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Hot Docs 2009

My day nine was actually day ten of HotDocs. As mentioned in my previous entry, I didn’t see any films yesterday due to rain. And I almost didn’t see any today because a migraine hit me out of nowhere…
There comes a point in every film festival when I hit a wall. I get drowsy at screenings and “rest my eyes” from time to time, my patience is whittled away to nothing and I start counting how many fi…
I have to start by saying that I continue to be impressed with how well HotDocs runs, how well-attended all its screenings are, and how accessible it is to the public. This is what a film festival sho…
I ended day five of the fest with a full-pie movie, and that’s exactly how I started day six. Rough Aunties (8/8), directed by Kim Longinotto (Sisters in Law, Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go), is a powerful…
Here’s what I love most about having a HotDocs media pass: it allows me to make changes to my film-going schedule on the fly. If I need to rearrange my films at the last minute, I can. And that’s incr…
To borrow from the standard-issue introduction at every HotDocs screening, I have a little bit of housekeeping to take care of: the comments feature on these entries is a little wonky. We’re aware of …
Sometimes I actually impress myself with my inadvertent thematic programming when I select my screenings at a film festival. For this year’s HotDocs fest, I made up my to-see list weeks ago and my pro…
Attending HotDocs can be an emotionally exhausting experience. Sure, there are documentaries that make you laugh or make you think, but a fair number of the films on the docket will probably make you …
Last night, I attended my inaugural screenings at HotDocs 2009, and I’m really hoping that the remainder of my festival experience goes a little more smoothly than night one did. The fest has some 15…