Hot Docs Festival has announced 31 films in their Special Presentations program, showcasing high-profile premieres, award winners, and works by masters or featuring star subjects. The full film lineup will be announced March 19.
One of the special presentations of note is the world premiere of Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind. From a rural Ontario childhood to Greenwich Village of the ’60s, stadium tours of the ’70s and through the turn of the millennium, vivid archival footage helps chart the career of the legendary songwriter as he reveals the inspiration behind his lyrics and longevity.
Other world premieres include; Killing Patient Zero, which traces the devastating impact of the 1980s AIDS epidemic and clears the name of the Québécois flight attendant who was infamously known as “patient zero; Our Godfather, which follows the family of a high-ranking Sicilian mob boss that comes out of 30 years of hiding to tell the gripping tale of how he helped convict over 400 Mafiosi—and became the most hunted witness in US criminal history; and Willie which profiles Willie O’Ree who became the first Black player to skate in the NHL in the midst of the American civil rights movement.
Hot Docs members and ticket package holders can access tickets beginning March 19, and general public ticket sales start March 26. The world’s largest documentary film festival runs April 25 to May 5.