Hot Docs: Highlights from North America's Biggest Documentary Film Festival

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life dir. Dori Berinstein (USA)

Another inspirational-female film. Carol Channing is a Broadway legend, best known for starring, over a thousand times, in the original production of Hello, Dolly! I didn’t know anything about her except that she looks hot at 90, which was enough reason for me to see a documentary about her life. I was joined by many gay men and old ladies (one of whom, sitting behind me, ate fish and vegetables from a dinner plate as the movie began). Well, we all loved it, this reverent but mostly unsentimental profile of a woman who is maybe better than Tina Fey and wears fake eyelashes everywhere. I’m jealous that director Dori Berenstein got to spend two years hanging out with her. After the film—which got three rounds of applause—the audience took advantage of the Q&A period with Berenstein to ask personal questions about Channing: “How are Carol and her husband now?” “Does she have any children?” “Has she fully recovered from the cancer?” (The answers, respectively: like teenagers in love; yes, a cartoonist son; and yes, she wouldn’t let that stop her!).


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  • Michael Koh

    Cool trailers bro

  • scin

    love toronto stuff on this site!

  • Erin Pehlivan

    Wow, very impressed to see Hot Docs coverage on Thought Catalog. It's all I read when I worked at the box office this year. Two worlds collide! I definitely agree with choosing RESURRECT DEAD as a highlight. You must see POSITION AMONG THE STARS though, it is probably one of my favourite documentaries of all time. Those were two of my favourites this year. I saw 45 docs in total. Thanks for the coverage!

  • Asdf

    it manages to be boring. all of it. go figure.

    • Alyssa Johnston

      Yeah totally. Fuck everything. The world is so passe.

  • Dan

    lol about it not being hard to make toronto look like a soviet coal town, it does have a high Russian immigrant population actually.

  • adamhump

    thanks for this katie :)

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