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Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Best of Hot Docs 2015


Jun 12 06:30 pm

From inspiration to opening night, For Grace follows renowned American chef Curtis Duffy as he strives to overcome adversity in his personal life to build his dream restaurant.

"If there were a Michelin guide for documentaries, Chicago filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski likely would earn three stars for their fascinating portrait of master chef Curtis Duffy, an intensely driven perfectionist who devotes his heart and soul to designing, building, staffing and opening his own high-end restaurant. This is a slickly produced and shrewdly insightful piece of work, and the story behind the story of Duffy’s single-minded obsession provides uncommonly compelling emotional heft." Joe Leydon, Variety

"A masterful look at the demons that often drive the best. Go see this movie!" Steve Cavendish, Nashville Scene

"The surprising and disarming power of For Grace can’t be understated… tands head and shoulders above even its closest of comparable films." Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Vancity Theatre Screening


Jun 24 08:30 pm

What if everything you thought you knew about drugs was wrong? What if society has misread - or been misled - about what science says about psychedelic substances? What if prohibition only exists to safeguard social inhibition (and big pharma profits)? Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, Vancouver filmmaker Oliver Hockenhull explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their now established medicinal potential.

Copresented with Banyen Books & Sounds

"Fuses science, art and spirituality into a seamless whole." Geoff Olson, Vancouver Courier