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

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles dir. Jon Foy (USA)

This was one I’d been reluctant to see. “Cryptic tiles appearing embedded in the ground in cities all over the US and around the world for 30 years with no explanation?” I thought. “Bo-ring!” But eventually the media hype won out and, one lazy evening, I watched a preview copy at home. “Toynbee Idea in Movie 2001. Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter,” say the freaky tiles. What does it mean? Who is responsible? This film traces the history of the Toynbee tile mystery and follows the people determined to solve it—a loveable bunch of ragtags á la the Camp North Star basketball team in Meatballs (which, incidentally, is better than all these movies). Filmmaker Jon Foy has turned an insane subject turned into a fascinating, stylish, and charming film. He also composed all the music. This is an epic achievement. Does anyone know him? Is he really cool?


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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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