When it rains, it pours. Aside from the downpours we've received this week in Toronto, many projects (business/personal) that have been on the back-burner for awhile now seems to be picking up steam. And this always happens in the days leading up to Hot Docs, one of the busiest 10 days of the year for me it seems. Last year I was part of Doc U, Hot Doc's program that serves as an introduction for graduating/graduated film students on the documentary festival and market. I remember also taking on so many little projects that week, and even having to turn down some opportunities, and getting sick in the process. It was such a fantastic experience though, and I was happy to accept a position as a box office intern this year which will allow me that close-up-and-personal experience of Hot Docs that I was afraid I'd miss again this year.
Well, sure enough, my head is starting to spin with the many new projects that are starting this week. But not fast enough to stop me from going through all 199 documentary films at this year's festival and choosing my [very] short list of docs. Not that I'll be able to see them all, but below are some of the ones I'm planning to see at some point. Then there's the long list of course...okay, I admit, I just want to be able to see all 199 films.
Kathleen's Hot Docs 2011 Short List
-5 Pictures of a Father -Abendland -Advocate for Fagdom -A Candid Eye - Early Shorts of Terence Macartney-Filgate -Being Elmo -The Bully Project -Cheonggyecheon -The Chocolate Farmer -Conan O'Brien Can't Stop -Chance Encounters -The Good Life -A Hard Name -Hell and Back Again -The Hollywood Complex -Hot Coffee -How to Make a Book with Steidl -Incident By a Bank -Limelight -The National Parks Project -POM Wonderful Presents... -Pinter People -Position Among Stars -Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of Toynbee Tiles -Superheroes -Three Walls -Timothy Findley -We Were Here -Uprooted and any and all films by Alan Zweig
As I see films, I'll be posting my thoughts on them. Be sure to visit the Hot Docs website for full descriptions of the films and information on where to buy tickets. Go Docs!