A series of special film screenings and interactive discussions will be simulcast live from the newly opened Bloor Hot Docs Cinema via Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events to participating theatres across Canada.
Hot Docs and Cineplex Entertainment are partners on the Hot Docs Live! Project, which will feature the Canadian premiere screenings of two high-profile Hot Docs Festival films, Indie Game: The Movie (D: James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot; Canada) and China Heavyweight (D: Yung Chang; Canada, China).
Hot Docs Live! can be seen at 35 Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country on May 2 and 3. Filmmakers and special guests will be in attendance and participate in the discussions.
Front Row Centre Events from Cineplex have ranged form Metropolitan Opera simulcasts to coverage of World Wrestling Entertainment activities. The simulcasts are delivered via satellite to participating theatres in high definition, with digital surround sound.
“Hot Docs is one of the first festivals in the world to present live cross-country screenings and filmmaker discussions,” Chris McDonald, Hot Docs executive director, said. “Festivals are about creating communities and this is a fantastic opportunity to share the unique Hot Docs Festival experience in real-time in communities across Canada. We are thrilled to multiply the impact of these great Canadian documentary films and to introduce these talented filmmakers to a wider audience.”
“We are honoured to partner with Hot Docs and Cineplex Entertainment in this groundbreaking collaboration to bring documentary films to audiences across the country,” Anne Frank, Telefilm Canada’s Interim Regional Director of Industry Promotion, Ontario & Nunavut Region, added. “Our participation underlines our objective to stimulate demand for Canadian screen-based content, including in the regions where the appetite for homegrown cinema is strong. Hot Docs Live! is also a unique opportunity to promote our talented filmmakers.”
China Heavyweight, directed by award-winning Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze), follows a master coach in central China as he recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. The top students face dramatic choices as they graduate: should they fight for the collective glory of their county or for themselves? A metaphor for the choices everyone now faces in the new China.
Indie Game: The Movie, directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. The directors capture the tension and drama by focusing on these artists’ vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.
Both documentaries received their world premieres at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Hot Docs Live! can be seen at Cineplex theatres from Quebec to B.C.
Now in its 19th edition, Hot Docs runs from April 26 to May 6, with some 189 documentaries from Canada and around the world begin screened. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, May 2 and 3, and The Doc Shop.
In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.
Hot Docs includes Scotiabank, Rogers Group of Funds, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners.
Hot Docs Live! is supported by Telefilm Canada and the Globe and Mail