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April 29 - May 3

The Hottest August

Hosted by Hot Docs Film Festival

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

April 29 at 3:15 PM
May 2 at 6 PM
May 3 at 12:30 PM

With a nod to Jean Rouche and Edgar Morin’s seminal vérité documentary Chronicle of a Summer, Brett Story focuses her observational lens on New York City and its outer boroughs for the month of August 2017. Residents muse about the future in light of a Trump presidency and white nationalist demonstrations, while wildfires and hurricanes batter the nation’s coasts. Amidst these social disruptions and climate catastrophes, Story’s disarmingly simple act of recording over the course of 31 days reveals a collage of America at a pivotal point. Meticulously framed images provide rich context for the subjects’ perspectives, as their locale is integral to their point of view. It’s this conscious positioning that makes the film so immersive and visually compelling. As one of her subjects presciently observes, by “jumping to the future, we can think more clearly about the past.” The Hottest August is a vital testimony that will only become more pertinent as time passes.

More information and tickets

MON, APR 29, 3:15 PM (closed captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1, 350 King Street West

THU, MAY 2, 6:00 PM (closed captions)
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 13, 259 Richmond Street West

FRI, MAY 3, 12:30 PM (open captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 350 King Street West

Closed captions on April 29 and May 2. Open captions on May 3. More accessibility information is available on the Hot Docs website.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating. Step-free cinema seating available. All-gender accessible washroom on site. Hearing assist devices for all screenings & assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning and described sound, subject to availability. Elevator/escalator access to all levels. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Accessible parking lot within 200 metres of building. Bike locking posts/racks available. Licensed lounge offering beer & wine that can be taken into cinemas. Water fountain on site.

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Wheelchair accessible. Accessing seating.Step-free cinema seating available. All-gender accessible washroom. Assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning and described sound, subject to availability. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Elevator/escalator access to all cinema levels. Accessible public transport & accessible parking lot within 200 metres of building. Bike locking posts/racks available. Licensed lounge offering beer & wine that can be taken into cinemas. Accessible water fountain on site.