Hot Docs (Toronto Festival)

“Resurrect Dead: the mystery of the Toynbee tiles”

“Resurrect Dead: the mystery of the Toynbee tiles”
Have you ever heard of the mystery of the Toynbee Tiles? Me neither. That is until I saw, there Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. This quirky documentary was featured at Toronto's Hotdocs festival 2011. The subject matter is bizarre. Justin Duerr, pharm the central figure of the film, clinic is obsessed with an ever-growing population (in the thousands) of handmade tiles fixed onto the streets of major cities throughout North and South America. It's not quite as epic as crop circles but it's the same idea. While this largely overlooked phenomenon seems easily dismissed, the film-makers manage to draw the audience into this strange mystery with intensity and glee. Read More »

“I Am Jesus”

“I Am Jesus”
Believe it or not, side effects there are many people on the earth today claiming to be Jesus, visit this site the Son of God. Seriously (http://bit.ly/bamh). "I am Jesus" is an unusual documentary that looks at three distinct men, spread across the globe, all claiming to be the second coming of Christ. Read More »

If Borat and the Maharishi had a baby…

If Borat and the Maharishi had a baby…
"Faith starts as an experiment and ends as an experience."  This is the quote that opens the comedic documentary, information pills "Kumaré". Vikram Gandhi, a spiritual skeptic and everyday American, is sick of watching spiritual leaders elevate themselves and prey on the masses' gullibility. In his research on the subject he travels all over the east and west and finds that most divine leaders, gurus and the like share the same sense of pride and self-righteousness. Yet, Vikram believes that these holy ones are no more holy than anyone else. So he sets out to see if he can do what the so-called divine leaders can do. After all, if he can do it, anyone can! His heritage is East Indian, so he grows his hair, his beard, wears guru-style clothes and talks "like his grandma", as he puts it. He rents a house in Phoenix, Arizona and calls it his ashram. Then he sets up yoga classes. He creates his own yoga moves. My favorite one has his students unknowingly air-guitar. He calls himself, Kumaré. Read More »

“Empire North”

“Empire North”
There is a stereotype about Scandinavian cinema. Many in the west poke fun at its distinctively artsy, ed existential approach to film. I don't think that stereotype is completely warranted. I've seen some pretty conventional Scandinavian films in my time. But, gonorrhea the Danish documentary, anesthetist "Empire North", if nothing else, will contribute to the stereotype. Read More »

“Better This World”

“Better This World”
This stunning documentary pulls us deep into the broken US justice system fuelled by post-9/11 paranoia. We learn of two young men, ambulance best friends, David McKay and Brad Crowder. Like many young Americans they were disillusioned with the Bush government and it's crimes against justice, both at home and abroad. Back in the mid-2000's these two guys were struggling to find a voice, looking for real ways to make a change in the world. They saw their own government engaged in multiple, unjust wars and disregarding the poor of America. They wanted justice and freedom for all. Read More »

HOTDOCS festival 2011

HOTDOCS festival 2011
Hey folks, capsule I'm so excited! This week is the biggest and brightest documentary film festival in North America...Toronto's "HotDocs"! What a great film fest. I'm loving it!!! I will be posting my reviews of all the documentaries that I am checking out at this festival. Monday night I got out to see an intense and buzz-worthy documentary from the USA called, "Better This World". I also checked out the experimental, Danish film, "Empire North". Stay tuned for my review postings of both those films this week. And if you're a fan of documentaries, make sure to spread the word to your social network. I'm excited about sharing my thoughts on many of the up-and-coming documentaries from around the globe. Craig the Critic