Doc Day Monday brings festival programming to Bancroft

One day. Four films. Mind blown.

Hospice North Hastings is expanding its film programming with a one-day documentary festival in Bancroft on Monday, June 23rd. Doc Day Monday brings four award-winning feature length documentary films to the Village Playhouse and organizer Barb Shaw says the day will be remarkable.

“These are four of the best docs that the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has on offer through their Film Circuit catalogue,” Shaw says. “For viewers, this festival will be a thoughtful exploration of ideas through the medium of film.”

Following on the heels of the final showing of the season of the North of 7 Film Fest, Hospice has gained a reputation for bringing powerful independent films to Bancroft. The films that Hospice chooses for the line-up represent some of the most emotional, dramatic and creative works available on the international festival circuit.

“The regular season of films was heavy on the dramatic,” Shaw says. “By programming a day of documentary films we’re changing gears and hoping to tap into a new audience.”

Shaw also says that running a festival format, different films all on the same day, might be something new to Bancroft but it’s a great adventure.

“With festival programming you can pick and choose the films you want to see and make a day of it,” Shaw says. “See a film, grab a bite to eat downtown and then head back to the theatre for more great films.”

The first film, showing at 1pm is the Canadian Doc, Hi Ho Mistahey. The film takes a look at the on-going struggles of Canada’s First Peoples with a tight focus on the Attawapiskat First Nation. This film is a raw look at the reality of reserve life and the inequality that so many are still unaware of. Hi Ho Mistahey is sponsored by the Bancroft Baptiste Lake Algonquins of Ontario.

The second doc, the only American production for the day, is Finding Vivian Maier. Sponsored by Country Camera Photography, this film tells the story of a nanny who has earned a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers. When Maier died in 2009 at age 83, she left behind more than 100,000 negatives – images that she’d scarcely shared with anyone. Finding Vivian Maier screens at 4:15pm.

At 6:15pm the film goers meet Burt Shavitz, the quirky recluse who is the man behind the Burt’s Bees global brand. Another Canadian film, this delightful doc looks at how brands grow and change. This film is generously sponsored by Don Koppin Contracing.

The festival wraps-up with the 8:15pm screening of Watermark. This visually powerful doc takes a look at the majesty and power or water around the globe. Sponsored by The Old Tin Shed, this is a visually brilliant film that needs to be seen on the big screen.

Film tickets can be purchased for $10 a film, $18 for two docs or for those who want to tackle a full day of programming, festival passes are available for $25.

Tickets are available at the door before each screening or can be purchased online through All films screen at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft.

Proceeds of the festival go to Hospice North Hastings. Everyone is welcome to these screenings and this is not an age of majority event. Student and group rates are available by request.

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