The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival gets underway this week (Apr 30-May 10) with 89 films promising to be “packed to the brim with radicals, iconoclasts, weirdos, mavericks and James Franco”. Here are five shows we think you should not miss at this year’s festival.
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]How to Change The World (Apr 30 & May 2) is Jerry Rothwell’s chronicle of Greenpeace’s early history, before it became one of world’s largest activist organizations. What Sundance called “a hippie heist movie-turned-high sea adventure”, this piece of Vancouver history seems a suitable opening to this year’s festival.
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Tab Hunter Confidential (May 2) – In the 1950s, no one was quite as big, as blond or as blindingly handsome as Tab Hunter. All-American heartthrob, teen idol, and celebrated crooner, Tab had the whole package, but underneath the gleaming hair and sky blue eyes was a quiet boy who also happened to love men at a time when Hollywood stars were forced to stay in the closet.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Running on Climate (May 2) – we’re all about local stories and Robert Alstead’s film about the intersection of politics and the environment on the West Coast fits the bill nicely. Alstead follows the now deputy leader of the BC Green Party on the campaign trail in 2013, and while we know how the election turned out for the Greens in general, the examination of the political rhetoric around green policies is made all that more timely and relevant given the recent oil spill in English Bay.
[dropcap]4[/dropcap]I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (May 2) – this one will no doubt be talked about long after the screen goes dark because when it comes to James Franco, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get. Franco adapts David Shields and Caleb Powell’s non-fiction book of the same name into a live-action version as the two men (plus the filmmaker) spend four days together in a cabin in the Cascades. Categorized as a “docudrama” on the DOXA website, is it closer to a documentary or perhaps a mockumentary?
[dropcap]5[/dropcap]GTFO: Get the F&#% Out (May 8 & 9) – with #Gamergate still part of the pop culture lexicon, filmmaker Shannon Sun-Higginson takes a look at the harassment that women face in the world of video gaming. This film is one of several in the DOXA “Rated Y For Youth” series that does not require festival membership and open to those under 18 years of age.