Hot Docs unveils more Special Presentations

Canada/U.S. feature doc The Game Changers will screen in the section, alongside projects about rapper M.I.A. and fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Hot Docs International Film Festival has unveiled 17 additional films that will screen in its Special Presentations section.

The sole Canadian project announced today is The Game Changers (pictured), produced by Joseph Pace and James Wilks and directed by American director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove). The film examines how athletes strength and performance improved when they switched from animal- to plant-based diets.

In February, Hot Docs revealed the first slate of films selected for the Special Presentations section, including Jean-Simon Chartier’s Playing Hard, Mathieu Rytz’s Anote’s Ark and Israel/Canada copro The Oslo Diaries. 

Other projects announced today include Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s McQueen (U.S.), an account of the life and career of the legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Steve Loveridge’s Matangi/Maya/M.I.A (U.S.) will have its Canadian premiere at the fest. The doc offers two decades’ worth of personal footage that capture rapper/singer-songwriter M.I.A.’s evolution and rise to fame.

World-premiering at the fest are Jack Bryan’s Active Measures (U.S.), a deep-dive into ties between Trump and Putin; Steve and Todd Jones’ Andy Irons: Kissed By God (U.S.), which follows the three-time world surfing champion; Daniel J. Clark’s Behind the Curve (U.S.), which follows people who are convinced the Earth is flat; and Richard Rowley’s Blue Wall (U.S.), an examination of the police killing of Laquan McDonald.

Other films screening at the fest include Liz Garbus’ The Fourth Estate, Dyan Winkler and Tina Brown’s United Skates, Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’ Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie, Dana Nachman and Don Hardy’s Pick of the Litter, Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Our New President, Yasemin Şamdereli’s The Night of All Nights, Sam Pollard and Melissa Haizlip’s Mr. Soul!, Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting’s More Human than Human, David Sington and Heather Walsh’s Mercury 13 and Adam Bhala Lough’s Alt-Right: Age of Rage.