The Hot Docs Festival is back so be sure to check out the largest documentary festival in North America! The sheer size of the festival can be a little overwhelming, so this week’s blog post from Greenrock Property Management features an assortment of films that should not be missed, and how to get to them from your Village Green apartment.
The Hot Docs Festival has screenings taking place right now at various venues around the city. More than 200 films from across Canada and around the globe will be showcased between April 28th and May 8th to audiences of over 200, 000 people. Tickets and passes are already on sale, so act fast! Rush seats are also available for many films. Lines for rush tickets start to form an hour before showtime and any available tickets are sold 15 minutes before the screening begins. These are just a few of the films that are worth checking out.
The idea that everyone we have ever known, everything we have ever done, ever discovered, all happened on a relatively tiny, sphere of rock and water hurtling through the space is not new. Buckminster Fuller, futurist and inventor, coined the phrase in the 1960’s. The “Earth Rise” photo by the Apollo astronauts and the “pale blue dot” of Carl Sagan’s original cosmos all helped to bring the idea into focus. We are hurtling through the infinite vastness of space on a very finite planet. Spaceship Earth brings together the planet’s most prominent minds from the worlds of physics, anthropology, astronautics and beyond to discuss what impact we are having on our shared Earth. This film screens Saturday May 7th at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor West) just 18 minutes by TTC from Village Green apartments.
The Revolution Won’t Be Televised
Frustrated by political ineffectiveness, two friends and hip hop artists mobilize a protest movement following Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade’s controversial election declaration in 2010. The collective came to be knows as Y’en a Marre. The duo mobilized the youth of the nation through music and media, in schools and the streets. The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, but it will be screening Friday, May 6th at 3pm at Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West) — just a 9 minute drive or a 12 minute bike ride from Village Green apartments.
The Sex Temple
Robin, the gay owner of a century-old theatre in Sweden, is in dire straits. The theatre is going under. Robin partners with Christian. Christian runs a straight swingers club. What will happen when the two join forces? The dream is a sex club where anyone is welcome. The wake up call comes early — as moral outrage, homophobia and puritanical values come knocking. Enter The Sex Temple Sunday, May 8th at 9:15pm at Hart House Theatre.
How to Prepare for Prison
Much more than a simple question of guilty or not guilty, How to Prepare for Prison deals with all aspects of the prospect of entering the prison system for the first time. Shot over three years, from the perspectives of three different families, the film centers on the psychological trauma that takes it’s toll over everyone involved. The film explores the loss of freedom, the fear of violence on the inside, the stigmatization of the families living on the outside. The fear, the regret and the frustration of those facing judgement is also examined. Experience it all from a safe distance on Sunday, May 8th at 3:30pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W). Walk there in under 20 minutes from Village Green.
The Hot Docs Festival is one of the best events of the year for documentary film lovers. The Festival is on right now — don’t miss it! The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes that you have a fascinating, enlightening and entertaining experience at this year’s festival. Click here for information about our Village Green apartments.