It’s time for hotDOCS to take over Toronto nightlife and descend on
selected screens for an amazing ten days of escapism, exploration and
globalization. Here at The Blog Studio, we have been eagerly
anticipating hotDOCS arrival and wanted to weigh in on our top picks as
well as welcome aficionados of our blog to do the same. We just
finished reading through what hotDOCS has to offer this year and are
excited for the documentaries that deal with design and social media,
but beyond that there are several creations that engage with unique
topics and perspectives that we are super excited about.
For those new to the Hot DOCS scene, it’s the biggest docu-festival in
all of North American and this year it runs from April 29-May 9th. There
are also plenty of opportunities to network and express yourself if you
are a budding or seasoned filmmaker through the Kickstart Sessions
happening on May 5th. Delegates will learn from industry leaders
on how to develop their work as well as write and produce film
projects. But if you prefer to be spectator and focus on the
festival’s entertainment it looks like you will definitely not be
disappointed. There are over 170 films to choose from and over 40
countries being represented through historical, docu-dramas, tech and
art house films (including one haunting doc about Pablo Escobar’s son
making peace with his heritage—Sins of My Father.)
Here are some of our picks:
A documentary about social activism in regards to green methods of
transportation and preserving urban space for people not cars.
A doc that traces the influence and spread of Brazil’s music and its
rich and diverse cultural roots that culminate in the awesome sounds of
Samba and Bossa Nova.
Chronicling the first year of four beautiful babies from Tokyo, Namibia,
San Francisco and Mongolia in an exploration of connectedness and
Dish illuminates the art and lifestyle of women in Paris, Toronto,
Montreal’s most chic eateries and the culture and gender politics
The history of punk rock and indie films from its genesis on the Lower
East Side of New York and the characters surrounding the No Wave Scene
and the Cinema of Transgression.
The hotDOCS speaker series that allows a rare opportunity to watch high
profile critics engage with media critics about the industry. This
year’s series features Eric Friesen and Sasha Frere Jones.
The ultimate hoax: two Czech filmmakers create a major marketing scheme
for a product that doesn’t exist and it pervades the whole society…
Best Doc Winner at the Warsaw International Film Fest, this film shows
that amidst the Cold War and the heavy hand of the Iron Curtain the
Estonian people’s spirit rang through—they rigged their tv sets to plug
into western pop culture and DANCED.
The psychological negotiations of Sebastien Marroquin—son of the
infamous gangster Pablo Escobar—as he tries to make peace with his
father and ultimately, with himself.
Vita Brevis, Ars Longa—the tale of a Romanian street artist discovered at age 62 and is now being hailed the next Andy Warhol.
The Blog Studio will definitely be front and centre at the festival
checking out these documentaries and more. So…which docs are you
excited about? Which ones are people buzzing about? Feel free to
post your comments and recommend some other docs to check out during the
festival. And if you are curious to check out the entire hotDOCS 2010
lineup please visit the hotDOCS website.