WHAT: No Stone Unturned
WHO: Directed by Alex Gibney
WHERE: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
WHEN:  Friday, January 5th, 2018 | 6:30 PM
WHY: In 1994, in Northern Ireland's small village of Loughinisland, two loyalist terrorists stormed a pub during a World Cup soccer match and shot 11 people in their backs, killing six and wounding five. A police investigation, which was perfunctory at best, led to zero arrests, leaving the case to eventually go cold. Decades later, Oscar-nominated documentarian Alex Gibney re-visits this riveting true crime tale, digging deeper into witness testimony and piecing together clues overlooked by law enforcement. A hit at our Doc Soup Sundays series, No Stone Unturned offers convincing evidence of a coverup that reaches to the highest levels of the British government and seeks to answer several troubling questions about this infamous attack.





WHAT: True Crime Tuesdays 
WHO: Moderated by author, film critic, and broadcaster Geoff Pevere
WHERE: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON 
November 7th, December 5th, January 9th, February 13th, March 6th, April 3rd | 6:30 PM
WHY: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is screening some of the greatest true crime documentaries (and the greatest documentaries bar none) on their big screen, followed by in-depth discussions with legal experts and filmmakers.

November 7th - Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016) 
It’s a case of stranger than fiction when it comes to the life of tech millionaire John McAfee who made his fortune from his anti-virus software only to use it to surround himself by armed men in a compound in the jungle of Belize where he lived a libertine lifestyle. When one of his neighbours turns up dead, McAfee is wanted for questioning and flees to Guatemala. He turns up again in the U.S. in 2016 as the Libertarian Party’s potential nomination for president. In Gringo, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein is hot on the pursuit of the truth about the renegade mogul.


December 5th - In God We Trust (2013)
Filmmakers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek craft an in-depth look at the crimes of Bernie Madoff in this incisive documentary bolstered by an unlikely protagonist: Madoff’s personal secretary of 25 years. Eleanor Squillari worked closely with Madoff with no idea he was pulling off the biggest financial scam in U.S. history. Devastated by the discovery she had been helping a criminal, she decides to help the FBI and digs into every record and document from over the years. In God We Trust is an effective overview of how Madoff made off with billions of dollars and how one woman helped take him down.


January 9th - Bus 174 (2002)
In Rio de Janeiro in the year 2000, an armed man hijacked a bus and held the passengers hostage while the incompetent and under-trained police force struggled to contain the situation. Quickly, it became a televised event on national Brazilian networks, reaching over 35 million people. The armed man is named Sandro do Nascimento, and he's one of Brazil’s countless homeless who has already endured his own share of tragedy. In Bus 174, filmmakers José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda look beyond this terrible incident and at the systemic neglect that has prisons overrun in inhumane conditions and the streets filled with forgotten people like do Nascimento.


February 13th - Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)
Serial killer Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men between 1989 and 1990 and was sentenced to death. Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Wuornos focuses on her last days leading up to her 2002 execution featuring an exclusive final interview. What's apparent is that she's not of sound mind. She contradicts herself, makes bizarre statements, and is clearly unwell, and yet she's cleared as sane and executed. Broomfield pays special attention to her difficult childhood that led to her running away when she was 13, creating a challenging portrait of the making and unmaking of a serial killer in the American justice system.


March 6th - Killing For Love (2016)
Young lovers Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were arrested in London in 1986 for cheque fraud—only to arouse suspicion when their love letters linked them to the gruesome murder of Elizabeth’s parents a year prior in Bedford County, Virginia. Extradited to the U.S., both have been in jail ever since, but Jens now maintains he committed the murders out of love for Elizabeth, who manipulated him. Killing For Love reveals all the bizarre twists and turns of this dark love story, featuring actors Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots reading the chilling letters.


