A new documentary from How to Change the World director Jerry Rothwell and Brendan Byrne’s Bobby Sands: 66 Days (pictured) will have their world premieres at next month’s Hot Docs festival.
The Toronto-set event has revealed 14 more documentaries featured in its Special Presentation program, joining the 15 films announced earlier this month. The section includes a selection of world and international premieres, in addition to stand-out docs from recent international festivals.Rothwell, who screened his Greenpeace documentary at Hot Docs last year, will return with Sour Grapes.
Co-directed with Reuben Atlas, the doc centers on wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan, who deceives the American market with fake vintages valued in the millions. Netflix and ARTE are attached to the film.Brendan Byrne’s Bobby Sands doc, meanwhile, tackles a turning point in the Troubles in Northern Ireland, as told through the diary entries of the titular activist, while Darby Wheeler’s Hip-Hop Evolution finds Canadian rapper Shad traveling to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip-hop icons including Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash.
Rounding out the world premieres is Requiem for the American Dream helmer Jared P. Scott’s latest entry, The Age of Consequences. The climate change doc examines resource scarcity, mass migration and conflict through the lenses of global stability and national security.
International premieres headed to Toronto include Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross’ Contemporary Color, Dawn Porter’s Trapped, Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated, Stephanie Soechtig’s Under the Gun, Clay Tweel’s Gleason, and Ferne Pearlstein’s The Last Laugh.Remaining titles in the Special Presentations program and the full selection of films at the festival are to be announced on March 22, including the opening night selection. Hot Docs runs from April 28 to May 8.