Mermaids is a feature-length documentary. It's a light romp with some deeper moments about our curiosity with the myths and realities of life as a mermaid. The archival footage from a Florida theme park is worth the price of entry alone. The cast of characters who all become modern day mermaids is fascinating and the “chapters” in the film are separated with very short mermaid myths which gives everything some historical perspective.
(July 14, Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto)
Based on the book by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, Stronger tells the story of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was at the Boston Marathon in 2013 to cheer on his girlfriend, Erin Hurley (Tatiana Maslany), and was waiting near the finish line when bombs went off. The 27-year-old man was photographed as he was wheeled into an ambulance. Although he lost the lower portion of his legs that day, he was able to help police identify the killers from his hospital bed.