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Hot Docs to fete Macartney-Filgate

Filmmaker will receive outstanding achievement award

TORONTO — Pioneering documentary filmmaker Terence Macartney-Filgate will receive Hot Doc’s outstanding achievement award, which will include a retrospective of his work at the fest’s 18th edition running April 28-May 8.

U.K.-born Macartney-Filgate, a WWII vet and Oxford U. grad now based in Toronto, was hired as a script-writing assistant by the National Film Board of Canada in 1954, and is widely regarded as an influential force in the studio’s ground-breaking “Candid Eye” series of docs.

Based in New York City in the 1960s, he won a Peabody in 1964 for “Changing World: South African Essay,” and later joined the CBC where he helmed several notable docus.

“Probably because he’s always been difficult to categorize, as well as self-effacing, Terence has typically been on the margins when it comes to recognizing core filmmakers of the direct cinema movement,” said Hot Docs director of programming Sean Farnel.

Hot Docs will also pay tribute to Toronto’s Alan Zweig in its Focus On program, which showcases a mid-career Canuck filmmaker. Zweig’s “A Hard Name”(2009) preemed at Hot Docs and won a Genie for best feature docu.

The fest announced Tuesday that contemporary pics from Italy’s revitalized doc industry will come under the spotlight in its Made In series.

Ripping Reality: The B Sides will see a group of international fest programmers choose influential docs they didn’t select when they had the chance but now wish that they had.

Full slates for the programs will be unveiled in late March.

Hot Docs also announced new roles and appointments in its programming team. Gisèle Gordon (previously a Canadian programmer), Lynne Crocker and Heather Haynes (previously associate programmers) join the international programming team.

Longtime Hot Docs Canadian programmer Lynne Fernie will be joined by former associate programmer Alex Rogalski.

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