Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op in association with BAM North Productions is delighted to announce the return of the Best of Hot Docs- Sudbury Showcase, a festival of documentary screenings, Thursday November 6 to Sunday November 9, at various venues in Downtown Sudbury. This is possible due to the support of Major Presenting Partners Downtown Sudbury & Greater Sudbury Public Library and our Major Presenting Sponsor Autumnwood Mature Lifestyles Communities, as well as our Major Media Sponsor CTV Northern Ontario.
The Best of Hot Docs - Sudbury celebrates the Northern Ontario premieres of 10+ outstanding stories including top awarded docs and audiences favourites from Toronto’s Hot Docs International Film Festival in 2014.
All-Access Festival Passes are on sale: Regular $75. EARLY BIRD (to Oct. 25th)
$60 Tickets: 5-Packs are $40 and single tickets are $10.
Passes and tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite now and will be available by Wed. October 15th at the main branch of Greater Sudbury Public Library on MacKenzie St.- cash sales only.
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.
Finalists in NISA’s short doc contest precede the feature. Pre-Taped Q&A with Director John Kastner with NISA participants follows the screening. CASH BAR. Gen. Admission $10.
A Belgian drama about life on the brink of society in all its beauty, modesty and irony. The authenticity of the main characters is painful and confronting, yet entertaining and utterly charming. It is a story about mortality in a place where time seems to stand still. (En Francais & Dutch with English subtitles)
Elliot "White Lightning" Scott plans on becoming Canada's first action hero with his low-budget karate epic, Blood Fight. This surreal documentary captures two years in the lives of a passionate amateur filmmaker, his supportive partner Linda, and their outrageous cast-all trying to realize their dreams. With everyone's hopes and dreams pinned on Elliot, this comedic-drama unfolds into a shocking and complex examination of how we lie to ourselves.
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. Director Madeleine Grant will be available for a Skype Q&A.
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.
One man risks family and future to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, Above All Else follows David Daniel, a retired high-wire artist, as he rallies neighbours and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline.
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.
Des travailleurs, leurs machines, leurs tâches. La répétition de gestes quotidiens, la routine de la pause, de l'heure de lunch, de ces heures travaillées sans prononcer un mot, dans le bruit incessant des machines qui tournent, poussent, soulèvent, lavent et coupent de tout. Les rêves et les ambitions de ces travailleurs de toutes nationalités rencontrent ici leurs obligations. Certains d'entre eux discutent d'avenir, mais tous ont d'abord une journée de travail à terminer. Peintres, menuisiers, nettoyeurs, ouvriers. Leurs gestes sont répétitifs, mais les produits, eux, sont tout à fait concrets.
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.
Outraged by the world's image of Ukrainian women as either brides for sale or commodities of sex tourism, Ukraine’s activist movement Femen has stirred up a press frenzy across Europe. A movement that began in the snow-filled streets of a corrupt, post-Soviet Ukraine, Femen’s topless war against patriarchy is gaining momentum across Europe. But before they take the world by storm, these women must first confront the contradictory forces that power their own feminist organization.
In rural communities such as Rich Hill, the plight of youth can be especially startling: the absence of resources can, and often does, limit young people’s vision for the future and keep them locked in abusive situations, prolonged states of dependence, and dysfunction. RICH HILL takes a hard look at the despair of these youths, as well as at their talents and potential, and at what is at stake when they do not get what they need and deserve.
From behind prison walls, we meet extraordinary women who advocate for a future free from domestic violence. Inside the California Institution for Women, the first inmate-initiated and led group in the U.S. prison system, shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence. Against the system and against the odds, the women of Convicted Women Against Abuse have risen to expose the stigma of the cycle of domestic violence.
This groundbreaking environmental doc uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.
A Short Documentary Film Contest- sponsored by NISA for Mental Illness Awareness Week. Winners announced and films screened Opening Night Thursday Nov 6th at 7pm.
Networking opportunities for local people working in documentary and those who wish to.
The opportunity for local community groups to present doc films which align with their cause.
Festival Passes, Tickets and Program Schedule can be picked up at Main Branch of Greater Sudbury Library as of Oct 15th.
Stay tuned and contact Beth Mairs, local coordinator with your ideas and questions: