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Two Trains Runnin' at the Kay Meek Centre

Monday December 5, 2016 7:30pm 
Kay Meek Centre 
1700 Mathers Avenue,  West Vancouver, B.C.
Tickets: $10

In the summer of 1964, the murder of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner transfixed the US. But alongside these historic events, another story was taking place. Two different groups, comprised of record collectors, college students and musicians set out for Mississippi, determined to track down a pair of legendary bluesmen - Son House and Skip James. DOXA Motion Pictures series and the Kay Meek Centre are very pleased to present Sam Pollard's film Two Trains Runnin'.  

Two Trains Runnin’ follows a remarkable series of coincidences, serendipity and, for lack of a better word, destiny. Both Son House and Skip James had recorded the bulk of their music some thirty years earlier and then, for all intents and purposes, vanished. One of the men describes the beginning of the expedition to find Son House as “Three Jews in a VW Bug with New York plates,” pointing their car south. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, musician John Fahey led another expedition to find Skip James. Unbeknownst to each other, both groups ended up discovering the object of their respective searches on exactly the same day -- June 21, 1964.

Director Sam Pollard masterfully combines archival footage, animated sequences and contemporary performances from some of the most exciting blues performers including Valerie June, Chris Thomas King, Gary Clark Jr, Lucinda Williams, North Mississippi Allstars, and Buddy Guy. But it is the final stunning performance at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival that is truly the stuff of legend.

"Pollard's film is an excellent intermingling of two completely unrelated non-fiction threads which converge in the state of Mississippi on June 21, 1964, the day Freedom Riders Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were murdered by the KKK. That trio's quest for justice is juxtaposed with a set of music fans' journey to find the old Delta bluesmen whose records they adored. When the storylines converge, Two Trains Runnin' becomes a powerful meditation on the musical origins of an African-American musical genre and the painful reasons for its existence."  -- Roger

This remarkable film captures the way in which music holds and carries the truths we are not yet ready to recognize in full, and the confluence of forces that came together at that time in our history through the voices of black Americans and birthed social action that we still desperately need today.” -- The Portland Observer

“Two Trains Runnin’ documents these two social milestones – the Civil Rights movement and the resurrection of the overlooked bluesmen – and the uncanny way in which both trains aligned on June 21, 1964…Pollard, a longtime editor and producer of such films as 4 Little Girls and When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, is at the top of his field when it comes to the visual presentation of historical matter. Animated sequences fill in some of the blanks where no footage exists. Two Trains Runnin’ also intersects nicely with the current examination of race relations in America with a coda that reminds us that the struggle never ends.” – The Austin Chronicle


DOXA's Annual General Meeting

You are invited to join DOXA's board and staff at this year's Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7 PM. 

We will review highlights of the previous year, enjoy some refreshments and welcome our returning and new board members. If you purchased a membership at the 2016 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, you are a voting member. The AGM will take place at The Post at 750.

DATE & TIME: Monday, November 28, 2016 | 7:00PM
LOCATION: The Post at 750, #110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC (buzz #110, 110 Arts Cooperative)

RSVP to Tara Flynn at


Image: still frame taken from DOXA 2016 festival trailers

Come Party with DOXA at Ironworks!

DOXA returns to the Vancouver streets of old with Flipside: Disco vs Punk, a good old-fashioned dance battle and dueling DJ showdown. The evening will feature a live acoustic performance from legendary punk progenitor-turned-city-father Joe Keithley, leader of D.O.A (whose infamous album Disco Sucks may have started the conflagration). BUY TICKETS HERE.

Wicked queens of the night – Isolde N. Barron and Peach Cobblah – will MC events, while dancers battle with gyrating hips and pumping fists in Vancouver’s legendary Ironworks. Get more info here!

DOXA at Modulus Festival

Beledrone + Modulus at the Movies

November 7th, 2016
Performance: 6:30pm | Film Screening 8:00pm
The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Tickets: $25/$10 (regular/student)
Film Screening only: $10 at the door


Live Performance:  Beledrone

Witness the first complete procession performance of Michael O'Neill's Beledrone, an ambitious and exciting project comprised of seven intercultural works. Combining the earthy and ethereal sounds of Balinese gamelan beleganjur drums, bagpipes, gongs, cymbals, viola, and Ukrainian bilij holos singing, the series has been in development for the last five years. The music is rooted in the cultural connection between beleganjur and bagpipes, both prominently used in traditional rituals, also incorporating poetry by Gerry Gilbert. 


