Bob Marley Definitive Doc as well as James Franco’s Soap Days Anchor This Year’s #HOTDOCS12
Fresh off the launch of the new Bloor HotDocs Cinema comes the announcement of this year’s lineup for the upcoming Hot Docs 2012 Festival. A must stop on the Documentary Festival circuit, HotDocs has long brought films that would have otherwise never been seen to the forefront. In fact, I would say that its presence is one of the reasons that we are in a bit of a documentary renaissance with this alternative style of filmmaking getting as much hype as the more traditional fare around the Oscars.
Personally I am a huge fan of the genre and am quite frankly a sucker for a good documentary, (I am looking at you Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey).
This year’s lineup of the 19th year of the festival, which takes place April 26th – May 6th, features some of the most highly anticipated documentaries to come in recent memory. I for one have been very eager to see Kevin Macdonald‘s ‘definitive’ bio on Bob Marley. James Franco also makes an appearance with his doc Francophrenia (Or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)”; Theo Fleury‘s battle with booze, drugs and gambling as he confronts his ghosts in Matt Embry and Larry Day’s “Theo Fleury: Playing with Fire” is also a must-watch; and a chronicle of LCD Soundsystem’s final days and farewll concert in “Shut Up And Play the Hits” gives us a unique look at the end of a musical era.
The festival kicks off April 26 with director Alison Klayman’s debut feature documentary, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” a portrait of the Chinese artist and activist with the Canadian side of things anchored by several sports-themed films, including Ariel J. Nasr’s “The Boxing Girls of Kabul,” Carlo Guillermo Proto’s horse-riding tale “El Huaso” and Corey Lee’s martial arts father-son story “Legend of a Warrior.”
HOT DOCS ANNOUNCES 2012 LINE UP – 189 DOCUMENTARIES FROM A RECORD 51 COUNTRIES
The Rise Against program includes: Brian Knappenberger’s WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS, a radical collective’s fight that redefined civil disobedience; Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat’s 5 BROKEN CAMERAS, a portrait of a West Bank village threatened by an encroaching Israeli settlement; and Petr Lom’s BACK TO THE SQUARE, a look at citizens in post-revolution Egypt.
The Nightvision program includes: Chris James Thompson’s JEFF, a biography of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer; Mary Kerr’s RADIOMAN, the story of Radioman, a fixture in the NYC film scene; and James Franco and Ian Olds’ FRANCOPHRENIA (OR: DON’T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS, a wild behind-the-scenes doc with James Franco on General Hospital.
The Documentary Plays Itself program includes: Phie Ambo’s GAMBLER, which follows director Nicholas Winding Refn as he shoots sequels of his cult classic; Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton’s LOST IN LA MANCHA, which captures Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated attempt to film the Don Quixote story; and Thom Andersen’s LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, a look at how Los Angeles is depicted on film.
Additionally, Hot Docs is pleased to present two retrospective programs: Focus On John Kastner, a mid-career retrospective of the Emmy Award-winning director’s work; and the Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective, honouring the influential work of masterful Québécois filmmaker Michel Brault.
Also a premier documentary conference and market, Hot Docs will be welcoming over 2000 industry delegates who will partake in a wide array of industry events and services, including conferences sessions, receptions and parties, Rendezvous meetings, The Doc Shop and the Hot Docs Forum, May 2 and 3.
The Hot Docs documentary Box Office, newly located at 783 Bathurst Street, is open for advance ticket and pass sales. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at www.hotdocs.ca, or by phone at 416-637-5150. Single tickets to screenings are $14.50 each. Late night screenings (after 11 p.m.) are $5 each or $10 for an All-You-Can-Eat Late Night Pass (one ticket to each of the nine screenings). A Festival 10-Pack is $115, a Festival 20-Pack is $205, and a Bloor Cinema All Access Pass is $115. Courtesy of Scotiabank, Hot Docs offers free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. to seniors (60+) and students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices on the day of the screening (subject to availability).