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Genre: Documentary

Filmworker

Filmworker

It’s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else’s creative vision. Yet, that’s exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as ‘Lord Bullingdon” in Stanley Kubrick‘s BARRY LYNDON. The young actor surrendered his thriving career to become Kubrick’s loyal right-hand man. For more than… Continue Reading

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’ documentary goes beyond… Continue Reading

Itzhak

Itzhak

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to… Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman‘s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violin-maker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick‘s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated… Continue Reading

Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album (With Scott Freiman!)

Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album (With Scott Freiman!)

The Rio Theatre welcomes the creator and writer of the acclaimed Deconstructing the Beatles series, Scott Freiman, to our stage on Monday, April 23 for a truly unique presentation – part film, part concert, part multimedia lecture – focused on the band’s iconic White Album. An internationally recognized expert and lecturer on the music of… Continue Reading

Metric: Dreams So Real

Metric: Dreams So Real

In DREAMS SO REAL, the new feature-length 4K concert documentary, Canadian rock group Metric’s last live performance of a year-long sold-out world tour is captured, to glorious effect. In 2016 the group traversed the globe on the most significant tour of their career. The show in Vancouver, BC was the culmination of a year’s work… Continue Reading

Faces Places

Faces Places

Currently nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary category, FACES PLACES is a quirky, soulful road trip exploration featuring legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda and her friend JR, who have a few things in common: A passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of… Continue Reading

Play Your Gender

Play Your Gender

Presented by the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Kids Culture Film Series with the support of The Georgia Straight. www.r2rfestival.org Juno Award-winning musician Kinnie Starr is on a quest to find out why only 5% of music producers are women even though many of the most bankable pop stars are female. What does… Continue Reading

The Final Year

The Final Year

THE FINAL YEAR is a unique, insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office. Director Greg Barker’s acclaimed documentary is a remarkable achievement, as the team were given unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, offering viewers an uncompromising look at the inner workings of the… Continue Reading

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come,… Continue Reading

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

The world’s most beautiful woman was also the secret inventor of secure wifi, bluetooth and GPS communications, but her arresting looks stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved… until now. Hollywood wild-child, Hedy Lamarr, was infamous for her many marriages and affairs with everyone from Spencer Tracy to JFK. In… Continue Reading