As Niagara Falls transformed from honeymoon capital of the world to Las Vegas North, corporate hotel chains and casinos cast a long shadow over the independent motels that once populated the town. The Continental survived the transition by converting its rooms into affordable housing units, becoming a home for those with few places to go. The night manager, Brian, once a freelance photographer who survived the horrors of war in Vietnam, shares his duties with his colleague Linda. Together they manage both the Continental and the individual struggles of its tenants, providing more than a roof over the heads of those who live under their supervision. Bringing a fresh focus to one of the most photographed places on Earth, director and cinematographer Jesse McCracken develops an intimate and caring portrait of the residents of this modest micro-community set against the backdrop of neon-lit tourist attractions. - Alex Rogalski, Hot Docs Programmer

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Directed and Photographed by: Jesse McCracken

Edited by: Justin Edward Lake and Jesse McCracken

Music by: Dafydd and Alun Myddleton

Post Sound Edit and Mix: Michelle Hwu

Colour by: Clinton Homuth


Thursday, December 14, 8pm, CBC's Documentary Channel

Tuesday, December 19, 11pm, CBC's Documentary Channel

Thursday, August 10, 7pm, Niagara Falls History Museum

Wednesday, August 16, 7pm, St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre

April 29th, 6:45pm, Scotiabank Theatre, Hot Docs Festival 2017

May 1, 4:30pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Hot Docs Festival 2017

May 6, 8:30pm, Innis Town Hall, Hot Docs Festival 2017

"Motel" Theatrical Trailer

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