Hot Docs: Blue Ice Docs takes two titles as market begins

Robin Smith snapped up the Canadian rights to Mia Donovan's Deprogrammed (pictured) and Heddy Honigmann's Around the World in 50 Concerts.

The market action at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival has begun.

Blue Ice Docs has acquired the Canadian rights two film screening at the festival: Canadian director Mia Donovan’s Deprogrammed, which is having a world premiere, and Heddy Honigmann’s Around the World in 50 Concerts, from The Netherlands and having its Canadian premiere in Toronto.

Deprogrammed chronicles Ted ‘Black Lightning’ Patrick’s anti-cult crusade, where deprogramming works as reverse brainwashing. The doc is produced by Montreal-based Eye Steel Film.

Around the World in 50 Concerts follows Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw orchestra as it performs 50 concerts on six continents.

Blue Ice Docs is a partnership between KinoSmith president Robin Smith and Blue Ice Group co-owners Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik.

Hot Docs runs from April 23 to May 3.