TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - TVO, Ontario's public educational media
organization and proud supporter of Canadian documentary filmmaking, is
pleased to announce that two new TVO commissioned point-of-view films
will be screened at Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary film
Both films, Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! and Grinders, represent TVO's commitment to nurturing Canadian documentary
filmmakers with important stories to tell (descriptions and screening
information below). And TVO is thrilled that Hot Docs 2011 is honouring
documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig. TVO has had the privilege of
financially supporting and partnering on all of his documentaries,
including the 2010 Genie Award winner, A Hard Name.
"TVO commissions between 8-10 new point-of-view documentary films every
year, more than any other Canadian broadcaster," says Jane Jankovic,
TVO's commissioning editor for point-of-view documentaries. "We
deliberately focus on point-of-view films that resonate with Canadians
and spark interesting discussions and debate."
"And with the help of generous donors, we can do even more," adds
More than fifty percent of TVO's primetime programming is devoted to
documentary films. That is 1,430 hours of documentaries per year
including commissions and acquisitions. TVO offers a selection of
documentaries free, online for on-demand viewing at tvo.org.
In 2011, TVO will launch "The Doc Studio" - an exciting new online
project that will engage users in the world of documentary films and
filmmaking. It will provide a comprehensive look at the works of
celebrated filmmakers; showcase the work of emerging filmmakers and
will take viewers behind-the-scenes with extra videos, photos and
TVO at Hot Docs 2011:
Recessionize! For Fun and Profit! Toronto filmmaker Jamie Kastner (Kike Like Me, produced in association with TVO) sets off on a black-comic road trip
through California, Europe and Dubai to meet those who manage to turn
the world economic crisis into opportunity. The quirky cast ranges from
kids at "Camp Millionaire" and Berlin prostitutes offering
eco-discounts, to the owners of a French hotel promising a hamster
Thursday, May 5 at 9:45 p.m. at the ROM Theatre (rush tickets only)
Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 (rush tickets
Grinders Ontario filmmaker Matt Gallagher's inside journey into the
unconventional, often bizarre, underground world of illegal poker
clubs. It's a world populated by colourful characters, straight out of
central casting. A world where the workday starts at midnight, runs
strictly on cash and can change forever with the simple flip of a card.
Matt's intimate, first person narrative is joined by the voices of
other grinders -- poker players who make a small but sustainable living
at the poker table.
Saturday, May 7 at 9:30 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
Sunday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Fox Theatre (rush tickets only)
For more information visit hotdocs.ca.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. Celebrating 40 years, TVO's vision is
to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational
media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported
by thousands of donors. For more information, visit TVO.org.
For further information:
Corporate Relations, TVO
416.484.2600 ext. 2281