I’ve neglected Cinefemale. I know.
It’s a weird place that I’m currently in. On the one hand, I’m one exam away from finishing my undergraduate degree. On the other, I’m still busy as fuck and conveniently enough my last exam is on THE LAST DAY in THE LAST TIMESLOT (7pm!!! Is that legal?) BUT I am not discouraged. I’ve been working 6 days a week, juggling 4 jobs and just moved into a new apartment – and I’m happier than ever.
Hot Docs is a few days in and it’s already the best year yet! This year marks not only the 20th anniversary of the festival, but also the 100th anniversary of the Bloor Cinema. Shit’s been poppin’ ya’ll. I feel incredibly lucky to have been working with HD since January as the programming intern, and I’m currently residing in the main box office selling tickets. If I get a day off of ALL OF MY JOBS (it’s so rare) you can find me watching screeners at home and running to 5 or 6 films in a day. Life rules. I’m totally deprived of sleep and partying every night and it’s fabulous.
Hey, so, I presume you’re reading this and you’re like, “uhh where are the genre film reviews?” Don’t worry. I’m on it. I’m cataloging and viewing films from HD13 that I think genre fans will absolutely adore.
Here’s my picks so far PLUS the dates/times/places of their remaining screenings. Keep in mind, these are pseudo-genre docs in the sense that they will touch genre themes such as horror, sci-fi, and even porn.
Fuck For Forest: Watch a bunch a weird hippies make amateur porn to save the rainforest – at least, that’s the guise this film initially takes. The subtext proves to be a lot more complex as the viewer becomes more and more critical of the performative qualities and actual documentary elements of the film.
- Apr. 30, 11:45pm @ Bloor
- May 5, 8:30pm @TBLB
I Will be Murdered: Rodrigo Rosenberg predicts his own murder in a searing online video confession that criticizes the Guatemalan government. The film reveals the layers underneath the murder case, which became a national sensation, and revealed that the YouTube video was only the beginning…
- May 1, 3:30pm @ TBLB
- May 4, 8pm @ TBLB
- May 5, 9pm TBLB
The Ghosts in Our Machine: An intimate look into the lives of our furry friends at the hands of humans – in the food and fur industries, and also a rescue sanctuary. Compelling portraits of animals highlight their unique personalities and quirks, asking the viewer to questions their own animal relationships.
- May 1, 11am @ Bader
- May 4, 11am @ Bloor
Mercy Mercy: Devastating and horrifying, this is a true tale of adoption unlike any you’ve seen before. An Ethiopian couple decide (heartbreakingly) to give up their two youngest children for adoption because they are dying from HIV. The children are adopted by a couple from Denmark and everything that happens thereafter only gets worse. A must-see, but bring tissues.
- May 3, 9:30pm @ Scotia
NCR: Not Criminally Responsible: Twelve years after a man attacked a woman viciously in a mall, he is declared mentally unstable and is released. Now on medication,he applies for a conditional discharge, and the victim is still terrified he will seek her out again. Public safety and the rights of the mentally ill who commit violent acts are the issues that seek resolve in this doc.
- Apr. 30, 3:30pm @ Scotia
- May 5, 1pm @ TBLB
Shooting Bigfoot: I promise this one is FUN. The filmmaker follows three teams for Sasquatch hunters in their search for the mythical monster. I don’t want to give much away, but holy shit the ending of this movie WILL SHOCK YOU.
- Apr. 30, 8:30pm @ TBLB
- May 1, 11:59pm @ Bloor
- May 3, 9:30pm @ Royal
SickFuckPeople: After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many young Ukrainians turned to drugs to escape their harsh realities. The film follows two people in particular – a young boy returning home, and a pregnant girl who is strung-out – and their navigation through love and loss.
- Apr. 29, 3:30pm @ ROM
Tales from the Organ Trade: The world of organ trafficking spans the globe from Toronto to the Phillipines, Israel and Turkey. With the ever-expanding list of people who need kidneys, people in poverty across the globe make a personal sacrifice to help their social conditions.
- May 2, 4pm @ Scotia
The Unbelievers: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss talkin’ about science and reason. Hell yeah.
- Apr. 29, 7pm @ Bader
- Apr. 30, 3pm @ TBLB
- May 3, 9pm @ROM