Film AuctioneerHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 20th edition, April 25 – May 5, 2013. From 2,386 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 205 titles from 43 countries in 11 screening programs. Of particular interest is the one hour documentary Auctioneer by Alberta’s Hans Olson that examines the changing landscape of rural Alberta through its protagonist, Dale Menzik, a auctioneer by day, a funeral director by night and a miniture horse breeder on the weekends. The film presents a charming portrayal of a man helping his rural Alberta neighbours deal with a transforming culture.

Hans Olson is an emerging filmmaker, originally from Armena, Alberta. After taking various workshops at FAVA, Edmonton’s film and video co-op, he studied screenwriting at Langara College in Vancouver. His dramatic short films, Bronwen’s Ark, Baby Boots, and Milk and Honey, take place against the backdrop of rural Alberta. His first documentary, Where Credit Is Due, was filmed in Guatemala. Auctioneer is his second documentary and marks his return to the backdrop of rural Alberta . Olson is the president of the Nordlys Film & Arts Festival in Camrose, Alberta.

Listen to the March 24, 2013 7 minute interview of Hans Olson by CBC’s Chris dela Torre for Daybreak Alberta.

Other films in the competitive Canadian Spectrum program include: Michelle Latimer’s ALIAS, which illuminates the lives, music, and dreams of five rapper’s in Toronto’s street hip-hop scene; John Kastner’s NCR: NOT CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE, a compassionate portrayal of the dilemma between the rights of the mentally ill and the safety of others; Charles Wilkinson’s OIL SANDS KARAOKE, the story of oil sands workers easing their loneliness at their local karaoke bar; (former Edmonton filmmaker now living in Vancouver) Anne Wheeler’s CHI, following actress Babz Chula’s journey to India in hopes of finding a cure for her cancer; Liz Marshall’s THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, which captures the sentience of animals through stunning images; and Nimisha Mukerji’s BLOOD RELATIVE, the story of a man’s fight to obtain life-saving medical treatment for young people in India.

See the complete Hot Docs Festival lineup.