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My first official Hot Docs screening is tomorrow night, but I’ve been lucky enough to catch a few pre-fest press screenings. Here’s what I’ve seen so far, and what I thought: In the strangely poignan…
It's here! A year has flown by and it's once again time for what's become my favourite film festival -- Hot Docs! This year's fest will unspool some 189 documentaries from 51 countries, with subjects …
Much to my chagrin, today was my final day at HotDocs 2010. I have to head out of town at the crack of dawn tomorrow, so I’ll be missing the festival’s final three days. It’s been a wonderful week fil…
Sometimes I think covering HotDocs – or, more specifically, watching a slew of documentaries all at once – would be a lot easier if I were dead inside or had a heart made of stone. But I don’t, and I …
Sometimes, I find myself lucky enough to be present for a really magical festival experience. Something that’s so special it reminds me why I attend film festivals in the first place, and something so…
The skies were blue, the clouds were fluffy and white, and the winds were fairly strong as I headed out for a pair of screenings this afternoon. Given that my first film was all about George Lucas, I …
Despite the ongoing threat of decidedly inclement weather, I once again managed to elude rain today and, even better, saw a trio of excellent films. My first screening of the day was the mid-length d…
Let me begin by saying something I say every year, and something that merits mentioning yet again: Myrocia Watamaniuk kicks ass. And I’m not just saying that because she actually used the word “meh” i…
Toronto’s annual documentary film festival (April 29th – May 9th) is back for its 17th year with, fittingly, 170 films from the four corners of the globe. There’s a little something for everybody – fr…
Can't get enough Canadian documentaries? HotDocs has just launched the cure for whatever might ail you in that regard with the Doc Library! Featuring hundreds of Canadian documentary shorts and feat…
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…