Tuesday, May 3, 2011

NFB and Hot Docs present Doc Talks - free event

Tonight and for the next few days, The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Hot Docs present a free series of talks at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Each of the talks begins at 5:30pm in Theatre number 4 and they are free to everyone.

The first talk tonight is Docs Making a Difference with Terence Macartney-Filgate, Shannon Walsh and Lee Hirsch. Tomorrow's talk is Docs Modifying Minds with Charles Officer, Susan Saladoff and Anthony Baxter. Finally on Thursday, the talk will be Docs Fuelling Debate with David York and Frank Piasecki Poulsen.

Tonight and Thursday's talk will be moderated by Katerina Cizek and Wednesday's talk will be moderated by Sarah Spring.


Lend your voice to a free series of talks with leading filmmakers
exploring the social impact of documentaries

The National Film Board of Canada and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival have announced the line-up of participants for Doc Talks, a new free series of conversations that gives documentary film lovers access to leading Canadian and international directors.

In this inaugural edition of Doc Talks, innovative and influential filmmakers discuss the impact of documentaries on the real world in a series of lively, hour-long conversations.

Discussions will take place May 3 through May 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Bell Lightbox 4, and are presented in collaboration with the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. Admission is free and open to all.


Tuesday, May 3, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Bell Lightbox 4
Can one film really change the world? From the NFB’s Challenge for Change program to Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line, documentaries have a long tradition of being catalysts for change. But how much difference can one film really make? Meet three directors who have sought to create films that help pave the way for social transformation.

Lee Hirsch The Bully Project

Wednesday, May 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Bell Lightbox 4
Do documentaries change the way we see our world? Constant access to information can lead us to think we know the whole story. The filmmakers on this panel go deeper than the headlines and news reports. Prepare to be surprised by stories you’ve never heard and transformed by the ones you thought you knew.

Charles Officer (Mighty Jerome) 
Susan Saladoff (Hot Coffee)

Thursday, May 5, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Bell Lightbox 4
Do documentaries ignite dispute or dialogue? Docs can be controversial because of their subjects, stories or approaches. Participants discuss films that delve into religion, politics and ethical dilemmas. Add your voice to a spirited debate about covering and creating controversy.

David York (Wiebo’s War)
Frank Piasecki Poulsen (Blood in the Mobile)

Tuesday and Thursday’s session will be moderated by documentary film and digital media director Katerina Cizek (HIGHRISE: Out My Window; Filmmaker-in-Residence). Wednesday’s session will be moderated by producer Sarah Spring (St-Henri, the 26th of August; Roadsworth: Crossing the Line).

About Hot Docs

Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 28 to May 8, 2011, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of over 190 documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions, market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, May 4 and 5, and The Doc Shop.

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is breaking new ground in form and content through interactive and mobile media, community filmmaking projects, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic film and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 2 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its <NFB.ca> Screening Room features over 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, as well as a pre-loaded app in the new BlackBerry PlayBook.

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