The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Best of Hot Docs

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      If you missed the Hot Docs documentary film festival in Toronto earlier this year, catch eight of the most popular films when they come to Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) for the Best of Hot Docs program running from Friday to Sunday (June 22 to 24).

      Chasing Ice by U.S. director Jeff Orlowski will open the weekend screenings on Friday at 6:30 p.m. This documentary follows National Georgraphic photographer James Balog and his multi-year project that exposes the effects of climate change by using time-lapse photography. At 8:30 p.m., The Imposter directed by Bart Layton tells the story of a professional imposter who takes on the persona of a missing Texas teenager.

      On Saturday, Ethel, which screens at 1 p.m., looks at the life of Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert Kennedy; while photojournalist Don McCullin speaks candidly about his three decade-spanning career documenting wars in McCullin, which plays at 3:30 p.m. Herman’s House, which screens at 6 p.m., is a Canadian documentary detailing the extraordinary friendship between Black Panther member Herman Wallace and artist/activist Jackie Sumell when they work on an art project together over the course of five years. Saturday screenings close with United in Anger: A History of Act Up at 8:30 p.m., which focuses on the history of AIDS activism.

      Two documentaries wrap up the festival on Sunday, starting with Beauty is Embarrassing, which stars U.S. artist Wayne White, at 6 p.m. This is followed by Charles Bradley: Soul of America, which screens at 8:15 p.m., and documents the life of one of America’s most interesting soul singers.

      Tickets to Best of Hot Docs individual film screenings are $12, and a five-film pass is $50.

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