Hot Docs 2016: Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams

  If there is a more honest, emotional and human film at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, I can’t imagine what it could be. Owen Suskind, the young autistic man who is the focus of William’s objective eye, is a brilliant soul, and we learn through the film, his story, his life, and his…

Hot Docs 2016: Wizard Mode -Nathan Drillot & Jeff Petry

  Robert Gagno is a brilliantly talented pinball wizard, he is also autistic.  And amidst the flashing lights, electronic sounds, and crowds of people, he comes of age as he travels to Pinburgh, the pinball  competition mecca of the world. Wizard Mode introduces us to Robert, a young man, with an easy smile, a knack…

Hot Docs 2015: Raiders! – Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen

  Screening today at the Hart House theatre at 9:30 is a documentary that completely encapsulated my youth and filled me with awe, and a fire to create. Back in 1981, a film came along that changed many a young viewer, myself included, Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. It affected a number of…

Hot Docs 2015: Chuck Norris Vs Communism – Ilinca Calugareanu

  Screening today at the Hart House theatre at 9:30pm is this masterful, and highly enjoyable documentary that plays like a Cold War thriller. The year is 1985. The place, Romania, a country under strict control by its socialist/communist government, there’s one television channel for the nation, and it broadcasts nothing but state propaganda. The…

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…