Sudbury Showcase 2016

Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op is delighted to announce the return of the Best of Hot Docs- Sudbury Showcase, a festival of documentary screenings, Thursday November 10 to Sunday November 13, at various venues in Downtown Sudbury. This is possible due to the support of Major Presenting Partners Downtown Sudbury, Greater Sudbury Public Library, Rainbow District School Board, Imagine Cinemas as well as our Major Media Sponsor CBC Radio

The Best of Hot Docs - Sudbury celebrates the Northern Ontario premieres of 12 outstanding stories from Toronto’s Hot Docs International Film Festival in 2016.

Tickets and Passes on Sale here

FINAL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE- Available HERE or at Main Branch Library by October 10th.

Best of HotDocs: Sudbury Two Day Industry Forum

Koneline: Our Land Beautiful by Nettie Wild

Friday November 11 @ 7:00 pm Sudbury Secondary 154 College St

Presented by Downtown Sudbury

Winner Best Canadian Feature Hot Docs International Film Festival 2016

KONELĪNE: our land beautiful does not lecture; it surprises with cinematic action and visual poetry. It is a bold experimental film from some of Canada’s leading documentary artists. KONELĪNE: our land beautiful is a sensual, cinematic celebration of Northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it. Some hunt on the land. Some mine it. They all love it. Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahitian First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change.


"Transcendent, breathtaking spectacle….she let the camera hunt for art in every frame, mining veins of abstract beauty rather than sharp nuggets of political narrative. She allows every image an ecumenical gaze.

Brian D. Johnson, MACLEAN’S

"Astonishing, stunningly beautiful…. equal parts sigh, song and cry.

Linda Barnard, TORONTO STAR 

"Captures the danger and promise of an inspiring natural world


"Stunning spectacle finds visual poetry…nurtures nuance.


"Breathtaking… gripping… finds beauty in unexpected places.


"Moral ambiguity being served by fantastic visuals… beautiful, complicated, compelling.


Tickled by David Farrier & Dylan Reeve

Saturday November 12th @ 7:30pm School of Architecture 85 Elm St

Hosted by McEwen School of Architecture.

Watching Tickled is best when no one tells you what's going to happen, or what it's about, other than this: journalist David Farrier happens to find a strange video online for a sport called "competitive endurance tickling." When he tries to contact the person responsible for posting the video to do a short news story, the response comes laced with such vitriol that he's compelled to dig deeper to discover what would spark such a reaction. What he finds is bigger and more bizarre than anything you're likely to imagine. Launched into an increasingly complicated series of stories and situations, Farrier crafts a compelling investigation into a truly peculiar phenomenon that becomes both disturbing and dangerous, guiding the audience deftly through an experience they won't be able to forget.


NOW Magazine -

Toronto Sun  - 10 to watch at Hot Docs festival

Toronto Star - Three Hot Docs films show the medium is the message, but the hubris is human

Toronto Film Scene - "Intense and frightening..."

National Post - From Operation Avalanche to Sour Grapes, here are the 10 films to see at Hot Docs Film Festival

blogTO - 10 films to watch at Hot Docs 2016

Scene Creek - "Fascinating and genuinely distressing narratives..."

Torontoist - "  ..Sure to be one of the year’s most talked-about."

Dork Shelf - " ..Strap yourself in for a good time."

Toronto Life - The 10 films you need to see at Hot Docs 2016

Twitch - "Don't bully a kiwi with a video camera"

PBS - Is Seeing Believing? The New Documentaries Challenging Reality

Migrant Dreams by Min Sook Lee

Thursday November 10th @ 7:00 pm Sudbury Secondary 154 College St

Hosted by Sudbury Workers Education & Advocacy Centre

Northern Ontario Premiere

Hosted by Sudbury Workers Education & Advocacy Centre (SWEAC.)

