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.

It’s Only Life: Previewing Hot Docs 2014It's Only Life: Previewing Hot Docs 2014

It’s Only Life: Previewing Hot Docs 2014

Cinema can make for an amazing escape from the outside world. It can also become a wonderful window into the outside world.

Cinema can make for an amazing escape from the outside world. It can also become a wonderful window into the outside world.
CAUCUS plays Hot Docs 2013CAUCUS plays Hot Docs 2013

CAUCUS plays Hot Docs 2013

Look past the fancy busses...listen past the snappy soundbites. What you'll see is simply seven people who want to lead.

Look past the fancy busses...listen past the snappy soundbites. What you'll see is simply seven people who want to lead.
MUSCLE SHOALS plays Hot Docs 2013MUSCLE SHOALS plays Hot Docs 2013

MUSCLE SHOALS plays Hot Docs 2013

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
THE UNBELIEVERS plays Hot Docs 2013THE UNBELIEVERS plays Hot Docs 2013

THE UNBELIEVERS plays Hot Docs 2013

When a film comes along that treats scientists like rock stars, we probably shouldn't be surprised when they start acting belligerent.

When a film comes along that treats scientists like rock stars, we probably shouldn't be surprised when they start acting belligerent.
PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER plays Hot Docs 2013PUSSY RIOT - A PUNK PRAYER plays Hot Docs 2013

PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER plays Hot Docs 2013

Brimming with immediacy, this film gives audiences a peek under the balaclava at the new face of Russian revolution.

Brimming with immediacy, this film gives audiences a peek under the balaclava at the new face of Russian revolution.
Life in Technicolor 2013 pt 3Life in Technicolor 2013 pt 3

Life in Technicolor 2013 pt 3

Talkin' CAUCUS with director AJ Schnack as Hot Docs festival coverage continues.

Talkin' CAUCUS with director AJ Schnack as Hot Docs festival coverage continues.
VALENTINE ROAD plays Hot Docs 2013VALENTINE ROAD plays Hot Docs 2013

VALENTINE ROAD plays Hot Docs 2013

No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it's all the same love

No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it's all the same love
Life in Technicolor 2013 pt 2Life in Technicolor 2013 pt 2

Life in Technicolor 2013 pt 2

Talkin' BLOOD BROTHER with director Steve Hoover as Hot Docs festival coverage continues.

Talkin' BLOOD BROTHER with director Steve Hoover as Hot Docs festival coverage continues.
FALL AND WINTER plays HOT DOCSFALL AND WINTER plays HOT DOCS

FALL AND WINTER plays HOT DOCS

We live in a time of rapid environmental change and hear a lot of voices telling us they have the answer. In a refreshing switch, FALL AND WINTER is a film that doesn't try to give us the answer, but instead helps us better understand the question from those that might have thought about...

We live in a time of rapid environmental change and hear a lot of voices telling us they have the answer. In a refreshing switch, FALL AND WINTER is a film that doesn't try to give us the answer, but instead helps us better understand the question from those that might have thought about...