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Bill Nye Comes to Hot Docs 2017

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Directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg discuss Hot Docs 2017 official selection Bill Nye: Science Guy, what it’s like to work with one of the world’s most beloved scientists and the man behind the persona.

Hot Docs: Bill Nye is very


A Revolution in Four Seasons: Democracy, Feminism and A Western Lens

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A Revolution in Four Seasons director Jessie Deeter speaks about the significance of the Tunisian Revolution on global democracy, the changing role of women in the Islamic world, and capturing those processes as a westerner.

HD: There are


Emerging Voices: Seeking Critical Feedback in a Country of Nice People

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Hot Docs Jots presents Emerging Voices, where past Doc Accelerator participants discuss their experience with filmmaking and the doc industry. Applications for the 2019 Doc Accelerator lab are open, with a final deadline of January 17.

Cat Mills,


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 Art of the Business - The Role of a Visual Researcher with Elizabeth Klinck

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In our new series The Art of the Business, Hot Docs speaks to prolific visual researcher Elizabeth Klinck. Elizabeth has over 36 years of experience and has worked on over 200 projects as a visual and editorial researcher, a visual archive and


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 international


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 has


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 director to balance


Industry Programs Manager Stephanie McArthur Attends CNEX Chinese Doc Forum

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This September, Hot Docs Industry Programs Manager Stephanie McArthur attended the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF) in Taipei, Taiwan. A Perfect Storm Outside a Category 5 typhoon was raging, but inside a surprisingly robust audience sat transfixed


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


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