‘Exit Music’ Leads Hot Docs Audience Award Rankings

Exit Music


By Pat Mullen

And they’re off! The first report on the standings for the Hot Docs Audience Award are out! Exit Music leads the early rankings with its emotional story of late subject Ethan Rice, who bravely let director Cameron Mullenneaux film his final days to provide families with a reference point for the experience of end of life decision making. The film played well to the audience last night at the Scotiabank with Rice’s parents, brother, and doctor joining Mulleneaux for a touching Q&A. (Stay tuned for the POV review.)

On the Canadian front, Michael Del Monte’s Transformer leads the field for the Canadian Audience Award winner. This engaging flick profiles bodybuilder Janae Croc as she transitions and confronts the difficulty of reconciling her love for strength training and weight-lifting with her desire to feel and look feminine. Pick up a copy of the new POV at the Hot Docs Cinema and Isabel Bader to read more about Transformer and other docs portraying trans stories.

The Top 20 films in the Audience Award rankings are:

  1. Exit Music
  2. Transformer
  3. Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
  4. Letter from Masanjia
  5. The Game Changers
  6. Three Identical Strangers
  7. The Silence of Others
  8. Mr. SOUL!
  9. I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story
  10. Mercury 13
  11. Don’t Be Nice
  12. A Thousand Girls Like Me
  13. Pumpkin Movie
  14. Take Light
  15. Shirkers
  16. Of Fathers and Sons
  17. The Heat: A Kitchen ®evolution
  18. The Artist & the Pervert
  19. Maj Doris
  20. The Feeling of Being Watched

Hot Docs runs April 26 to May 6. Please visit hotdocs.ca for more info.

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