HotDocs for Schools

HotDocs for Schools…  Screening in the Library at 3:15 today…

Herman’s House

  • D: Angad Singh Bhalla | Canada | 81 minutes | English
  • After living in solitary confinement for 30 years, what kind of house would you envision? When artist Jackie Sumell asks jailed Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, it triggers a trip through years of brutal injustice.
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HotDocs for Schools

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The Hot Docs Film Festival has officially begun as of today, April 23rd.

The ESA Library is pleased to co-present the following HotDocs for Schools films:

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Friday April 24th – Herman’s House

  • D: Angad Singh Bhalla | Canada | 81 minutes | English
  • After living in solitary confinement for 30 years, what kind of house would you envision? When artist Jackie Sumell asks jailed Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, it triggers a trip through years of brutal injustice.

Monday April 27th – MugShot

  • D: Dennis Mohr |Canada | 52 minutes| English
  • What do Justin Bieber, Rob Ford and Conrad Black have in common? They all have cameos in this smart and fascinating investigation into how mugshots, originally intended to keep track of criminals, have been re-purposed as art and historical evidence.

Wednesday April 29th – The Crash Reel

  • D: Lucy Walker | USA | 109 minutes | English
  • At the height of his career, just days away from the Olympics, championship snowboarder Kevin Pearce was left fighting for his life after a major brain trauma. The Crash Reel is a high adrenaline film about discovering what’s most important.

Thursday April 30th – Songs for Alexis

  • D: Elvira Lind | Demark | 75 minutes | English
  • Two passionate teenagers are stuck in suburbia navigating their love story and its place in the world. When 16-year-old Alexis’ parents disapprove of her 18-year-old boyfriend Ryan, the talented transgender musician wonders if he’ll be left all alone.

 

The Pulitzer Prize at ESA

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 6.10.08 AMCongratulations to Anthony Doer and All the Light We Cannot See…  the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The ESA Library is the proud owner of not one, but two, copies of this wonderful novel.  One of them is currently available.  Pop in and check it out.

  • “An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of
    technology.” —The Pulitzer Board
  • “Hauntingly beautiful.” —The New York Times
  • “Stupendous…a beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel.” —The Seattle Times
  • “Gorgeous…moves with the pace of a thriller.” —San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Incandescent…a luminous work of strife and transcendence.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “Enthrallingly told, beautifully written.” —The Washington Post
  • “Anthony Doerr takes language beyond mortal limits.” —Vanity Fair

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 6.19.32 AMIf you’re looking for another “winner” – literally – then do also check out Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, this year’s winner of the Booker Prize…  also set against the backdrop of WW2.

  • I’ve just finished reading it – loved it by the way – and am looking forward to seeing the author next Monday at Harbourfront as part of the ongoing International Festival of Authors weekly events.
  • Tickets for that are available here.

Hot Docs Tickets Available

The Library has HotDocs tickets for members of the ESA Community.

Tickets are available for the following screenings:

If you are interested in any of these tickets, please complete this Google Form to tell us why you should be the lucky recipient.  Please respond by no later then the end of the day on Thursday April 23rd to be considered in our deliberations.

Monday April 20th

A couple of important notices re access to the Library this week…

The Library will be closed after school today for a meeting.

There will be limited access to the Library Computers – and Room 217 – during a number of periods this week.  Classes are booked in during many periods in order for students to complete the TDSB School Climate Survey.

  • Background
  • Section 169.1 (2.1) of the Education Act and Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) 145, Progressive Discipline and Promoting Positive Student Behaviour, require boards to conduct anonymous school climate surveys of students, staff, and parents at least once every two years.
  • Board-Wide Implementation Plan
  • Between March and June 2015, Grades 7-12 students will complete the TDSB’s online Student School Climate Survey.  During this time, schools will invite parents/guardians/caregivers and all school staff to complete the TDSB’s online School Climate Surveys for parents and staff.
  • Schools are encouraged to have students complete the survey over two consecutive weeks during this time period. Schools may have to allow three to four consecutive weeks for completion of the parent and staff surveys, with weekly reminders.

Any questions about the School Climate Survey should be directed to VP Cruikshank.