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The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute

On April 26 of this year, we lost one of America’s most underrated filmmakers: Jonathan Demme. Decorated with accolades throughout his career for mainstream successes including Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, he nevertheless didn’t quite get his due as an artist with a singular sensibility and unmistakable humanism.

Demme’s infectious spirit runs through nearly all his work, whether it’s in early B-movies produced by Roger Corman, inventive concert films, cult favourites, Hollywood hits or considerable contributions to documentary. We invite you to join us at Hot Docs for a special tribute to the documentaries (and one bonus fiction title!) of Jonathan Demme.

Runs June 30–July 19.


COUSIN BOBBY

Jonathan Demme delivers one of his most personal films with this portrait of his cousin, a controversial minister in Harlem working with the civil rights movement.

Introduced by local film critic Tina Hassannia, contributor to National Post, The Globe and Mail, RogerEbert.com, CBC Arts and Village Voice.

FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 9:00 PM – BUY TICKETS


NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD

Join us on Canada Day for one of Neil Young’s most memorable performances caught on film culled from two emotionally charged concerts at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

SATURDAY, JULY 1, 6:15 PM – BUY TICKETS


JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS

Jimmy Carter criss-crosses the country advocating for peace in this endearing portrait filmed during the book tour for his controversial book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

SUNDAY, JULY 2, 8:00 PM – BUY TICKETS


SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA

Master monologist Spalding Gray delivers one of his most entertaining pieces with this humorous series of musings on his experience working on a Hollywood movie shot in Thailand.

Actor, playwright and director Daniel MacIvor, who wrote and starred in Who Killed Spalding Gray? which ran in Toronto this past winter, joins us for a post-screening discussion.

MONDAY, JULY 3, 6:30 PM – BUY TICKETS


STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK

British pop singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is at the top of his game in this inventive collaboration with Demme, featuring an always shifting storefront background.

Film subject Robyn Hitchcock joins us via Skype for a special introduction and post-screening discussion.

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 8:45 PM – BUY TICKETS


SOMETHING WILD

There simply might not be another movie like Something Wild, Jonathan Demme’s infectious and energetic screwball odyssey that became a cult hit.

This screening will be introduced by Calum Marsh, arts and culture reporter for National Post.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 8:45 PM – BUY TICKETS


THE AGRONOMIST

Something of a modern-day folk hero, Jean Dominique founded Haiti’s first independent radio station and spoke truth to power, inspiring his fellow people for decades.

THURSDAY, JULY 6, 3:30 PM – BUY TICKETS


STOP MAKING SENSE

The Talking Heads deliver a full blast, high-energy performance in the greatest concert doc of all time. Screening alongside cinemas across the U.S. and Canada on July 19 in a salute to Jonathan Demme.

This screening will be introduced by Chandler Levack, a Juno-nominated music video director, journalist and digital editor and staff writer for TIFF.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 8:45 PM – BUY TICKETS