• Ontario Arts Council Shows How #ArtsAddValue with ‘The Ripple Effect’

    Ontario Arts Council Shows How #ArtsAddValue with ‘The Ripple Effect’

    The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) released the first video on The Ripple Effect. The ten-video campaign series highlights how arts add value to different aspects of society in terms of their economic and social benefits. The first videos launched yesterday at Toronto’s Habourfront Centre and the OAC released the one video online yesterday. The premiere short spotlights the Near North Mobile Lab, which empowers voices young creators in Northern Ontario through digital media. Yesterday’s event also featured the work of filmmaker Michelle Derosier and her experience with the short documentary The Grandfather Drum. The other nine videos will be released in the coming months.

    Posted January 29th, 2020 • Comments

  • Doc Trailers: ‘Once Were Brothers’

    Doc Trailers: ‘Once Were Brothers’

    Catch the new trailer for Daniel Roher’s documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band. The new reel, released today by the film’s USA distributor Magnolia Pictures, offers highlights of Robertson’s skill as a raconteur that charmed audiences this fall, as well as Roher’s extensive archival research that fuels this retrospective of the Canadian icon and the Band. (And, of course, the music is pretty great!) The trailer release comes ahead of the film’s USA theatrical rollout in February. Once Were Brothers was one of several films announced this week to launch in the Toronto International Film Festival’s new programme on Crave, TIFF Selects, where it will reach audiences at home in March.

    Posted January 16th, 2020 • Comments

  • Doc Trailers: ‘Paris is Burning’

    Doc Trailers: ‘Paris is Burning’

    Revisit a queer classic for Pride Month with Jennie Livingston’s 1990 landmark Paris is Burning. The doc comes to theatres this week in a meticulous digital restoration supervised by Livingston. The doc explores New York’s drag culture as members of the LGBTQ+ community thrive in a safe space where they can be free while throwing balls and voguing with peers who accept them and embrace them. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and Best Documentary honours from the New York Film Critics, LA Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics, Paris is Burning remains a landmark for its groundbreaking feats in representation.

    Paris is Burning opens in select theatres beginning Monday, June 17.

    Posted June 13th, 2019 • Comments

  • Doc Trailers: ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’

    Doc Trailers: ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’

    Netflix turns the rock doc up to 11 with the first trailer for Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. The doc sees one of the greatest filmmakers of all time profile one of the greatest musicians of all time with revealing behind the scenes looks and rare interviews. The film opens at TIFF Lightbox in Toronto on June 11 and streams on Netflix beginning June 12.

    Synopsis: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975, and the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed that fall. Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese creates a one-of-a-kind movie experience: part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream. Featuring Joan Baez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan giving his first on-camera interview in over a decade. The film goes beyond mere reclamation of Dylan’s extraordinary music—it’s a roadmap into the wild country of artistic self-reinvention.

    Posted June 3rd, 2019 • Comments

  • Doc Trailers: ‘One Child Nation’

    Doc Trailers: ‘One Child Nation’

    A trailer has landed for Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner One Child Nation! This excellent film screened at Hot Docs and DOXA earlier this year where it wowed audiences with its powerful study of China’s one-child policy. “One Child Nation captures a nation’s shared culpability in the loss of a generation,” we wrote at Hot Docs. “It’s a brutally frank and emotionally raw film that shows the art of documentary at its finest.” Read the review of One Child Nation here. One Child Nation hits theatres this August.

    Posted June 3rd, 2019 • Comments

  • Hot Docs Trailers: ‘Havana from on High’

    Hot Docs Trailers: ‘Havana from on High’

    Enjoy the picturesque views of Cuba from new heights in Havana from on High. From filmmaker/photographer Pedro Ruiz (who did our glamour shot of Alanis Obomsawin for the cover of issue #103), Havana from on High takes audiences to the rooftops of central Havana where some of the city’s poorest citizens live atop the city’s buildings in a makeshift village. As the 11 characters gaze at the city below from their unique vantage point, the doc challenges the postcard perfect view of tourism hot spots as the residents reflect on a dire housing crisis and a country on the cusp of change. Havana from on High debuts at Hot Docs on Friday, April 26. Subscribe today to read more about Havana from on High in our upcoming Hot Docs issue!

    Posted March 26th, 2019 • Comments

  • Hot Docs Trailers: ‘There Are No Fakes’

    Hot Docs Trailers: ‘There Are No Fakes’

    Sure to be one of the more controversial Canadian documentaries to premiere at Hot Docs this year, There Are No Fakes dives into the worlds of art and Indigenous rights. Director Jamie Kastner (The Skyjacker’s Tale) picks up an unusual case that begins when Barenaked Ladies’ musician Kevin Hearn discovers that the $20,000 painting by acclaimed Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau in his collection is actually a fake. The doc chronicles a case with deep implications for exploitation and cultural appropriation as Hearn’s lawsuit against the art dealer opens a rabbit hole of life imitating art.

    Posted March 23rd, 2019 • Comments

  • Hot Docs Trailers: ‘On the President’s Orders’

    Hot Docs Trailers: ‘On the President’s Orders’

    Making its North American premiere at Hot Docs following a debut at CPH:DOX, On the President’s Orders brings an explosive tale of political corruption to Toronto. (SNC Lavalin free, too!) Directors James Jones and Olivier Sarbil explore the mission of President Rodrigo Duterte, who assumed leadership of the Philippines in 2016 and essentially began running the show like a populist mob boss in his mission to eradicate the country’s drug problem. (But arguably outpacing the crimes of his targets in the process.) Attendees at this week’s Hot Docs press conference got a peek at the film’s explosive trailer, which promises a thrilling mix of action, political intrigue, and journalistic rigor. On the President’s Orders premieres April 27 in the World Showcase program.

    Posted March 22nd, 2019 • Comments

  • Hot Docs Trailers: ‘Prey’

    Hot Docs Trailers: ‘Prey’

    Hot off this week’s announcement of the full Hot Docs line-up comes the trailer for Prey, the new documentary from Matt Gallagher and Cornelia Principe (How to Prepare for Prison). Prey chronicles a landmark court case in which the Catholic Church was held accountable for covering up the crimes of sexual abuse committed by Father Hod Marshall against boys at his school for many years. The doc gives voice to one survivor in particular, Rod MacLeod, who seeks justice and closure for the crimes committed against him when he was just a young boy. Prey premieres at Hot Docs on April 26, exactly one year to the day on which the trial verdict was delivered.

    Posted March 21st, 2019 • Comments

  • Hot Docs Trailers: ‘The Rest’

    Hot Docs Trailers: ‘The Rest’

    After his exceptionally powerful The Human Flow, artist and activist Ai Weiwei continues to put the many lives displaced by global conflict before his camera. His new film The Rest, which was recently tapped for a North American premiere at Hot Docs, puts a human face on the migration crisis by seeing it through the eyes of a single refugee. Reportedly drawn from over 900 hours of footage, the film is a parallel piece to Human Flow that situates the lives of displaced persons within the growing rise of nationalism worldwide. The film is a Hot Docs homecoming for the artist, as Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry opened the festival in 2012.

    Posted March 18th, 2019 • Comments

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