China Heavyweight and Indie Game : The Movie All Part of @hotdocs Live!

Hot Docs is in its final days and judging by the buzz on the social web, it shaping up to be a resounding success. As a way to extend its reach and bring Documentaries to the masses across Canada, the festival has partnered with Cineplex to bring you Hot Docs Live!! Across this country, you will be able to catch China Heavyweight and Indie Game : The Movie the same time as those watching it in theatre at the Bloor Hot Docs cinema with the full Q&A simulcast as well.

Full details below. This is a great idea and hopefully you can catch either one of these great documentaries.


Oh Look! A Press Release:

Hot Docs And Cineplex Entertainment Announce Hot Docs Live!

Program to feature the Canadian premiere of two highly anticipated Hot Docs Festival Films

Toronto, April 16, 2012 -€“ Hot Docs and Cineplex Entertainment today announced Hot Docs Live!, a program featuring the Canadian premiere screenings of two high-profile Hot Docs Festival films, INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE (D: James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot; Canada) and CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT (D: Yung Chang; Canada, China).

Hot Docs Live! can be seen at 35 Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country. CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT and INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE premiere on May 2 and 3, respectively, at 9:00 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT, 6 p.m. PT. These screenings and special interactive discussions with the filmmakers and special guests will be simulcast live from the newly opened Bloor Hot Docs Cinema via Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events to participating theatres across Canada.

œHot Docs is one of the first festivals in the world to present live cross-country screenings and filmmaker discussions,€ says Chris McDonald, Hot Docs executive director. €œFestivals are about creating communities and this is a fantastic opportunity to share the unique Hot Docs Festival experience in real-time in communities across Canada. We are thrilled to multiply the impact of these great Canadian documentary films and to introduce these talented filmmakers to a wider audience.

€œWe are honoured to partner with Hot Docs and Cineplex Entertainment in this groundbreaking collaboration to bring documentary films to audiences across the country,€ says Anne Frank, Telefilm Canada’s Interim Regional Director of Industry Promotion, Ontario & Nunavut Region. Our participation underlines our objective to stimulate demand for Canadian screen-based content, including in the regions where the appetite for homegrown cinema is strong. Hot Docs Live! is also a unique opportunity to promote our talented filmmakers.

CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT, directed by award-winning Yung Chang (UP THE YANGTZE), follows a master coach in central China as he recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. The top students face dramatic choices as they graduate: should they fight for the collective glory of their county or for themselves? A metaphor for the choices everyone now faces in the new China.

INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. The directors capture the tension and drama by focusing on these artists€™ vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.

Both CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT and INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE received their world premieres at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Hot Docs Live! can be enjoyed at the following Cineplex theatres:

Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Cinemas (Calgary)
Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton
Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas (Calgary)
Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge

British Columbia
Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall (Kamloops)
Cineplex Odeon International Village (Vancouver)
Cineplex Odeon Westshore Cinemas (Langford)
SilverCity Coquitlam
SilverCity Metropolis (Burnaby)
SilverCity Riverport (Richmond)

SilverCity St. Vital (Winnipeg)

Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall (Windsor)
Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre (Toronto)
Cineplex Odeon Gardiner’s Road (Kingston)
Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square (Niagara Falls)
Cineplex Odeon Oshawa
Cineplex Odeon Queensway (Toronto)
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande (Toronto)
Cineplex Odeon Westmount Cinemas (London)
Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
Galaxy Cinemas Cambridge
Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie
SilverCity Gloucester (Ottawa)
SilverCity Hamilton
SilverCity Mississauga
SilverCity Oakville
SilverCity Richmond Hill
SilverCity Sudbury
SilverCity Thunder Bay

Cineplex Odeon Cavendish Mall (Cote St. Luc)
Colossus Laval
Scotiabank Theatre Montreal

Galaxy Cinemas Regina
Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon

Tickets for Hot Docs Live! can be purchased at participating theatre box offices and online at or our mobile site