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Lisa Jackson, our Canadian Programming Consultant, describes the beauty and heartbreak of CAMERAPERSON and how art imitates life in a certain Australian comedy: *

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DOCUMENTARY OF ALL TIME? OR A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER YOU ADMIRE? *

I recently saw CAMERAPERSON by Kirsten Johnson, a veteran non-fiction cinematographer of 25 years who weaves footage from the many documentaries she’s worked on to create a memoir-esque film. The film is subtle, philosophical and deeply grounded in humanity. *

By including parts of the footage that would wind up on a cutting room floor, Johnson reveals the filmmaker’s role and implication in the rendering of reality. It’s complicated, and she doesn’t shy away from the shades of grey to do anything so didactic as convey a “message." Over the course of the film, which moves from the difficult and heartbreaking to mundane moments of beauty and grace, something powerful grows: a thoughtful and deeply felt meditation on human nature, and the delicate and challenging work of documenting it. *

Q: WHAT DO YOU WATCH FOR FUN? *

The hilarious and smart Australian comedy DREAMLAND (on Netflix). It’s set in the offices of the “Nation Building Authority” of Australia and is a brilliant send-up of the absurdities of government bureaucracy. The creator and many of the actors are stand-up comedians and the timing is fast-paced and bang on. During university I worked in a federal government office in the summers and later on for the provincial government, and though this isn’t documentary, there’s a lot of truth in here.
Read more from Lisa here: ow.ly/CRnw308MvD9
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Associate Programmer Mariam Zaidi breaks down what she looks for when selecting films, and what snacks help her along the way: *

Q: WHAT KINDS OF DOCS REALLY EXCITE YOU? WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GREAT DOCUMENTARY?

I'm drawn to political films that pull you into a social issue by building an emotional connection to the stories of strong, complex characters. I get really excited by stories that reveal the layers and complexities of human nature and make it hard to place people into neat categories. *

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DOCUMENTARY OF ALL TIME?

It's so hard to think of one solitary favorite film, but one that I keep coming back to for reaching such a high standard of structure, exploration of an issue, and story is FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.

Q: WHAT IS THE #1 MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR JOB?

That we turn films down because we didn't think they were good enough, when unfortunately festivals rarely have room to program all the incredible work that gets submitted.

Q: FAVOURITE MOVIE-WATCHING SNACK?

Chocolate covered pretzels.

Q: FAVOURITE BINGE-WATCHING GUILTY PLEASURE?

The Office. * (Interested in seeing Mariam's picks at#HotDocs17? Passes and Packages for the Festival are available now! http://ow.ly/fFUb308TL9n) *

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The Quipu Project / Proyecto Quipu was the first recipient of the CrossCurrents Doc Fund in 2014. The interactive project returned to Hot Docs in 2016 as part of the Doc X program. While at the Festival they participated in Hot Docs Deal Makers, pitching a short doc of their project - a doc that can now be viewed online thanks to @guardian.

In rural Peru, 300,000 people were sterilized without consent more than 18 years ago.Two of them, Esperanza and Teodula, are calling for justice. The Quipu project is their phone line that allows victims across the country to share their shocking testimonies and ensure those responsible are punished.

Watch QUIPU: CALLS FOR JUSTICE now 👉 ow.ly/hNWo308TofR
#documentary #documentaryfilm #shortfilm #peru #politics #activism #socialjustice #womensrights #southamerica #canada #hotdocs #toronto #hotdocsdealmaker #funding #crosscurrentsdocfund

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Canadian Programmer Aisha Jamal admits her love of Mindy Kaling's voice, cardboard veggie straws and docs about babies: *

Q: WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO HOT DOCS? *

When I moved to Toronto as a PhD student in 2002, I lived well below the poverty line. I discovered the "students free before 5PM" Hot Docs deal that first spring. It was so incredible to be able to go to the cinema multiple times a day and watch great docs on the big screen! I have had an immense love for this festival ever since and this is a dream job.

Q: WHAT'S THE #1 MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR JOB?

One of the biggest misconceptions has to be that we actually influence the funding of films. I wish I had that power because there would be more docs on elephants, island life and the world of babies. *

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE-WATCHING SNACK?

Those cardboard-like yet delicious Veggie straws. I count them as part of my daily recommended veggie dose.

Q: FAVOURITE BINGE-WATCHING GUILTY PLEASURE? *

I wouldn't admit this usually but it's THE MINDY PROJECT. Something about her Minny Mouse voice amuses me endlessly and her candy-coloured life is a good antidote to the harsh reality docs can rain down on you sometimes. *

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#TodayInDocHistory: (1928) John Grierson coins the term “documentary” in his New York Sun review of Robert Flaherty’s MOANA.
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Living under a 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to remember that every human on earth shares the same intensity of feeling—that each person has a life they care about as much as we care about ours. Often lost in the sprawling news events of our day is the incredible, overwhelming fact that there are people on the ground, behaving as we would behave, indeed being “us” in a different circumstance.

