Hot Docs Plans Tim Hetherington Tribute

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Co-director Sebastian Junger will be in Toronto for a special screening of Restrepo to honor the filmmaker/photojournalist killed in Libya on April 20.

TORONTO – The Hot Docs documentary festival has scheduled a May 7 screening of the Oscar-nominated Afghanistan war film Restrepo to honor co-director Tim Hetherington, the photojournalist-filmmaker killed on April 20 in Libya.

Restrepo co-director Sebastian Junger will be on hand for the Bell Lightbox screening to pay tribute to Hetherington, with proceeds from the evening to go to a charity chosen by the Hetherington family.

“The world lost a very great man, but I know that Tim’s work will continue to bring us insight and understanding for decades to come. He will be deeply missed,” Junger said in a statement Thursday on news of the special Toronto screening.

Also behind the Restrepo screening at Hot Docs is National Geographic Films and realscreen magazine.

And as Hot Docs geared up to launch Thursday night, indie distributor Video Services Corp. said it has picked up the Canadian rights to Limelight, a documentary about 1990s Manhattan nightclub owner Peter Gatien from director Billy Corben and indie producer rakontur.

The deal follows Magnolia Pictures purchasing the worldwide rights to the Limelight documentary after its world debut at Tribeca.

Limelight will now screen at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto.

VSC plans a June theatrical run for the film, with a DVD release to follow later this year.

Peter Gatien, originally from Cornwall, Ontario, owned and ran 1990s New York City hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA.

But he eventually ran into then Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s buzzsaw, facing drug crackdowns and police pressure that led to his deportation back to Canada.

Limelight was produced by Jen Gatien (Holy Rollers, Chelsea on the Rocks), who is also Peter Gatien’s daughter, along with Corben and Alfred Spellman of rakontur.

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