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April 30 - May 4

The Pickup Game

Hosted by Hot Docs Film Festival

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

April 30 at 8:45 PM
May 1 at 10:15 AM
May 4 at 3:15 PM

Generating over a billion dollars a year, the pickup industry is shocking, secretive and—to put it politely—scummy. Built upon myths and manipulation, expensive workshops and training videos push an agenda that women are biologically attracted to alpha males. If men can learn techniques to overcome their shyness and become socially dominant, they’ll be 21st-century Casanovas. At least, that’s what the brochure says. Ross Jeffries’s 1992 self-published book How to Get the Women You Desire into Bed inspired a generation of macho men to push their techniques with aggressive online marketing. With insider access to the movement’s founders and current leaders, this riveting exposé dismantles the “date and mate” methods hustled by modern snake-oil salesmen. From chat rooms to conference halls, these self-help-styled seminars are poised to take advantage of anyone desperate enough to fall for their dangerous promises.

More information and tickets

April 30, 8:45 PM (closed captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 350 King Street West

May 1, 10:15 AM (closed captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 350 King Street West

May 4, 3:15 PM (open captions)
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

Closed captions on April 30 and May 1. Open captions on May 4. More accessibility information is available on the Hot Docs website.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating. Step-free cinema seating available. All-gender accessible washroom on site. Hearing assist devices for all screenings & assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning and described sound, subject to availability. Elevator/escalator access to all levels. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. List of Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Accessible parking lot within 200 metres of building. Bike locking posts/racks available. Licensed lounge offering beer & wine that can be taken into cinemas. Water fountain on site.

Isabel Bader Theatre
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating. Step-free cinema seating available. All-gender accessible washroom. Assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning, subject to availability. Low height ticket counter. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. List of Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Accessible public transport within 200 metres of building. Bike locking posts/racks available. No food or drink inside theatre; bottled water only.