CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: DocFest will feature fabulous 2020 gala line-up

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band directed by Daniel Roher and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, will be the opening film for the 2020 staging of Belleville Downtown DocFest in March. SUBMITTED PHOTO jpg, BI

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Holly Dewar

DocFest Chairperson

Belleville Downtown DocFest will be happening the weekend of March 6 – 8, 2020. The popularity of this home grown documentary film festival has grown steadily over the past eight years.

DocFest features roughly 50 outstanding documentaries over three-days in downtown Belleville

DocFest’s 9th Annual Documentary Film Festival kicks off Friday, March 6, 2020 with the much-anticipated opening gala at the Empire Theatre. We’re proud to present critically acclaimed Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band directed by Daniel Roher and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The film was TIFF’s 2019 Opening Night Film – first time a Canadian documentary has opened TIFF. The film follows Robertson from his early life in Toronto to the creation of legendary roots-rock group The Band. Robertson overcame adversity and found camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history.

Robertson’s memory for detail and contributions from friends such as Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, and Martin Scorsese conjures up a glorious era of creativity and excess. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators.

In keeping with DocFest’s Gala tradition, our award-winning gala music doc will be paired with a live music performance. DocFest is thrilled to bring The LeBarons and their unique style of alt-country music to Belleville. The lush, atmospheric soundscapes of this Toronto-based, seven-piece band set the stage for the amazing vocals and songwriting of Chris MacDonald. The LeBarons consistently win audiences and critics with their recordings and impassioned live performances. “Expertly crafted, haunting and hypnotic, epic, brooding, and emotional” – just some of the praise-worthy words used by critics to describe the band’s sound and their music.

The LeBarons’ milestone album, Summer of Death, was two years in the making and proves the band is destined to become a major player in the music scene. The Rocking Magpie called the release ‘Epic, Brooding and Emotional Americana from Canada’.

Organizers of the annual event expressed the festival’s gratitude for funding from the City of Belleville, Ontario Arts Council, and ‘Opening Gala’ sponsor Pretsell Davies Thompson Benton LLP Lawyers. Early Bird passes will be available December 1,, 2019 www.downtowndocfest.ca

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