Hot Docs 2019: The Hottest August

Filmmaker Brett Story takes an observational look at life in New York City during the month of August 2017 in The Hottest August. In the summer of 2017, New York City was adjusting to to having Donald Trump in the White House and the ever-present threat of climate change. Various people are interviewed about their […]

Hot Docs 2019: Picture Character 🖼 🔣

The ever-increasing popularity of emojis are examined in 🖼 🔣 (Picture Character). Created in 1997 by Shigetaka Kurita, emoji is translated from 🇯🇵 into “picture character.” While the original set of emojis had 176 characters, there are now over 1000, which are defined by the Unicode Consortium in Silicon Valley. Every year, countless people campaign […]

Hot Docs 2019: Toxic Beauty

The use of dangerous chemicals by the cosmetics industry is exposed in Toxic Beauty. Beauty products are a multi-billion dollar industry. However, cosmetic companies receive minimal government regulation, resulting in toxic chemicals being present within beauty products. Examples of this include the talc in baby powder being linked to ovarian cancer and the cosmetic preservative […]

Hot Docs 2019: Mystify: Michael Hutchence

The life and career of the late INXS frontman is revisited in Mystify: Michael Hutchence. In the mid-1980s, the Australian band INXS hit it big with their breakthrough 1987 album “Kick.” However, fame wasn’t as easy thing for frontman Michael Hutchence to handle. Featuring voice-over interviews with his INXS bandmates and ex-girlfriends, including Kylie Minogue […]

Hot Docs 2019: Willie

A grassroots campaign begins to get the first black NHL player into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Willie. In 1958, Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s colour barrier when he was called up to play for the Boston Bruins. Despite their not being a day going by where he was the recipient of racist remarks, […]

Hot Docs 2019: Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire

The story of the journalist best known for writing the “Millennium” trilogy of novels is told in Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire. Released posthumously, Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series, beginning with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” have gone on to sell ninety million copies worldwide. However, long before that, Larsson was a […]

Hot Docs 2019: Assholes: A Theory

The book by Aaron James forms the basis of this exploration of the concept of assholes in Assholes: A Theory. Aaron James is a professor of philosophy, who wrote the New York Times bestseller “Assholes: A Theory,” which describes assholes as people that allow themselves special advantages, an entrenched sense of entitlement, and immunizes themselves […]

Hot Docs 2019: Who Let the Dogs Out

One man uncovers the story behind the 1998 one hit wonder by the Baha Men in Who Let the Dogs Out. Ben Sisto is an artist, who considers himself the undisputed expert of the song “Who Let the Dogs Out.” After seeing a vague description on the song’s Wikipedia page, Ben decides to put into […]

Hot Docs 2019: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

The family of a murdered Cree man demand justice from the legal system in nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. In 2016, Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from Saskatchewan, was killed by a gunshot to the head by a farmer named Gerald Stanley. Arguing that he shot Boushie in self-defense, Stanley ended up being acquitted […]