MURDER MONDAY: Zodiac

 
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WHAT: Zodiac
WHO: Directed by David Fincher
WHERE: The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON 
WHEN:
Monday, June 10th, 2019 | 7:00 PM
WHY: In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks its residents. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer's identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls.

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HOT DOCS AUTHOR EVENT: THE KILLER ACROSS THE TABLE

 
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WHAT: Author Event: The Killer Across the Table with the FBI's original mindhunter John Douglas and The Murder Squad's Billy Jensen
WHO: John Douglas & Billy Jensen
WHERE: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 6:30 PM
WHY: In his new book, The Killer Across The Table, this number-one New York Times bestselling author offers never-before-revealed details about his process and divulges the strategies he's used to crack some of America’s most challenging cases.

Presenting the book in Toronto for the first time, Douglas will team up with investigative journalist Billy Jensen, host of the wildly popular Murder Squad podcast and author of Chase Darkness With Me, to offer an expert account of why most homicides occur and how his interviews with America’s most notorious killers—including Charles Manson and ”Son of Sam Killer” David Berkowitz—led to the development of a unique interrogation system that has countered evil in the name of justice. An extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a man who has pierced the heart of human darkness, The Killer Across the Table is a must-read for true crime fans—and anyone seeking to better understand the roots of criminal behaviour.

Conversation moderated by Anne T. Donahue. Book sale and signing to follow.

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Announcing Our 2019 Lineup!

Hi TTCFF fans and supporters! Our second year is coming at you with 4 features, 7 shorts, and 3 live events, and we can’t wait any longer to share them with you! Please join us on Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th at the Revue Cinema. 15% of all pass and ticket sales will be donated to local charities.

Access the full schedule and purchase tickets HERE and read on for an overview of our lineup!

BEI BEI (OPENING FILM)
Dir. Rose Rosenblatt & Marion Lipschutz / USA / 2018 / 77 min / Canadian Premiere

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Depressed, pregnant, and abandoned by her boyfriend, Chinese immigrant Bei Bei Shuai is eight months along when she attempts suicide by ingesting rat poison. Bei Bei survives the ordeal, but the fetus does not. Before even being discharged from the hospital, Bei Bei is taken to jail on charges of first degree murder and attempted feticide. Screens with short film WATCHING KARLA HOMOLKA (Dir. Jordan Steinhauer, Canada, 2018).

SAKAWA
Dir. Ben Asamoah / Belgium, Netherlands / 2018 / 81 min / Canadian Premiere

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SAKAWA is an intimate portrait of underemployed youth in Ghana who are struggling to make a living by scamming Westerners through the internet. Utilizing photos and videos harvested from discarded computers, the scammers enter into romantic online relationships with lonely men around the world, pretending to be sexy single women, sending frequent online messages, and engaging in the occasional phone sex session (often with not terribly convincing female voices) in order to keep them on the hook. Screens with short film STRANGER DANGER (Dir. Michael Gil, USA, 2018).


MOPE (CLOSING FILM)
Dir. Lucas Heyne / USA / 2019 / 105 min / Canadian Premiere

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In the world of pornography, the term "mope" refers to a low-level, wannabe porn actor who perhaps isn’t quite well endowed or otherwise attractive enough to achieve the success granted to "bigger"-name porn stars. Stephen Clancy Hill and Herbert Wong, respectively known by their porn alter egos Steve Driver and Tom Dong, were two such mopes—real-life best friends attempting to live the impossible porno dream, but the blurred line between reality and delusion ultimately sent them both tumbling down a path of destruction. Screens with short film THE INCIDENT AT TREASURY GARDENS (Dir. Brendan J. Doyle, Australia, 2018).

 

LAW & SHORTER: SHORT FILM UNIT
ADJOURNMENT | KATIE AND THE BLACK ROBIN HOOD | MR. WASH | SWATTED / 83 min

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These four incredible short films were too long to be programmed in front of our features at ~20 minutes long, but they absolutely needed to be seen, and so Toronto True Crime Film Festival’s very first shorts block—Law & Shorter: Short Film Unit—was born.
 

THE HURRICANE (20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING)
Dir. Norman Jewison / USA / 1999 / 146 min

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Oscar-nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Denzel Washington is a force of nature as real-life middleweight boxer Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, convicted of a triple murder in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey. Toronto native Norman Jewison (IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, MOONSTRUCK) weaves this true story in the style of an old Hollywood inspirational tale, allowing the actors to shine, especially Washington in this physically and emotionally complex role.

THEODORE: DOCUSERIES SNEAK PEEK WITH DIRECTOR CELENE BETH CALDERON

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The story of Ted Bundy has been told many times, but Celene Beth Calderon—the first woman to helm a Bundy doc—is telling a slightly different story. Focusing on the victims and the everlasting impact of one man’s actions on individuals, families, and communities, THEODORE tells the stories that have yet to be told on camera.

Join us for the world's very first look at the upcoming six-part docuseries THEODORE, followed by an extended discussion and Q&A with director Celene Beth Calderon!

