In partnership with Hot Docs:
First We Eat
Part of the Hot Docs To Conserve & Protect Program: Fighting for and collaborating with the planet
When filmmaker Suzanne Crocker (director of 2015 Hot Docs audience favourite All the Time in the World) suggests that her family spend a year eating only locally sourced food, her husband and three teenagers are skeptical. What complicates this experiment is that the family lives in a remote Yukon town,less than 300 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle—not exactly an easy place to access fresh-grown food all year round. First We Eat follows Suzanne and her family as they hunt, forage, fish, grow and raise their own food, struggling along the way to create a meal plan with variety and flavour. In perhaps the most bizarre effort to inject some seasoning into her cooking, Suzanne even dries human blood to use as salt. Filmed primarily by the director herself, this challenging look at food security and sustainability is also an intimate study of a family in the midst of a tough but rewarding experiment.
Available until Saturday, June 6, 2020
In partnership with Birds Canada:
Bird of Prey
Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival comes to the Toronto Bird Celebration, with this exclusive and free screening!
Join Thor Diakow, Birds Canada Board Member, film critic, and birder in an intimate Q&A session with Eric Liner, the Director of this breathtaking film at 7:30pm on Birds Canada’s Facebook Live; Then get your popcorn and bird-friendly coffee to enjoy the movie at 8pm EST on Vimeo (film link emailed upon registration).
Bird of Prey follows wildlife cinematographer, Neil Rettig, on what could be the most challenging assignment of his career: to find and film the rarest eagle on the planet. Explore the vanishing world of the Great Philippine Eagle and reveals the people determined to save it.
Join JAYU for the latest addition of the Last Tuesday Virtual Screening Series with Rogério Soares’ River Silence.
“A poetic journey alongside four women, River Silence is witness to the human and environmental cost of a large-scale development in Brazil’s Amazon basin. The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam is but one of many scheduled to be built in Brazil—and the characters we meet represent thousands of similarly displaced women, men and children.” The screening will be immediately followed by a Q&A with Rogério Soares (director) on Facebook Live.
TUES, APR 28 7:00 PM
National Canadian Film Day:
In honour of Earth Day and National Canadian Film Day, Planet in Focus will be presenting Anthropocene: The Human Apoch in partnership with the TIFF and Reel Canada.
In 2016, scientists declared that the Earth has entered a new geological era, one that is entirely the consequence of humanity’s abuse of the planet. Photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier conclude their award-winning trilogy with an urgent message to all the citizens of the world to see the consequences of our actions, before it’s too late.
WED, APR 22 6:30 PM
Good Look Now
Good Look Now is a program of films that each depict a glass of water, produce, flowers, a turtle, a human pattern, and a sloth.
Works by Peter Todd, Dawn George, Laurel Beckman centre natural matter arranged by civilization into cups, grocers, and fountains; while Philip Hoffman and Isiah Medina’s Ending 2 avails us with possible languages for experimental nature films. Ishu Patel’s 1977 animation, Bead Game, suggests how political patterns since time immemorial impose a limitation on our planetary moment.
SAT, APR 18 6:30 PM
The Planet in Focus
Join us for drinks, raffle prizes and performances from Shawnee and Long Branch on Thursday, July 11, 2019, in honour of the 20th anniversary of Canada’s largest environmental film festival.
Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 7:00PM
Revival Bar, 783 College St., Toronto | $50
Curious Minds Weekend at Hot Docs:
From the creators of Planet Earth and in partnership with World Wildlife Fund, the Netflix original documentary series Our Planet is a spectacular journey of discovery through the natural world—and one of the most anticipated releases of 2019. Narrated by legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, this groundbreaking eight-part series showcases the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they’ve never been seen before. Join us for an exclusive sneak peek screening of the first episode prior to its spring release, followed by a Skype Q&A with the brilliant minds who conceived this inspiring project.
Sunday, March 3, 2019 | 2:30PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
Vertical Features presents:
Directed by Ryan Ermacora & Jessica Johnson
Since 2015, filmmakers Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson have worked collaboratively and independently on a series of lush and enigmatic non-fiction shorts that engage with interrelated questions of landscapes and duration. Working in the lineage of icons Sharon Lockhart and James Benning – filmmakers that privilege the contemplative over the chaotic – Ermacora and Johnson most often turn their camera to the sylvan unceded territories of interior British Columbia.
Vertical Features is a project by Jesse Cumming, Olivia Wong, and Dan Browne.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 7:00PM
AGO Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St. W. (McCaul Entrance)
General Admission $7 / Students $5
Toronto Palestine Film Festival:
Directed by Saburo Hasegawa
Ryuichi Hirokawa is a human being first, a photojournalist second. He considers journalism the right to know, and relief work the right to live—two things that have informed his character and career. Recently retired from Days Japan magazine as editor-in-chief, the septuagenarian goes back into the field and revisits the sites and stories of his past. He returns to Israel and Palestine, and remembers a Lebanese refugee camp massacre—images burned into his brain that sent shockwaves around the world. Then he travels back to Chernobyl, where he was the first Western journalist allowed to enter the no-go zone after the nuclear disaster. But all roads lead home, where his focus now rests on fundraising in the wake of Fukushima.
FRI, SEPT 21 9:00PM TBLB C2
City of Toronto & Great Gulf present:
Doors Open Festival
A 90-minute curation of family favourites from Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. These films deal with the changing Toronto environment, exploring lakes and illuminating urban landscapes. Local wildlife are represented in “Bird City Lights” and “Fix and Release,” which showcase documentaries as a catalyst for conservation. Explore Indigenous Ontario’s cottage country in “Lovesick” and ancient agriculture in “The Three Sisters Community Garden”. Light-hearted shorts will be screened including “FIXED!” which chronicles Toronto’s volunteer-run Repair Café, where beloved items are given a new lease on life.
Where: Kingsway Community Life Centre, 186 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON M5T 3B2
When: May 26 10am-5pm & May 27 1-5pm
Christie Pits Film Festival:
Directed by Lucy Walker
In 2009, internationally renowned Brazilian photographer Vik Muniz began an ambitious project to make large-scale artworks in collaboration with workers at Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, on the edge of Rio de Janeiro. The workers scour the landfill to triage its recyclable materials, effectively making up a guerilla-style environmental programme. The award-winning documentary Waste Land is a deeply moving portrait of urban gleaners living on the geographical and social margins of a city, yet whose work is integral to the environmental sustainability of the metropolis.
SUN, JUL 29 9:00PM CHRISTIE