Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Apr. 7-13)

David Lynch: The Art Life


By Pat Mullen

Avant garde auteur David Lynch is a true artist. Before Mulholland Dr., The Elephant Man, and Wild at Heart, though, Lynch developed his dark, twisted, and hypnotic style as a painter. David Lynch: The Art Life profiles Lynch’s artistic vision as the veteran tells his story while developing new works for the canvas. It’s a meditative and absorbing look at the creative process as well as an intimate burrowing into a visionary mind. Read the POV review of David Lynch: The Art Life here.


David Lynch: The Art Life | Trailer from Pacific Northwest Pictures on Vimeo.

Jazz fans will undoubtedly like the soundtrack to David Lynch: The Art Life, but they’ll also tap their feet in appreciation of Kasper Collins’ I Called Him Morgan. The film is a mix of music documentary and true crime thriller about trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who murdered him in a New York bar in 1972. Some aficionados call Morgan the best trumpeter of his generation, and audiences are bound to be taken by the melody of a life cut short at the age of 33 in the Slug Saloon.


I Called Him Morgan Trailer from Submarine Deluxe on Vimeo.

On the Canadian side, finally, Oscar-nominee Hubert Davis (Hardwood) returns to the basketball court with Giants of Africa. (Read the POV review of Giants of Africa here.) This inspiring doc follows Toronto Raptors general manager and president Masai Ujiri on a journey across the gyms of Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya and Ujiri‚Äôs native Nigeria with his philanthropic endeavor Giants of Africa, which puts b-balls in the hands of young men across Africa. This beautifully shot film gives voice to the players as they share their experiences and learn valuable life lessons on the court. Don’t miss Davis at our National Canadian Film Day event on April 19 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema where he’ll discuss Giants of Africa and the legacy of Canadian docs behind it.

Opening this Week:

Angry Inuk | Feature| Review
Dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | Canada | 85 min.
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinemas – Sat, Apr. 8 – Mon, Apr. 10

Call of the Forest
Dir. Jeffrey McKay | Canada | 82 min.
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Sat, Apr. 8 – Sun, Apr. 9; Wed, Apr. 12 – Thurs, Apr. 13
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Wed, Apr. 12 – Sat, Apr. 15
—>Special post-film Q&A with the film’s ‘star’ Diana Beresford-Kroeger after the show April 15!

Contemporary Color
Dir. Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross | USA | 107 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Apr. 7

David Lynch: The Art Life
Dir. Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm | Denmark/USA | 88 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Fri, Apr. 7; Wed, Apr. 12
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Sat, Apr. 8; Wed, Apr. 12 – Thurs, Apr. 13
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Fri, Apr. 7 – Thurs, Apr. 13
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Apr. 7; Sun, Apr. 9; Tues, Apr. 11 – Thurs, Apr. 13

Forgotten
Dir. M. Eleanor McGrath | Canada | 43 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Apr. 7 – Wed, Aug. 12
—>The only surviving Fegan British Home Child in Canada Pat Maloney (arrival in Canada: 1937), British Home Child descendent Allan Thompson and filmmaker M. Eleanor McGrath will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with Hot Docs president Chris McDonald.

Giants of Africa
Dir. Hubert Davis | Canada | 77 min.
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge and Dundas – Fri, Apr. 7 – Thurs, Apr. 13

I am Not Your Negro
Dir. Raoul Peck | USA/France/Belgium/Switzerland | 95 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Sat, Apr. 8 – Tues, Apr. 11

I Called Him Morgan
Dir. Kasper Collin | USA | 92 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Thurs, Apr. 13
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Apr. 7 – Wed, Aug. 12

Jelena
Dir. Ryan Northcott | Canada | TBA
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Tues, Apr. 11
—>Subject Jelena Mrdjenovich will be in attendance for a Q & A following the screening.

The Last Breath: At the Heat of the Hotel Dieu in Montreal
Dir. Annabel Loyola | Canada | 72 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Apr. 7 – Thurs, Apr. 13
—>Q&A with director Annabel Loyola after select screenings

Mr. Gaga
Dir. Tomer Heyman | Israel | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Apr. 7 – Thurs, Apr. 13

Obit
Dir. Vanessa Gould | USA | 93 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Fri, Apr. 7 – Thurs, Apr. 13
—>Director Vanessa Gould, producer Caitlin Mae Burke and _New York Times _writer and film subject Margalit Fox join for an introduction and post-screening Q&A on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM.

Okpik’s Dream
Dir. Laura Rietveld | Canada | 73 min.
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinemas – Wed, Apr. 12 – Thurs, Apr. 13

Rebels on Pointe
Dir. Bobbi Jo Hart | Canada | 90 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Apr. 7 – Thurs, Apr. 13
—>Q&A with Bobbi Jo Hart and Robbie Hart on Apr. 7 at 7:00 PM!

Retro Screenings:

Our Nationhood
Dir. Alanis Obomsawin | Canada | 2003 | 93 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Thurs, Apr. 13
—>Features a conversation with Senior Political Advisor and Negotiator Troy Jerome and programmer Jesse Wente

Winged Migration
Dir. Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Dubats | France | 2003 | 89 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, Apr. 8
—>Meet rare bird Meet Sparky the Shrike from the Toronto Zoo before the screening!

Enjoy a week at the movies!

Save the date!

Join POV for a special conversation on documentary as Canada’s national art form on National Canadian Film Day (April 19) at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. This event features the launch of POV #105, our biggest issue ever devoted to the history of Canadian documentary, which is presented with the generous support of Reel Canada. Get event details here!

Visit First Weekend Club for more info on Canadian films opening around the country!