Hot Docs, in partnership with Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films, will celebrate springtime in Toronto by presenting three special open-air screenings in its new Rooftop Docs series during this year’s Festival, taking place April 29 to May 9. Hot Docs and Rooftop Films will take over the top tier of the Citipark Cumberland Garage in downtown Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood on the nights of Thursday, May 6, to Saturday, May 8, presenting film screenings and live music, and offering locally brewed pilsner courtesy of Steamwhistle Breweries and free popcorn courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
“Rooftop Docs presents a new and exciting viewing experience for our audiences, offering more opportunities to meet and socialize with one another,” says Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald, in a statement. “The outdoor screenings we’ve attended at other festivals are always a thrill. Docs, drinks and popcorn under the stars… what could be better?”
Rooftop Docs titles and screening times appear below:
The Parking Lot Movie – Thursday, May 6 8:00 p.m.
Meghan Eckman | USA | 84 min Long stretches of tedium punctuated by brief moments of “F*ck you, buddy!” – that’s life at the Corner Parking Lot. A hilarious look at the ragtag crew of over-educated misfits that you trust with your keys.
Marwencol Friday, May 7 8:00 p.m.
Jeff Malmberg | USA | 83 min Seeking solace after a brutal beating, Mark Hogencamp constructs a miniature WW II-era town in his backyard. But when his talent is discovered, the instant “artist” must choose between his fantasy life and the real world he’s carefully avoided.
Rooftop Docs Shorts Program Saturday, May 8 8:00 p.m.
Miro Remo | Slovakia | 23 Min
Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No
James Blagden | USA | 5 Min
The Freshwater Plague
Jake Chirico | Canada |10 Min
Inuit High Kick
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | Canada | 2 Min
Peter In Radioland
Johanna Wagner | Scotland | 10 Min
Amy Grappell | USA | 20 Min
Jan Peters, Marie-Catherine Theiler | Germany | 15 Min
Rooftop Docs screenings will take place on the roof of Citipark Cumberland Garage, 148 Cumberland Street. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with live music and bar service starting at 8:00 p.m. Screenings will begin at 8:30 p.m.