hot docs

Posts, podcasts, and ponderings from North America’s largest documentary film festival. While many of these films rank amongst the best I see in their given year, they are not rated in the writing that follows.

THE SHEIK plays Hot Docs 2014THE SHEIK plays Hot Docs 2014

THE SHEIK plays Hot Docs 2014

He will humble you...now that he's done being humbled himself.

He will humble you...now that he's done being humbled himself.
OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT plays Hot Docs 2014OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT plays Hot Docs 2014

OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT plays Hot Docs 2014

The winner of Best Canadian Feature Documentary from Director John Kastner, this film challenges our views on the mentally ill violent offenders of Brockville Psych, and paints a triumphant portrait of forgiveness, healing, and overwhelming empathy.

The winner of Best Canadian Feature Documentary from Director John Kastner, this film challenges our views on the mentally ill violent offenders of Brockville Psych, and paints a triumphant portrait of forgiveness, healing, and overwhelming empathy.
ART AND CRAFT plays Hot Docs 2014ART AND CRAFT plays Hot Docs 2014

ART AND CRAFT plays Hot Docs 2014

Who's the real master: The painter of the forger?

Who's the real master: The painter of the forger?
HAPPY VALLEY plays Hot Docs 2014HAPPY VALLEY plays Hot Docs 2014

HAPPY VALLEY plays Hot Docs 2014

When a legacy is tarnished, there are a lot of hands that get dirty.

When a legacy is tarnished, there are a lot of hands that get dirty.
“Are You Scared?” – Kate Bradford Interviews Barbara Kopple"Are You Scared?" - Kate Bradford Interviews Barbara Kopple

“Are You Scared?” – Kate Bradford Interviews Barbara Kopple

She was threatened, nearly run over, and even shot at as she captured the efforts of Appalachian miners to get a union contract. The result is one of the best documentaries ever made.

She was threatened, nearly run over, and even shot at as she captured the efforts of Appalachian miners to get a union contract. The result is one of the best documentaries ever made.
IN COUNTRY plays Hot Docs 2014IN COUNTRY plays Hot Docs 2014

IN COUNTRY plays Hot Docs 2014

War is Hell. If you'd like to play in Hell, that can be arranged.

War is Hell. If you'd like to play in Hell, that can be arranged.
FED UP plays Hot Docs 2014FED UP plays Hot Docs 2014

FED UP plays Hot Docs 2014

Think you know what's in your food and how it got there? Think again.

Think you know what's in your food and how it got there? Think again.
GUIDELINES plays Hot Docs 2014GUIDELINES plays Hot Docs 2014

GUIDELINES plays Hot Docs 2014

GUIDELINES, from director Jean-Francois Caissy, employs a unique cinéma vérité style to observe the students at a rural Quebec high school in a variety of "interventions" with authority figures.

GUIDELINES, from director Jean-Francois Caissy, employs a unique cinéma vérité style to observe the students at a rural Quebec high school in a variety of "interventions" with authority figures.
MEET THE PATELS plays Hot Docs 2014MEET THE PATELS plays Hot Docs 2014

MEET THE PATELS plays Hot Docs 2014

“You know that girl in Eat, Pray, Love? She goes through a break up, goes on the existential journey to India to get over depression, find out what she really wanted in life? I was that girl. Except, my family was with me the entire time.”

“You know that girl in Eat, Pray, Love? She goes through a break up, goes on the existential journey to India to get over depression, find out what she really wanted in life? I was that girl. Except, my family was with me the entire time.”