Top 5 Movies To See At Hot Docs 2014


Hot Docs 2014 is here, which means it’s time to put a list together of the hottest documentaries to catch at this year’s festival!  As Toronto’s second largest film event right after the TIFF, this event brings together the biggest documentary junkies over the course of 11 days and 139 feature films to catch! With so many great documentaries to choose from, we put together a list of some of the hottest, most anticipated ones to look out for this year!

1. Bronx Obama

Louis Ortiz is just a regular Joe living in the Bronx and he might just so happen to bare a similar resemblance to one of the most powerful man in the world, Barack Obama.  In 2012, he decided to hit the road with two political impersonators and see what kind of trouble they could stir up and just how far he could go as Obama.  But as satirical as his outer role and appearance may be, this documentary film reveals the bittersweet life of pretending to be someone you’re not.

2. Before The Last Curtain Falls

Inspired by the elderly cast members of “Gardenia”, this documentary pays tribute to this acclaimed European cabaret stage show of mid 50s and 60s gay and trans performers.  Watch this touching film as they recall their ups and downs in lives as flamboyant theatrical performers, as well as regular citizens.

3. 112 Weddings

Why do people fall out of love?  That’s the pressing question we all ask, especially with the growing number of divorce rates now.  The more interesting question is how do people stay so in love after so many years?  As a wedding videographer for almost 20 years, filmmaker Doug Block sets out to find insight on these questions by revisiting couples whose weddings he had filmed.  Asking them tough questions, Doug tries to figure out why exactly some marriages work and why many fail.

4. The Case Against 8

Lift your spirits up with this legal film about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage.  Filmed over a period of 5 years, this powerful and inspiring film follows an unlikely team of people who took the first marriage equality lawsuit to court and succeeded.

5. Whitney: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

For over 20 years, Jimmy Bulger was a notorious criminal that ruled the dangerous and illegal world of drugs, extortion and murder, but what’s even more surprising is how he was able to get away with little to no conflicts with legal authorities.  This documentary delves in to reveal all the corruption and manipulation surrounding this case and high authority enforcers.

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