Hot Docs 2016: Obit – Vanessa Gould

  Having its international premiere this evening at 9:15 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, is what may be my favorite documentary at the festival so far. With additional screenings on Tuesday May 3 at 3:45 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, and again at 9:15 on Saturday May 7, with a final screening at the…

Hot Docs 2016: Fear Itself – Charlie Lyne

  Screening this evening at 10pm at the Lightbox, and again on May 3rd at 3:45pm, before moving to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for a final screening om May 4 at 9:45pm. An experiential film, a solo voice, that of Amy E. Watson,  guides the narrative as she recalls and experiences fear as brought…

Speed Sisters (2015) – Amber Fares

  Opening today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is this highly enjoyable, and completely captivating documentary about the first all-women race car team in Palestine. We join Marah, Noor, Mona, Betty, and Maysoon as they put the pedal to the metal, and bust barriers in the racing and Middle Eastern world. The audience climbs…

ICFF – Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2014

Toronto is a truly fortunate when it comes to the film industry. There are times when it seems you can’t turn around in this city without striding onto a film location, or finding out there is a film festival of some for or another being held. I LOVE IT! Starting today and running through to…

Hot Docs 2014: Before the Last Curtain Falls (Thomas Wallner)

Having its World Premiere this evening at 8:30, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, this gorgeously shot film is a stirring documentary about performance, love and sexuality. The center of the film’s focus is a group of aging gay and trans cabaret performers who have gone on tour with their beautifully choreographed stage show, Gardenia. Now, the tour…

Hot Docs 2014: To Be Takei (Jennifer Kroot & Bill Weber)

I was lucky enough to catch a screening of this film last night at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, if you missed it, please find time to see it today at 6 at the same location! This is hands down my favorite film of the festival to date. And I can’t be the only one…

Hot Docs 2014: Doc of the Dead (Alexandre Philippe)

Zombies. The zombies are taking over tonight at 11:59pm at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema with the international premiere of Philippe’s highly enjoyable, and extremely entertaining look at the world of the undead. Starting with its cinematic roots, the film journeys back to White Zombie, where we are introduced to the voodoo zombie before George…

Hot Docs 2014: 112 Weddings (Doug Block)

It’s tough for me to call a favorite this early in the Hot Docs schedule, but Doug Block’s incredible film, 112 Weddings, has won me over completely. If you are going to see it tonight at its international premiere at the Isabel Bader theatre at 7pm, I can only offer these three words to you:…

30 Ghosts – Sean Cisterna

  “Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living”.     – Arthur C. Clarke Tim and I were intrigued by this film from the moment we first heard about it from Carl Elster when we interviewed him and Lisa Wegner about their upcoming installation…