The health and safety of our patrons and volunteers is of paramount importance to Marie Dressler Foundation.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have considered the risks inherent for the community in moving ahead with RearView DocFest as planned.

Regrettably, we see no choice but to announce the cancellation of RearView DocFest.

Not only is this a disappointment for you, our patrons, but particularly disappointing for the many dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past few months to prepare an engaging event.

Anyone who has already purchased tickets will be contacted within the next few days.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely going forward, and assessing the possibility of rescheduling the event for later this year.

Please continue to check this website for news in the coming months.

Rick Miller
President and Chair
Marie Dressler Foundation


There is now a trailer for this year's DocFest:

Video by Jeff Halligan - Program details here.

ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival Announces Festival Dates
April 17-19, 2020

Director Martin Scorsese’s award-winning film
George Harrison: Living in the Material World opens the Festival
Michael Bridge named CBC’s “Top 30 Classical Musicians under 30” plays live to Nanook of the North

The ReaRView Vintage Documentary Festival (ReaRView) announced today that its fourth annual festival will run from Friday, April 17 to Sunday April 19, 2020 in Cobourg, Ontario at The Loft Cinema (201 Division St. Cobourg, ON).  The Festival highlights two themes this year – “Chasing Green: Ecology and the Economy” and “Mind’s Eye: Art and Artistry”.  ReaRView is unique among film festivals for exploring today’s issues using yesterday’s timeless documentaries, some dating as far back as 1922.

“2020 is an exciting year for us,” commented Chris Worsnop, ReaRView Committee Chair.   “Our audiences are growing and we have a stellar line-up of award-winning documentary films. This year, we’re enhancing the audience’s experience by offering an opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers as well as showing the 1922 classic doc “Nanook of the North” with live musical accompaniment by acclaimed accordionist Michael Bridge. We are also continuing our education initiatives by presenting a special curated program for area schools that includes participating filmmakers, conservationists and special guests.”

In 2020 the themes will be:

  • Chasing Green: Ecology & the Economy and
  • Mind’s Eye: Art & Artistry.

ReaRView 2020

The 2020 event will be held on April 17 – 19 at the Loft Cinema (201 Division Street Cobourg). Tickets will be available online on this site.