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Everything Will Be | 2014 Hot Docs Review

29 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kwan Finds Tradition and Trasfiguration in Chinatown

No major city is without a Chinatown, each with its own cast of colorful characters, their shops stocked with traditional oriental goods, all hocked through old school methods where nearly everything is negotiable. But as times change and the original immigrant populations die out and are replaced by youth uninterested in their parents’ time-honored means of living, many of these communities are in a state of rapid transformation. Nearly a decade after Julia Kwan’s debut, Eve and the Fire Horse, took home the Special Jury Prize from Sundance, the director has taken to the streets of her hometown’s own Chinatown in Vancouver. As it turns out, the situation there is no different, its lingering shops hang in the balance as elders reach their 80s and 90s, young entrepreneurs reinvent recently closed up storefronts, big business outsiders reap the benefits of cheap »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Everything Will Be Review [Hot Docs 2014]

28 April 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The only constant is change. There’s truth to that no matter where you live, and in keeping with the times, that change sometimes happens way too fast. If there’s an area in Vancouver that seems like a step backwards in time, it’s Chinatown, but that is quickly changing. Although the people in the area are less than thrilled about the idea, many of them are also old timers who are powerless to do much about amongst some of the most expensive real estate in Canada. But they persevere, and they keep working day to day as if the world isn’t changing around them. Everything Will Be is their story.

Director Julia Kwan, who made the Sundance Jury Award-winning Eve and the Fire Horse, approaches the subject in a “day in the life” style, where her camera captures the action of these typical days on the streets of Chinatown, »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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Aaron Swartz Doc to Open 2014 Hot Docs Festival

18 March 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2014 Hot Docs Intl. Documentary Festival will open April 24 in Toronto with the international premiere of Brian Knappenberger’s “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” (Film Buff/Participant Media).

The 21st annual Hot Docs docu fest, confab and mart will unspool 197 titles from 43 countries.

Special Presentations will present the world preems of Anthony Baxter’s “A Dangerous Game,” Chad Walker and Dave Lamattina’s “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story,” Pavel Loparev and Askold Kurov’s “Children 404,” and Igal Hecht’s “The Sheik.”

In addition to the Swartz doc, U.S. titles making their international preem in the strand include “The Great Invisible,” “Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger,” “To Be Takei,” “Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart,” “Fed Up,” “Happy Valley,” “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story,” “Private Violence,” “The Overnighters,” “Point and Shoot,” “Rich Hill,” “We Are the Giant” and “Silenced. »

- Jennie Punter

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