Interview: Ravi and Geeta Patel discuss Meet the Patels

The documentary Meet the Patels continues its Toronto theatrical run by opening today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for a week-long run. The documentary focuses on Ravi Patel, who undergoes the matchmaking process by his very traditional parents. The whole process was filmed by Ravi’s sister Geeta and turned into a romantic comedy-styled documentary. Meet […]

Interview: Filmmaker Jesse Moss on The Overnighters

The documentary The Overnighters opens this Friday, November 7, 2014 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  The film focuses on the booming oil town of Williston, North Dakota and the local Pastor Jay Reinke, who starts allowing outsiders, who come to the town looking for work, to stay in the church.  The Overnighters is directed by […]

Hot Docs 2014: Wrap-Up

The 2014 edition of Hot Docs has finally concluded.  This was my fourth time attending the festival and my second time providing full coverage as accredited media.  I went all out for my media coverage this year, with me beginning to watch screeners of the films a full month prior to the start of the […]

Hot Docs 2014: Shorts Round-Up

Here are my brief thoughts on the four short documentaries I saw during Hot Docs: Love YaScreening with Mugshot, this short consisted of a split screen view of six couples talking about their relationship with each other.  The short was shot with an “interrotron” apparatus, originally developed by Errol Morris, so the couples saw each […]

Hot Docs 2014: 112 Weddings

Aside from his main career as a documentary filmmaker, Doug Block has had a 20 year side-career as a wedding videographer.  As he prepares to do the wedding video for his 112th wedding, Block decides to revisit a number of his past clients and catch up with how their marriages turned out.  What follows is […]

Hot Docs 2014: A Different Kind of Boy

Alexander is a teenage boy with autism, who has just finished school and is preparing to head out to live on his own.  Following his 18th birthday, Alexander goes on a trip to Barcelona with his older brother Sebastian.  As they head off to attend a game by FC Barcelona, the two brothers bond, as […]

Hot Docs 2014: Point and Shoot

In 2006, Baltimore native Matt VanDyke went on a 3 year motorcycle trip across North Africa and the Middle East in a self-described “crash course on manhood.”  Along the way, he became friends with a Libyan man named Nuri.  As such, when the revolution broke out in Libya, Matt felt obliged to travel to the […]

Hot Docs 2014: The Immortalists

Aubrey de Grey and Bill Andrews are two scientists, who hope to find a way to cure the human aging process. Aubrey is using his company SENS to research ways to clean up the “molecular garbage” that causes aging, while Bill is using his company Sierra Science to find a way to completely reverse the […]

Hot Docs 2014: Giuseppe Makes a Movie

Giuseppe Andrews is a former child actor, who had parts in films such as Detroit Rock City, American History X, and Independence Day.  Living in a trailer park, Giuseppe has produced almost 30 no-budget films with his producer Ed (a former background musician with the BeeGees).  With the goal to shoot his latest film Garbanzo […]

Hot Docs 2014: Self(less) Portrait

This semi-experimental documentary features intimate confessional interviews with 50 unique individuals. Sitting in front of a blank white screen, these people talk about everything from relationships, the search for identity, family violence, depression, suicide, sexuality, mental illness, aliens, religion and death.  These interviews are accompanied by a subtle synthesized score and the occasion inclusion of […]