As this year’s edition of the Hot Docs film festival approaches here in our fair city of Toronto, it’s time to take a look at a few more films that will be potential hot tickets for the festival going public.
POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold: This year’s opening night gala slot belongs to man who super-sized himself on McDonalds and searched the planet (sort of) for Osama Bin Laden all for the sake of his cinema. Now in his attack on rampant product placement in Hollywood, director Morgan Spurlock has set out to make a movie that’s entirely financed by product placement? This stunt documentarian should be able to provide us with quite a few laughs while shedding some light on his newest topic. Don’t worry if you can’t snag a ticket during the festival though, it begins its regular theatrical run here in Toronto on May 6.
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop: When the decision came down that Jay Leno would ultimately be repossessing the Tonight Show after his failed attempt at prime time television, Conan O’Brien was left without a television home. So without his television home and in search of a medium to vent his frustrations from being booted out of his dream job, Conan hit the road for a multi-city tour to spread some Team Coco love and director Rodman Flender whose previous career high has been Leprechaun 2 went along to document the hilarity.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey: You’d have to be living under a rock to not know who Elmo is. This doc from director Constance Marks has been getting quite a bit of positive buzz at festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Full Frame leading up to Hot Docs, and we finally get a look at the man behind the adorable red monster, Kevin Clash.
Project Nim: In his follow up to his Oscar winning documentary Man On Wire, director James Marsh brings us the story of Nim Chimpsky. With quite possibly the best name ever, Nim is a chimpanzee raised among humans as a part of a Columbia linguistics experiment in the 1970’s with the hopes of developing interspecies communication. Early word is that this is one of the more heartbreaking and engrossing biographies of the year, and I wouldn’t be shocked to hear this mentioned heavily during awards season.
You can get all ticket info right here at hotdocs.ca, and stayed tuned for more reviews as I get ready for Hot Docs 2011 running from April 28-May 8 2011.
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