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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


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


Robert Lang Discusses the Vital Need to Fund Underrepresented Communities

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Robert Lang is a filmmaker and founder of the R&M Lang Foundation, which established the CrossCurrents Fund in 2014. We spoke to Robert about his motivation for starting the Fund, and the communities served by acknowledging the work


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 Berlinale. What makes the story you tell daring? Rama Thiaw:


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 earlier, the way all


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