Hot Docs 2015
The Bells were a Canadian pop group formed in the 60s who were considered hugely successful at the time but failed to really leave their mark, Stay Awhile is their story told from the perspective of two of the original members' daughter.
We sat down with Thank You For Playing directors Malika Zouhali-Worrall and David Osit to discuss the film, the game That Dragon, Cancer, and the potency of games as art.
At 21, Daniel Roher has already shot documentaries all over the world. His latest, Survivor's Rowe gives a voice to victims of Canada's most prolific sex offender. We talked to him about how he approached such a difficult topic.
We sat down with Sweet Micky for President producer Pras Michel and director Ben Patterson to talk about the adventure of following a pop star's presidential campaign in Haiti.
In Deprogrammed, Mia Donovan takes us into the strange, disturbing and yet completely intriguing world of deprogramming, the process by which one is removed from an alternative religion or cult and brought back into the wider world.
Thank You For Playing is a raw, emotional look at one game developer's attempts to cope with his young son's terminal cancer.
Dork Shelf had the pleasure of interviewing comedian Tig Notaro at the premiere of Tig, a documentary about the worst four months of her life and the incredible year that followed.
We sat down with Being Canadian director Rob Cohen and producers Colin Keith Gray and Megan Raney Aarons, to chat over double doubles and timbits about the journey of making this patriotic doc.
Danny is as much a history of Newfoundland as it is a biography. The film explains how the province clawed its way out of poverty and became synonymous with its leader, Premier Danny Williams.
In Censored Voices, an examination of both memory and politics, retired Israeli soldiers listen to their own voices recorded after a victorious occupation over 40 years ago.
Beyond the Fear tackles the story of Yigal Amir, the assassin of Ytizhak Rabin who found himself at the center of numerous ethical and political debates about whether a country founded on the ashes of intolerance would treat the murderer of their own leader with humanity.
Oscar winner John Zaritsky's A Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics is a love letter to people who don't conform to societal expectations, an excellent topic that's a little too broad to contain in a single film.
Easily one of the oddest entries in this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival and also one of the best, Chuck Norris Vs. Communism sheds light on a strange moment in Romanian history.
For the first hour of it’s running time, (T)error is a slow build doc that borders on tedious despite incendiary subject matter, but the last section makes for a thrilling film that should not be missed.
As a portrait of an enigmatic cartoonist and comic book dream-weaver, Seth's Dominion is a wonderfully creative little doc that honors and embodies it’s subject, like few others.