Toronto Festival Event

Thursday June 18th Event. 7pm. Carlton Cinemas.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Matthew Toffolo. Showcasing a festival three times a month in Toronto.

Tickets for 2020 are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at toronto@documentaryshortfilmfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

You can always make a tiny donation to the festival to guarantee your seats and skip the lines:

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You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 76 out of its last 78 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

FIRST ACT PROGRAM


HOW TO BEND CONCRETE IN 108 EASY STEPS, 16min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Mahesh Madhav

Engineering meets art as we follow a designer in his efforts to bend industrial concrete into beautiful furniture. Underneath the documenting of the physical process of manifesting the sculpture, we also document the ethos and mental process of ideation, discovery, and presentation — capturing what all content creators struggle with on every project.

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER: GREEN CRABS IN THE GREAT MARSH, 6min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Nubar Alexanian

Recipe For Disaster is the story of an ecological catastrophe in the making in four neighboring towns on the Massachusetts coast. As native scallops, mussels, clams, and protective eelgrass disappear under the explosive invasion of green crabs, scientists, local experts, and residents are scrambling to save the marsh from decimation.

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PARK AVENUE, 3min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Jordan Brown

John Thompson served 37 years in prison after killing a man who broke into his home. He now works at The Center for Returning Citizens, a prison reentry center in Philadelphia and helps others who get out of prison, stay out of prison.

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#BUILDINGBRIDGES, 20min, Germany, Documentary

Directed by Johannes Olszewski

The Making of #buildingbridges is a documentary detailing the production of the film #buildingbridges from its conception in Germany to the final shoot in America.
We follow members of the creative agency One Inch Dreams through the process of devising and filming the stunt featured in the narrative short: a slackline suspended between two hot air balloons floating above Monument Valley.

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FIRST IN MAN, 12min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Ryan Durant

Bill Richardson is a pioneer. Following multiple surgeries for aggressive brain tumors and infections, he is a unique host for an increasingly familiar enemy. He’s not one to invite trouble. But after each tumor is cut away, another bares its deadly teeth.
So what if the knives were put away? What if a radical new treatment could bring hope for millions? It would require an explorer. An adventurer. Someone willing to go first.

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SECOND ACT PROGRAM

ASHES TO ASHES, 25min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Taylor Rees

Winfred Rembert, the only living survivor of a lynching, a Star Wars fanatic and leather artist, develops a friendship with Doctor Shirley Jackson Whitaker who is on a mission to memorialize the forgotten 4,000 African Americans lynched during the Jim Crow era. Together, their journeys of healing intertwine.

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SYNNOPSIS, 11min., Canada, Documentary

Directed by Mike Johnston

Aidan “Synn” Pringle is a second generation professional wrestler, who trained to be the best. But when he was sabotaged in his WWE tryout match, he quit the business. This isn’t a story of failure. This is the story of losing in the ring, but winning in life.

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IN SEARCH OF A BETTER WORLD, 7min., Canada, Documentary

Directed by Alexei Clarke

The small city of Hi’an, China has embraced a radical new recycling solution that might just save the world.

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BREACH OF TRUST, 24min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Mishal Mahmud

Breach of Trust explores the University of Southern California’s institutional cover up involving the sexual misconduct of former full-time gynecologist George Tyndall. The story is anchored by the survivors, who after being wronged by the university continue their fight for institutional change. Joining them are Matt Hamilton, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who guides us through this three decade old scandal, as well as Cindy Gilbert, a nurse who makes her first on-camera appearance to recount the years she spent trying to report Tyndall and the hostility and retaliation she experienced for doing so.

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