Hot Docs 2017: Manic

A woman traces his family’s history with bipolar disorder back to her back leader father in Manic. Filmmaker Kalina Bertin turns the camera on her siblings Felicia and Francois, both of whom suffer from bipolar disorder and frequently have manic episodes. Desperate for answers about her family’s mental illness, Kalina traces back the history of her […]

Hot Docs 2017: Shadowman

The life and career of artist Richard Hambleton is told in Shadowman. Born in Vancouver, Richard Hambleton became known for his New York City street art in the 1980s, which were often done in the form of shadowy silhouettes. Hambleton eventually moved into studio painting and quickly became a sensation along with his friends Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. […]

Hot Docs 2017: What Lies Upstream

A water crisis in West Virginia calls into question the water purification policies of the United States in What Lies Upstream. In 2014, a chemical known as MCHM leaked into the Elk River, affecting the water supply for nearly half of West Virginia. Filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to investigate this crisis, as well […]

Hot Docs 2017: Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

The court case between Hulk Hogan and Gawker kicks off a discussion about the state of free and open journalism in Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press. Terry Bollea, better known as professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, files a lawsuit against the celebrity blog Gawker, over the site posting a portion of a sex tape involving […]

Hot Docs 2017: Hobbyhorse Revolution

Teenagers in Finland participate in hobbyhorse competitions in Hobbyhorse Revolution. Traditionally viewed a children’s activity, many teenagers in Finland have taken this hobby to a new level, participating in hobbyhorse equestrian competitions. Mariam “Aisku” Njie, Elsa Salo and Alisa Aarniomäki are three such hobbyhorseists and they strive for success in the hobby they love, without […]

Hot Docs 2017: 78/52

The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is broken down and analyzed in 78/52. Created with 78 set-ups and 52 shots, the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho has become one of the most iconic sequences of film history. With its use of quick cuts and suggested nudity and violence, the scene broke many taboos from the […]

Hot Docs 2017: Photos from TokyoDocs event featuring Osamu Tomita

In advance of this evening’s world premiere of the documentary Ramen Heads, an event for media was held at the Momofuku Noodle Bar in Toronto, hosted by TokyoDocs. The main attraction of this press conference was an appearance by Japan’s top ramen chef Osamu Tomita, who provided samples of his very tasty ramen to those in […]

Hot Docs 2017: Becoming Bond

George Lazenby tells the story of how he became the only man to play James Bond just once in Becoming Bond. George Lazenby (played in reenactments by Josh Lawson) was born in a small town in Australian and after failing to graduate from school seemed destined for a life as a mechanic and car salesman. However, […]

Hot Docs 2017: Q&A with Takao Gotsu on Living the Game

The documentary Living the Game centers around the world of professional gaming, particularly the rivalry between number one player Daigo “The Beast” Umehara and up-and-comer Momochi. The film is part of the extensive Japanese line-up at this year’s Hot Docs, presented in partnership with TokyoDocs. I had the answer to ask Living the Game‘s filmmaker Takao Gotsu a […]

Hot Docs 2017: Bill Nye: Science Guy

The former children’s show host fights back against the anti-science movement in Bill Nye: Science Guy. In the 1990s, Bill Nye was best known as the host of the children’s science show Bill Nye, the Science Guy, which was shown in classrooms all around the world. After being out of the spotlight for many years, […]