Honorable Mention, Best Canadian Documentary DOXA Film Festival. Top 10 Audience Favourites Hot Docs 2016

When Umi and Dwipa left Indonesia to work in an Ontario greenhouse as part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program, they hoped the jobs would provide the opportunity and income for a better life. They didn't expect that fixers and false promises would lead to deception and exploitation. Sadly, their story is not uncommon. What makes them unique is their courageous choice to speak up and fight back. Their faith in justice and their drive to break free from illegal debt-bondage exposes a dysfunctional system where unscrupulous brokers operate with impunity. While Dwipa risks losing his job, he finds love with a female co-worker, Rahmi, and they make plans to marry—something that would have been more complicated in their shared homeland. Min Sook Lee continues to speak truth to power with her commitment to providing a voice to the silenced, fulfilling documentary's capacity as a powerful tool for social change.
Alexander Rogalski


"Migrant Dreams is social justice filmmaking at its most gripping and galvanizing, and is something every responsible Canadian must see." – Jordan Adler, Toronto Film Scene

"Brilliant and deeply disturbing." – James Bawden

"This film brings up the issues you hardly can imagine." - Let The Moves Move Us.

When Two Worlds Collide by Heather Brandenburg & Matthew Orzel

Saturday November 12th @ 2:15 pm  Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Sunday November 13th @ 2:10 pm  Open Studio 93 Cedar Street

Hosted by The Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury

Special Jury Prize- Best Debut Feature, Sundance Film Festival, Top Ten Audience Favourites, Hot Docs 2016, Best Documentary, Madrid International Film Festival, Green Dox, Dokufest International Documentary Film Festival 2016

Step inside a tense and deeply controversial battle between Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to extract natural resources from the Amazon, and Indigenous protectors who return the fight in full force to protect their homes and fragile ecosystem. As the Peruvian government passes new legislation that opens the rainforests to destruction, famed Indigenous leader Alberto Pizango makes an impassioned plea to stop the extraction of oil, minerals and gas from untouched Amazonian land. Brewing tensions spark one of the largest Indigenous protests in Peruvian history, and despite no involvement, Pizango is exiled, accused of inciting violence. With an unflinching camera, this immersive tour de force drops us in the middle of two colliding worlds. With guilty parties on both sides, tragedy and destruction tear paradise apart.
Heather Haynes


Village Voice - The most destructive villain in this year's summer movies isn't some superpowered fiend. It's us, the consumers of North America, whose desires have shaped the world in a… devastating new film from Peru.

A.V. Club - When Two Worlds Collide employs a variety of styles and approaches to construct a single gripping narrative.

Associated Press - The Peruvian documentary "When Two Worlds Collide,"… tells with gripping immediacy the real-life Shakespearean tragedy of the Baguazo, a story that isn't over yet.

Hollywood Reporter - The conflict between government policies promoting resource extraction in the Amazon and native communities attempting to safeguard their ancestral territory is clearly defined in this activist documentary.

Films for Two - First-time feature documentary filmmakers Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel restore the priorities in the “Save the Amazon Rainforest” from a trendy charity catchphrase or hashtag to a life and (tragic) death political movement galvanized by a charismatic leader to save the indigenous people of Peru.

IndieWire - a strikingly present documentary debut that traces how the friction between a government and its people can metastasize into a dangerous state of insurgency.

Variety - “When Two Worlds Collide” offers a vivid if unabashedly partisan depiction of the clash between indigenous Peruvian minorities and government interests bent on “opening up” protected tribal lands to multinational-corporation mining, drilling and clear-cutting.

Mattress Men by Colm Quinn

Sunday November 13th @ 4:00 pm  Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Sponsored by Querney's Office Supplies


Official Selection Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc/Fest

In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’ under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. Paul, burdened with debts and living with his family in inner city Dublin, yearns to get a full time contract working with Mick. Using all his marketing savvy and entrepreneurial skills, Paul embarks on a mission to make Mattress Mick a viral sensation. Will Paul be successful in his endeavours? And will Mick finally overcome the challenges in their friendship and recognize the hard work and good intentions of his long-time friend? MATTRESS MEN is a bittersweet and moving tale of friendship and the struggles of two men that is sure to delight audiences everywhere.

