Posts tagged with "Hot Docs 2013"

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 […]

Hot Docs 2013 is Upon Us

Posted by Brandy Dean April 11, 2013 0 Comment 3935 views

It’s that time of year, again. The air is warming, the snow is thawing, and facts are in the air. That’s right – it’s time again for Hot Docs. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will take over Toronto from April 25 to May 5. This year’s lineup presents 205 titles from 43 countries in […]

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