Category Archives: Hot Docs

Healing through heartbreak: An interview with Christian Frei, director of Sleepless in New York

Interview with Christian Frei, director of Sleepless in New York

We’ll all have to deal with heartbreak in our lives, but nobody makes it quite as poetic as Christian Frei, director of Sleepless in New York. Although the topic of crumbling relationships seems depressing, Frei shines a light on the Continue

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Hot Docs Review: Sleepless in New York (2014) – or – Heartbreak on film

Sleepless in New York review

Nothing feels the same as being in love, but that’s an idea we’re used to. How about the feeling of losing that love? This is something that we’ve all been through, and director Christian Frei is taking a much deeper Continue

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Unearthing the dead: An interview with Alexandre Philippe, director of Doc of the Dead

Unearthing the dead: An interview with Alexandre Philippe, director of Doc of the Dead

With the constant growth of zombie films, and the fans who love them, director Alexandre Philippe turns his camera on the trend with his film, Doc of the Dead. Beginning with George Romero, Philippe looks at what has shaped the Continue

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Hot Docs Review: Everything Will Be (2014) – or – Changing Chinatown

Everything Will Be review

In Vancouver’s Chinatown, the local business owners go about their day as they always do, but drastic changes can be seen in the area. New condos are being built, and many stores are closing, as more non-Chinese people begin moving Continue

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Hot Docs Review: Guidelines (2014) – or – After school detention

Guidelines review

Being a teen isn’t easy, and it’s something we’ve all had to experience. With the film Guidelines, director Jean-Fran├žois Caissy gives us an unfiltered look at the lives of teens in a rural Quebec high school. With his camera fixed Continue

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Hot Docs Review: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (2014) – or – Returning to society

Out of Mind, Out of Sight review

The Brockville Mental Health Centre is a forensic psychiatric hospital for people who have committed violent crimes. The ultimate goal is to help patients return to society outside the walls of the hospital, although not every story is a success. Continue

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Hot Docs Review: Self(less) Portrait (2014) – or – Unhappy human race

Self(less) Portrait review

Director Danic Champoux shines the light directly on fifty individuals, willing to speak openly about whatever topic happens to come up. While we struggle to maintain some level of privacy in our social media driven world, these individuals remove those Continue

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Hot Docs Review: The Sheik (2014) – or – Make you humble

The Sheik review

It’s probably hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of the Iron Sheik, but very few people will know much about the real man behind the image. Khosrow Vaziri was born in Iran in 1942, becoming obsessed with wrestling at Continue

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Hot Docs Review: Doc of the Dead (2014) – or – Fatten your brains

Doc of the Dead review

Doc of the Dead explores familiar territory, like the evolution of the zombie genre, and how it tends to reflect what’s happening in the world at that moment, as well as the more frightening aspects of actual parasites that could Continue

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Hot Docs Review: Divide In Concord (2013) – or – Bottle Wars

Divide In Concord review

In 1775, Concord patriots fired the ‘shot heard round the world’ that began the Revolution. Over 200 years later, Jean Hill is ready to fire the next shot, and it’s directly at the bottled water industry. 84 year old Jean Continue

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