FORENSICS & CRIME SOLVING: A LECTURE FROM DR. MYRIAM NAFTE

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Forensic investigation is a largely misunderstood field. The work of civilian scientists versus police is governed by areas of specialty that are quite distinct from one another. In this lecture, Dr. Myriam Nafte will define the evolving field of police forensics with an overview of the protocols governing crime scenes, warrants, security, and the processing of physical evidence.

ZEALOT: LIVE!

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Zealot is an Australian comedy podcast about cults, as defined arbitrarily by host Jo Thornely. At Toronto True Crime, Jo will be joined by local comedian Natalie Norman for Zealot's very first live show!

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MURDER MONDAY: To Die For

 
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WHAT: To Die For
WHO: Directed by Gus Van Sant
WHERE: The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON 
WHEN:
Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 7:00 PM
WHY: Adapted from a book of the same name by Joyce Maynard (which was inspired by the real life Pamela Smart case), To Die For features Nicole Kidman as Suzanne Stone, a weather reporter at a small-town cable station who dreams of being a big-time news anchor, but thinks that her middle-class husband (Matt Dillon) is holding her back.

So, what's a girl to do? Have him murdered, of course!

She enlists Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix), a high school boy who's enamoured with her, and his clueless friends. The plan doesn't work exactly as she intended, though, and her husband's family starts to suspect that she was involved in his death.

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NO FUTURE: Heavenly Creatures

 
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WHAT: Heavenly Creatures
WHO: Directed by Peter Jackson
WHERE: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON 
WHEN:
Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 8:00 PM
WHY: Before he spent the better part of the 2000s transforming New Zealand into Middle Earth, Peter Jackson created the dream kingdom of Borovnia, the fantasy escape world of a pair of schoolgirl killers in his beguiling, romantic, and unsettling Heavenly Creatures.

Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet made their brilliant screen debuts as Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, the lovelorn Christchurch teens who in 1954 were convicted of the murder of Parker’s mother. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Heavenly Creatures resonates as a ‘90s queer cult classic about gay panic begetting a counter-cultural swing against the repressive violence of 1950s conservative parenting.

Jackson and longtime partner Fran Walsh take a sympathetic approach to the sensational and gendered true crime story, envisioning the girls’ relationship as a gothic twist on the all-encompassing imaginative friendships of Anne Of Green Gables. They wring incredible performances out of their young leads. Lynskey riffs off Winslet’s sunny Brit energy with the sullen, scowling intensity of a proto-goth, making their killer union a work of both destruction and creation. 

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Toronto True Crime Film Fest Is Back For A Second Year!

The Toronto True Crime Film Festival is coming back for another year of true crime on the big screen and beyond. Join us for our second annual festival taking place June 14th and 15th at Revue Cinema!

 
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OFFICIAL DATES!

Mark your calendar! We'll be back with more movies, more talks, and more guests on Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th of 2019!

 
 

A NEW VENUE!

This year our films will be screening at the Revue Cinema, located at 400 Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto!

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Have A Film You’d Like Us To See? Our Submissions Are Now Open!

Our film submissions are now open! Send us your short and feature films via FilmFreeway! Early bird submissions close on February 1st and our final submission deadline is March 24th.

Check out our Submissions page here or head directly to our FilmFreeway page:

 
 

Stay Tuned...

Here's everything we've got on the horizon:

  • Crowdfunding Campaign - Want to get a discounted All-Access Pass, some cool true crime perks, and/or the satisfaction of knowing you are making the festival happen? Keep an eye out for this year's crowdfunding campaign launching in late February!

  • Sponsorship - Are you part of a company or organization that might be interested in becoming one of our official sponsors? Send us an email — we'd love to chat!

  • Programming - Programming for the second annual Toronto True Crime Film Festival will be announced on May 8th, 2019!

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EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL: The Line

 
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WHAT: The Line
WHO: Directed by Peter Bebjak
WHERE: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON 
WHEN: 
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 | 8:30 PM
WHY: Adam Krajňák is a respected family man and uncompromising community leader as well as the head of a criminal group that smuggles cigarettes across the Slovak-Ukrainian border. The failure of one of the transports triggers an avalanche of consequences that compels him to question his own boundaries, none of which he had planned on crossing until now. Inspired by real events from the Slovak-Ukrainian border.

🏆 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Best Director Award
🏆 Chicago International Film Festival: Silver Plaque Best Art Direction
🏆 Slovak national film award Slnko v sieti for 2017: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor

Admission to the festival is FREE but you can reserve your seats in advance to avoid the line-up.

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HOT DOCS PODCAST FESTIVAL: CRIMINAL ft. THIS IS LOVE

 

WHAT: Criminal ft. This Is Love
WHO: Hosts Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer
WHERE: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
WHEN: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 | 8:30 PM
WHY: In the two years since Criminal's sold-out Canadian premiere at the inaugural Hot Docs Podcast Festival, Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer have pushed their formidable talents to new creative heights. Their award-winning podcast remains the medium’s most consistently gripping show on the hows and whys of crime, and their new collaboration This is Love, a spinoff series on the mysteries of the heart, has been hailed as one of the year’s most exciting debuts. In this one-of-a-kind event, True Crime will meet True Love as Phoebe and Lauren present new stories from both podcasts with the live scoring and stunning animations that make their live shows one of the hottest tickets on the international podcast circuit.

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