DOXA Gets Wild!
Vancouver, BC – The 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival ventures deep into the unknown, to seek out new forms of nonfiction, to discover glorious new forms of cinema, caught on the wing, and documented in the wild. From mountain gorillas to cartoon ponies and the men who love them, wild boars, roller derby grrrls, young agrarians and stick insects, all captured in their natural habitat. With more than 90 films, and 78 screenings, DOXA 2014 proves that documentary knows no bounds, as we boldly go where no one has gone before!
DOXA is proud to open the festival with Orlando von Einsiedel’s important and stunningly courageous film, Virunga. In the verdant depths of Eastern Congo stands Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. But even in this most beautiful of places, human corruption and greed threatens destruction and death. A group of fiercely dedicated park rangers are the only people who stand in the way of the dark forces that seek unfettered access to all of the park’s rich natural resources.
George Takei started his career in film and television more than five decades ago, but he is still most familiar as Mr. Sulu, the helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. The decision to come out as a gay man, in active support of same-sex marriage, launched him into the public eye in a whole new way. In his 76th year, he has become an Internet meme! Jennifer M. Kroot’s delightful film, To be Takei, is a testimony to the power of speaking your truth to the world.
The freedom to love who and what you choose is also the animating spirit of our gala closing night film, A Brony Tale. Bronies are the male fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The brony phenomena has come to vivid life in colour, costumes, and social get-togethers. This is news to Ashleigh Ball, lead singer of the Vancouver Indie band Hey, Ocean!, and the voice actress for many of the show’s main characters. Brent Hodge’s pop ode to the brony culture is honest, good-hearted, and an insane amount of fun.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 2 –11, 2014. Tickets are available online at www.doxafestival.ca. For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.
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