Film Screening:  Lou Harrison: A World of Music

Lou Harrison is widely considered to be one of the great American composers. During his expansive and encompassing career, Harrison moved in the highest circles of art and culture with luminaries such as Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Ives, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage. But despite this rarified company, Harrison was forced to take on other jobs (variously working as a florist, animal nurse, and forest firefighter) to support his composing career. Outspoken, joyful and proudly gay, Harrison's sexuality and candour were a huge part of his work. His collaboration with choreographer Mark Morris, featured prominently in the film, is a testimonial to his dedication to "delight over duty." Eva Soltes's film portrait features many of Harrison's most influential works including Symphony On G, operas Rapunzel and Young Caesar, an opera based on a love affair between Julius Caesar and Nicomedes, King of Bithynea that incorporated same-sex passion, as well as elements from Chinese opera.

"[Lou Harrison: A World of Music] engagingly pays homage to a composer who remains perhaps the most warmly accessible figure in the American musical avant-garde...The delight he imparted as composer and person is amply felt." -Variety

Watch the trailer.


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Upcoming Screening + Discussion

Vancouver, BC - DOXA Documentary Film Festival's Motion Pictures Film Series, in partnership with New Media Gallery, NewWest FilmFest, Momentum Youth Arts Movement and the City of New Westminster Arts Services is proud to present a unique collaboration entitled Mediated Visions: film, art & technologyMediated Visions encompasses a convergence of film, contemporary art, workshops and artist talks that address the interconnected nature of human society and technology. 

This special event is organized in conjunction with the New Media Gallery exhibition Witness, a collection of five international works. In keeping with the exhibition's theme, DOXA proudly presents a screening of Werner Herzog's documentary Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Internationally renowned Director Herzog's new film charts a winding course from the earliest days of what was once quaintly dubbed 'The world-wide web' to the more frightening implications of today. Namely, can we exist without the Internet? Would we want to? The screening of Lo and Behold will be followed by talks from guest speakers Adam Basanta and Mazdak Gharibnavaz.  

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October 18th, 2016 | 7:00pm, Doors at 6:15pm | The Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia St. New Westminster, BC

Mediated Visions programming also includes a free workshop presented by the Momentum Youth Arts Movement (October 18th, 4PM-5:30PM, Anvil Centre).





Submissions Now Open!


We are now accepting submissions for the 16th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival, that will take place from May 4-14, 2017.  This call for submissions is for recently completed documentary films. We are seeking submissions of short to feature length documentaries. Awards categories include Feature DocumentaryShort DocumentaryCanadian Documentary, Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming, and The Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film. DOXA is an international documentary festival featuring new work selected by a jury, as well as thematic programming presented by independent curators.


Early Bird Submissions
Fees: $25 International Films / $20 Canadian Films
Deadline: October 14, 2016 (postmarked)

Regular Submissions
Fees: $35 International Films / $25 Canadian Films
Deadline: December 2, 2016 (postmarked)

Late Submissions
Fees: $55 International Films / $45 Canadian Films
Deadline: January 4, 2017 (postmarked)


  • All entrants will be notified by March 27, 2017.
  • Projects screened or broadcast in Vancouver prior to the festival are ineligible.
  • You may submit with an online screener or in DVD format. Please do not send Blu-Ray.
  • Preview DVDs must be labelled with title, running time and contact information.
  • Please preview your DVD prior to submitting; defective materials will be discarded.
  • Rough cuts are eligible ONLY IF final cuts will be available by February 15, 2017.
  • Preview DVDs will not be returned.
  • Work produced in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.
  • Please enclose a brief synopsis and screening history.
  • More weight is given to projects which do not take a conventional journalistic or commercial approach.
  • Entries being mailed from outside Canada must be clearly marked: “FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.”
  • Please do not send your work via UPS (United Parcel Service); they have large brokerage fees and the package will be returned at the sender’s expense.


There are two ways to submit your film to DOXA.

  1. Use the Withoutabox service. Film details and payment can be submitted directly through Withoutabox.
  2. Use the FilmFreeway service. Film details and payment can be submitted directly though FilmFreeway

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Director of Programming, Dorothy Woodend at dorothy [at]

FREE Outdoor Summer Screening!

DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Motion Pictures Film Series, with support from the DVBIA (Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association), is very happy to offer our second annual FREE outdoor summer screening at Robson Square (800 Robson Street, north steps) with an encore screening of Brent Hodge’s Pistol Shrimps!

