GAT at HOT DOCS 2011

Bury The Hatchet a film by Aaron Walker (left) Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs, and Recessionize! For Fun & Profit! 15 Steps!, a film by Jamie Kastner, a North American Premiere at Hot Docs.

Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs
BURY THE HATCHET
a film by Aaron Walker
Country: USA | Language: English | RT: 86 min
May 1, 2011          – 7:00PM              – Cumberland 3
May 3, 2011          – 4:30PM              – Cumberland 3

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North American Premiere at HOT DOCS!
Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! 15 Simple Steps
a film by Jamie Kastner
Country: Canada | Language: English | RT: 56 min
May 5, 2011          – 9:45PM              – Royal Ontario Museum
May 7, 2011          – 6:30PM              – TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

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BURY THE HATCHET
Directed by Aaron Walker

Country: USA                        Language: English                RT: 86 min
www.burythehatchetfilm.com

Grand Prize
, Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, England 2010
Intangible Culture Award, Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, England 2010
Best Louisiana Feature, New Orleans Film Festival 2010

Five bleak years post-Katrina, the acclaimed, musically-rich documentary BURY THE HATCHET offers a glimpse of polyglot that is the real New Orleans with its dynamic portrait of three Mardi Gras Indian Chiefs, bearers of tradition as artists, musicians and oral historians.

Descendants of runaway slaves given harbor by the Native Americans in the bayous of Louisiana, these practitioners of centuries-old tradition sew elaborate indigenous-stylized costumes and parade through the streets on “Fat Tuesday,” singing traditional songs that contribute another layer to New Orleans’ already rich musical vernacular.

Following these men, we experience the precariousness of the New Orleans black community — from the destruction of middle class African-American neighbourhoods to make way for an interstate highway, to police crackdowns, the reality of violence, aging and death, and finally the decimation of their community with Hurricane Katrina.

While the Chiefs differ in many ways, their need to pass on their traditions drives all three Mardi Gras Indians as they give schoolbooks to children, teach the craft of sewing and song, tell stories, give advice, and generally serve as de facto community leaders.

With a celebratory soundtrack of New Orleans music and additional scoring by pianist George Winston, the film is an intimate entry into this often hidden New Orleans experience.  Musical artists include The Wild Tchoupitoulas; Donald Harrison Jr.; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Arvo Part; Jimmy Scott; Big Chief Alfred Doucette; Baby Dodds Trio; Earnest Skipper; Young Guardians of the Flame; Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles.

AARON WALKER is a director, cinematographer and editor whose works include the award-winning short film Summer Light.  He is director and editor of projects with Marianne Faithfull, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Pearl Jam, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Allen Toussaint; was videographer and editor for the DVD featurettes for The Dukes of Hazzard as well as the Burt Reynolds feature Deal; was editor for the feature-length documentary Desire; and has been videographer and editor for many New Orleans music and documentary productions.

Executive Producer – Marie Slaight | Consulting Producer – Tim Watson | Associate Producer – George Ingmire

Co-Editor – Amy Sanderson.  | A Cine-Marais and Altaire Productions Release.

Screenings at Hot Docs

May 1, 2011          – 7:00PM              – Cumberland 3
May 3, 2011          – 4:30PM              – Cumberland 3

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Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! 15 Simple Steps
a film by Jamie Kastner

The First Funny Film About The Great Recession!

Ever dream of…
Starting a camp to teach kids how to make millions?
Opening a Hamster Villa — for humans?
Making a living by squatting in upscale homes?
Neither did a lot of people!

Now you too can enjoy these perks of the new economic order, and a whole lot more in Jamie Kastner’s Recessionize! For Fun And Profit! 15 Simple Steps!, the new comic documentary from the filmmaker behind, Kike Like Me, and Djangomania!

In Recessionize! Kastner sets off on a black-comic verité-style road trip through California, Europe and Dubai, meeting folks who are turning economic crisis into opportunity. Told in a series of globe-hopping parables, the 56-minute film is framed as a mock educational/business primer. The quirky cast, by turns funny, absurd and heartrending, range from kids attending Camp Millionaire in Santa Barbara, to Berlin prostitutes offering eco-discounts, to the French hoteliers behind the hit “Hamster Villa” – all models of economic resilience.

Kastner’s present-day journey is interwoven with equally dark/funny tales of economic ingenuity from the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Ultimately Recessionize! tells a unique, bittersweet tale that touches on the universal ironies of modern market-guided existence.

Credits

Written, Directed and Produced Jamie Kastner
Editor Greg West
Line Producer Diana Warmé
Director of Photography
Derek Rogers
Research
Susan Kastner, Spencer Ramsay
Original Music
David Wall featuring the song “Recessionize!” by Susan Kastner

Screenings at Hot Docs:
May 5, 2011          – 9:45PM              – Royal Ontario Museum
May 7, 2011          – 6:30PM              – TIFF Bell Lightbox 2