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Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 15 06:30 pm

The potential and perils of online vigilantism and crowdsourcing are starkly realized for a family searching for their missing son, when the theory that he is a terrorist behind the Boston Marathon bombings goes viral.

"Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is exceptionally moving as it pieces together a sensitive study of the victims of depression and mental illness. The essay on social media’s gale force becomes doubly powerful as one sees the family grief compounded by the inevitable online bullying that comes when people value instant gratification and immediate fame over facts. Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi demands audiences to separate what is trending from what is true, and this compelling doc is an urgent reminder to see the human face behind the hashtag. You’ll want to hug your loved ones after seeing it." Patrick Mullen, POV magazine

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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May 29 08:40 pm
May 30 06:10 pm
May 31 05:00 pm
Jun 03 06:30 pm
Jun 04 08:40 pm
Jun 11 02:45 pm

Meet Iris Apfel, doyenne of New York fashion, and more importantly an indomitable and inspiring life force well into her ninth decade. Quick-witted and always flamboyantly dressed, Iris retains her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."

"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel." Variety

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 15 08:30 pm
Jun 16 06:30 pm

Obsessively cooped up in a Manhattan apartment by their father, six remarkable teenage brothers grow up understanding the outside world through the prism of movies - their reenactments of Tarantino have to be seen to be believed! Newfound freedom brings a reality very different from what they had expected.

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 05 10:45 pm
Jun 06 08:10 pm
Jun 07 08:10 pm
Jun 08 06:30 pm
Jun 09 08:10 pm
Jun 10 06:30 pm
Jun 11 08:50 pm

You’ll believe a man can fly… For sky-diving pioneer Carl Boenish, jumping out of airplanes just wasn’t exciting enough. He wanted to jump off tall buildings, bridges and cliffs too - including Yosemite’s mighty El Capitan. Boenish invented BASE jumping, and he filmed it all too. This may be Extreme documentary making, but Carl’s larger than life personality and his oddball marriage touch on emotions as well as adrenaline.

"Exhilarating." Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Immersive enough to induce panic." Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 12 10:30 pm
Jun 13 10:30 pm

Lorne Michaels couldn’t have guessed that his little sketch comedy experiment would become America’s highest temple of comedy. Saturday Night Live alumni reflect on 40 years of television magic.

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Music Mondays

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Jun 08 08:30 pm

Women instrumentalists have made major contributions to American jazz, and this film captures many of the lost stories, from the early 1920s to the 1970s, including the development of numerous all-female jazz ensembles. Join Peggy Gilbert, Marian McPartland, Carline Ray, Quincy Jones, Jane Sager and many others in this important remembering of our musical past.

Duration: 72 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 22 06:30 pm
Jun 23 06:30 pm
Jun 25 05:00 pm
Jun 27 03:15 pm

Go behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet and watch choreographer Justin Peck create the company’s 422nd original piece.

“The documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography… Lipes captures the dancers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers from a variety of angles within the larger canvas, always suggesting kinetic movement continuing beyond the frame. A delight for balletophiles, the film [represents] a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1966
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 07 06:00 pm

The Citizen Kane of surfer flicks, Bruce Brown’s late sixties opus Endless Summer never gets old. Brown and two surfer buddies set out to traverse the globe on their boards, and found the perfect wave at Cape St Francis, South Africa - a four-foot curl that gave rides of 15 minutes and came in so reliably it "looked like it was made by a machine." Their tour also took in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii… And if you can’t get there this summer, this languid ode to the ocean might just be the next best thing.

Presented in partnership with The Surfrider Foundation Vancouver.

"The most influential adventure sports documentary ever made." NPR


Arrive early to enter the raffle, chat with representatives from The Surfrider Foundation and learn about their Vancouver summer initiatives. Plus, bring 10+ plastic bags (or the bag of plastic bags you have stuffed under the sink) and exchange it for a reusable tote from Whole Foods, while supplies last. 

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2010
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 07 04:15 pm

Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us… and what we can do about it.

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1993
Series:
WELLES 100

1942 was the year everything went wrong for Orson Welles. He couldn’t fight for The Magnificent Ambersons because he was in Brazil at the behest of Nelson Rockefeller, working on a pan-American propaganda piece, an anthology film mixing documentary and fiction to be called "It’s All True". That film was never finished, and Welles’ Hollywood career never recovered - but Bill Krohn’s reconstruction explains why it was such an important project, and recovers more footage than anyone could have imagined.