A moribund women’s intramural basketball league in Los Angeles is the unlikely setting for a Hoosiers-style sports story, but stranger things have happened in the City of Angels. As actress and Shrimps team member Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) explains in an interview with Jimmy Fallon: “We’re a really serious basketball team. We love to ball and we ball hard. No Haters allowed!” The rest of her team members aren’t quite so certain. For some, it’s a chance to do something they never got to do in high school, meaning play team sports. This is not your mama’s Hoop Dreams, or maybe it actually is.

Women with jobs, kids, and careers drop everything and pick up a rock (that’s basketball lingo, y’all). Soon enough, other teams get in on the action and immortal franchises like The Kimmy Dribblers, The She-Cago Bulls, The Space Glam, and The LA Nail Clippers are born. Brent Hodge’s light-hearted film packs a serious wallop, not unlike an elbow to the gut, by a particularly motivated Shrimp, driving for the hoop. With women’s sports relegated to the sidelines, the members of the Pistol Shrimps are the vanguard of a new wave in women’s amateur sports.

Preshow at 8:00 PM, film at 8:30 PM. Bring a cushion or blanket to sit on. Donations are welcome! 

For further information, call DOXA at 604-646-3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.

DOXA 2016 Award Winners!

The 2016 DOXA awards were announced on May 14th, 2016 at 7PM (PST) in advance of the Festival’s closing night screening of Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson.

The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming was presented to Tamara Herman and Susi Porter-Bopp’s We Call Them Intruders (pictured above). An honourable mention was awarded to Brad Leitch’s film Reserve 107.  Skye Fitzgerald’s 50 Feet from Syria captured The Short Documentary Award. Jury members Hal Wake, Daniel Tseghay and Marsha Lederman stated of the film: “It is a stunning, brave, raw and unforgettable work that contributes an essential perspective on this horrific situation.” Honourable mention was also given to Aaron Schock’s La Laguna, a film that “takes us deep into a lush, remote rainforest in Mexico and tells the moving story of two young brothers caught between two worlds.” The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary was given to Brett Story’s The Prison in Twelve Landscapes. Jury members Janice Ungano, Andrea Warner and Kathleen Jayme described the film as: “A gorgeous, raw, nuanced film that left us breathless, broken and irate.” The jury also awarded an honorable mention to Min Sook Lee’s Migrant Dreams: “An eye-opening, heart-wrenching look inside the shameful exploitation of the people who sacrifice everything to come to Canada to work as foreign labourers.” The Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female Directed Film was presented by jury members Jennifer Merin, Katherine Monk and Karen Martin. Brett Story’s The Prison in Twelve Landscapes was awarded the Feature Prize. The EDA Award for Best Short Documentary was given to Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers’s We Regret to Inform You... The Feature Documentary Award was presented to Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson. Jurors David Beers, Shaun Inouye and Barbara Chirinos described the winning film as: “A masterful, uniquely conceived documentary that provides both an insightful look at being a “witness” and a slowly unfurling, affecting memoir of a mother and daughter.” Honourable mention was also given to Claire Simon’s Le Bois don't les rêves sont faits. The jury members statement read: “Truly democratic in spirit, this warm, wonderful documentary’s honesty and frankness never cease to surprise.”

Additional Screening of The Infinite Happiness Announced

Due to popular demand, an additional screening of The Infinite Happiness has been added! Join us on Sunday May 15, 8:00pm at The Cinematheque.  


PG (Coarse language)

One sure-fire way to begin a conversation in Vancouver is to start talking about real estate. In collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, DOXA is proud to offer this special presentation of The Infinite Happiness. Superstar architect Bjarks Ingel’s designs have set a new standard for innovation, invention, as well as a little bit of eccentricity. But at the heart of one of his most iconic design projects is a very simple idea — community. Copenhagen’s 8 House was designed to resemble a mountain village, with residents able to see, talk to, and belong to their community. (8 House was awarded the Housing Building of the Year at the 2011 World Architecture Festival.)

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine’s series of films on cities and buildings (other projects include London’s Barbican Centre) have a breezy whimsical way that belies the cool intelligence and well-structured nature of their narratives. The Infinite Happiness unfolds a little like a novel in architectural form, with chapters devoted to kids’ parties, a hike up the building’s grass-covered roof, as well as time to check out the neighbours, which include a group of sheep grazing on the marshland below. Contain your housing lust if you are able. But with cozy apartments, a stunning view of the sea and a bike path that winds its way around all nine floors, it is difficult not to drop everything and move to Denmark. I’m already looking at apartments. -DW

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