I absolutely love Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival – North America’s largest documentary festival. We’re so lucky. I went to see the HBO documentary About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now – a film that features the legendary models from the 1940s through the 1980s. Featuring Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Beverly Johnson, Christie Brinkley and more, they reflect on their experiences of working in an industry built on beauty, and how the perception of beauty has changed over the years. Some of the women had plastic surgery and many are still working models to this day. They loved the independence a career in modelling gave them, but they also felt very insecure as their looks were critiqued every day. I loved this film and how charming and candid the women were. It was interesting to hear what went on behind the camera and in their minds. I highly recommend it….check out the trailer below. JD
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Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned my love for documentaries before, but I certainly love a good doc. If I had time, I would take days off to see as many docs as possible while Hot Docs is on. Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival that takes place in Toronto, and it’s pretty amazing. This year it was held from April 28 – May 8 and I was happy that I got to see a really great one.
I was fortunate enough to meet Cindy Meehl, the filmmaker behind Buck, and she gave me a ticket to her screening. Buck is a story about Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy who travels nine months of the year teaching people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity instead of punishment. I’m not a horse person, but it didn’t matter because the underlying theme was so moving. The way you treat an animal or person or even a stranger says a lot about you, and if you can approach relationships with compassion and respect, it will ease the daily challenges of life.
I recommend this film to everyone. It’s amazing! It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it inspired me. Buck is a likeable person. He’s an ordinary man who made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds. Everyone seems to love Buck. Watch the trailer here….JD