Published Mar 16, 2016As previously reported, the Hot Docs film festival is set to return to Toronto from April 28 to May 8. We've already learned about 15 special presentations playing the fest, and now an additional 14 have been announced.
Music fans will be pleased to note a number of features added to the list. Hip-hop artists Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Shad are among the hip-hop artists featured in the film Hip-Hop Evolution. You'll also be able to watch performances from David Byrne, Nelly Furtado and St. Vincent will be featured in Contemporary Color.
Further, comedians Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman and Carl Reiner will appear in The Last Laugh.
Classic documentary American Movie will also be celebrated with a special screening, some 17 years since it premiered in 1999.
That's just scratching the surface. You can check out the latest additions to Hot Docs below.
The Age of Consequences
Directed by Jared P. Scott | USA | 2016 | 78 min | World Premiere
Sounding an alarm over the critical and disturbing effects of societal inaction, this revealing film highlights the irreversible impacts of climate change—resource scarcity, mass migration and conflict—through the lens of global stability and national security.
Directed by Chris Smith | USA | 1999 | 107 min | Cinema Eye Legacy Screening
In this beloved cult classic, an aspiring filmmaker struggles to complete a hilariously lo-fi horror film, only to be derailed by personal demons and the staggering ineptitude of his production team.
Bobby Sands: 66 Days
Directed by Brendan Byrne | Ireland, UK | 2016 | 105 min | World Premiere
This riveting account of a turning point in the Troubles in Northern Ireland is taken straight from the diary of Bobby Sands, who led protests of imprisoned Irish Republicans and a hunger strike with momentous consequences.
Directed by Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross | USA | 2016 | 96 min | International Premiere
An extraordinary lineup of top music stars including event mastermind David Byrne of The Talking Heads, Nelly Furtado, St. Vincent and more perform live with 10 "colour guard" teams—perfectly synchronized students in pep-rally choreography—in this one-of-a-kind, kaleidoscopic event.
Directed by Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow | USA | 2015 | 107 min | Canadian Premiere
From Carrie to Mission: Impossible to Scarface and beyond, Brian de Palma has created some of cinema's most iconic work. In this career-spanning, funny and candid conversation, he reveals his unique perspective on life, work and the past 50 years in film.
Directed by Clay Tweel | USA | 2016 | 110 min | International Premiere
At age 34, former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. With limited time left to live, he purposefully records his spirited and inspiring life—a heartfelt time capsule for his newborn son.
Directed by Darby Wheeler | Co-D: Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn | Canada | 2016 | 90 min | World Premiere
Acclaimed Canadian rapper Shad travels to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip-hop's originators and biggest stars—Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash among others—tracing its evolution from underground to global phenomenon.
The Last Laugh
Directed Ferne Pearlstein | USA | 2016 | 85 min | International Premiere
Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, a 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor and others uproariously debate and test the limits of comedy's ultimate taboo: how to joke about the Holocaust, or if it's even ethical to try.
The Legacy of Frida Kahlo
Directed by Tadasuke Kotani | Japan | 2015 | 89 min | Canadian Premiere
A renowned Japanese photographer inventories iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's wardrobe and personal belongings, recently discovered 58 years after her death, lending deserved importance to fashion and "women's work," while resurrecting the dead through clothing and talismans.
Directed by Roger Ross Williams | USA | 2015 | 91 min | International Premiere
Disney cartoons play a key role in helping a young autistic boy communicate and understand the world around him in this moving testament to coming-of-age through fantasy, from Academy Award–winning director Roger Ross Williams.
Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Iran, Germany, Switzerland | 2015 | 90 min | Canadian Premiere
After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.
Directed by Jerry Rothwell | USA, France | 2016 | 96 min | World Premiere
Controversy erupts when an unassuming young man floods the American market with fake vintages valued in the millions, bamboozling wine snobs and the super-wealthy alike, in this suspenseful tale of excess on the eve of the 2008 crash.
Directed by Dawn Porter | USA | 2016 | 80 min | International Premiere
American women's right to abortion is no longer clear, as 288 dubious laws slyly crafted by the right have decimated access. While a watershed Supreme Court battle looms, witness the human stakes of the right to choose.