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I, Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

With the release of his latest film Records, go inside the mind of a true documentary iconoclast whose distinct, introspective style continues to leave an indelible mark.

“Toronto’s own Alan Zweig is amongst the most honest and introspective documentary filmmakers working today. Often starting with a simple question like “what makes Jews so funny” or “why are some people compelled to collect records”, his films go beyond their initial conceit to explore universal fears and emotions like loneliness, obsession, self doubt, happiness or lack thereof, and growing old.

Since he made Vinyl over two decades ago, Alan has mined the ups and downs of his own life to tackle the big, complicated issues that define human existence. Combining personal diary, conversational interviews and humour, his unique style gets more defined and interesting with each new film.” - Alan Black, Hot Docs managing director.

Streaming from November 25 until January 27, this free series is available exclusively to Hot Docs Members and Hot Docs at Home subscribers. Join now for as little as $4.99 a month.

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Vinyl

  • Canada
  • 117
  • PG
    Director:
  • Alan Zweig
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Zweig’s cult favourite mines the comedy and tragedy of obsessive record collecting. This smart and cranky confessional recognizes the record as an object beyond music, and collecting as a way of searching the heart and mind.

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I, Curmudgeon

  • Canada
  • 90
  • PG
    Director:
  • Alan Zweig
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To be negative or not to appear to be negative, that is the question. Alan Zweig enlists a raucous cast of fellow ‘sour, angry, miserablist truth-tellers,’ including Fran Lebowitz, Harvey Pekar and Scott Thompson, to examine the risks of being a naysayer in a society continually pitching the positive.

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Lovable

  • Canada
  • 94
  • PG
    Director:
  • Alan Zweig
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How long have you been alone? Why can’t you find love? Is being solo merely taboo, or is it proof that you’re unlovable? With his signature candour and humour, Alan Zweig reflects on why he is still single at mid-life while boldly challenging the dominant romantic myths and expectations of our culture.

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15 Reasons to Live

  • Canada
  • 84
  • PG
    Director:
  • Alan Zweig
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The human desire for meaning finds vivid expression in the fifteen vignettes set forth in Alan Zweig’s quietly instructive film about what makes life worth living.

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When Jews Were Funny

  • Canada
  • 90
  • PG
    Director:
  • Alan Zweig
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Alan Zweig puts the century’s funniest Jews on the hot seat to answer the question: Are Jewish comics funnier?

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