MEDIA COVERAGE - …. charming and uplifting

Irish Times - Utterly delightful.

blogTO10 films to watch at Hot Docs 2016

Toronto Film Scene  - “Most unexpected tearjerker of the festival.

Toronto Film Scene  - “Profound.”

Toronto Film Scene - Q&A: Mattress Men director Colm Quinn

In the Shadow Of the Hill by Dan Jackson

Sunday November 13th @ 2:15 pm  Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Hosted by Myths & Mirrors Community Arts

Official Selection: Hot Docs, AFI Film Festival

In the lead up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the Brazilian government initiates a series of ‘pacification’ programs, aimed at retaking territories previously controlled by heavily armed drug trafficking armies. In November 2011, Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum ‘Rocinha’ is seized without a single shot fired. Shortly after the intervention, reports begin to emerge of rampant police abuse, which culminate in the disappearance of local bricklayer Amarildo de Souza. Amarildo was last seen being taken by the police for questioning, and his family believes that he has been tortured and murdered by the police. In the face of brutal oppression, together the residents start a protest movement that will shake the Brazilian establishment to the core.


The Current - Documentary exposes human cost of cleaning up Brazil's favelas before Olympics

AFI review - stellar throughout, capturing the beauty, squalor, and resilience of Rocinha without romanticizing or pornographizing its poverty.

Toronto Film Scene - fiercely compelling and beautifully photographed.

Variety - there is a tangible intimacy to the film that holds interest, as the poor but proud participants stake a rousing claim for equality as a pushback to the criminalization of their poverty.

Digital Journal - there's no way Jackson could have known of the political scandal that is unfolding as this documentary sees its world premiere.

4:3 Review - In the Shadow of the Hill is, as both a work of historical analysis and a celebration of impossible courage under fire.

Ovarian Psycos by Joanna Sokolowski & Kate Trumbull-Lavalle

Saturday November 12th @ 2:15 pm  Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Sunday November 13th @ 11:00 am  Open Studio 93 Cedar St

Hosted by Voices for Women, Sponsored by The Outside Store

Official Selection: SXSW, Hot Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival

Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color. The film intimately chronicles Xela as she struggles to strike a balance between her activism and nine year old daughter; street artist Andi who is estranged from her family and journeys to become a leader within the crew; and bright eyed recruit Evie, who despite poverty, and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother, discovers a newfound confidence. The film Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ova’s, exploring the impact of the group’s activism, born of feminist ideals, Indigenous understanding and an urban/hood mentality, on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence, and take back their streets one ride at a time.


The Hollywood Reporter - “Compelling portraits in grass-roots inspiration and female strength. The film is a natural for doc platforms with a political edge.

NBC News - "...equal parts revolution and jubilation, showing that solidarity and strength in numbers are the best ways to protect your community while enacting progressive change."

Cinema Axis [Derek Jacobs] - the women in this stirring film provide an empowering example of how the exploited can choose to take control of their lives.

FF2 Media [Nora Lee Mandel] - this fast-paced, invigorating film beautifully captures their sheer exhilaration at taking over the city on their own terms.

The Last Thing I See [Brent McKnight] - In the mood for a documentary about a radical feminist bike collective made up entirely of women of color? You should be.

