Hot Docs Daily: American Commune, 12 O'Clock Boys, Searching for Bill
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Hot Docs Daily: American Commune, 12 O’Clock Boys, Searching for Bill

Your daily dose of Hot Docs.

Get hip with some hippies in American Commune  Image courtesy of Hot Docs

Get hip with some hippies in American Commune. Image courtesy of Hot Docs.

It’s Hot Docs day five, and we’re still alive. Bet you didn’t see that rhyme coming! Later today, there will be screenings of three top-notch docs that make it worthwhile to stay up late on a weeknight.

American Commune (stars 3andahalf9, 7 p.m. The Royal Cinema) looks at the rise and demise of a Tennessee hippie community. Interviewing members who left everything behind to join in all the peace and love, directors Nadine and Renee Mundo strike a balance between nostalgia and pain.

We can’t describe 12 O’Clock Boys (stars 3andahalf9, 8:15 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox) better than our own Julian Carrington: “Like The Wire, but with wheelies.” Set in Baltimore, this doc by Lotfy Nathan follows an urban dirt-bike gang. It’s a compelling portrait of youthful rebellion.

For the night owls, there’s Searching for Bill (stars 3andahalf9, 11:59 p.m. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema), in which director Jonas Poher Rasmussen points his lens at the lost American Dream. After the titular Bill steals Bob’s car, the latter goes in search of him, not sure what he’s hoping to find.