Hot Docs, North America's biggest documentary film festival, kicks off its 2011 run on April 28 in Toronto. Jam-packed with documentaries running through May 8, Moviefone Canada will be there from start to finish, offering up looks at some of the festival's noted films.
When alt-comic/anti-hipster-schlubb Harvey Pekar suddenly pops onto the screen with no identifying credit in Alan Zweig's 'Vinyl,' it becomes clear how this documentary reached cult status.
The late creator of the superhero-free comic, 'American Splendor,' simply weighs in on music and relationships, just like everyone else does in 'Vinyl.' Watch a little closer and there's Canadian writer/actor Don McKellar, director Guy Maddin, Daniel Richler, Bruce LaBruce, and writer/columnist Geoff Pevere. Heck, Bruce MacDonald produced the thing. If these were the guys hanging with Zweig before he had an audience as a filmmaker, it's no wonder Hot Docs has decided to make his litany of projects the focus of the 2011 fest.
Other titles by Zweig at the fest include the 'Vinyl' sequels 'Loveable' and 'I Curmudgeon,' his 'Early Shorts,' the recent prison system doc 'A Hard Name,' and 'Vinyl: The Alternate Take.'