Bell Media Hot Docs Showcase
The Hot Docs Showcase 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.
Specially selected by Hot Docs, one of the world’s leading documentary festivals, these films offer audiences unique viewing experiences through engaging and provocative true-life stories from around the globe.
For each film booking, Hot Docs will provide a Blu-Ray exhibition disk, and offer access to an online library of materials, including a How-To guide, film stills, broadcast clips, one-sheets and press kits.
To book a screening please contact Robin Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a member of TIFF’s Film Circuit, please connect with your Film Circuit contact to book Hot Docs Showcase films.
Please note: Hot Docs Showcase films are not available for bookings by individuals for private screenings.
View past selections in the Hot Docs Showcase archive.
Film Selection 2014-15
- 112 WEDDINGS
- AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE
- ART AND CRAFT
- THE BACKWARD CLASS
- BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS
- DAVID & ME
- EVERYTHING WILL BE
- I’VE SEEN THE UNICORN
- JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING
- JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
- KUNG FU ELLIOT
- MEET THE PATELS
- OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT
- POINT AND SHOOT
- THE SECRET TRIAL 5
- SLUMS: CITIES OF TOMORROW
- THE SOWER
- SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER
Is there real love after marriage? Years after shooting their wedding videos, filmmaker Doug Block decides to revisit these couples and complete their stories, asking difficult questions about what makes a marriage work, providing insight into what keeps couples together.
AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE
D: Andreas Johnsen | Denmark | 2013 | 79 minutes | PG
Subjects: Activism & Protest, Art & Artists, Crime & Punishment, Politics & Political Intrigue, East Asian Cultures & Issues
After serving 81 days in solitary confinement for “subversion of state power,” outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei returns home to Kafkaesque police surveillance, house arrest and a pending lawsuit. Yet he finds novel ways to irritate the authorities despite the restrictions of his parole.
Mark Landis, one of the world’s most prolific and successful art forgers with a history of deceiving museums is pitted against an obsessive curator who may have no way of stopping him. This compelling tale paints a picture of the craft and ethics of non-original art.
The students of Shanti Bhavan residential school in Bangalore, India, imagine a future that defies their “untouchable” caste. The young men and women in Grade 12 intend to break a cycle by becoming the first Dalit students in India’s history to undertake the national Indian School Certificate exams.
BEFORE THE LAST CURTAIN FALLS
D: Thomas Wallner | Belgium, Canada, Germany | 2014 | 86 minutes
Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary Winner, Hot Docs 2014
Subjects: Gender and Sexuality, LBGT Culture and Issues, Performers and Performance
Stunning cinematography and soaring music unite the tumultuous off-stage lives of six aging Belgian transvestite and transsexual performers with scenes from their European ballet Gardenia into a profoundly human portrait of love—and a masterpiece of documentary art and contemporary dance cinema.
In 1985, a Brooklyn teen David McCallum is convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for 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.
Vancouver’s once-thriving Chinatown is disappearing as hip new ventures move into vacant storefronts to the astonishment of the many elderly denizens. Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan crafts a heartwarming and cinematically stunning ode to a community in transition.
On the tiny island nation of Mauritius, Alvinio Roy, a young, stouthearted fisherman sets his eye on becoming a champion jockey in a legendary horse-racing event at the Champs de Mars Racecourse that’s an evocative reminder of the country’s colonial past.
From machinists to garment makers, this cinematic essay captures the energies and rituals of labour that relies on routine and repetition. Director Denis Côté is a master craftsman in this philosophical study of our need to work.
JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
D: Grant Baldwin | Canada | 2014 | 75 minutes
Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award Winner, Hot Docs 2014
Subjects: Food & Agriculture, Personal Histories, Ecology & the Environment
If our culture is so food obsessed, why do we toss away nearly 50 per cent of it? Two filmmakers turn their eye to food waste from farm to fridge. They vow to stop buying groceries and for six months to survive exclusively on discarded food. While exploring major sustainability issues they find simple solutions.
Elliot “White Lightning” Scott wants to become Canada’s first action hero by starring in his own low-budget karate epic, Blood Fight. This Slamdance award-winning documentary follows Scott’s production as he realizes his dreams “by any means necessary.”
MEET THE PATELS
D: Geeta V. Patel, Ravi P. Patel | USA | 2013 | 88 minutes
Top Ten Audience Favourite, Hot Docs 2014
Subjects: Families & Family Relationships, Love & Relationships, South Asian Cultures & Issues
Finding love is never easy. For Ravi Patel, a first generation Indian-American, the odds are slim. Traditionally, every Patel marries a Patel, even in America. So at 30, after a failed relationship, Ravi decides to find love the old-fashioned way by letting his parents find him a wife.
What happens to people who suffer from mental illness commit violent crimes? Kastner, with unprecedented access to the Brockville Mental Health Centre, filmed inside this facility for more than a year where patients and staff revealed themselves to him with stunning frankness.
Baltimore native Matthew VanDyke shares extraordinary visual tales of his adventures motorcycling across the Middle East and North Africa—including when he joins forces with Libyan rebels to oust Moammar Gadhafi, is captured and held in solitary confinement for six months.
THE SECRET TRIAL 5
D: Amar Wala | Canada | 2014 | 84 minutes
Top Ten Audience Favourite, Hot Docs 2014
Subjects: Crime & Punishment, Immigration, Multiculturalism & Race, Politics & Political Intrigue
The film tells the shocking story of Canada’s security certificates, an “immigration process” that allows for the indefinite jailing of non-citizens without charge. This policy has been used to imprison five Muslim men who, combined, have spent nearly 30 years in jail while the evidence against them remains secret.
Challenging conventional thinking, first-person stories from slum dwellers on four continents and brilliant analysis by such critics as Robert Neuwirth make the case that slums—home to a billion people worldwide—are the solution and not the problem.
Driven to safeguard rare and forgotten vegetable varieties for the sake of biodiversity, Patrice Fortier works with painstaking perseverance to create a remarkable seed company based in Quebec’s Kamouraska Valley.
From preacher’s son to glam metal godfather, Vincent Furnier’s transformation to Alice Cooper is rock legend history. Super Duper Alice Cooper depicts the life of this Jekyll and Hyde music icon from Cooper’s perspective, using a decadent stew of documentary archive materials and rock opera.
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