April 3rd - The Imposter (2012)
In 1994, a young boy named Nicholas Barclay went missing in San Antonio, Texas. Three years later his family is overjoyed to hear he has turned up in Spain, claiming he was kidnapped. When he returns, he seems quite different, both in personality and physically, but his desperate family accept him, apparently not realizing that he is in fact another person, Frédéric Bourdin, a serial imposter. One of the strangest characters you’ll encounter in non-fiction, Bourdin claims to have assumed 500 false identities. This chilling documentary follows all the twists and turns of this bizarre true story.





RETROPATH!: Eaten Alive


WHAT: Eaten Alive
WHO: Directed by Tobe Hooper
WHERE: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON 
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 | 8:00 PM
WHY: Loosely based on the story of American serial killer Joe Ball (or the Bluebeard of South Texas or The Alligator Man), who owned a bar with an alligator pit as a local attraction in Elmendorf, Texas and was known to have killed as many as 20 women in the 1930s. Although suspected of several murders, he was never formally convicted because he committed suicide before he was arrested. 

In Eaten Alive, a sex worker named Clara finds refuge in a decrepit little establishment called the Starlight Hotel—located deep in the swampland of rural East Texas—after narrowly escaping the perverted paws of a frisky customer named Buck (Robert Englund). There, she meets the business's deranged proprietor, a man named Judd (Neville Brand), who is driven so mad from his own delusions that he attacks her with a pitchfork and then feeds her to his pet Nile crocodile, who lives in the swamp beside the building. What follows is a parade of oddball hotel guests (including an acting masterclass in unhinged lunacy from William Finley), all invariably in grave danger at the hands of Judd and his vicious friend. 




imagineNATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL: Indictment Programme


WHAT: Indictment: The Crimes Of Shelly Chartier, screening as part of the Indictment Programme 
WHO: Directed by Shane Belcourt & Lisa Jackson
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2, 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON 
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 | 8:30 PM
WHY: A riveting true story about the crimes of Shelly Chartier, a reclusive young woman from a small Manitoba First Nation who captivated the press and made international headlines. Sensationalized in the media as a high profile catfishing case involving an NBA superstar and an aspiring model, Shelly was portrayed as a master manipulator who used social media as her weapon. Through the sensitive and intelligent lens of directors Lisa Jackson and Shane Belcourt, the sensationalism is swept aside to reveal a much more compelling—and complex—story of a young woman caught in historical circumstances beyond her control and how she struggles to rebuild her life after incarceration. With in-depth access to Shelly, Indictment unpacks the crime and raises important questions about our justice system.




Submissions Are Now Open!

Submissions now open for the first annual Toronto True Crime Film Festival and we can't wait to see what you've got!

Whether you've made an in-depth expository documentary about a particular crime, a thorough biopic on individuals or parties on either side of the law, a personal and emotional exploration of the effects of crimes on victims and communities, a gritty investigative drama based on a real-life impossible-to-crack cases or deep-seated conspiracies, a fictionalized retelling of a fascinating crime, a terrifying horror flick based on a real-life monster, or anything in between—we want to see it!

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It's Really Happening!

It started, really, with my excitement to see My Friend Dahmer at this summer's Fantasia International Film Festival. I was talking with my partner about it—and in general about how the true crime selections of any given film festival are always at the top of my list—on our annual five hour train ride to Montreal when I said, "Somebody should start a festival that's just true crime movies!"

We played with the idea—me gushing about my favourite true crime documentaries, him reading me a list of films that are based on real criminal events—but I didn't really think it would be something I would do myself until I started talking to more people about it. My friend Richelle, who works as a Programming Director for The Royal Cinema, told me that it totally sounded like something her venue would be interested in hosting. My partner Steven continued to bounce ideas around with me. A few of my true crime compadres, when asked drunkenly via text, jumped at the idea of being a part of such a thing were it to ever to happen for real.

By the end of that ten day trip, I had firmed up a team a programmers and had a very good chance at landing a venue. In the month since I've been back in Toronto, I've purchased a domain, created this website, set up accounts across social media, secured official festival dates with an official venue, organized a submissions platform, and hosted our first staff meeting!

What started as a very casual remark has quickly snowballed into one of the most exciting projects I've ever been a part of. Now I can say, "It's really happening!"