27 to May 7, 2017.

Full film lineup announced and tickets available on March 21.

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About Maya Gallus

Maya Gallus’ feature documentaries have screened theatrically and at film festivals around the world. Her work frequently explores “the female gaze” through the lens of gender and identity, including Erotica: A Journey into Female Sexuality (1997), a provocative, pioneering film about women’s desire featuring the final interview with 90-year-old Story of O author Pauline Réage; and Girl Inside (2007), an intimate, early transgender portrait, for which she won the Gemini Award for Best Direction. Her first film, (Elizabeth Smart: On The Side of the Angels( (1991), merged drama and documentary, now known as docufiction, a form she pushed further with The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche (2012), which Hot Docs programmer Lynne Fernie described as, “a new genre of speculative biography.”

Gallus formed Red Queen Productions in 2003 with her partner and creative collaborator Justine Pimlott to make films that challenge stereotypes about women and LGBTQ people. Their numerous films include Punch Like a Girl (2003), a series on women’s boxing, and Derby Crazy Love (2013), about the third wave feminist subculture of women’s roller derby. Featured in The Guardian, Ms., Curve, Bust, Salon, The Walrus and POV Magazine, Red Queen films have been characterized as “stories that humanize and bring into the mainstream often-derided or marginalized experiences.” Currently, Gallus is at work on two documentaries: The Heat, about women chefs revolutionizing male dominated kitchens—a follow up to Dish-Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service (2010)—and A Female Gaze, a theatrical feature exploring the concept of “a woman’s gaze” as revealed in the work of internationally renowned women filmmakers.

Past Focus On honourees include Rosie Dransfield (2016), 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).

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