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Hot Docs 2017

It was the final day of Hot Docs, and even though I was pooped, I decided to take in three more screenings before the curtain closed on the 2017 festival. The sun was (finally!) out, but I opted to sp…
Sometimes, you have the best intentions when it comes to packing in as many documentaries as you can before the festival is over. But sometimes, your body has other plans. Such was the case with my up…
There are only two full days of Hot Docs left, and between the films I saw before the fest and the ones I’ve taken in during the past week, I think I’m at around 42 or 43 documentaries screened so far…
One of the things I enjoy most about my Hot Docs media pass is the freedom it affords me to change my filmgoing schedule at any time. If I start hearing bad buzz about an upcoming film on my to-see li…
Festival fatigue is beginning to set in. Darting from film to film, standing in long lines for long periods of time, eating poorly, sleeping too little and then getting up to do it all over again the …
Is anyone else getting tired of watching movies in damp clothes and shoes, surrounded by other people in damp clothes and shoes? Thankfully, it looks like Hot Docs audiences will get a one-day respite…
What a truly miserable day, weather-wise. Non-stop pouring rain, chilly temperatures and, from what I could tell, many festgoers opted to stay home (and dry) instead of venturing out. And, now that I’…
Today’s cold, rainy, windy weather was ideal for festgoing, so I put on my hat, scarf and mittens (yep, on April 30th!) and headed out early for a day full of films at the Lightbox. Anticipating that …
Before we get into today’s screenings, I have a question about the Lightbox 1 balcony. Namely: does anyone know why that balcony is always kept closed until just before the film starts? And sometimes,…
With snacks packed and my screening schedule tucked into my knapsack (picking what to see and when literally took me a week!), it was time to get Hot Docs 2017 underway. YAY! The first official day …
The festival officially gets underway tomorrow, and these are the last of my pre-fest reviews. Coverage of my day-to-day misadventures begins on Friday. Until then, rest up, fuel up and get ready for …
I’m not sure if it’s just that I somehow managed to attend pre-fest screenings for only the really great docs, or if the caliber of films I’ve seen so far is actually an indicator that Hot Docs 2017 i…
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