The film portion of this year’s NXNE festival runs June 13 to 15 in the Annex at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
A variety of fictional and documental films fill the lineup. It kicks off tonight with the Guatemalan/American film La Voz de los Silenciados (The Voice of the Voiceless), directed by Maximón Monihan. Based on a real case, the story follows Olga, a deaf teenager lured to NYC from Latin America under the false pretence of admittance to a Christian Sign Language School. Instead of Christianity and schooling she finds herself enslaved in a criminal immigrant trafficking ring. La Voz de la Silenciados screens at 6pm. Next up at 9:30 is Riot on the Dance Floor, featuring photography from Thrasher Magazine’s Ken Salerno, interviews, archival footage and a storyline to paint the gritty picture of New Jersey’s club City Gardens and its promoter, Randy Now.
Saturday starts at 12:30 with Whoops! – the story of an accidental serial killer and her doting husband who cleans up after her morbid klutziness. Mid afternoon movie is Born to Ruin at 3pm. This one goes into the studio with Toronto-based band Wildlife as they record their second album. Prior to this screening is the short On the Corner of Queen & Bathurst, a look at a place many Addicted editors personal spent some time in our yoot: the Big Bop. (Looking forward to a trip down purple, loud, dirty memory lane.) Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is up next at 6pm. We grow up with Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from school days to college and peak into his life filled with an irritating sibling (aren’t they always when you’re that age?) and divorced parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette). Top the night off with Luck’s Hard – Ron Hawkins & The Do Good Assassins at 10pm. This is the story of how a backup band for a solo album morphs into the formation of a new band. The musicians will be in attendance.
The weekend wraps up on Sunday four final slots. Vann “Piano Man” Walls – The Spirit of R&B, has its Canadian Premiere at 12:30. Discover a true pioneer in the world of R&B as he records his final album to cap off a 65-year career. A must-see for self professed music historians and fans. Take a turn from documentary into dramedy at 3pm with Lies I Told My Little Sister, the story of a jet-setting nature photographer who gets dragged on a family trip to Cape Cod following the death of her younger sister. The mood lightens at 6pm with Let’s Ruin It With Babies; a quirky romp about a woman who compares motherhood to death versus the Hollywood-expected elation. This refreshingly honest take has warmth and humour (check out the trailer here, it put a smile on my face and a desire to go on a karaoke bus road trip!). Last but not least is Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back – The Quiet Riot Movie, at 9:45. Follow Frankie Frankie Banali, drummer of Quiet Riot, as he strives to make a life for himself and his daughter and make up the hole left after the death of one of his bandmates. Tough and humorous, just like life.