Posts tagged with "Hot Docs 2013"

Hot Docs 2013: Alphée Of The Stars (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 25, 2013 0 Comment 6575 views

Alphée of the Stars documents one family’s journey to prove the world incorrect about their lovely 5-year-old daughter Alphée. Though she is like most girls her age, Alphée also has a rare genetic disorder—Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome—which affects her neuromuscular development. When faced with the decision to put their daughter in classes for the “intellectually” challenged, filmmaker Hugo Latulippe and Laure Waridel […]

Hot Docs 2013: Mercy Mercy: A True Story of Adoption (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 25, 2013 3 Comments 9762 views

The heart warming version of adoption goes like this: a child in need is accepted into the loving arms of a caring family and everyone lives happily ever after. But life isn’t a fairy tale, and as Mercy, Mercy: A True Story of Adoption demonstrates, international adoption is much more complicated that a fairy tale. […]

Hot Docs 2013: Mary & Myself (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 24, 2013 0 Comment 5387 views

Mary & Myself is a delightful  animated documentary snack. Clocking in at just over 6 minutes, the film delivers a sweet and charming story about Jia Tsu Ye-Thompson and Mary, both over the age of 70, as they support each other through their acting debut as comfort women in a local production of The Vagina Monologues. With […]

Hot Docs 2013: Just As I Remember (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 24, 2013 0 Comment 6582 views

Just As I Remember It is a brief but powerful look into in the life of a family whose young father has been diagnosed with ALS and is seeing his own rapid decline. This short doc is made all the more potent because the young director Andrew Moir’s own father suffers from ALS. Moir cannot actually […]

Hot Docs 2013: Softening (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 24, 2013 1 Comment 7367 views

When Kelly O’Brien gave birth to her second child Teddy in 2007, she learned that her son had contracted a flu-like infection in utero and suffered brain damage as a result. The prognosis was not bright for Teddy and Kelly was encouraged to adapt her expectations for her child. But being a mother, that’s impossible. […]

Hot Docs 2013: Chi (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 23, 2013 0 Comment 6138 views

Chi, from director Anne Wheeler, gives us an intimate look into the final days of Canadian actress Babz Chula, as she succumbs to the ravages of cancer. The film starts with Wheeler (she’s not only a director, she’s a friend of Chula’s) and Babz making a trip to an ayurvedic spa in India for some alternative […]

Hot Docs 2013: Chimeras (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 23, 2013 0 Comment 6002 views

Artists can serve as sort of cultural antennae, picking up subtle vibrations in the atmosphere long before the rest of us do. So it only makes sense that, in the global cultural shift in what’s now being called the “Chinese century,” Chinese artists would find themselves struggling to make sense of the changes. Chimeras introduces […]

Hot Docs 2013: The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013)

Posted by April 22, 2013 0 Comment 7226 views

The Ghosts in Our Machine follows Jo-Anne McArthur, a highly skilled and empathetic photographer as she pursues her own personal brand of animal rights activism – photographing the animals farmed en masse for food, clothing, accessories and medical research.  Her access is close, accompanying a young couple adopting their second purpose-breed beagle from a research […]

Hot Docs 2013: The Burger and the King (1996)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 22, 2013 0 Comment 7031 views

There’s a little joke that floats around the American South that goes something like this: During the Depression, you ate anything that didn’t eat you. This joke is repeated a couple of time in James Marsh’s The Burger and the King, a look at the life and eating habits of Elvis Presley, and Marsh uses […]

Hot Docs 2013: Furever (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 22, 2013 0 Comment 7032 views

When a human dies there are some pretty specific things that happen (just see Dead or Alive), but what do we do when a beloved pet shuffles off this mortal coil? This is the question posed by director Amy Finkel’s Furever. Turns out, as pets have become ever more intimate companions in human life, the vacuum created […]

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