Hot Docs ’15: Blue Ice Docs takes “Deprogrammed,” “50 Concerts”

The Toronto-based distributor has acquired the Canadian rights to Mia Donovan's Deprogrammed and Heddy Honigmann's Around the World in 50 Concerts (pictured).
April 23, 2015

Toronto distributor Blue Ice Docs has picked up the Canadian rights to two films screening at Hot Docs this month.

The company, which launched at last year’s festival, acquired director Mia Donovan’s Deprogrammed and veteran filmmaker Heddy Honigmann’s Around the World in 50 Concerts (pictured) ahead of the Toronto event’s kick-off tonight (April 23).

Deprogrammed looks at anti-cult crusader Ted “Black Lighting” Patrick and his controversial technique known as deprogramming or reverse brainwashing. The film is world premiering at Hot Docs.

Honigmann’s 2014 IDFA opener is making its Canadian premiere at the festival and follows the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which performed 50 concerts on six continents in 2013 to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Blue Ice Docs is a joint venture between Blue Ice Group, which co-owns Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and boutique distributor KinoSmith, It has also acquired Canadian rights to recent festival favorites Censored Voices, Tomorrow We Disappear and The Look of Silence.

Watch the trailer for Around the World in 50 Concerts below:

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