Interview: Tonje Hessen Schei discusses Drone

The documentary Drone opens today and covers the very timely subject matter of drone strikes in the middle east. The film is directed by Norwegian director Tonje Hessen Schei, who is previously known for the documentaries Independent Intervention (2006) and Play Again (2010). When Drone screened earlier this year at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, I sat down with Tonje […]

Interview: Jessica Edwards discusses Mavis!

The music biography Mavis! opens today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. The documentary looks back at the career of Mavis Staples, who was best known as one of the members of the Staples Singers. Mavis! is the first feature-length documentary by director Jessica Edwards, who previously directed the documentary shorts The Landfill (2012), Tugs (2011), and Seltzer Works (2010). When […]

Hot Docs 15 CAST Awards Announced

For the first time ever, the Cinema Appreciation Society of Toronto have announced the CAST Awards for the 2015 edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.  A total of thirteen individuals, myself included, submitted ballots to determine the top films of the festival.  The film that ended up coming out on top was […]

Hot Docs 2015: Wrap-Up

My coverage of the 2015 edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has come to an end.  This was actually my fifth year attending Hot Docs, my third as media, and I have now settled into the groove of providing full coverage.  I ended up seeing and reviewing 53 films as part of […]