2011 Hot Docs Line-up announced & 20 tips for the festival

The lineup for the 2011 Hot Docs film festival has been announced, and I have no problem in being utterly shameless and giving a huge congratulations to The Documentary Blog editor Jay Cheel’s first feature film Beauty Day for being included. There will be two screenings at the Isabel Bader Theatre and a third on a rooftop! Details of the screenings and how to buy tickets are below.

Hot Docs has a mammoth programme but always manages to avoid quantity over quality and the selection this year is absolutely superb. We will be covering the festival in a big way, so look out for some preview reviews and interviews from directors at the festival. Below I’ve compiled a list of twenty films I recommend checking out, of course seeing Beauty Day goes without saying.

The festival will open with Morgan Spurlock’s POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and will also feature a special selection of films by Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig which you should definitely check out if you can.

Of the films I’ve seen so far that will be playing at Hot Docs here are my 20 recommended must-see films of the festival.

1. Beats, Rhymes & Life (our review)
2. Hell & Back Again
3. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (our review)
4. 45365
5. Becoming Chaz
6. Battle for Barking
7. Blood In The Mobile
8. Bobby Fischer Against The World
9. Dragonslayer
10. Family Instinct
11. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
12. How to Die in Oregon
13. The Interrupters
14. Poster Girl
15. Wisconsin Death Trip
16. Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
17. Senna
18. You’ve Been Trumped
19. Vinyl
20. We Were Here

There are loads I couldn’t fit in and so many more that I’m looking forward to seeing, so stay tuned for more festival coverage.

Below are the screening times for Beauty Day:

Fri, Apr 29 6:45 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Ticket info

Sat, May 7 4:15 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Ticket info

Wed, May 4 7:30 PM
Rooftop Screening Venue Ticket info