Duration: 68 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1942
Series:
WELLES 100

Welles and Joseph Cotten penned the screenplay (adapted from an Eric Ambler spy story), and while the Great Man didn’t take a directing credit - bowing to his friend and collaborator Norman Foster - the expressionist noir stylings are very much in line with what you would expect from the man who made The Lady from Shanghai, Mr Arkadin, and Touch of Evil. Almost inevitably, the film was butchered in post production, first by RKO (who cut out 20 minutes) and then by the censors. All the same it’s enormous fun, a B movie thriller with sly wit, invention and panache to spare.

Duration: 146 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1990
Series:
Cinema Salon

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Jul 07 07:30 pm
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jul 03 06:45 pm
Jul 05 06:10 pm
Jul 07 05:15 pm
Jul 09 06:30 pm

Obsessively cooped up in a Manhattan apartment by their father, six remarkable teenage brothers grow up understanding the outside world through the prism of movies - their reenactments of Tarantino have to be seen to be believed! Freedom brings a reality very different from what they had expected.

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Music Mondays

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Jun 01 08:40 pm

Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays

Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda, Yemen. Breakdancing unites people worldwide in the common languages of movement, expression, and hip-hop. Rap superstar and producer Nas presents a broad look at a movement inspiring hope in global urban communities.

"The film is fascinating to watch whether you are into hip-hop or not. To say it’s inspiring is an understatement." Trevor Dueck, Vancity Buzz

Duration: 119 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 06 02:00 pm
Jun 11 06:30 pm

Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney blows the lid off this secretive and sinister organization, a "religion" that incorporates the financial structure of pyramid scheme and bears all the hallmarks of a cult. Gibney talks to 8 former Scientologists, including Crash writer-director Paul Haggis and several senior officials now alienated from the organization. The film gives us the history of its bizarre founder L Ron Hubbard, and examines Scientology’s dubious dealings with the IRS and its disturbing exploitation of celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

"Jaw-dropping, scary, unnerving, even disturbingly funny." David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"The cult is right to be scared. Going Clear is spectacular stuff." Bilge Eberi, New York magazine

"A heat-seeking missile that doesn’t take long to find the heat." Verne Gay, Newsday

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 23 08:00 pm

Meet Iris Apfel, doyenne of New York fashion, and more importantly an indomitable and inspiring life force well into her ninth decade. Quick-witted and always flamboyantly dressed, Iris retains her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."

"A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel." Variety

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Jun 24 06:30 pm

Yogananda was the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. This unconventional documentary has won critical plaudits everywhere it has screened.

Co-presented by Banyen Books & Sound

"Fittingly enlightening, Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West." Michael Rechtschaffen, LA Times

"Gentle sitar music, languorous camerawork and soothing narration… This could be a good movie to do yoga by." The New York Times

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Best of Hot Docs 2015

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Jun 12 06:30 pm

From inspiration to opening night, For Grace follows renowned American chef Curtis Duffy as he strives to overcome adversity in his personal life to build his dream restaurant.

"If there were a Michelin guide for documentaries, Chicago filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski likely would earn three stars for their fascinating portrait of master chef Curtis Duffy, an intensely driven perfectionist who devotes his heart and soul to designing, building, staffing and opening his own high-end restaurant. This is a slickly produced and shrewdly insightful piece of work, and the story behind the story of Duffy’s single-minded obsession provides uncommonly compelling emotional heft." Joe Leydon, Variety

"A masterful look at the demons that often drive the best. Go see this movie!" Steve Cavendish, Nashville Scene

"The surprising and disarming power of For Grace can’t be understated… tands head and shoulders above even its closest of comparable films." Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

(With live score performed by the Alloy Orchestra)
Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1924
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

One of the strangest and most twisted films of the silent era. Cheated and cuckolded, a brilliant scientist (played by Lon Chaney, "the man of a thousand faces") takes refuge behind the make up of a circus clown, where his shame can at least inspire laughter in others. He becomes famous, but his hapless love for a bareback rider sends the movie spinning towards revenge tragedy. This first feature produced by the famous studio MGM, He Who Gets Slapped blends naturalism and expressionism with high melodrama - all accentuated in the Alloy Orchestra’s extraordinary live score.

“A picture which defies one to write about it without indulging in superlatives … so beautifully told, so flawlessly directed that we imagine it will be held up as a model by all producers.” NY Times, 1924

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