Hot Docs 2017: Brimstone & Glory

Go behind the scenes of Mexico’s National Pyrotechnics Festival in Brimstone & Glory. Tultepec is considered to be fireworks capital of Mexico, with over two thirds of the population manufacturing the pyrotechnic devices. Every year there is a festival put on in the city in celebration to the Patron of Fireworks San Juan de Dios. The residents […]

Hot Docs 2017: Communion

A teenage girl takes care of her autistic brother and struggles to hold her family together in Communion.  Ola is 14 year old Polish girl, who has to take care of her household, in lieu of her dysfunctional alcoholic father and absentee mother. This including caring for her autistic brother Nikodem, who is about to receive […]

Hot Docs 2017: Mommy Dead and Dearest

The events that lead up to a young woman deciding to murder her mother are broken down in Mommy Dead and Dearest. For her entire life Gypsy Rose Blanchard was publicly perceived as a wheelchair bound girl suffering from leukemia and muscular dystrophy, who received doting support of her mother Dee Dee. However, Dee Dee is […]

Hot Docs 2017: Let There Be Light

A group of scientists work towards making fusion a reality in Let There Be Light. Stars draw on a vast reservoir of energy and if that energy can somewhat be harnessed on Earth, it can provide clean power for generations. That is the theory behind nuclear fusion, which scientists around the world have been trying […]

Hot Docs 2017: Pecking Order

A club of New Zealand poultry breeders prepare their birds for the National Poultry Show in Pecking Order.  For then members of Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in New Zealand, breeding and displaying the best chickens has been the pride of the club for nearly 150 years. As preparations begin for the 2015 National Poultry […]

Hot Docs 2017: PACmen

The men behind Dr. Ben Carson’s failed bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination are followed in PACmen. Political Action Committees or Super PACs are fundraising organisations that back political candidates. Two Super-PACS, Extraordinary America and The 2016 Committee, make it there goal to make celebrity African-American neurosurgeon, particular after he showed prowess in a debate with President […]

Hot Docs 2017: Bee Nation

A group of kids set out to participate in the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Bee Nation. First Nations students from across Saskatchewan are preparing to participate in the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee, with the winners getting a chance to participate in the Spelling Bee of Canada Nationals in […]

Hot Docs 2017: Highlights of the Fest

Hard to believe that we are only a few days away from the start of the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. My advanced reviews will begin popping up tomorrow, but I thought I would start off by listing a few of the films that I am excited to see during the festival. Whitney […]