North America’s largest documentary film festival is coming back to Toronto from April 28th-May 8th2011 bringing over 200 films from 43 different countries to 12 different venues across our city. Here on hornface.com, I will provide you with in-depth coverage including previews, reviews, possible interviews and general thoughts throughout the entire 11 days of the festival. I will be one man, so I won’t be seeing all 200 + films, but I will be bringing you the latest about a lot of documentary films and my general feelings about what will be my first film festival.
Here is my 1stpart of a preview, taking a look at some of the films (all having their International premiere) that will be hot tickets once everything starts up next week.
Fightville: Will no doubt be a hot ticket as it takes us deep into the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Fightville takes into a small gym in Louisiana, as we follow the trials and tribulations of two up and coming fighters Dustin Poirier and Albert Stainback. The filmmakers Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein provide real depth and emotion as we see these fighters struggle not only with the intense and brutal discipline that is MMA, but with making their definition of the American Dream come true.
Limelight: Is the story of club impresario Peter Gatien. Director Billy Corben’s doc profiles this man who was born in Cornwall, Ontario who went on to be the mastermind behind some of New York’s most successful nightclubs in the 1980’s and 1990’s. However underneath the glitz and glam of those clubs was a dangerous underworld of drugs and murder that nearly destroyed Gatien’s life.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest: Hip-Hop heads of the world can rejoice! Actor Michael Rappaport’s directorial debut hits the road with the band charting their 20 year career as they reunite for a series of sold-out shows. A genuinely honest and authentic look at these hip-hop pioneers and there place in music history. Only one showing for this film, so don’t miss out!
Bobby Fischer Against The World: Another gem from HBO documentaries taking inside the mind of this enigmatic and troubled recluse, examining his personal highs bringing the game of chess to its ultimate highs, as an entire world watched him play out the Cold War on a chess boards. And the personal lows that tend to go hand in hand when genius and illness are joined at the hip. Director Liz Garbus gives us a fascinating look at one of the more interesting characters of the 20thcentury.
Stay tuned for more sneak peeks in the next few days, and if any of the a fore mentioned films peak your interest, ticket info on these and all films at Hot Docs 2011 can be seen right here.
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