Hot Docs 2012

Interview: Nisha Pahuja

We talk to Nisha Pahuja, director of the 2012 Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature Documentary The World Before Her about gaining access to two very different worlds for her look at becoming a woman in India: beauty pageants and Hindu fundamentalism.

Interview: Heidi Ewing

With the Sundance and Hot Docs favourite documentary Detropia about to open at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, we got a chance to chat with co-director Heidi Ewing about the origins, production, challenges, and self-distribution process about what is sure to be one of the finest documentaries of the year.

Interview: Indie Game: The Movie – Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky

Don't let the name fool you, Indie Game: The Movie isn’t just something for gamers or geeks. The Kickstarter funded film follows several indie game designers as they struggle to complete their respective games - and it's a surprisingly familiar process. We sat down with filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky to discuss how they came to make a movie about game development, their Sundance success, and about some of the criticism that has been leveled at the film.

Interview: Brian Knappenberger

Dork Shelf talks to the director of Hot Docs 2012 selection We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Brian Knappenberger, about his fascination with Anonymous and his approach to making a film about and for the internet age.

Interview: Stacy Peralta

We talk to skateboarding legend and Dogtown and Z-Boys director Stacy Peralta about his personal look back in Bones Brigade: An Autobiography and his work as a producer on the Vans Warped Tour documentary No Room for Rockstars.

Interview: Directors of The Final Member

You’ll probably never see anything quite like Toronto natives Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math’s penis-mentary The Final Member. The directors travelled to the Icelandic Phallological Museum for their documentary, the only penis museum on the planet. Dork Shelf sat down with Bekhor and Math to discuss the film, their breathtaking on-location footage, what it's like seeing penises get tattooed, and Icelandic folklore.

Interview: Corey and Frank Lee

We caught up with martial arts legend Frank Lee and his filmmaker son Corey about their personal relationship and their collaboration on the deeply personal Hot Docs entry Legend of a Warrior

Interview: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa

On the day of the Hot Docs premiere of his film Laura, Dork Shelf caught up with director Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa to talk about his relationship to the title character and their immersion in New York celebrity culture.

Interview: Wayne White & Neil Berkeley

Dork Shelf caught up with Beauty is Embarrassing director Neil Berkeley, and his subject, artist Wayne White about White much storied career in music videos and television, the constantly changing face of both of their arts, and how documentaries, much like art, are often taken too seriously.

Hot Docs 2012: Weekend Update

As the first weekend of the 2012 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival draws to a close today, we bring you even more reviews from the front lines of first person filmmaking with looks at The Imposter, Off Label, G-Dog, Shadows of Liberty, The Punk Syndrome, Buzkashi!, Welcome to the Machine, Where Heaven Meets Hell, and My Mate Manchester United.

Hot Docs 2012:
The First Big Day

On the first official day of Hot Docs 2012 following last night's gala, Canadian content dominates our reviews with looks at El Huaso, The Final Member, Legend of a Warrior, Crimes Without Honour, Who Cares?, and Fists of Pride. We also take a look at Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, My Thai Bride, Her Master's Voice, Planet of Snail, Colombianos, Ping Pong, and Laura

HotDocs 2012:
The Shorts

We look at and review some of the unsung heroes of the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, the shorts.

Hot Docs 2012 Reviews: Part 3

Hot Docs 2012 Preview Day 3 and the hits just keep on coming with looks at China Heavyweight, In the Year of Hip Hop, Brooklyn Castle, The Frog Princes, Finding North, Radioman, Low and Clear, and The Betrayal.

Hot Docs 2012 Reviews: Part 2

In day two of our look at this year's upcoming Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, we take a look at The Queen of Versailles, Not a Carwash, Beauty is Embarrassing< /cite>, Herman's House, Despite the Gods, Oma & Bella, Ballroom Dancer, and GLOW: The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.