“Miss Simone,” “50 Concerts” head to Hot Docs

Liz Garbus' What Happened, Miss Simone? and Heddy Honigmann's Around the World in 50 Concerts (pictured) will screen as part of the Special Presentations program at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
March 10, 2015

Liz Garbus‘s documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?and Heddy Honigmann’s film Around the World in 50 Concerts (pictured) will screen as part of the Special Presentations program at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

The Toronto-based festival today revealed an additional 10 docs screening in Special Presentations, which join 17 previously announced titles. The program features both world and international premieres, as well as award-winners from recent international festivals and works by veteran documentarians.

Among the latest offerings is the world premiere of Michael Mabbott’s Music Lessons, a behind-the-scenes look at the children and music teachers of non-profit organization Sistema Toronto, which provides free music lessons to children. Also enjoying its international premiere is Jacqui Morris and David Morris’ Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime, which bowed at the 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest and picked up the festival’s Special Jury Award.

Other international premieres include Neal Broffman’s online vigilantism doc Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi; Ivy Meeropol’s Indian Point, on a nuclear plant 35 miles out of New York City; Jessica Edwards’ Mavis!, on music legends and civil rights icons Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers; and Nick Berardini’s Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle, which looks at the origins of the Taser gun.

Meanwhile, receiving its North American premiere is Henrik Stockare, Thomas Jackson and Charlotte Landelius’ Foodies, on globe-trotting food bloggers; while Canadian premieres include Garbus’ What Happened, Miss Simone? on the iconic American singer Nina Simone, Guy Reid’s ecology doc Planetary, and Honigmann’s doc on the Netherlands’ Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Around the World in 50 Concerts. 

Hot Docs runs from April 23 to May 3. The complete Special Presentations program and the full selection of festival titles are to be announced on March 17, including the opening night film.

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