July 10, 2019 (Toronto, ON) －From Tell Tale Productions and CBC Docs POV, Drags Kids has taken the Canadian festival circuit by storm. The acclaimed documentary was recognized with the Best Canadian Feature Award at Inside Out Festival, Canada’s premiere LGBT film festival, following its world premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival where the film became a feel-good smash hit.
Drag Kids follows four gender-bending youngsters as they come together to meet
like-minded peers in Montreal, Canada for a group performance at Pride Montreal. The documentary will air Thursday, July 25 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Docs POV on CBC and on the free CBC Gem streaming service, and Sunday, July 28 at 6 p.m. ET (6:30 NT) on CBC News Network.
“The Drag Kids are trailblazers, and through their passionate commitment to being themselves, they have a lot to teach us about ourselves,” says director Megan Wennberg. “Sharing this film with audiences at Hot Docs and Inside Out has been an incredible experience, and we are excited to share it with the rest of the country on CBC and CBC Gem.”
The Drag Kids are Bracken (12 years old, based in Vancouver, B.C.); Jason a.k.a Suzan Bee Anthony (12 years old based in Springfield, Missouri); Nemis a.k.a Queen Lactatia (10 years old based in Montreal, Quebec); and Stephan a.k.a Laddy Gaga (10 years old based in Algorfa, Spain). Between the sequins, tears, and rehearsals, Drag Kids captures the importance of family - the ones we are born into, and the ones we create through unbreakable and fabulous bonds.
Images, assets and biographies of the Drag Kids are available for press here.
ABOUT DIRECTOR| Megan Wennberg
Megan Wennberg is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, but she loves travelling for work. As a writer and director, she works in both documentary and fiction, and her work has screened at festivals around the world and been broadcast on CBC, The Comedy Network and Documentary Channel. Megan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Journalism, and she is a screenwriting alumni of the Canadian Film Centre.
ABOUT TELL TALE PRODUCTIONS
Tell Tale Productions specializes in developing and producing one-off documentaries,
non-scripted series, and interactive content. Our mission is to create factual entertainment and digital media that will resonate with audiences, drive ratings, and have long lasting global appeal. The company also acts as a service producer for clients including History Channel’s #1 rated series The Curse of Oak Island, Destination America docu-drama series Terror In The Woods, and Fox Television’s epic remake of the documentary series Cosmos.
Tell Tale Productions has developed and produced content for a wide range of broadcasters including the CBC, Documentary Channel, Discovery, History, Zoomer Media, AMI, NDR, and Super Channel. Our award-winning productions have been viewed by millions of people in more than 100 countries on dozens of broadcasters including ABC, Al Jazeera, France 5, HBO Europe, ORF, Red Bull, NHK, and YLE.
DOC announces new program, publications, complimentary Indigenous filmmaker memberships, and cross-country work-shops with former Hot Docs programmer Sean Farnel.
May 2, 2019 (Toronto, ON) － The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) has announced the return of Festival Concierge. The relaunch of the popular film festival distribution service follows the recent release of the DOC publication “The Roadmap to Creative Distribution,” extending DOC’s efforts to support and stimulate market access and discoverability opportunities for Canadian documentaries and their makers. A series of workshops, resources, and services in support of Canadian documentary producers seeking to leverage the international film festival circuit, Festival Concierge will provide filmmakers with strategies and guidance in navigating this complicated and ever-evolving market. Sean Farnel and DOC will be taking Festival Concierge, “The Roadmap to Creative Distribution” and workshops on “Mastering the Festival Launch” across Canada for a festival tour, including at Hot Docs, DOXA and RIDM where the tour will conclude in the Fall. Other stops include Sudbury, Halifax, and Winnipeg.
“Film festivals are important showcases and professional development opportunities for our members and their productions,” says Mathieu Dragonas, Executive Director of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC). “We understand that navigating the festival circuit is a daunting task. Our hope is that Festival Concierge helps demystify the process for our members and that, ultimately, we see more Canadian doc productions at international film festivals.”
Festival Concierge and the recently released DOC publication “The Roadmap To Creative Distribution” are intended to provide guidance for producers who are engaged in marketing, sales and distribution for their productions. To further the accessibility of their programming, DOC is announcing complimentary memberships for Indigenous-identifying filmmakers, effective May 3, 2019 through to December 31, 2020.
“The Roadmap to Creative Distribution” prepared by producer Chanda Chevannes is a comprehensive guide to the fluid, active, and constantly evolving ways by which producers approach managing their Intellectual Property.
Following “Mastering The Festival Launch” workshops at Hot Docs (April 26) and DOXA (May 6), DOC will release a second publication, “What Are Film Festivals For?,” prepared by Festival Concierge consultant Sean Farnel. This publication will provide insights, including case studies, into the nitty gritty of film festival distribution from a producer’s point-of-view.
Details for accessing Festival Concierge services will be available on the DOC at www.doc.org in mid-May.
Female-stacked rock ‘n’ roll drama captures the highs and lows of drug-addled fame, and personal transformation - opens at the Lightbox on April 12.
April 8, 2019 (Toronto, ON) － Featuring a ground-breaking and career-defining performance from Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Actress Elisabeth Moss, ‘Her Smell’ captures one woman’s chaotic addiction at the pinnacle of 1990’s grunge stardom, her fall to addiction, and her raw transformation through recovery and redemption. Helmed by Award-winning director Alex Ross Perry, ‘Her Smell’ charters unknown territory with raw magnetism and vulnerability. ‘Her Smell’ opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on April 12 for a two-week run then sprawls across Canada from Quebec to British Columbia.
The Canadian theatrical release of ‘Her Smell’ comes on the heels of a successful Festival run; The female-led film gained notoriety on the festival circuit, garnering critical acclaim and a nomination for the prestigious Platform Prize at its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018; Nomination for the Jury Prize and Pinkenson Award win (Honourable Mention) for Direction at the Philadelphia Film Festival in 2018; Nominations for the Audience Award at both the AFI Film Fest in 2018 and the Americana Film Fest in 2019; And finally, taking home the Dublin Film Critics Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival this year.
‘Her Smell’ is directed by Alex Perry Ross and stars Cara Delevigne (Suicide Squad, 2016), Agyness Deyn (Hail, Caesar!, 2016), Amber Heard (Aquaman, 2018), Gayle Rankin (GLOW, 2017-2018), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars, 2011-2017), and more.
As part of the Canadian theatrical release, seven select theatres will be showcasing the feature film; TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario will be screening ‘Her Smell’ for a two-week run beginning April 12; Cinema Modern in Montreal, Quebec, Apollo Cinema in Kitchener, Ontario, and Rio Cinema in Vancouver will be screening ‘Her Smell’ for one-week beginning April 26; Globe Cinema in Calgary, Alberta and Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario will be screening ‘Her Smell’ for one-week beginning May 3; And Metro Cinema in Edmonton, Alberta will be screening ‘Her Smell’ for one-week beginning May 17.
Canadian theatrical release schedule with ticket links:
4/12 – TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, Ontario - tickets here.
4/26 – Cinema Moderne, Montreal, Quebec - tickets here.
4/26 – Apollo Cinema, Kitchener, Ontario - tickets here.
4/26 – Rio Cinema, Vancouver, British Columbia - tickets here.
5/3 – Globe Cinema, Calgary, Alberta - tickets here.
5/3 – Mayfair Theatre – Ottawa, Ontario - tickets here.
5/17 – Metro Cinema – Edmonton, Alberta - ticket link pending.
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