Hot Docs launches Discover Ontario, a six-part film series by Ontario filmmakers showcasing the vibrant people and places around the province. Presented with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Discover Ontario features some of the province’s most intriguing cultural destinations. Screenings take place March 24 to August 16, on select dates and times, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
Each film highlights a unique area of Ontario from Algoma to St. Catherine’s, Niagara Falls, Roblin Lake, Willowdale and Sarnia.
“We are delighted to support the Discover Ontario film series,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC’s President & CEO. “Ontario’s film industry makes important economic and cultural contributions to the province, and these films are all excellent examples of how the rich tapestry of our documentary film industry has enhanced our lives, celebrated our landscape and artists, and given us a strong sense of identity.”
PAINTED LAND: IN SEARCH OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN
The, Mar 24, 6:30pm
Wilderness photographers Joanie and Gary McGuffin and art historian Michael Burtch search for the Northern Ontario locations visited by Canada’s most celebrated landscape painters.
Filmmakers Phyllis Ellis, Peter Raymont and Nancy Lang will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Tue, Apr 19 6:30pm
Long before the advent of Jackass and The Tom Green Show, St. Catherine’s native Ralph Zavadil (aka Cap’n Video) dazzled audiences with his cable access stunts.
Director Jay Cheel will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Wed, May 18 6:30pm
This Genie Award-nominated classic offers a slyly subversive tour through Niagara Falls, introducing the unforgettable characters of Canada’s “capital of kitsch.”
Director Kevin McMahon will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
AL PURDY WAS HERE
Tue, Jun 14 6:30pm
Canada’s top musicians and artists come together to tell the life story of Governor General’s Award winner and Prince Edward County resident Al Purdy, the poet who rocked Canada.
Director Brian D. Johnson will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE
Tue, Jul 19 6:30pm
This Hot Docs 2010 Audience Favourite is a rollicking journey through the 40-year history of Canadian rock legends and Willowdale natives Rush, one of rock’s most influential bands.
Directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
LAND OF DESTINY
Tue, Aug 16 6:30pm
In this soulful portrait of Sarnia, the city’s long-suffering petrochemical workers reveal the importance, and meaning, of community.
Director Brett Story will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Tickets for Painted Land: In Search Of The Group Of Seven are $12 each (Bloor members: Free). All other tickets are $12 (Bloor members: $8, $6, Free). Tickets can be purchased at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office or online at bloorcinema.com.