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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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    Riveting Strip Club-Set Family Saga 'The Manor' Opens Hot Docs In Style

    After spending a decade as a film animator, Shawney Cohen got burnt out and decided it was time to take a break from his career to spend some time working at the family business. It just so happens that business was The Manor, a strip club located 40 miles west of Toronto, Canada.

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    FatLabs Composer Vikas Kohli Heads to Cannes and HotDocs (VIDEO)

    Indo-Canadian composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs has two films gearing up for the festival circuit.

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    Exclusive: See the Lengths People Will Go to Preserve Their Dead Pet's Memory in 'Furever' Trailer

    When Amy Finkel's post-mortem pet preservation documentary was first put Kickstarter two years ago, it managed to more than double its $5,000 donation goal and inspire quite a bit of interest in its covering of how we handle animal deaths in varying capacities. Now with the film complete and screeni...

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    Exclusive: 2 Powerful Scenes From Health Insurance Doc 'Remote Area Medical'; Premieres at Full Frame

    Last year, filmmaker duo Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman (2010's election doc "Gerrymandering") made a three minute informational doc on Remote Area Medical, a free, three day pop up medical clinic in Tennessee that specializes in providing care to Americans without health insurance. You can see the...

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