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    Hot Docs Will Pay Tribute to Filmmaker John Zaritsky

    Toronto's documentary film festival Hot Docs will pay tribute to Canadian filmmaker John Zaritsky in its 21st annual Focus On retrospective. This year's festival will be held from April 24 to May 4, and the full Zaritsky program will be announced in March.

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    Barbara Kopple's 'Harlan County, USA' To Receive Legacy Award from Cinema Eye

    Barbara Kopple's groundbreaking documentary "Harlan County, USA" which chronicles a historic Kentucky coal miner strike, will receive the fifth annual Legacy Award from Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking.

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    Chris McDonald Steps Into New Role At Hot Docs; Brett Hendrie Named New Executive Director

    Longtime Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald will step into a newly created position of president of the organization, it was announced today. Brett Hendrie, Hot Docs’ managing director for the past 10 years, was appointed the organization’s new executive director. McDonald will directly over...

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    'When I Walk,' 'Dragon Girls' Top Hot Docs Winners

    The 20th edition of Hot Docs concluded this weekend with 11 awards and $89,000 in cash and prizes being presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers.

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    10 Films You Must See From This Year's Hot Docs

    The 20th anniversary of Hot Docs -- the largest documentary film festival in North America -- comes to a close this weekend after a discovery-filled 11 days where many notable docs made their festival debuts ahead of what will surely be healthy stints on the circuit.

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    10 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know From John Sloss's Hot Docs Master Class

    Few folks in the independent film industry are more qualified to teach a master class on rights management and film distribution than John Sloss. Founder of Cinetic Media, a co-founder of both FilmBuff and Producers Distribution Agency (the theatrical distributor of "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Se...

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    Hot Docs Gets 'Lucky' With World Premiere of New Film About a Woman Overcoming Every Possible Odd

    "I felt like I had to trust somebody in order to be heard," Lucky Torres said after the world premiere of "Lucky," a documentary by Laura Checkoway that chronicles Torres' life. "That was the only way for others to know why I am who I am and what's happened to me in my lifetime. And it's going on ou...

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    Hot Docs: Technological Revolution, 'Total Disruption,' Stolen Privacy

    “Isn’t it ironic that I’m having all these technical problems when I’m supposed to be talking about technology?” director Ondi Timoner asked a very patient (for awhile) Hot Docs audience Monday. Well, yeah, but it’s hardly the only irony that’s been on display here in Toronto.

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    Feel Good Jewel Thief Tale 'Doris Payne' Charms Hot Docs Audiences

    One of the many world premieres that enjoyed a warm response from Hot Docs' opening weekend (here's our take on another), Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond's "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne" tells the remarkable story of their titular subject -- a woman who went from a poor, single African-America...

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    Hot Docs Wrap: Canadian International Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Winnows World's Best Docs

    Like a lot of people, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (official name) is "trying to figure out who we are," according to program director Charlotte Cook: In other, trying to figure out where they’re going to go, now that the fest has hit its 20th year -- a convenient moment to reas...

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