GAT at Hot Docs
April 28 – May 8, 2016
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Aim for the Roses – Directed by John Bolton – (Canada) (World Premiere)
Aim for the Roses is a one-of-a-kind film, a “musical docudrama” influenced by the totally amazing, completely ridiculous album by Canadian musician Mark Haney, inspired by the daredevil stunt to end all daredevil stunts by Canadian stuntman Ken Carter.
SCREENS: Sunday, May 1 – 7:15 PM, Scotiabank 7 | Monday, May 2 – 1:15 PM, TBLB 3 | Thursday, May 5 – 1:00 PM, Scotiabank 3
Cheer Up – Directed by Christy Garland – (Canada/Finland) (World Premiere)
Cheer Up takes us into the teenage lives of a team of losing cheerleaders in the Arctic Circle, Finland. They try their best to get better and look perfect doing it, while really, life just sucks. For Patricia, Aino and Miia, finding out who they are, where they belong and what family means is much more important than any trophy.
SCREENS: Sunday, May 1 – 7:30 PM, Scotiabank 3 | Thursday, May 5 – 7:00 PM, TBLB 3 | Saturday, May 7 – 6:00 PM, TBLB 2
A Dog’s Life – Directed by Hélène Choquette – (Canada) (Toronto Premiere)
A Dog’s Life addresses the theme of homelessness through the emotional bond that exists between homeless people and their dogs. At a street corner, in a squat or a rooming house, the film shows how homeless people struggle to find stability with the help of their faithful companion. Without judgment, the film explores the advantages and disadvantages of having a dog when you have no roof over your head. Shot in Montreal and Toronto, the film portrays a universal reality for thousands of men and women facing homelessness in major American cities.
SCREENS: Wednesday, May 4 – 6:45 PM, TBLB 2 | Thursday, May 5 – 10:15 AM, Isabel Bader Theatre | Saturday, May 7 – 1:30 PM, TBLB 3
Frame 394 – Directed by Rich Williamson – (Canada) (World Premiere) (Short)
FRAME 394 profiles a young man from Toronto who entangles himself in one of America’s high-profile police-involved shootings through the internet.
SCREENS: Tuesday, May 3 – 6:30 PM, Isabel Bader | Thursday, May 5 – 6:30 PM, Isabel Bader | Thursday, May 5 – 7:00 PM, Hart House
KONELĪNE: our land beautiful – Directed by Nettie Wild – (Canada) (Toronto Premiere)
KONELĪNE: our land beautiful is a sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it. Some hunt on the land. Some mine it. They all love it. Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change.
SCREENS: Friday, April 29 – 6:30 PM, TBLB 3 | Sunday, May 1 – 12:45 PM, TBLB 2 | Saturday, May 7 – 3:15 PM, Hart House
League of Exotique Dancers – Directed by Rama Rau – (Canada) (World Premiere)
League of Exotique Dancers sets the stage for a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque through the colourful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter. Our guides are none other than inductees of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, all titans of tease and each possessing a way with words as uninhibited and captivating as her routines. Illuminated by well-known and rare, never-before-seen, archival material and accentuated by a soundtrack and original music which captures the mood of the era, League of Exotique Dancers peels off the layers of glitter to expose the sexism, racism and widespread stigma faced by Burlesque striptease performers and, indeed, the wider array of working women in that tumultuous era.
SCREENS: Thursday, April 28 – 7:00 PM, Bloor Cinema | Thursday, April 28 – 9:45 PM, Bloor Cinema | Friday, April 29 – 1:30 PM, TBLB 1
Migrant Dreams – Directed by Min Sook Lee – (Canada) (World Premiere)
A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Herman’s House), Migrant Dreams tells the under-told story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers.
Screener Clip: http://bit.ly/MigrantDreamsClip
SCREENS: Sunday, May 1 – 9:00PM, TBLB 2 | Tuesday, May 3 – 1:15PM, Scotiabank 3 | Sunday, May 8 – 1:00PM, TBLB 2
Off the Rails – Directed by Adam Irving – (USA/Canada) (International Premiere)
Off the Rails tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. Although Darius has never damaged any property or hurt anyone in his decades of service, he has spent 23 years in maximum security prison. Darius’ recidivism embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a harmless, mentally challenged man into a productive career and purposeful life.
SCREENS: Wednesday, May 4 – 9:15 PM, Scotiabank 3 | Friday, May 6 – 1:00 PM, TBLB 2 | Sunday, May 8 – 7:15 PM, Innis Town Hall
Wizard Mode – Directed by Jeff Petry & Nathan Drillot – (Canada) (World Premiere)
In the game of pinball, there is no greater reward than Wizard Mode – a hidden level that is only unlocked when a player completes a series of lightning-speed challenges. Robert Emilio Gagno has dedicated most of his life to mastering Wizard Mode, and is now one of the top pinball players in the world. He also happens to have autism.
SCREENS: Monday, May 2 – 7:15 PM, Scotiabank 4 | Wednesday, May 4 – 1:00 PM, Hart House | Saturday, May 7 – 6:15 PM, Scotiabank 4