Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Hot Writerly Docs

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Hot Writerly Docs

One of our favourite Toronto festivals, hands down, is Hot Docs. Our friends there just gave us a heads up that there's a roster of films being presented this year, this week, which focus on writers and poets. Dear Open Book readers, here's the list:

Boris Ryzhy
The Russian poet Boris Ryzhy was handsome, gifted and had achieved considerable literary fame when, at age 26, he took his own life. This exquisite, inquisitive tragi-comic doc goes to Ryzhy's hometown to ask why.

Diary of a Times Square Thief
A mysterious diary from the 1980s, full of haunting prose and photos depicting New York's seedy underground, is purchased on eBay. What has become of the diary's troubled but ambitious writer and the desolate souls he briefly knew?

Paris 1919.
The newest film from renowned filmmaker Paul Cowan, Paris 1919, is inspired by Margaret MacMillan’s bestselling book and narrated by R.H. Thomson. MacMillan will be at the Sunday screening for a Q & A.

Poetry in Motion
Poetry in Motion is a vibrant, groundbreaking homage to the power of the spoken word, featuring such artists as Amiri Baraka, Michael Ondaatje, Four Horsemen, John Cage, William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg.

Veteran documentarian Helena Třestíková follows 17-year-old René's development from pimple-faced juvie, to tattooed convict, to published writer in this incredible document spanning twenty years of a life lived both inside and outside Czech prisons and politics.
NOTE: Run if you want to catch this one! Last festival screening is this afternoon...

P-Star Rising
What's da word? P-Star is the world's youngest rap artist. An atypical tween, she rhymes what she knows: temporary housing, crack, single dad and bling. When the dough starts to flow, you wonder who's really the adult.

Five days remain for this year's Hot Docs, check out the entire schedule here.

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