Hot Docs 2016: Chatting with The League of Exotique Dancers

  The Hot Docs Film Festival gets underway today, and it’s opening night film features some amazing women. Sue and I got to sit down and chat with three of them, the film’s director, Rama Rau as well as burlesque legends, Camille 2000 and Judith Stein. We chatted about the film, feminism, burlesque, stripping, stage…

Hip Hop-eration (2014) – Bryn Evans

  Opening today at the Bloor Hot Docs theater is this crowd pleasing, completely charming documentary that follows a group of seniors, some of whom are in their late nineties, as they leave their home from a small island off the coast of New Zealand to travel to Las Vegas to take part in the…

Like the Wind (2013) – Marco S. Puccioni

Having its Canadian Premiere screening this evening at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, is this drama featuring a strong performance by Valeria Golino as Armida Misere, and of Italy’s first female prison governors. Told through a series of flashbacks, the film starts with a tragedy, and shows how it impacts the rest of Misere’s life,…

Hot Docs 2014: Giuseppe Makes a Movie (Adam Rifkin)

Having its World Premiere at 7pm this evening at the Scotiabank Theatre, this behind-the-scenes film focuses it’s objective eye on the filmmaking process of Giuseppe Andrews. One time, he was a young bit part actor, with roles in films like Independence Day and Detroit Rock City, as well as recurring roles on television series. But now, he’s…

Hot Docs 2014: Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case (Andreas Johnsen)

Having its North American premiere this afternoon at the Lightbox at 4:30 is this fascinating documentary that takes us into the monitored home and life of the famous Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei. The government, unhappy with his art, and his outspoken stance on rights and freedoms imprisoned him for 86 days, after that he was put on…