The World’s Toughest Milkman at this year’s DOXA Film Festival!

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The World’s Toughest Milkman is coming to the 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival!

The creation of Vancouver artist David Boswell, Reid Fleming is a thoroughly irascible character who has been popping up in a series of sporadically published comics since 1978. With I Thought I Told You to Shut Up, screening at this year’s annual DOXA event, Fleming – and Boswell – are the subjects of a (some would say) long-overdue documentary.

I Thought I Told You to Shut Up – the title comes from a favourite line of the gruff Fleming – is part of a series within the festival. Called Satire & Subversion, the series also includes docs about a 90something fashion iconoclast, a Bay Area band that refuses to reveal its members’ identities, and more.

The festival, which runs April 30 – May 10, opens with How To Change the World. This very-Vancouver film looks back at the early days of Greenpeace, co-founded in 1971 by Vancouver Sun journalist Bob Hunter.

The closing night screening is Iris, famed documentarian Albert Maysles’ portrait of Iris Apfel. The 93-year-old fashion icon is recognizable by her enormous glasses and inimitable style. From her Wiki bio: “Apfel consults and lectures about style and other fashion topics. In 2013, she was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian.”


The Theory of Obscurity, meanwhile, looks at one of the world’s most enigmatic bands.

In the late ’60s/early ’70s, a group of Bay Area musicians set out to up-end the star-making machinery of the time. By never revealing their true identities, The Residents poked at rock music’s cult of personality. The group was also staunchly independent and released its own records on its label, Ralph, making a living in the process by selling tens of thousands of copies of records like Eskimo, The Commercial Album and Duck Stab. The Residents still occasionally tour, but don’t hold your breath – check out The Theory of Obscurity for a taste of this avant-avant-garde group.


Other not-to-be-missed DOXA films include Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, about a would-be “new” Elvis, Jimmy “Orion” Ellis, who attempted to usurp Presley’s mantle in the late 1970s.

In the latest of the Yes Men series, Laura Nix’s The Yes Men Are Revolting find The Men and their pirate crew of culture jammers taking aim at corporate corruption and government collusion.

Reid Fleming’s David Boswell isn’t the only cartoonist who is subject of a doc at this year’s fest. In Luc Chamberland’s eight-years-in-the-making Seth’s Dominion, Canadian cartoonist Seth is profiled.

There are plenty other films that look intriguing, including a cinematic adaptation of David Shields’ new book I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (dir. James Franco) and Tab Hunter Confidential, about 1950s Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter.

The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs April 30 – May 10, 2015. Venues include Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.), VIFF’s Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.), The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.), SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings St.), and The Post at 750.

Tickets are available online at For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200.

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