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Hot Docs 2015

And that’s a wrap on our coverage of Hot Docs 2015! It was, as ever, an amazing 10 days, filled with fantastic films, insightful Q&As, and plenty of great conversations with my fellow filmgoers wh…
Due to some reshuffling of my planned festival schedule over the past week, I wound up with only one film on the final Saturday of the fest. Thankfully, it was a good one. (And it was preceded by me e…
As Hot Docs 2015 draws a close, I find more and more directors campaigning for Audience Award votes – but why? I don’t recall anyone doing it in the first few days, but now it’s happening with increas…
The festival is slowly winding down, and a full week of non-stop film-going is starting to catch up with me – I’m getting pooped! But there are still a bunch of docs to see and only three days left to…
Let’s pause for a moment to thank Mother Nature for the SPECTACULAR weather during Hot Docs so far – So nice! And, based on the extended forecast, it’s going to continue right through the end of the f…
Sometimes, when a Hot Docs screening is poorly attended, as an audience member you wind up being part of a small but privileged group that discovers something magical (see: my experience at Keep On Ke…
On Sunday, I proved to myself that, after years of film-festival going (Hot Docs, TIFF, WSFF, et al.), I’ve still got the stamina to make it through a four-screening day unscathed and not completely e…
I think at some point in the next few days, I’m going to devote an entire entry to the inexplicable phenomenon of audience members STILL using their smartphones during festival screenings. It’s astoun…
It’s strange how, completely by chance, you can wind up seeing a bunch of films back to back that complement each other perfectly in terms of tone, content or both. That happened to me today. First up…
Huzzah! The first official day of film-going at the festival finally arrived and, after a long walk to the Bader – where I joined a couple of my fest-going pals in line – it was time to get Hot Docs 2…
It’s almost time for the festival proper to get underway, and I managed to see another half-dozen films before the doors officially open on April 23rd. The Closer We Get (6/8) Sometimes, when a direct…
Hallelujah! It’s Hot Docs time again! It has become, quite honestly, my favorite season. This year, the festival (April 23 – May 3) will screen more than 200 documentaries from around the world – amon…