A Revolution in 4 Seasons by Jesse Deeter

Saturday November 12th @ 12:40 pm  Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Sunday November 13th @ 12:30 pm  Open Studio 93 Cedar St

Hosted and Sponsored by Centre Victoria Pour Femmes

Winner, Best International Feature Documentary Award

This seminal film tells the story of two women with opposing political views fighting for their different versions of a democratic future for Tunisia, the country that sparked the Arab Spring. Over the course of Tunisia's critical post-revolution years, we follow journalist Emna Ben Jemaa, who envisions a country governed by free speech and without the corruption of the former regime. In contrast, Jawhara Ettis of the Islamist party works towards a Tunisia guided by Islamic principles. On a public level, both women must navigate how women are treated in their society, while in their own homes they must make difficult choices to balance their public political roles with marriage and motherhood. Both know the stakes are high. The ever-present threat of Islamic extremists means their fragile political process could break down and all they've worked for could be lost.
Heather Haynes


Meet Jessie Deeter - Hot Docs 2016 Women Directors

Film Review - Nonfics (Hot Docs 2016)

Listen to Co-Producer/Editor Sara Maamouri's interview about A Revolution in Four Seasons on RTCI in Tunis. [English, April 12, 2016]

Huffington Post - "Le documentaire 'A revolution in four seasons' en avant première à Toronto, ou la transition démocratique vue par Emna Ben Jemaa et Jawhara Ettis"

Sour Grapes by Jerry Rothwell, Reuben Atlas

Saturday November 12th @ 3:35 pm  Downtown Movie Lounge

Sponsored by the Clarion Hotel

Winner, Best Documentary NZ Film Awards

Audience Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Rudy Kurniawan was, it was rumoured, a wine savant, had an expert memory for taste, a generous host, offering rare wines from his huge cellar, who in 2006 made 35 million dollars in two wine auctions from the sale of his wine. Then in 2008 a French wine producer, Laurent Ponsot, realized that wine from his family's domain was being sold from a year they hadn't produced it. That day, he says, he took the first plane to New York, and thus begun his crusade.


Metro Variety - rarefied tastes are hardly a prerequisite to appreciate this highly entertaining stranger-than-fiction saga.

POV – Raise a glass to Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas for their breezy caper - 10 Must See Movies

National Post - From Operation Avalanche to Sour Grapes, here are the 10 films to see at Hot Docs Film Festival

Indiewire - 5 New Must-See Documentaries From the 2016 Hot Docs Festival

Real Screen - review

Digital Journal - Fraud meets the wild world of wine

The Current - Uncorks high-end world of fine wine fraud

Gulistan: Terre Des Rose/Land of Roses par/by Zaynê Akyol

Sunday November 13th @ 12:00 pm Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St (English subtitles)

Sunday November 13th @ 12:00 pm Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St (sous-titres en francais)

Hosted and Sponsored by YWCA Genevra House

Meilleur long métrage Film Festival - Milan, 2016 Prix du public EBS International Documentary Festival - Seoul, 2016 Prix Spirit EBS International Documentary Festival - Seoul, 2016 Doc Alliance Selection Award Doc Alliance Films - Locarno, 2016

TURKISH KURMANDJI (SUBTITLES- un cinema en francais, the other English subtitles)

Dans les montagnes et le désert du Kurdistan, les guérilleras kurdes du PKK nous dévoilent leur quotidien. Ces femmes révolutionnaires combattant Daech (l’État islamique) nous révèlent, sans détour, leurs réflexions et leurs idéaux. Elles nous offrent une immersion intimiste dans leur univers.

Female Kurdish guerrillas fighting the Islamic State have received a lot of media coverage—but you've never seen these revolutionary women portrayed like this. With painterly beauty, filmmaker Zaynê Akyol brings us into the lives of an all-female brigade. Each shot is carefully composed, a considerable feat given that most of the film takes place in the rough mountains and deserts of Kurdistan. The battlefield is one of the only places these women can escape constricting gender roles. Fierce and proud, they instill fear in their enemy, not only for their bravery and skill, but also because, for Daesh (also known as ISIS) soldiers, dying at the hands of a woman means they'll never reach paradise. In turn, the women live in fear of being taken as spoils of war, believing that "every woman left to the mercy of man is condemned to slavery." .
Aisha Jamal

MEDIA COVERAGE - Top Foreign affairs documentaries to watch

Digital Journal  - Canada brings a woman's perspective to Hot Docs

Two Soft Things Two Hard Things by Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa

Sunday November 13th @ 2:15 pm  Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Best Two-Spirited Film Audience Choice, Queer North Film Festival

Best Documentary, Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival

As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.


