Docs Screening in Canada This Week (Feb. 26 - Mar. 3)

The Messenger


By Pat Mullen

The Oscars might be this weekend, but the next seven days are all about Canadian docs. With The Messenger hitting the screens in Toronto, Kingston, and Cobourg, and a bunch of films joining it at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, there are a lot of maple leaves scoring off the rink. Fans of The Room in Winnipeg may also check out the new doc about the notoriously bad film, Room Full of Spoons. Bring some spoons!

Docs now playing:

3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets
Dir. Marc Silver | USA | 98 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema / Cinema Politica – Tue, Mar. 1
Screening with
Black Men Loving
D: Ella Cooper | Canada | 27 min |
—>Black Men Loving director Ella Cooper and The Black Daddies Club founder Brandon Hay will be in attendance for a Q&A.

After the Last River
Dir. Vicki Lean | Canada | 88 min.
-Kingston, ON: Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Fri. Feb. 26 – Sat, Feb. 27

Al Purdy Was Here
Dir. Brian D. Johnson | Canada | 90 min.
-Kingston, ON: Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Fri. Feb. 26 – Sat, Feb. 27
-Woodstock, ON: Woodstock Art Gallery / TIFF Film Circuit – Mon, Feb. 29

Amy
Dir. Asik Kapadia | UK | 128 min.
-Grand Falls, NL: TIFF Film Circuit – Wed, Mar. 2
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Mon, Feb. 29

And Life Goes On
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1992 | 91 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Feb. 26

A Ballerina’s Tale
Dir. Nelson George | USA | 85 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Wed, Mar. 2

Buena Vista Social Club
Dir. Wim Wenders | Germany/USA | 1999 | 105 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Sat, Feb. 27

Cartel Land
Dir. Matthew Heineman | USA/Mexico | 98 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Fri, Feb. 26

Close-Up
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran | 1990 | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Mon, Mar. 1
-Introduced by film scholar Kaveh Askari

Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr
Dir. Michelle Shepard, Patrick Reed | Canada | 90 min.
-Kingston, ON: Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Fri. Feb. 26 – Sat, Feb. 27

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
Dir. Charles Wilkinson | Canada | 74 min.
-Kamloops, BC: Kamloops Film Society / TIFF Film Circuit – Thurs, Mar. 3
-Vancouver, BC: The Rio – Sat, Feb. 27

Heart of a Dog
Dir. Laurie Anderson | USA/France | 75 min.
-Wolfville, NS: Fundy Film Society / TIFF Film Circuit – Wed, Mar. 2

Hockey’s Lost Boy: The Rise & Fall of George Patterson
Dir. Dale Morrisey | Canada | 90 min.
-Kingston, ON: Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Sun, Feb. 28

HURT
Dir. Alan Zweig | Canada | 84 min.
-Kingston, ON: Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Sat, Feb. 27 – Sun, Feb. 28

King Georges
Dir. Erika Frankel | USA | 80 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Wed, Mar. 2 – Thurs, Mar. 3

The Last Man on the Moon
Dir. Mark Craig | UK | 99 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, Feb. 26 – Thurs, Mar. 3 (No Wednesday show)
—>Canadian astronaut Dr. Dave Williams will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A on Friday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m.

The Look of Silence
Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer | Denmark/Indonesia/Finland/UK | 103 min.
-Regina, SK: Regina Public Library – Fri, Feb. 26 – Sun. Feb. 28
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Sat, Feb. 27

The Messenger
Dir. Su Rynard | Canada | 89 min.
-Coburg, ON: The Loft – Sun, Feb. 28
-Kingston, ON: Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Sat, Feb. 27 – Sun, Feb. 28
-Toronto, ON: Carlton Cinema – Fri, Feb. 26 – Thurs, Mar. 3
—>Q&A on Fri at 6:45pm with Director Su Rynard, Editor Eamonn O’Connor and Producer Joanne Jackson.
—>Sat & Sun shows hosted by Bird Studies Canada. Q&As with Producer Joanne Jackson and Bird Studies Canada President Steven Price.

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts
Includes:
Body Team 12 // Dir. David Darg | Liberia | 13 min.
Chau, Beyond the Lines // Dir. Courtney Marsh | USA/Vietnam | 34 min.
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah // Dir. Adam Benzine | Canada/UK/USA | 40 min.
Last Day of Freedom // Dir. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman | USA | 32 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Feb. 26 – Thurs, Mar. 3 (No Saturday show. Plan smartly, Oscar watchers!)

Palio
Dir. Cosmina Spender | UK | 91 min
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Tues, Mar. 1

The Pass System
Dir. Alex Williams | Canada | 51 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Sat, Feb. 27.
—>Screens with the short films Kokom and Mia.

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA/UK/Italy | 96 min.
-Coburg, ON: The Loft – Sat, Feb. 27
-Owen Sound, ON: Owen Sound’s Reel Film Festival / TIFF Film Circuit – Sat, Feb. 27
-Saskatoon. SK: Broadway Theatre – Sun. Feb 28 – Wed, Mar. 2
-Toronto, ON: Mt Pleasant – Sun, Feb. 28
-Toronto, ON: Kingsway Theatre – Fri, Feb. 26 – Thurs, Mar. 3 (No Sunday show)

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Dir. Chad Freidrichs | USA | 2011 | 79 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Wed, Mar. 2
—>Admission is free.

Requiem for the American Dream
Dir. Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott | USA | 73 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Mon, Feb. 29
-Vancouver, BC: The Rio – Fri, Feb. 26 – Sat, Feb. 27

Room Full of Spoons
Dir. Rick Harper | Canada | 113 min.
-Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Cinemateque – Thurs, Mar. 3

Talking to My Father
Dir. Sé Merry Doyle | Ireland | 90 min.
-Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Cinemateque – Fri, Feb. 26

Terminal Device
Dir. Ross Turnbull | Canada | 68 min.
-Kingston, ON: Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Sun, Feb. 28

This Changes Everything
Dir. Avi Lewis | USA/Canada | 90 min
-Cranbrook, BC: College of the Rockies – Wed, Mar. 2
-Kimberly, BC: Centre 64 – Tues, Mar. 1
-Montreal, QC: Journal des Alternatives – Mon, Feb. 29

Wawahte
Dir. John Sanfilippo | Canada | 48 min.
-Kingston, ON: Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Sat, Feb. 27

What Happened, Miss Simone?
Dir. Liz Garbus | USA | 101 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, Feb. 26

Where to Invade Next
Dir. Michael Moore | USA | 110 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Fri, Feb. 26
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Varsity – Fri, Feb. 26 – Thurs, Mar. 3

The Winding Stream
Dir. Beth Harrington | USA | 92 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Sun, Feb. 28

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