Posts tagged with "Hot Docs 2013"

Hot Docs 2013: Fatal Assistance (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 1, 2013 0 Comment 6073 views

When a massive earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 killing 250,000 people and leaving 1.2 million homeless, the world rushed to the country’s aid. From private citizens, NGOs and government aide a torrent of cash and assistance flowed into Haiti. But as Fatal Assistance from Haitian-born director and former Minister of Culture Raoul Peck proves, wherever a lot of […]

Hot Docs 2013: The Great Hip Hop Hoax

Posted by Brandy Dean May 1, 2013 0 Comment 5384 views

You can file The Great Hip Hop Hoax from director Jeanie Finlay under the truth can by way stranger than fiction category. Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain are two Scottish lads with dreams of hip hop greatness. It’s not an uncommon fantasy of the adolescent male but in Billy and Gavin’s case, the boys have real talent. However, […]

Hot Docs 2013: Fuck for Forest (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 1, 2013 0 Comment 7770 views

Fuck for Forest is not only the name of Michał Marczak’s documentary, but the actual name of a radical eco-charity. In the name of saving the earth, they, um, fuck. The logical is a bit muddled, but the gist is that they wander about Berlin, recruit strangers to participate (1 in 10 agree, according to group […]

Hot Docs 2013: Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys

Posted by Brandy Dean April 30, 2013 0 Comment 5336 views

Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys in Finnish lapland. Well, they tend herds of wild reindeer but I suppose “Reindeer boys” doesn’t have the some ring.  Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys is the story of one year in the lives Aarne and Lasse and their wives and children as they live life well north […]

Hot Docs 2013: Interview with Chimeras Director Mika Mattila

Posted by Brandy Dean April 30, 2013 0 Comment 7096 views

I have a secret theory about documentary filmmaking: it is the most personal kind of filmmaking. Even when a doc isn’t a first person film, the filmmaker is often drawn to a story that illuminates some part of their own life or own concerns. And so it seems to be for Mika Mattila, director of […]

Hot Docs 2013: Interview with Massey Whiteknife from Oil Sands Karaoke

Posted by Brandy Dean April 30, 2013 0 Comment 8416 views

As watchers and critics of films, we focus almost solely on the filmmaker. But in the case of documentaries, there are real people behind the stories. I often wonder why a subject submits to the camera. Why tell such tough and personal stories? For once, I had the chance to sit down with a subject, in this […]

Hot Docs 2013: Interview Charles Wilkinson, Director of Oil Sands Karaoke

Posted by Brandy Dean April 30, 2013 0 Comment 7120 views

One of the most powerful aspects of documentary filmmaking is the ability to bring a depth of opinion and examination to a topic. Often, some of the most pressing contemporary concerns become rendered as black or white, this or that in our fast paced public forums. But docs are a refuge for the rational look at complex […]

Hot Docs 2013: Good Ol’ Freda

Posted by Brandy Dean April 29, 2013 0 Comment 6521 views

The moment that I saw Good Ol’ Freda listed in the Hot Docs program, without reading the description, I knew exactly who this doc was about. That’s good ol’ Freda Kelly, once called the luckiest girl in the world by newspapers and teen rags, because she was the secretary to a little band called The […]

Hot Docs 2013: Eufrosina’s Revolution (2013)

Posted by Oubah O. April 29, 2013 1 Comment 4771 views

Eufrosina’s Revolution is a documentary following the determined and ever-defiant Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza, a woman working to correct the wrongs endured by women in indigenous Mexican communities like Santa Maria Quiegolani. Throughout her story, we see a woman with increased conviction despite frequent obstacles and very little means. Eufrosina’s entire life is focused on making positive changes, […]

Hot Docs 2013: Alcan Highway (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 28, 2013 0 Comment 7502 views

Hese is a man with a mission and Alcan Highway is a document of that mission. After purchasing an antique rusty bucket truck in Alasks, he leaves his home in Finland, recruits some buds, and intends to make this contraption into a rolling mobile home. He also aims to park in Vancouver Island, a mere 4000 […]

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