2016 - USA - 70 MINUTES - COLOUR A FILM BY BETH B.
This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B (Exposed). Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals.
2016 - USA/ GERMANY - 108 MINUTES - COLOUR A FILM BY MARCIE BEGLEITER
Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization.
2015 - POLAND - 92 MINUTES - IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY AGNIESZKA SMOCZYNSKA
One enchanted evening in early ’80s Warsaw, Poland, famished heart-eating sister sirens Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek) emerge from the sea in search of prey. They soon find themselves joining an erotic discotheque act, enabling them to use their transformative mermaid skills as a rather ultimate dancer performance attribute.
A FILM BY MATT TYRNAUER USA - 92 MINUTES - 2016 - COLOUR - B&W - ENGLISH
In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.
POLAND - 98 MINUTES - 2016 - COLOUR - IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY ANDRZEJ WADJA
A story of Władysław Strzemiński, an avant-garde painter, who did not give in to socialist realism being ruthlessly enforced by Communist regime in the post-war Poland. The tragic consequences of a struggle for artistic freedom in the totalitarian system of power unfold at first slowly, but gradually lead a charismatic, defiant man into the abyss.
2017 - 75 MINUTES A FILM BY BY ALI WEINSTIEN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER RON MANN
Mermaids is a lyrical documentary about the allure and transformative power of the universal myth. The film is guided by women (and men) who have experienced very deep connections with their inner sirens, and who beckon us into their underwater worlds...
A FILM BY KYLE RANKIN FEATURING: MARIA THAYER ,MICHAEL CASSIDY, RAY WISE, CHRIS MARQUETTE
Deb Clarington is a hardworking 30-year-old gal, not a stickler for hygiene and holding a terrible track record with men. That all changes when she wakes up on the Fourth of July in the apartment of the most attractive man she’s ever seen. Unfortunately neither she nor Ryan can explain exactly why they spent the night together, and there is some debate over how much even happened.
SWEDEN/ USA - 2016 - 91 MINUTES - COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE - DCP (D-CINEMA) A FILM BY KASPER COLLIN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: RON MANN, NICOLE STOTT, DAN BRAUN
On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary by Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin (My Name Is Albert Ayler) is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. A film about love, jazz and America with cinematography by Bradford Young (DOP, Selma).
USA – 2016 - 86 MINUTES - DOCUMENTARY A FILM BY TIM MARRINAN, RICHARD DEWEY
A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who pushed the limits of creative expression and risked his life in the name of art.
For more than 45 years, Chris Burden’s work has consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. His pioneering and often dangerous performance works of the 1970s earned Burden a place in the art history books while still in his early 20s. He had himself shot (Shoot, 1971), locked up (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), electrocuted, (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), cut (Through the Night Softly, 1973), crucified (Trans-fixed, 1974), and advertised on television (4 TV Ads, 1973–77). But as the 70s progressed Burden became disillusioned with the expectations and misconceptions based on his early works and as the pressure grew, the line between his life and his art blurred.
CANADA – 2016 – 122 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH/ JAPANESE GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES A FILM BY KEVIN MCMAHON
For 50 years scientists have been working to understand humanity’s daily influence on our planet’s life forces. SPACESHIP EARTH is a poetic feature film exploring what they have learned, and what that tells us about our responsibility for steering the only ship in the universe known to carry life.
A FILM BY ELIZABETH CARROLLThe Immortal Diana Kennedy by documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll is a candid look into the world of 92-year old British chef and author Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the world’s authority on Mexican cuisine. Ms. Kennedy is a formidable critic of anyone who doesn’t share her objective views of Mexican culinary traditions or anyone who, God forbid, doesn’t recycle.
IN PRODUCTION A FILM BY ALEXANDRA DEAN EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS SUSAN SARANDON AND MICHAEL KANTOR PRODUCED BY KATHERINE DREW AND ADAM HAGGIAG CO-PRODUCERS DAVID KOH AND DAN BRAUN
The story of a Hollywood actress, defined by her appearance, who is secretly a brilliant inventor and changes the course of history.
Lamarr appeared nude at the age of 17 in the 1933 Czech film “Ecstasy” and later married a prominent Austrian businessman who became a weapons dealer to the Nazis. Lamarr, who was born Jewish, fled her husband in the middle of the night, boarding a boat for America with nothing to her name except a single designer gown. She eventually convinced MGM boss Louis B. Mayer to sign her to a deal.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto, ON) Starts Friday, December 9, 2016
Fri Dec 9, Q&A with Jamie Kennedy - Renowned Canadian Chef
Sat Dec 10, Q&A with Claudia McNeilly - National Post Restaurant Columnist
The Loft (Coburg, ON) Starts Friday, December 9, 2016 Bytowne Cinema (Ottawa, ON) January 4 - 8, 2017 Winnipeg Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB) Jan 5 - 13, 2017 The Cinematheque (Vancouver, BC) January 26 - February 2, 2017 Cinecenta (Victoria, BC) February 7 + 8, 2017 RPL Film Theatre (Regina, SK) February 16 - 19, 2017
1985 - 115 MINUTES - JAPAN - 1.85:1 A FILM BY JUZO ITAMI
Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (Toronto, ON) Starts Friday, December 9, 2016
Advance screening Tues Dec 13, Q&A with Kirsten Johnson - Filmmaker
Vancity Theatre (Vancouver, BC) Sunday, January 1, 2017 Cinecenta (Victoria, BC) January 11 + 12, 2017 Metro Cinema (Edmonton, AB) January 13 - 18, 2017 Fundy Film Society (Wolfville, NS) January 25, 2017 RPL Film Theatre (Regina, SK) Thursday, February 2 - 5, 2017
2016 - USA - 102 MINUTES - COLOUR A FILM BY KIRSTEN JOHNSON
What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that person - and what does it do to the one who films?
Revue Cinema (Toronto, ON) - Facebook Event December 17, 27 + 29, 2016 Q&A with original cast member Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries) and Jack Blum (writer). Loft, The (Coburg, ON) January 13 - 19, 2017
CANADA – 2015 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - IN ENGLISH A FILM BY PAUL SHAPIRO FEATURING: MEGAN FOLLOWS, RICK MORANIS, GAIL YOUNGS
When a young girl wants to join her high school's hockey team as goalie, she meets with resistence, but also gets support, especially from the star forward of the team.