Does Toronto need another film festival? You’re damn right! The Toronto True Crime Film Festival will be launching its first edition with five films, either in the form of documentaries or a dramatic reinterpretations of real life crimes. There will also be a symposium of three daytime events: a panel discussion on women’s obsession with true crime, a multimedia presentation on noir writer John Gilmore, and a closing panel of crime investigators who work outside the profession of law enforcement.
The Toronto True Crime Film Festival will take place on June 8th and 9th at the Royal Cinema and the Monarch Tavern. For information on tickets, visit their website.
Titles and descriptions of the films being screened at the festival can be found below.
ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SIGHT
Directed by Skye Borgman (USA, 2017)
Abducted In Plain Sight is a stranger-than-fiction documentary about the Brobergs; a naïve, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor who would stop at nothing to be with their twelve-year-old daughter. You will not believe how bizarre this true tale of obsession gets! Screens with short film Maybe If It Were a Nice Room (Dir. Alicia K. Harris, Canada, 2016).
MY NAME IS MYEISHA
Directed by Gus Krieger (USA, 2018)
The award-winning Slamdance hit My Name Is Myeisha is a hip-hop musical inspired by the 1998 police shooting of California teen Tyisha Miller (as well as countless other acts of police brutality against African American citizens) and adapted from the internationally acclaimed play, Dreamscape. Screens with Oscar-nominated short film Traffic Stop (Dir. Kate Davis, USA, 2017).
Directed by Nicole Nielsen Horanyi (Denmark, 2017)
After meeting the man of her dreams on Facebook, Amanda finds herself being swept off her feet by Casper, the dedicated father and charming heir to a family fortune. There’s only one problem—everything that Casper has told her is a lie. This documentary-narrative hybrid is made all the more fascinating with reenactments played out almost entirely by the actual characters of this twisted story of an imposter. Fans of the investigative podcast Dirty John will find themselves being drawn in by the similar themes of love, lies, and con artistry in The Stranger and won’t want to miss this DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize-winning film. Screens with short-film 42 Counts (Dir. Jill Gevargizian, USA, 2018).
Directed by Rezo Gigineishvili (Georgia / Russia / Poland, 2017)
Hostages is a tension-filled drama based on the true story of a 1983 airplane hijacking by a group of Georgian youth trying to escape the Soviet Union. Screens with short film Don’t Be a Hero (Dir. Pete Lee, USA, 2018).
Directed by Patty Jenkins / USA / 2003 / 109 min
The film programming is rounded out by a 15th-anniversary screening of Patty Jenkin’s Academy Award-winning biopic Monster, which tells the tale of one of the world’s most infamous female serial killers, Aileen Wuornos. Screens with short film The Sandman (Dir. Lauren Knapp, USA, 2017).