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documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Alums on Being an Emerging Filmmaker in Canada

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Hot Docs Jots presents Emerging Voices, where our documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Program Alums from the last edition of Hot Docs contribute on issues salient to them regarding their filmmaking practice and the business of the industry as


Tiffany Hsiung on her Breakout Debut The Apology

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Tiffany Hsiung, director, writer and cinematographer of the The Apology, shares her process and the learning curves of a first-time filmmaker. The Apology is the story of women interned as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II


The Peacemaker: A Debut Film and A Hardened Subject

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This week we talk to James Demo about Hot Docs Forum 2013 project and Hot Docs official selection 2016 film The Peacemaker, on making your first film about a subject who struggles to connect. 

Hot Docs: You followed Padraig (an


In Conversation with Kirsten Johnson, Cameraperson

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“These are the images that have marked me and keep me wondering still.” 

The epigraph to Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson offers a momentary beat and silence which then tips us into haunting yet lovingly woven memoir of a cinematographer who


Pete McCormack on Spirit Unforgettable and Making Films About People Close to His Heart

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Hot Docs: Spirit Unforgettable had its world premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs Festival. In the film, emotions run high during your interviews with Spirit of the West lead singer John Mann and his bandmates. What was it like as a


Matt Gallagher and Cornelia Principe Talk How to Prepare for Prison, the Legal System and Activism

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Director Matt Gallagher and producer Cornelia Principe join us to discuss their Hot Docs 2016 official selection How to Prepare for Prison, the story of three individuals awaiting their fate within the court system. They discussed filming subjects


Min Sook Lee and Lisa Valencia-Svensson on the Exploitation of Foreign Workers and the Need for Diverse Perspectives in Doc Filmmaking

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Producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson and Director Min Sook Lee talk about the exploitation of temporary foreign workers in Canada in their new film Migrant Dreams, sharing their perspectives on the affect that lack of diversity in documentary


How to Build a Time Machine Filmmaker Jay Cheel on Obsession and Procedure

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Filmmaker Jay Cheel has premiered two films at Hot Docs: Beauty Day in 2011 and How to Build a Time Machine this year. How to Build a Time Machine received Corus-Hot Docs Development funding in 2011, Completion funding in 2015 and launched Hot


Hot Docs Doc Accelerator Alumnus Jorge Armand Talks About Hybrid Cinema and Bringing his Film to Venice

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Hot Docs 2014 Doc Accelerator alumnus Jorge Thielen Armand’s debut feature La Soledad, the story of a Caracas boy who discovers that the decrepit shanty he unlawfully occupies will soon be demolished, is an official selection at the 73rd Venice


Rama Thiaw: On Filmmaking in Post-Colonial Senegal and "Televising the Revolution"

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Interview below in both French and English.

Hot Docs: The Revolution Won’t be Televised was selected for the International Forum of New Cinema, considered the most daring section of the


Christy Garland on Cheer Up and on Upending the Traditional Sports Narrative

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As we establish ourselves firmly in the deep summer of Toronto, Hot Docs mets up with Director and Producer Christy Garland to talk about her Festival pick Cheer Up, and the life-cycle of a film that began several years


"In the World of Documentaries Everything is Possible" - Hot Docs Master Class with Iikka Vehkalahti

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The most popular session from Hot Docs 2016: Iikka Vehkalahti’s wonderful master class:

The first seven minutes of your film are the most important—they set the tone and hook the viewer. Hot Docs 2016 Doc Mogul honouree Iikka


The Kickstart Sessions for Emerging Filmmakers - The Hot Docs Conference Series

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The Bell Media Kickstart sessions are a half-day long series of dynamic discussions that provide the essentials for emerging and mid-career doc makers.

My First Doc

So, you made your first documentary. Now what?


The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev - Filmmaker Interview

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The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev is the story of a close but fraught musical family headed by a unrelenting patriarch and the unequal treatment he bestows on his grown children, daughter Ada and son Ariel. Subsequently, we see how that


"Outraged Women Have Motivated Us" - Quipu Project Interactive Walkthrough

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Quipu Project weaves the narratives of the indigenous and poor women of Peru who underwent forced sterilization in the early 1990s under dictator Alberto Fujimori. Building on centuries of oral tradition, via


Before Beyoncé There Was Tempest Storm: A Filmmaker Interview

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This week we speak to director/producer Nimisha Mukerji and producer Kaitlyn Regehr about 2016 Hot Docs official selection Tempest Storm (Shot Glass Productions) and the film’s namesake: America’s oldest living sex


Living With Giants: The Filmmaker Interview

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This week Hot Docs Jots is joined by the three person team behind the stark and beautiful Living With Giants, a portrait of an Inuk teenager named Paulusie who yearns for his independence while faltering along the way. We speak to


Spectres of Shortwave: An Interview with Amanda Dawn Christie

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Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, video, performance, photography and electro-acoustic sound design. In 2014, she received Shaw Media-Hot Docs funding for her first feature documentary Spectres of


MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER Short Documentary Makes Oscar Shortlist

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This week, we’re joined by the team behind My Enemy, My Brother, shortlisted for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category. Director Ann Shin, executive producer Melanie Horkan and


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