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With the permission of screenwriter, star and singer Nick Cave, we’re thrilled to offer this special advance screening of his latest work, a not entirely plausible record of a day in the life of the man himself.

“Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.”Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“Probably best music doc I’ve ever seen… so much more than music. Beautifully made”Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

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Music Mondays

The title of this archival doc comes from the opening of "Jumpin Jack Flash": "I was born in a crossfire hurricane ..." What follows is a whirlwind history of the rockiest band to celebrate a golden anniversary.

"Riotously entertaining."—Neil Smith, Total Film

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Unlocking the origin of all matter; that’s what’s at stake in the biggest, most expensive experiment ever undertaken, the Large Hadron Collider built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang in 27km of tunnels near Geneva. This acclaimed documentary gives us a ringside seat as 1000s of scientists seek the elusive Higgs Boson - the "God Particle".

"Mindblowing." The New York Times

"Particle Fever succeeds on every level." Hollywood Reporter

"I cried at a movie about particle physics. And I wasn’t alone." Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American

Music Mondays

The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68, is widely held as the band’s best performance ever captured on film. And now for the first time, fans can watch the complete version in digitally re–mastered glory with 5.1 surround sound as the entire concert has been carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include the lost performances of "Hello I Love You," "Texas Radio and the Big Beat" and "Spanish Caravan."

Music Mondays

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

"You may never hear the Rolling Stones’s Gimme Shelter the same way again after hearing Jagger’s and Clayton’s separate accounts of the recording of the song." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"This generous, fascinating documentary about the careers of backup singers, most of them African-American women, seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital." AO Scott, New York Times

"Just about everything in this movie is right. And anybody who gives a rip about unsung heroines of popular music and giving credit when credit’s overdue had better come up with a good excuse not to see it." Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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A truly hopeful film about Alzheimer’s and aging is something unexpected. This hugely affecting documentary won the Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a portrait of a man on a mission, Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit Music & Memory, as he fights bureaucrats and austerity budgets with the palpable evidence of how very simply the gift of an iPod can restore vitality and spiritual well-being to patients suffering from dementia and depression.

"Gloriously inspirational."—Hollywood Reporter

Music Mondays

The rock/funk band Miller, Miller, Miller and Sloan hoped to make it big in 1980s New York City music scene. They had talent, a unique sound, and fans—everything but a record deal. This "where are they now?" documentary is a kind of rock n roll 7 Up, funny, rueful, and full of piercing insight.

"By the time the film ends you’ll be hoping for a reunion." Unseen Films

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Elvis lives! Well, if a nursing home in east Texas can be called "living". With his buddy JFK (Ossie Davies) by his side, the King fights off an ancient Egyptian mummy and gets his mojo back. Don Coscarelli’s cult comedy maybe out to lunch in the story department, but it’s also endearingly serious about Elvis, decrepitude, and the horrors of institutionalized care.

"It has the damnedest ingratiating way of making us sit there and grin at its harebrained audacity, laugh at its outhouse humor, and be somewhat moved (not deeply, but somewhat) at the poignancy of these two old men and their situation."—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Cinema Salon

Dallas police officer Robert Wood was shot dead in November 1976 when he approached a blue Mercury Comet on the highway. Two men were in the car – who did it? With its Philip Glass score this landmark documentary put Errol Morris (The Fog of War; The Unknown Known) on the map. "Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” Roger Ebert

Introduced by David Beers, founding editor of The Tyee.

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A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The stirring new documentary The Case Against 8, showcasing the lawyers and plaintiffs who challenged California’s 2008 gay marriage ban, is the best kind of popular history, a film that trembles with tears and hope, and I dare you to get through it without bawling some yourself."—Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“Cotner and White’s handling of a hugely divisive topic is masterful ... Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, The Case Against 8 is essential viewing.”—National Post

"The film fascinates in part because the legal team behind the couples—and the American Foundation for Equal Rights that supported them—included Republican stalwart Ted Olson and Democrat David Boies, who had squared off in the famous Bush vs. Gore case, the 2000 battle over whether there should be a recount in Florida. Here they’re warm and toasty together and passionately committed to a progressive cause.”—Now magazine

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Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike - her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous Afternoon of a Faun for Tanny. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.

"It is almost as though you are beholding mythological deities who have alighted briefly on the earth….one of the great ballerinas of the 20th century." - Stephen Holden, New York Times

"The ballet movie we’re swooning over." Marie Claire

"Classical dance great Jacques d’Amboise calls Tanaquil LeClercq’s style a ’path to heaven.’ And this lovely documentary by Nancy Buirski makes it clear that he’s right." - Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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Three activists (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard) plan to blow up a hydro-electric dam in Oregon in this taut, gripping thriller from the director of Wendy and Lucy. Tapping into familiar environmental concerns and asking pressing questions about next steps, Reichardt has crafted a timely, provocative drama which stays with you long after the fade out.

"Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus." Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"Sharp and haunting." AO Scott, New York Times

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Based on James Franco’s short stories, Palo Alto marks the directorial debut of Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis and niece of Sofia. It’s the latter who seems to have exerted the most immediate influence. A shimmering, limpid film about California teens coasting towards they know not what, Palo Alto may not break new territory but it certainly surveys the landscape with fresh insight and humanity.

"A knockout." Gavin Smith, Film Comment

Palo Alto is one of the best movies ever made about high school life in America , blurring the lines between how unique it is to be a teenager, and how universal it is to feel like one." David Ehrlich, Film.com

"The best feature film directed by someone named Coppola in a number of years." Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

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Against the odds, the American Dream endures in small towns like Rich Hill, Missouri - but as this poetic, poignant doc makes clear, life is anything but easy for teenage boys growing up in a place where the tracks don’t seem to have a "right" side.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, Sundance Film Festival

"A truly moving and edifying film, Rich Hill is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations." Katie Walsh, The Playlist (Indiewire)

"Open-hearted….deeply empathetic." Peter Debruge, Variety

"Often heartbreaking." Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter

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How did Aaron Swartz differ from Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg? Like them, he was a prodigy, a genius who instinctively understood the potential of digital communication. He was barely in his teens when he devised a program that anticipated Wikipedia. At 15 he was attending congressional hearings and speaking at conferences. At 19 he co-founded Reddit. But how was he different? Unlike other internet pioneers, he wasn’t interested in making money. He just wanted to make the world a better place.

Last year, at 26, Aaron killed himself. This is his story.

"As engrossing as it is important. 4 stars."NOW magazine

"Spellbinding."Variety

"Engrossing, illuminating."Austin Chronicle

WOODY ALLEN 4 SEASONS: Woody in Winter

In his sixth film as director, Allen poked fun at his intellectual heroes, the heavyweight Russian novelists Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in particular, but also Chekov, Ingmar Bergman and Nabakov. At the same time this tale of a cowardly Russian philosopher caught up in the fight against Napoleon bows in the direction of Bob Hope and the Marx Brothers. It is one of Allen’s funniest movies.

Music Mondays

Jonathan Demme returns to his favourite subject - Neil Young - for their third collaboration in six years. This is an intimate and intense account of Young returning to his homeland and performing a couple of blistering shows at Massey Hall in the spring of 2011.

"Shooting a couple of rapturously received gigs performed by a band-less Young at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall in May, 2011, Demme not only had his camera crew get up the singer’s nose (literally), he affixed small stationary cameras inside a piano, on the microphone stand and elsewhere to capture his subject’s every grimace, gliss of sweat and fleck of spittle….At film’s end, one is left in awe at the richness of Young’s oeuvre (which admittedly sometimes makes Bob Dylan’s seem like tidings of great joy), his stamina and his questing spirit." James Adams, Globe and Mail

"A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike." Peter Rainier, Christian Sience Monitor

The Best of Hot Docs

Intimate interviews and never-before-seen home videos conjure up a beautiful, accomplished and surprisingly moving portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for over 40 years.

“3.5/4 stars: thoroughly entertaining…a joy to watch.” Globe and Mail

“The triumphant tearjerker of this year’s Hot Docs film festival…speaks to the heart of a viewer and brings out the softie in everyone” POV Magazine

“One of the most emotionally effective performing arts docs that’s ever been made." Dork Shelf

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The power, intensity and drama of desert ultra-marathon racing fuels Jennifer Steinman’s emotionally charged documentary. Following a small group of very different runners competing the in the Four Desert series (the Atacama, the Gobi, the Sahara and Antarctica) the film draws us in to their lives, to understand what drives them to undertake such a grueling challenge.

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Over the past two decades, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Doug Block has supported his career with a side business of videotaping weddings. Long curious about how their marriages have turned out, he tracks down and interviews some of the more memorable of his 112 wedding couples - with funny, insightful and moving results.

"Quirky, entertaining, and heartwarming." Toronto Film Scene

"Simple in execution, but unmistakably rich in dialogue of the complexities of married life, Doug Block has lensed a wonderfully playful, startlingly tragic film that will surely move anyone who’s ever been in love and question anyone considering marriage themselves." Jordan M Smith, Ion cinema

"Block finds the extraordinary in the patient observation of everyday life." Michel Gondry

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