The latest wave of Special Presentations titles and Forum announcements have us excited for Hot Docs! The POV team is working away to get our Spring/Summer issue ready for the end of April. Issue #118 promises some exciting stories about docs on the spring festival circuit along with deep dives on industry trends and new voices in Canadian film. Subscribe today to be among the first to read it.
POV also has an exciting announcement for subscribers: Thanks to the support of Heritage Canada, we will be publishing a third special issue in 2023. Following our Fall issue timed for TIFF, POV will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding partner, the Documentary Organization of Canada. This special issue will chronicle the history of DOC through the years, the stories of filmmakers working together to strengthen Canada’s documentary field, and the works that helped define a generation of filmmakers. But we’re also looking forward to consider where Canada’s documentary sector has to go and the role that DOC will play in charting the course. Subscribe today to get all three issues for just $12!
In the meantime, here are some highlights from our upcoming Spring/Summer issue:
-Academy Award winner David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala) joins us to discuss his new documentary Still about Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox, and a career in TV and documentary.
-First looks at Canadian docs on the circuit. (More details soon!)
-Veteran visual researcher Elizabeth Klinck is the subject of this year’s Focus On retrospective at Hot Docs. Judy Wolfe looks back at a remarkably prolific hand that’s shaped over 200 docs.
-Hidden gems of the NFB archive: retired NFB veteran Albert Ohayon picks his favourite docs you may have missed over the years and tells you why you should tune into NFB.ca to watch them.
-Editing two ways: veteran film editor Nick Hector (Sharkwater Extinction) considers how film editing changed, both in practice and in style, as documentaries made the shift from analogue to digital.
-With docs like Welcome to Chechnya, Roadrunner, and The Andy Warhol Diaries employing deep fake technology and artificial intelligence with varying degrees of success, the trend invites Gesilayefa Azorbo to consider what it means to “fake it” in documentary.
-Black family photos offer key visual records for generations among America’s racist past, so Connor Garel makes his POV debut with an essay about the stories told in old pictures and how contemporary artists incorporate history and the aesthetics of erasure into their work.
-Stories from Ukraine prove immediately gripping as filmmakers and journalists tell the story of a people’s survival amid the Russian invasion. But how do documentary filmmakers get the story right? How do people on the ground in Ukraine process these stories or films in general? Jason Gorber dives into the body of work to emerge from this tumultuous period and includes voices from the field.
-Documentary veteran Tom White takes the pulse of the USA’s non-fiction scene.
-Barri Cohen tackles the Canadian side with the return of her popular “Policy Matters” column.
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