Feel like getting away to enjoy some scenic documentary watching? Us too. Running for select dates in August, Muskoka Chautauqua, a not-for-profit organization focused on arts and culture, and Hot Docs, the largest documentary festival in North America, have teamed up to host an outdoor evening documentary series in Muskoka. The four films, curated by Hot Docs, will screen in conjunction with Muskoka Chautauqua’s ten-day arts and culture festival.

The participating documentaries are Scrap, Okay! (The ASD Band Film), The Talented Mr. Rosenberg, and Beautiful Scars. These films were taken from the 2022 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival.

“Each film was selected specifically for our Muskoka audience, and our unique setting,” said Muskoka Chautauqua co-founder Gayle Dempsey. “For example, the first film, Scrap, opens on a rusted car collection in the woods, creating an immersive effect for the audience in our open-air theatre. It then includes beautiful vignettes of artists working with different scrap materials, something artists and attendees alike will really appreciate.”

The selections are shining more spotlight on Canadian filmmakers, and each screening will come with a short Q&A with a speaker linked to the documentary.

More info can be found here. Schedule below.


Sunday, August 7, 8:30 p.m.


Okay! (The ASD Band Film)

 Tuesday, August 9, 8:30 p.m.


The Talented Mr. Rosenberg

Thursday, August 11, 8:30 p.m.


Beautiful Scars

Saturday, August 13, 8:30 p.m.

Photo via Hot Docs