Get ready: It’s almost time for this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. This year’s Special Presentations will feature a collection of high-profile documentaries, made up of films enjoying their world and international premieres, recent award winners and works from renowned filmmakers.
The 2015 Hot Docs Festival runs from April 23-May 3. Special Presentation titles appear below, ordered
“Around the World in 50 Concerts”
Take the title quite literally on this one: Award-winning director Heddy Honigmann’s “Around the World in 50 Concerts” follows the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (based in the Netherlands) as they perform 50 concerts on six continents in honor of their 125th birthday.
“Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime”
Co-directed by Jacqui Morris and David Morris, “Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime” tells the story of Sir Harold Evans, an editor of the Sunday Times on a journalistic crusade to get redress for Thalidomide victims.
Gourmands the world over are sure to love this documentary (directed by Henrik Stockare, Thomas Jackson and Charlotte Landelius) on globe-trotting foodies and the international top restaurants they review online.
“Help us Find Sunil Tripathi”
Directed by Neil Broffman, “Help us Find Sunil Tripathi” unpacks the perils of the Internet as an x-factor, as a family searching for their missing son hits a major roadblock when the theory that he may be tied to the Boston Marathon bombing goes viral.
In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, Indian Point (a nuclear power plant located only 35 miles away from the millions who reside in New York City), has become a hotbed for politicians, big business, and activists alike. “Indian Point” (directed by Ivy Ivy Meeropol) gives us an inside look.
Follow Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers through six decades of music (with appearances from Staples herself, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and more) in this new documentary from Jessica Edwards.
“Music Lessons” (directed by Michael Mabbot) explores community-building (and confidence-building) through music students and teachers at Sistema Toronto. There’s a bonus here as well — the Sistema Toronto Yorkwoods Orchestra will be performing live after the screening.
Directed by Guy Reid, “Planetary” gives us beautiful cinematography as environmentalists, scientists and philosophers discuss the fate of our planet.
“Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle”
This thought-provoking documentary (from Nick Berardini) investigates if “non-lethal” TASER guns are really as safe as some say they are.
“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” (a film by Liz Garbus) is a close look at the “High Priestess of Soul’s” jam-packed and rich life, complete with real footage, reenactments and a lot of original audio.
Hot Docs will run from April 23rd to May 3rd, and the remainder of the Special Presentations Program (including the opening night film) will be announced on March 17th.