Hot Docs shakes up programming team, honors Zweig and Macartney-Filgate

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced new names for its programming team, named filmmakers due for special honors, and shed some light on some of the special programming for this year's edition.
January 19, 2011


The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has shaken up its programming team, with Gisèle Gordon joining Lynne Crocker and Heather Haynes as international film selectors.

Gordon previously programmed Canadian films, while Crocker and Haynes have been promoted from associate programmer positions at Hot Docs.

The doc festival’s international programming team, led by director Sean Farnel, also now includes Angie Driscoll and Myrocia Watamaniuk, as well as programming manager Karina Rotenstein.

On the Canadian film front, long-time Hot Docs programmer Lynne Fernie is back as senior Canadian programmer, alongside former associate programmer Alex Rogalski, now a Canadian programmer. Michelle Latimer returns to the festival as an associate Canadian programmer.

New associate programmers at Hot Docs include Juan Baquero, Samara Grace Chadwick, Eli Horwatt, and Merrie Whitmore, as they join returning associate programmer Sarafina DiFelice.

Hot Docs also announced Tuesday that Canadian filmmaker Terence Macartney-Filgate (Timothy Findlay: Anatomy of a Writer) will receive its 2011 outstanding achievement award.

“Probably because he’s always been difficult to categorize, as well as self-effacing, Terence has typically been on the margins when it comes to recognizing the core filmmakers of the Direct Cinema movement,” said Hot Docs’ Farnel in a statement. “‘Oh, I’ve been a bottom feeder,’ he told me when informed of the award. I’m certain his many collaborators and champions see it differently.”

The doc festival will also honor Alan Zweig (Vinyl, Lovable, A Hard Name) with this year’s Focus On retrospective, which showcases the work of a mid-career Canadian filmmaker.

The Hot Docs 2011 program will also feature Italian filmmakers and projects in the Made In… program, with Italian docs to be programmed by Farnel and Myrocia Watamaniuk. The Ripping Reality program returns with Ripping Reality: the B-Sides, in which international festival programmers will recommend films that they didn’t program for their respective fests, but wish that they had.

The 2011 Hot Docs festival is set to run from April 28 to May 8 in Toronto.

With files from Barry Walsh. From Playback Daily.

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