Tag: Hot Docs 2013

Hot Docs 2013: Award Winners and More Esoteric Recommendations

Well, the festival is over and the docs are flying south (and west, and east – and maybe even north) for the summer – hopefully to a cinema near you.

Hot Docs 2013: ‘Teenage’ strikes a blow for demography

Teenage Directed by Matt Wolf Written by Matt Wolf & John Savage USA, 2013 Adolescence was the greatest demographic discovery and invention of the mid-20th century. Armed with adult-sized...

Hot Docs 2013: ‘The Last Black Sea Pirates’ drops anchor in...

The Last Black Sea Pirates Directed by Svetoslav Stoyanov Written by Vanya Rainova Bulgaria, 2013 The sea has always provided the last refuge (or final resting place) for those...

Hot Docs 2013: ‘Blackfish’ plunges into the abyss of marine mammal...

Blackfish Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite USA, 2013 Forty-nine years ago, agents of the Vancouver Aquarium harpooned a 15-foot long orca (later dubbed "Moby Doll") and dragged the...

Hot Docs 2013: ‘The Punk Singer’ presents an intimate and insightful...

The Punk Singer Directed by Sini Anderson USA, 2013 One of the most energetic and iconoclastic aesthetic/political movements in the history of popular expression, 1970s punk nevertheless...

Hot Docs 2013: ‘The Ghosts in Our Machine’ uses the power...

Modern Western philosophical patriarch René Descartes is probably best known for his pithy dictum: cogito ergo sum ("I think, therefore I am") - a formulation which led him step by step to a "dualistic" vision of existence, with a radical divide between the physical body and the purely spiritual "mind".

Hot Docs 2013: ‘Future My Love’ puts a brave face on...

If there is one thing human beings have mastered, it's thinking about the future. Theologians, affianced lovers, political theorists, social revolutionaries, TV franchise creators, actuaries and bankers all have that fundamental activity in common. Whether we are entertaining sweeping changes on a global scale, or merely wondering about our own prospects for retirement, we cannot help but beam mental images onto the blank screen of what's to come.

Hot Docs 2013: ‘Trucker and the Fox’ takes a walk on...

There is no denying the role other animals have played in fueling our species' dubious ascent to world mastery. We have eaten them, competed with them, ridden them, made deals with them and yoked them to the plow. It is, to put it mildly, a tragic record of unchecked instrumentalization - and of course, with the advent of factory farming, it's only getting worse.

Hot Docs 2013: ‘Doris Payne’ captures the inextricable link between its...

The movies have taught us a great many things. How to "meet cute". How to sing in the rain. How to squint into the sun. How to keep an eye in the frame when a juicy tear's on the way. But perhaps most of all, they've revealed the tremendous allure (and symbolic expressivity) of smooth criminality.

Hot Docs 2013: ‘Tales From the Organ Trade’ performs a surgical...

Tales From the Organ Trade Directed & Written by Ric Esther Bienstock Canada, 2013 The prospect of going under the surgeon's knife terrifies most human beings. And...