by Dan Nuxoll
April 22nd, 2010

Rooftop Films returns to the Up North for three very cool shows on a roof in Yorkville Toronto as an official part of Hot Docs 2010. Hot Docs has been screening the many of the greatest documentaries in the world since 1993 and is the biggest documentary festival in North America. Their programming is impeccable and we are all very flattered to have been asked to bring our crew up to Toronto to co-present three shows over the top tier of the Citipark Cumberland Garage in downtown Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood. Just as with our screenings in New York there will be live bands performing before each film program and there will be a reception afterwards where the audience can meet the filmmakers. It’s should be just as much fun as all our shows, especially since, for these screenings, lots of the people on the roof will be Canadian!

“Rooftop Docs presents a new and exciting viewing experience for our audiences, offering more opportunities to meet and socialize with one another,” announced Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald. “The outdoor screenings we’ve attended at other festivals are always a thrill. Docs, drinks and popcorn under the stars… what could be better?”

The screenings will run from Thursday night, May 6 to Saturday, May 8, and we will be offering locally brewed pilsner courtesy of Steamwhistle Breweries and free popcorn courtesy of Whole Foods Market. Rooftop Docs will feature Hot Docs titles  THE PARKING LOT MOVIE (fitting for a screening on top of a parking lot) on Thursday, May 6, SXSW winner MARWENCOL on Friday, May 7, and a program of festival shorts on Saturday, May 8. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with live music and bar service starting at 8:00 p.m. Screenings will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are now available! Visit for more information and to purchase.

We really love all the films we will be screening and we are very excited to be crossing the border once again. We did a show in Montreal in 2006 that went amazingly well, and we are betting that the folks up in Toronto are just as hospitable as their francophone neighbors to the East. If you are going to be in Toronto, buy a ticket, head up to the roof, and come say hello!


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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.


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