October 06


 Following its world premiere, as the closing night gala film at DOXA and a successful festival run, Teresa Alfeld’s feature documentary Doug and the Slugs and Me heads to Toronto for a very special one-night-only screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on October 8 at 9:00PM.Doug and the Slugs and Me follows filmmaker Teresa Alfeld as she uncovers the story of Doug Bennett, leader of the legendary 1980s Canadian party band Doug and the Slugs — and the dad of her childhood best friend. The documentary features a who’s who of international and Canadian musicians and industry insiders — including Bob Geldof, Bif Naked, Steven Page, Ron Sexsmith, Michael Williams, Denise Donlon and Terry David Mulligan — who provide insight into what made the Slugs’ music, videos and stage shows so special and why the cards were ultimately stacked against them.“I’m thrilled to be screening Doug and the Slugs and Me at Toronto’s iconic Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, and overjoyed to be joined that night by members of our cast including Simon Kendall, Ed the Sock, and Michael Williams. We’ve put together a very special night for Toronto, which feels right as the late Doug Bennett was born and raised in Toronto himself. I’m also excited to share the documentary with a broader audience on CBC documentary Channel the following day,” says Alfeld.Doug and the Slugs and Me is a nostalgia-packed ride down the backroads of Canadian rock history, that features music videos, rare performance footage, photos and home movies, which shed light on one of the country’s most popular yet misunderstood bands. It’s a bittersweet, emotional and entertaining film about the pivotal friendships that shape us, break us and ultimately help us grow.Former Muchmusic VJ Michael Williams, and Doug and the Slugs’ keyboardist Simon Kendall will participate in a Q&A after the screening alongside director Teresa Alfeld and moderated by Former Muchmusic VJ Bill Welychka. Ed the Sock will be filming audience interviews in the cinema lobby before the event. Executive producer Michael Steele will be in attendance alongside several members of late singer Doug Bennett’s family.Following the special event screening, the documentary makes its broadcast premiere on October 9th on CBC Documentary Channel at 9PM. Doug and the Slugs and Me is a feature documentary written and directed by Teresa Alfeld, produced by John Bolton for CBC documentary Channel. Executive produced by Michael Steele with funding support from the Canadian Media Fund and Creative BC.About the film:Director BioWebsite / Trailer / Facebook / Instagram /Twitter

Screening Details:Hot Docs Screening
Tickets / Saturday October 8 at 9PM (theatrical) @ Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor StreetCBC Documentary Channel Premiere
Sunday October 9 on CBC Documentary Channel at 9PM (broadcast) on CBC documentary Channel About Opus 59 Films
Opus 59 Films is a boutique storytelling enterprise based in Vancouver, Canada. We’re named after founder & chief creative officer John Bolton’s first film, featuring the Borealis String Quartet performing the Allegro Molto from Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 59, No. 3. Our focus is adapting, and making films about, extraordinary works of music, literature and art, and bringing those films to audiences that are yearning for something different. We: identify unusual and undervalued properties with intriguing aesthetic and commercial potential; acquire the rights to them; develop them as unique works of film and television; and produce them with funders & market partners. About Savoy Films
Savoy Films is the production company of filmmaker Teresa Alfeld, an award-winning writer/director from Vancouver, living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Teresa is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, and the Documentary Organization of Canada. Teresa is drawn to complex characters navigating complicated worlds, and her films embrace both the humour and pathos of the human experience.