Edge Media Network - “The film’s hopeful message: The struggle for the kind of equality and acceptance that once was normal for the Inuit is far from over, but it’s well and truly begun.

Shameless - “The camera takes us right into the hearts and homes of those who courageously grapple with the complexity of their identity on a daily basis. These people tell their stories with a vulnerability that can only stem from incredible strength.

Daily Xtra - “Two Soft Things provides a surprising portrait of our country’s northern-most queer population; a small but resolutely optimistic group committed to making change, one small step at a time.

Nunatsiaq News - “It’s amazing to see people take their pain and sadness and turn it into activism and change.

SAD Mag - “Woods and Yerxa have done a wonderful thing; instead of avoiding complexity, they’ve captured it. Their documentary asks: Where did these problems come from? How do we fix them? And how do we create the inclusive, socially tolerant spaces the Inuit want?

The Bad Kids by Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe

Saturday November 12th @ 12:40 pm  Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Hosted & Sponsored by The John Howard Society of Sudbury & Sudbury Restorative Justice

Special Jury Prize Documentary Verite Filmmaking Sundance Film Festival,
Finalist Grand Jury Prize Documentary Sundance Film Festival + 2 more nominations.

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk. THE BAD KIDS is more than just a story of one teacher making a difference. It is a look at a practical model for how public education can address and combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of American schoolchildren. Parallel to the conflicts of the three main characters, Black Rock’s day-to-day life reveals Viland’s philosophies in constant application: through the customs of the school, through her attentions to other teens and their crises, and through her tireless efforts to promote the school’s mission both within the district and at the state level.

THE BAD KIDS is not a story of triumph against all odds, because that isn’t the reality of these students’ lives or expectations. It is a story of taking achievable steps toward pride and security. It is a story that our culture needs to hear and embrace.


The Hollywood Reporter - “Perceptive and persuasive… an insightful, affecting film.

Variety - … hits a raw nerve of cross-generational adversity, tapping into the ways in which literal, emotional, and psychological neglect and abuse can often only be halted when someone refuses to let the past influence the future.

Indiewire - Taking us into the lives of these kids and halls of the school, “The Bad Kids” has a simple purpose — to show these teens are not beyond saving.

Local and Super-Indie NEWS!


Canadian Labour International Film Festival is screening
1 hour of the best labour film shorts of 2016.

Thursday November 10th @ 4:30 pm
Main Branch Library 74 MacKenzie St


Sponsored by the Sudbury District Labour Council.

Running time 120 minutes

Local Works in Progress

Saturday November 12th @ 11:30 am
Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Local Docs TBA

Sunday November 13th @ 11:00 am  Downtown Movie Lounge 40 Elm St

Roll-Her Dervish by Beth Mairs

Saturday November 12 5:15pm  Main Branch Library 74 MacKenzie St

Running time 50 minutes


Local Documentary Premiere

Roller derby is a colourful and aggressive female-dominated team sport whose growth across North America is unparalleled. In 2012, in the Northern Ontario city of Sudbury, roller derby took an interesting twist with the creation of a second league made up of disenchanted members of the original league. This new league, Greater Sudbury Roller Derby, has high hopes and worthy aspirations not only for its players and the sport but for community service. We follow this new league- a lovable group of outsiders- through their trials, tribulations and triumphs on and off the track for 2 years. Beyond the glib assertions that roller derby is cool and the chicks are hot, Roll-Her Dervish offers a candid look inside the events, politics and personalities that both make and break the league- with themes that will resonate with anyone who ever threw their heart into running a volunteer organization or fell in love with a team sport.


Beth Mairs

Managing Director