Posts filed under "Documentary"

Hot Docs 2013: Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

Posted by Brandy Dean April 16, 2013 1 Comment 9133 views

It’s challenging for North Americans to grasp that there’s still danger in speaking your mind in many places in the world. So while we all knew of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot and we all heard about the arrest and prosecution of three of its members  after an impromptu performance of “Punk Prayer – Mother of […]

Hot Docs 2013: Muscle Shoals (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 15, 2013 2 Comments 8753 views

Have you ever heard of Muscle Shoals, Alabama? Let me rephrase the question – have you heard an Aretha Franklin song? Have you ever grooved to Wicked Wilson Pickett’s Land of 1000 Dances? Have you ever thought “Yes Percy Sledge, that is EXACTLY what happens when a man loves a woman!” Have you ever driven […]

Hot Docs 2013: Continental (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 15, 2013 1 Comment 9128 views

The new documentary Continental from director Malcolm Ingram explores the importance and impact of New York City’s Continental Baths in the gay rights movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. In 1968 New York City’s gay scene was more a dirty little secret than a scene. Gay bars were dark and dangerous, bathhouses were grotty and unsanitary, […]

Hot Docs 2013: The Manor (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 12, 2013 0 Comment 7832 views

Move over Friedman’s – there’s a new dysfunctional family in town. Toronto filmmaker Shawney Cohen’s debut doc feature The Manor is set to open the Hot Docs 2013 festival and it’s a disturbing doozy. Cohen’s family owns The Manor, a combo strip joint and notell-motel, in Guelph, Ontario. While Cohen may call himself a filmmaker, […]

Hot Docs 2013: 15 Reasons to Live (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 12, 2013 0 Comment 7263 views

Welcome to Alan Zweig 2.0. While you may know (and possibly love) Zweig as a curmedgeon about town, he returns to Hot Docs 2013 with the decidedly more upbeat and positive 15 Reasons to Live. Intrigued when a record store acquaintance shared his own 15 reasons list, Zweig ultimately adapted Ray Robertson’s book 15 Reasons […]

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Posted by Jessica Finch April 3, 2013 0 Comment 7487 views

Sixto Rodriguez was the quintessential 70s folk rock icon. And despite two albums and catchy tunes with timely lyrics, no one – not even his diehard fans – knew who he was. His music fell on deaf ears in the States, but in South Africa his albums (or at least his first album: Cold Fact) […]

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Posted by Jessica Finch March 27, 2013 2 Comments 4575 views

When I go out for sushi, I don’t often think about the time and effort taken to prepare each piece – but then I’ve never been to Jiro’s. Japanese chef Jiro Ono is THE best sushi chef in the world. Jiro Dreams of Suhi is a glimpse into his life, as he manages his restaurant (called […]

Review: Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (2010)

Posted by Jessica Finch March 20, 2013 1 Comment 9980 views

It’s a documentary about the honeybee, but it’s not your typical nature film. Queen of the Sun is a quasi existentialist examination of the decline of the honeybee through a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. The thesis of the film is in its title: What are the bees telling us? And unfortunately, the answer is […]

No Impact Man (2009)

Posted by Jessica Finch March 13, 2013 0 Comment 3628 views

I’ll admit that after watching No Impact Man I did start to wonder about my own, perhaps, non-environmentally friendly habits; running water too long, throwing away plastic bags etc. But the whole point of No Impact Man, a film that sprang from the No Impact blog, is not just to promote thought, but to insight […]

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