Trouble – Hot Docs 2020

A filmmaker seeks to reconnect with her estranged Northern Irish father in Trouble. Mariah Garnett travels to Vienna to meet her father David, who she hasn’t seen since she was two years old. Growing up in Belfast at the height of The Troubles, David was the subject of a 1971 BBC news story, solely for […]

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The Reason I Jump – Hot Docs 2020

The bestselling book by Naoki Higashida serves as a jumping off point for an exploration of the experiences of non-speaking autistic individuals in The Reason I Jump. Published in 2007, “The Reason I Jump” was an autobiography by Japanese teenager Naoki Higashida, about his experiences growing up as an autistic child without speech. Naoki’s insights […]

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Always Amber – Hot Docs 2020

A non-binary Swedish teen grows through their relationships and gender identity in Always Amber. Amber is a 17-year-old, who had a very close relationship with their best friend Sebastian, who helped Amber discover their a non-binary gender. However, Amber has a falling out with Sebastian following a love triangle and they are left alone to […]

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The Dakota Entrapment Tapes – Hot Docs 2020

A college student is forced to become a confidential informant for law enforcement in The Dakota Entrapment Tapes. In May 2014, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek is reported missing and is found dead two months later. In the ensuing investigation, it is discovered that Andrew found himself in the middle of an aggressive war of […]

Eddy’s Kingdom – Hot Docs 2020

“Canada’s First Terrorist” tells his side of the story in Eddy’s Kingdom. Eddy Haymour immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the 1950s and found success as an entrepreneur. Acquiring Rattlesnake Island in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Eddy’s ultimate dream was to open a theme park called Moroccan Shadou. However, Eddy was accused of […]

Shoot to Marry – Canadian Film Fest 2020

A lonely and heartbroken man uses the filming of a documentary to meet women in Shoot to Marry. Steve Markle is a middle-aged man, who becomes extremely heartbroken when his longtime girlfriend Amy breaks up with him after he proposes to her during Christmas. Desperate to meet the true love of his life, Steve begins […]

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The 8th – Hot Docs 2020

Ireland prepares for a referendum to repeal a controversial anti-abortion law in The 8th. In 1983, the people of Ireland voted to add the 8th Amendment to the constitution stating that the unborn have equal rights to life as its mother, which effectively makes abortion illegal in the country. 35 years later, activist Ailbhe Smyth leads […]

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Clapboard Jungle – Canadian Film Fest 2020

Full Disclosure: I have personally known Justin McConnell since 2012 and I was an Indiegogo contributor for this documentary Filmmaker Justin McConnell uses his own experiences as a jumping-off point for a discussion on how the independent film business works in Clapboard Jungle. It has been Justin McConnell’s dream of breaking into the film business since […]

Hazy Little Thing – Canadian Film Fest 2020

Friends of a writer suffering from depression stage an intervention in the form of a surprise birthday gathering in Hazy Little Thing. Billie (Erin Margurite Carter) is the author of a semi-autobiographical novel, who has been suffering from writer’s block and depression alone at her large house. After making a troublesome social media post suggesting a […]

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Coded Bias – Hot Docs 2020

The biases present in machine learning algorithms are examined in Coded Bias. While working on a project in the MIT Media Lab, computer scientist Joy Buolamwini discovered that facial-recognition software was unable to identify her face, as an African-American female, unless she put on a white mask. Upon further examination, Joy learns that the training […]