Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hot Docs Live! screens across Canada

Hot Docs and Cineplex Entertainment bring you Hot Docs Live!, which will screen the Canadian premieres of two Hot Docs 2012 Festival films CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT and INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE in 35 Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada.

These screenings, as well as special interactive discussions with the filmmakers and special guests, 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.

Tickets for Hot Docs Live! can be purchased at participating theatre box offices and online.


China Heavyweight (2012)
Directed by: Yung Chang
Cast: Zongli He, Yunfei Miao and Moxiang Qi
Special thanks to Canadian distributor KinoSmith.
Synopsis: In southwestern China, state athletic coaches scour the countryside to recruit poor, rural teenagers who demonstrate a natural ability to throw a good punch. Moved into boxing training centers, these boys and girls undergo a rigorous regimen that grooms them to be China's next Olympic heroes but also prepares them for life outside the ring. As these young boxers develop, the allure of turning professional for personal gain and glory competes with the main philosophy behind their training—to represent their country. Interconnected with their story is that of their charismatic coach, Qi Moxiang, who—now in his late thirties and determined to win back lost honour—trains for a significant fight.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012- Live!
6:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm MT / 8:00 pm CT / 9:00 pm ET

Indie Game: The Movie (2011)
Directed by: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Cast: Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish and Edmund McMillen
Special thanks to Films Sales Company
Synopsis: A look at 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 to the world. After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy. Meanwhile, developer Phil Fish lives with the hype of his incomplete game, Fez. The pressure is getting to him. Guiding us through this world is sage Jonathan Blow, the mind behind Braid, one of the most successful independent games of all time. In this Sundance hit and award-winner, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the tension and drama by focusing on the artists' vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - Live!
6:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm MT / 8:00 pm CT / 9:00 pm ET

Hot Docs Live! can be enjoyed in the following cities:

Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge

British Columbia: Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kamloops, Langford, Richmond, Vancouver

Manitoba: Winnipeg

Nova Scotia: Halifax
Please note: Tickets for Halifax screenings can be obtained at

Ontario: Barrie, Cambridge, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, Richmond Hill, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Windsor

Quebec: Cote St. Luc, Laval, Montreal

Saskatchewan: Regina, Saskatoon

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