How do we remember? At Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, we look to art.

Here at Hot Docs, we are immigrants, we are the children of immigrants, we are the grandchildren of immigrants. And beyond. We know how crucial it has been that others have seen our humanity in the past, and we honour the richness of experience that pulls us all together.

In BAN THIS SERIES, we present a documentary from each nation whose citizens were denied entry into the U.S. due to a presidential executive order issued on January 27, 2017. By amplifying their stories, we celebrate the humanity and strength in each one of us.

Tickets: FREE

Opportunities to donate to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and National Council of Canadian Muslims at the door.

More info about the series: http://ow.ly/qUvB308OQya

#banthisseries #hotdocs #film #filmfestival #immigration #iraq #iran #libya #somalia #sudan #syria #yemen #toronto #canada #usa

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Senior Canadian Programmer Alex Rogalski originates binge-watching, and keeps things short and sweet: *

Q: WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO HOT DOCS?

Free daytime screenings while I was at university. I was binge watching before that was a thing. *

Q: HOW DID YOU BECOME A PROGRAMMER FOR HOT DOCS?

Gisele Gordan and Lynne Fernie were incredible mentors that brought me on as an associate programmer way back in 2009, and I've joyfully seen thousands of Canadian docs since. *

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE-WATCHING SNACK?

Anything that doesn't leave crumbs on my keyboard.

Q: WHAT DO YOU WATCH FOR FUN?

My kids.

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We’re excited to announce that the March installment of #DocSoup is the Toronto premiere of BANG: The Bert Berns Story!

Music meets the mob in this biographical documentary about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you’ve never heard of. His songs “Twist and Shout,” “Here Comes the Night” and “Piece of My Heart,” became hits for the likes of The Beatles and Janis Joplin; he also helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made!

Filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father’s story to the screen through interviews with those who knew him best, including Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Keith Richards and Paul McCartney.
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International Associate Programmer Ravi Srinivasan dispels one of myths about programming, and his (sorrynotsorry) love of docs about celebrity:

Q: WHAT KINDS OF DOCUMENTARIES REALLY EXCITE YOU? *

New Stories and new voices from places I'm less familiar with. But I'm also a sucker for sensational docs about fallen heroes. We love to put athletes and celebrities on a pedestal and then knock 'em down fast and furious. *

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DOCUMENTARY OF ALL TIME? *

I hate to list something so recent here but O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA is a home run for me. I’ve watched it multiple times now and I think it's a masterpiece from start to finish. My favourite film from 2016. *

Q: WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO HOT DOCS? *

I think experience provided me the opportunity. I've been involved in programming at TIFF for a few years now and I started a tiny festival in my home town (Sarnia!). I like to think I bring a different perspective to assist the veteran (and brilliant!) team already in place. *

Q: WHAT IS THE #1 MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR JOB? *

That it's fun or easy.
It is fun but not in the way people think it is and it's certainly not easy. *

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Hot Docs International Associate Programmer Shaka Licorish explains the highs and lows of programming a festival, and how Ava DuVernay's 13TH recently made it to the top of his list of favourite docs:

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DOCUMENTARY OF ALL TIME? *

Until recently, Eugene Jarecki's THE HOUSE I LIVE IN was at the top of my list. It presents a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, and reveals several profound implications about U.S. drug policy and the country's infamous "war on drugs." Then I saw Ava DuVernay's 13TH - a comprehensive, in-depth assessment of the U.S. prison system and its longstanding policies and practices that reflect a history of racial inequality. Both films are incredibly effective in their delivery and presentation of the facts surrounding a disturbing socio-political issue.

Q: WHAT IS THE #1 MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR JOB?

That I mindlessly watch films. To the contrary, the screening process is intense. When you watch something engaging that offers new perspective or stimulates critical thought, it can be rewarding and create a feeling of triumph or even elation. However, when you watch something that neglects to do so, you almost feel cheated, frustrated, and robbed of hours of your life you'll never get back. *

Q: WHAT DO YOU WATCH FOR FUN?

ESPN Films/30 for 30/NFL Films. I admire the cinematic ways in which ESPN and NFL Films are able to merge incredible archival footage with the back stories of infamous players, games, and moments in (sports) history. *

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Today Heather Haynes, our Senior International Programmer, tells us about her journey from San Francisco to Toronto, the importance of diverse storytelling, and her secret love of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER:

Q: FAVOURITE BINGE-WATCHING GUILTY PLEASURE?
Watching 100s of documentaries every year with difficult content can admittedly get you a little down so at the end of the process I turn to sci-fi with strong female leads. I love to know that somewhere in the world, fiction or not, good can prevail. My guiltiest of pleasures, I have to admit, is BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

Read more from Heather over here: http://ow.ly/Ak8R308FaLf
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