There is only one flaw I can think of in relation to the screening of Music Lessons at this years HOT DOCS Film Festival. There are not enough showtimes. I am of the firm belief that this documentary should have been the opener for every single showing at this years festival.
In under twenty minutes in length we witness the success of a group of children, from Toronto's Jane and Finch neighborhood, as they take full advantage of music lessons. (After all the negative media attention it is oddly refreshing to hear the word "success" used when relating to something in, from, or about, the Jane and Finch neighborhood)
Music Lessons highlights the importance of music lessons for all children by focusing its attention on those who would never have otherwise had the opportunity to participate.
Music Lessons is the type of documentary that makes you wonder about the possibility of future episodes. You want to know where these children are in ten ... twenty years time.
As far as I am concerned, if commercial movie theaters can stream quizzes and at least ten minutes of upcoming attractions, then Hot Docs could have made Music Lessons the focal point of the entire festival.
HOT DOCS Screening Time
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:30 p.m. - Isabel Bader Theater
Hi! My name is Cheryl. All of my work is inspired by my senses. Sometimes my sixth sense comes into play. At other times I'll inject a healthy dose of common sense.