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Hot Docs, Shaw Media back “Tempest Storm,” “Mermaids”

An 84-year-old burlesque queen, Finnish cheerleaders and Gigi star Leslie Caron are among the female subjects in the latest 11 doc projects to receive funding from the Shaw Media Hot Docs Funds. (Pictured: A Better Man)
January 16, 2015

An 84-year-old burlesque queen, mermaids, Finnish cheerleaders and Gigi star Leslie Caron are among the female subjects in the latest 11 doc projects to receive funding from the Shaw Media Hot Docs Funds.

The funding partners have invested CAD$241,000 (US$200,800) in all, via grants and non-interest loans, for the doc projects, by way of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media.

These include Larry Weinstein‘s latest film, Leslie Caron: I’ll Love You When You’re a Star, which profiles the 1950s American musicals star; and Tempest Storm, director Nimisha Mukerji‘s portrait of Annie Banks, a 1950s burlesque dancer.

Other funded projects include Cheer the F**k Up, director Christy Garland‘s film about an unhappy, badly losing team of Finnish cheerleaders; Attiya Khan’s A Better Man (pictured above), a film about violence against women that is exec produced by Sarah Polley; and director/producer Maya Gallus’s A Female Gaze, which probes the female gaze through the eyes of female film directors.

Hot Docs and Shaw Media are also backing director Ali Weinstein’s Mermaids, which is exec produced by Ron Mann; and Mathieu-Martin, a doc about young Acadians directed by former Hot Docs programmer Samara Grace Chadwick.

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About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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