Docs Screening in Canada this Week (June 3-9)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Courtesy of TIFF Film Reference Library.


By Pat Mullen

Jump forward from early summer to midsummer this week when Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, her sumptuous recording of Shakepeare’s play, hits TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of the Books on Film series. (The film was a highlight from the docs at TIFF 2014.) The play that Taymor’s film documents is an ingenious and fantastical take on Shakespeare’s comedy, but rarely is film-mediated drama so wonderfully cinematic. Actress Kathryn Hunter, who stars as Puck in the play, will be on hand to introduce the doc and engage the audience in a post-screening talk on all things Shakespeare.

Other docs coming to screen this week include the Toronto release of I am the Blues (review here), which marks Daniel Cross’s return to the screen in a hit from Hot Docs, while Morgan White’s wonderful The Slippers gets an encore at Inside Out after hitting Hot Docs. Inside Out audiences also get a treat with Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things from Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa, and the world premiere of Nancy Nicol and Richard Lusimbo’s And Still We Rise. Kingston audiences, finally, get to enjoy the unveiling of Revolution Begins at Home, which is the new film from director and Queen’s professor Clarke Mackey.

Docs now playing:

And Still We Rise
Dir. Nancy Nicol, Richard Lusimbo | Canada | 68 min.
-Toronto, ON: Inside Out – Sun, June 5
—>Discussion to follow screening

Chemsex
Dir. William Fairman, Max Gogarty | UK | 83 min.
-Toronto, ON: Inside Out – Sat, June 4
—>Discussion to follow screening

Dark Horse
Dir. Louise Osmond | UK | 85 min.
-London, ON: Hyland Cinema – Fri, June 3 – Thurs, June 9
-Salmon Arm, BC: Shuswap Film Society / TIFF Film Circuit – Sat, June 4
-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinema – Fri, June 3 – Thurs, June 9
-Wolfville, NS: Fundy Cinema / TIFF Film Circuit – Sun, June 5

Don Francks: Portrait of an Earthling
Dir. Arnold Usiskin | Canada | Running Time TBA
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Mon, June 6
—>This screening is FREE.

Good Things Await
Dir. Phie Ambo | Denmark | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Wed, June 8
—>Food activist, journalist and author Danielle Nierenberg joins for a discussion.

I am the Blues
Dir. Daniel Cross | Canada | 106 min.
-Cobourg, ON: The Loft – Fri, June 3; Sun, June 5; Wed, June 8 – Thurs, June 9
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, June 3 – Thurs, June 9
—>Director Daniel Cross will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As on June 3 and 4.
-Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Cinematheque – Sat, June 4 – Sun, June 5; Wed, June 8 – Thurs, June 9

In Search of Memory
Dir. Petra Seeger | USA/Austria | 2008 | 95 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Wed, June 8
—>Following the film, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) hosts a panel of local neuroscientists to discuss the science of memory, highlighting recent advances in the field that aim to improve the treatment of disorders including dementia.

Janis: Little Girl Blue
Dir. Amy Berg | USA | 108 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinéma du Parc – Fri, June 3 – Thurs, June 9

Kiki
Dir. Sara Jordenö | USA/Sweden | 94 min.
-Toronto, ON: Inside Out – Sun, June 5
—>Guests in attendance

The League of Exotique Dancers
Dir. Rama Rau | Canada | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Fri, June 3 – Thurs, June 9

Major
Dir. Annalise Ophelian | USA | 91 min.
-Toronto, ON: Inside Out – Sat, June 4

Meru
Dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | India/USA | 87 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Revue – Thurs, June 9

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Dir. Julie Taymor | USA | 150 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Mon, June 6
—>Stage director and Olivier Award–winning actor Kathryn Hunter, who plays Puck, joins for an in-depth Q&A.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps
Dir. Neil Young | USA | 1979 | 116 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Tues, June 7

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA/UK/Italy | 96 min.
-Annapolis Royal, NS: Kings Theatre Film Society / TIFF Film Circuit – Tues, June 7

Planet in Focus Student Shorts
Dir. Various | Canada | Running Time TBA
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Thurs, June 9
—>Admission is FREE

Revolution Begins at Home
Dir. Clarke Mackey | Canada | 90 min.
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Fri, June 3; Wed, June 8 – Thurs, June 9
—>World Premiere! Clarke Mackey will be in attendance for a filmmaker’s Q&A at all four screenings. Opening reception 6-7pm on Friday June 3.

Same Difference
Dir. Joshua Sweeny, Kyle Wentzel | USA | 87 min.
-Toronto, ON: Inside Out – Fri, June 3

The Slippers
Dir. Morgan White | Canada/USA | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: Inside Out – Sun, June 5

Sour Grapes
Dir. Jerry Rothwell, Reuben Atlas | USA/UK/France | 86 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, June 3 – Thurs, June 9 (No Monday show)

Stretch And Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
Dir. Bobbito Garcia | USA | 99 min.
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Wed, June 8
—>Benefit for CHUO-FM. Admission $18, includes Q&A with Stretch & Bobbito

Transfixed
Dir. Alon Koi | Canada/USA | 74 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinéma du Parc – Fri, June 3 – Thurs, June 9

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
Dir. Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa | Canada | 71 min.
-Toronto, ON: Inside Out – Fri, June 3
—> Director in attendance

We Come as Friends
Dir. Hubert Sauper | France/Austria | 110
-Regina, SK: Regina Public Library – Sat, June 4 – Sun, June 5

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