Hot Docs has announced 14 documentary
features that will screen in this year¹s Special Presentations program, joining
15 selections previously announced. Special Presentations features a
high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award winners
from the recent international festival circuit and works by master filmmakers
or featuring some star subjects.
Notable subjects featured
as part of the Special Presentations program include activist Bobby Sands (“Bobby Sands: 66 Days”), musicians David Byrne, Nelly Furtado and St. Vincent (“Contemporary Color“), filmmaker Brian de Palma (“De Palma“), former NFL
defensive back Steve Gleason (“Gleason“), Canadian
rapper Shad and hip-hop stars Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash
(“Hip-Hop Evolution“), Afghan rapper and activist Sonita Alizadeh (“Sonita“), artist Frida Kahlo ( “The Legacy Of Frida Kahlo”),
and comedians Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman and Carl Reiner (“The Last Laugh“).
Award winners from the
recent international festival circuit include “Life, Animated” (Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, Sundance 2016), “Trapped” (U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact
Filmmaking, Sundance 2016), and “Sonita” (World Cinema Grand
Jury Prize: Documentary and Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary, Sundance
will screen as part of the 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary
Festival, running April 28 to May 8. Ticket packages and passes as well as single tickets are now on sale online and at the CraveTV Box Office
at Hot Docs House, located at 610 Markham Street.
titles are below:
“The Age of Consequences”
D: Jared P. Scott | USA |
2016 | 78 min | World Premiere
Sounding an alarm over
the critical and disturbing effects of societal inaction, this revealing film
highlights the irreversible impacts of climate change‹resource scarcity, mass
migration and conflict‹through the lens of global stability and national
D: Chris Smith | USA |
1999 | 107 min | Cinema Eye Legacy Screening
In this beloved cult
classic, an aspiring filmmaker struggles to complete a hilariously lo-fi horror
film, only to be derailed by personal demons and the staggering ineptitude of
his production team.
“Bobby Sands: 66 Days”
D: Brendan Byrne |
Ireland, UK | 2016 | 105 min | World Premiere
This riveting account of
a turning point in the Troubles in Northern Ireland is taken straight from the
diary of Bobby Sands, who led protests of imprisoned Irish Republicans and a
hunger strike with momentous consequences.
D: Bill Ross IV, Turner
Ross | USA | 2016 | 96 min | International Premiere
An extraordinary lineup
of top music stars including event mastermind David Byrne of The Talking Heads,
Nelly Furtado, St. Vincent and more perform live with 10 ³colour guard²
teams‹perfectly synchronized students in pep-rally choreography‹in this
one-of-a-kind, kaleidoscopic event.
D: Noah Baumbach, Jake
Paltrow | USA | 2015 | 107 min | Canadian Premiere
From Carrie to Mission: Impossible to Scarface and beyond, Brian de Palma has created some of cinema¹s
most iconic work. In this career-spanning, funny and candid conversation, he
reveals his unique perspective on life, work and the past 50 years in film.
D: Clay Tweel | USA |
2016 | 110 min | International Premiere
At age 34, former NFL
defensive back and New Orleans hero Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. With
limited time left to live, he purposefully records his spirited and inspiring
life‹a heartfelt time capsule for his newborn son.
D: Darby Wheeler | Co-D:
Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn | Canada | 2016 | 90 min | World Premiere
Acclaimed Canadian rapper
Shad travels to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip-hop¹s originators and
biggest stars‹Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash among
others‹tracing its evolution from underground to global phenomenon.
“The Last Laugh”
D: Ferne Pearlstein | USA
| 2016 | 85 min | International Premiere
Mel Brooks, Sarah
Silverman, Carl Reiner, a 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor and others
uproariously debate and test the limits of comedy¹s ultimate taboo: how to joke
about the Holocaust, or if it¹s even ethical to try.
“The Legacy of Frida Kahlo”
D: Tadasuke Kotani |
Japan | 2015 | 89 min | Canadian Premiere
A renowned Japanese
photographer inventories iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo¹s wardrobe and
personal belongings, recently discovered 58 years after her death, lending
deserved importance to fashion and ³women¹s work,² while resurrecting the dead
through clothing and talismans.
D: Roger Ross Williams |
USA | 2015 | 91 min | International Premiere
Disney cartoons play a
key role in helping a young autistic boy communicate and understand the world
around him in this moving testament to coming-of-age through fantasy, from
Academy Awardwinning director Roger Ross Williams.
D: Rokhsareh Ghaem
Maghami | Iran, Germany, Switzerland | 2015 | 90 min | Canadian Premiere
After her family attempts
to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her
frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits
fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.
D: Jerry Rothwell | USA,
France | 2016 | 96 min | World Premiere
Controversy erupts when
an unassuming young man floods the American market with fake vintages valued in
the millions, bamboozling wine snobs and the super-wealthy alike, in this
suspenseful tale of excess on the eve of the 2008 crash.
D: Dawn Porter | USA |
2016 | 80 min | International Premiere
American women¹s right to
abortion is no longer clear, as 288 dubious laws slyly crafted by the right
have decimated access. While a watershed Supreme Court battle looms, witness
the human stakes of the right to choose.
“Under the Gun”
D: Stephanie Soechtig |
USA | 2016 | 110 min | International Premiere
With razor-sharp arguments and insight,
Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric (the team behind Fed Up) craft a gripping indictment of American gun culture, meeting
communities shattered by shootings and exposing the politics that allow the
epidemic of violence to persist.