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Hot Docs

Today was interesting. Films that I thought would be awesome were meh, films that I chose just because they fit into gaps in my schedule turned out to be quite good, and the best film I saw all day wa…
Sometimes, the fest doles out harsh realities to its filmgoers on screen. And, sometimes, it happens at the box office. Such was the case today for my mom, who wanted to join me for my 4pm screening b…
Two days into the festival and I am reminded again why I love Hot Docs so much – the films, the people, the conversation, the camaraderie and the energy. Every venue is literally buzzing! Speaking of …
First day of official Hot Docs film-going and I am hobbled by a foot injury! Good times. The doctor says I need to take it easy for a couple of days, so I’ll be heading to fewer screenings over the we…
With the potentially rich and colorful backdrop of New York City’s gay scene in the late-1960s through the ‘70s, I thought Continental (4/8) was going to be a lot more interesting a film experience th…
One of the perils of seeing a large volume of films at Hot Docs is the inevitable emotional exhaustion that can set in, especially if you find yourself seeing one sad story after another. Garden of Ed…
Once in a while, you stumble upon a seemingly simple documentary that surprises you with its quiet strength and unexpected depths. For me, We Always Lie to Strangers (8/8) is one such film, and I was …
Sometimes, I see a documentary that leaves me squirming in my seat out of sheer frustration, and that was certainly the case with The Manor (2/8), a purported slice-of-life of documentary that feels l…
A number of films were screened for the media before the festival, and I was lucky enough to catch a bunch of them. Who Is Dayani Cristal? (5/8) is a very stylish, often moving but somewhat disjointed…
April is drawing to a close and that can mean only one thing: the return of Toronto’s annual documentary festival! Hooray! As anyone who’s read my fest coverage over the past five or six years knows: …
It’s always sad when Hot Docs ends. It’s like the end of ten days of documentary-movie camp, during which I got to hang out with all kinds of neat people and make new friends and do fun things like hu…
Partly by design and partly by coincidence, my entire day – in terms of screenings and experiences – somehow dealt with waiting. Literally and/or figuratively. First up was Waiting for Lightning (6/8…