As Justin Timberlake once said, it's gonna be May. And for those of us covering the non-fiction world, that means another edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
This year's line-up is terrific, with some excellent interdisciplinary doc and VR events, as well as a strong focus on shorts. Feature docs I'm particularly excited about include Weiner, Sour Grapes and Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four.
The fest is also honouring the brilliant Steve James - director of Life Itself and The Interrupters, among many others - with its Outstanding Achievement Award. I spoke with James about his work, the state of funding for docs and career sustainability. He advises filmmakers to hone a craft within the field - whether that's shooting, editing, producing or doing sound work - that they can then rely on to fund the projects they're most passionate about.
Next up on the Hot Docs docket is coverage of the Forum this coming week. I'll once again be writing up my multi-part Forum report, covering all the Central Pitches. Can't wait to see what exciting new doc projects are in the works!