Hot Docs Highlights

This year’s edition of the Hot Docs Film Festival begins in just under a month’s time and I’ve been thinking about what films I would possibly want to see a the festival.  I’m not sure on the exact number I will be seeing at Hot Docs this year, though I hope to see at least one (though hopefully more).

Anyways, here are some films in this year’s line-up that interests me.

Indie Game: The Movie (James Swirsky, Canada) – Being a big fan of video games, this is the film that stuck out the most for me.  I actually went ahead and purchased a ticket for this film yesterday, alas I subsequently realized that I will be starting a continuing education course that week, which conflicts with the screening.  It’s a shame I won’t be able to see this, though I will still include it on this list.

Herman’s House (Angad Singh Bhalla, Canada) – An interesting looking film about a falsely-convicted man who spent over 40 years in solitary confinement.

GLOW: The Story Of The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (Brett Whitcomb, USA) – I am a big wrestling fan, so this film definitely stands out for me.  This film is high on my “to watch” list for the festival.

Francophrenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) (James Franco, Ian Olds, USA) – A documentary about James Franco’s stint on General Hospital, which appears to have a bit of a fictional narrative weaved in.

No Room for Rockstars (Parris Patton, USA) – A film about the 2010 Vans Warped Tour

The Imposter (Bart Layton, UK) – A missing boy is found, yet seems different.  This one sounds quite intriguing.

Radioman (Mary Kerr, UK) – A film about a homeless man with a radio, who is considered a bit of a Hollywood mascot.  Should be interesting.

We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists (Brian Knappenberger, USA) – Hacktivists like Anonymous are a very current subject, so I believe that this would be a very interesting doc to see.

And those are some of the standouts for me at this year’s Hot Docs.  I doubt I will see all these films at the festival, but it does seem like an interesting line-up.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).