John Zaritsky Memorial


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Oct 15 12:00 PM


Join us in celebrating the life of acclaimed Academy Award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker John Zaritsky, who died of heart failure on Wednesday March 30, 2022 at Vancouver General hospital at the age of 79.

Organized by John's widow Ann Clutton, this memorial screening and gathering will feature shared memories from a few of John's closest friends and collaborators, showcase clips from John's illustrious career that spanned over 30 years and saw him direct several feature documentaries including Tears Are Not Enough, College Days College Nights, Leave Them Laughing, and his 1983 Academy Award-winning Best Documentary Feature film Just Another Missing Kid, which we will show at this celebration.

Ann asks that guests wear their brightest colours to this event, just as John loved to.

Donations will be accepted for the Ukranian aid fund World Central Kitchen.

Just Another Missing Kid
D: John Zaritsky | 1981 | Canada | 90 min

After their son Eric disappeared during a car trip from Ottawa to Colorado, Marilyn and William Wilson expected empathy and quick action from the police. Instead, they encountered indifference, incompetence and bureaucratic red tape from both Canadian and American authorities, and they eventually had to turn to a private investigator for answers. Using interviews and reenactments, this documentary reveals the excruciating difficulties the Wilsons faced in discovering the fate of their son.

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