A chance encounter at a local record shop has brought Toronto-based filmmaker Alan Zweig
back to Hot Docs with a documentary on fifteen loosely related stories called 15 Reasons To Live
. Inspired by Ray Robertson's collection of essays Why Not? 15 Reasons to Live
, Zweig interviewed thirteen individuals who had life-changing experiences, and inserted two of his own. The auteur who made a movie about his audophilia, Vinyl, and concerning misanthropy in the self-titled I, Curmudgeon, still has the stylistic streak of Bukowski
, but there is the slightest hint that he may be taking his career in a slightly less inward-looking and autobiographical direction.