So here we are again one year later! Hot Docs: Canadian International Documentary Film Festival is back and just as good as ever. From opening night on April 28 to the final day on May 8 there are ample movies to choose from. Below are sport documentaries that are sure to be riveting. (All film synopses courtesy of Hot Docs. For the full schedule and showtimes, as well as costs visit the festival website: http://www.hotdocs.ca/p/hot-docs-festival).
GLEASON – USA – 110 mins
At age 34, former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. With limited time left to live, he purposefully records his spirited and inspiring life .
O.J. SIMPSON: MADE IN AMERICA – USA – 464 mins
Part riveting biopic, part legal thriller, this five-episode series from the makers of ESPN’s legendary 30 for 30 program brings new perspectives and unprecedented access to the complex story of America’s most famous murder trial.
AFTER CIRCUS – CANADA – 78 mins
Run away and join the circus performers – acrobats, trapeze artists, clowns and even horses – who’ve retired to Sarasota, forming a close-knit community of larger than life personalities that continue to defy gravity long after the thrills of the Big Top have ended.
GUN RUNNERS – Canada – 90 mins
Two of the most notorious warriors in Kenya’s magnificent Great Rift Valley trade in their AK-47s for sneakers and a chance to make their living as professional marathon runners in this powerful story of friendship, rivalry and sport.
WHEN THE EARTH SEEMS TO MELT – GEORGIA, GERMANY – 76 min
A charming group of misfit skateboarders navigate the Georgian capital of Tbilisi seeking their place in the magical, dark and confining city that’s steeped in Soviet history and a conservative religion that’s completely at odds with their non-conformist outlook.
HIT IT HARD – USA – 51 mins
Meet the hyper-talented and unpredictable “rock star of golf” John Daly as he reflects on the chard-earned lessons of his incredible career: from winning two major tournaments despite being only self-taught, to facing the destructive lows of his addictions.
HOOP DREAMS – USA – 176 mins
This seminal and award-winning game changer tells the story of two Chicago inner-city basketball prodigies struggling with institutions that hold up unreasonable expectations and ignore the colossal burden carried on their young shoulders.
NO CROSSOVER: THE TRIAL OF ALLEN IVERSON – USA – 82 mins
In his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, Steve James revisits the racially charged trial and conviction of high school basketball star Allen Iverson, which brought bubbling rancor to the surface and still haunts its residents.