LIFT co-presents “My Dad’s Tapes” at Hot Docs

LIFT co-presents My Dad’s Tapes
at the 2024 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

My Dad’s Tapes
Dir. Kurtis Watson

Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 2:00pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor Street West

Friday, May 3, 2024 at 2:00pm
TIFF Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West

On August 9, 2006, Leonard Watson dropped off his eight-year-old son Kurtis at summer camp. That’s the last time anyone saw him. No bags packed, no calls, no activity in the bank account, no note: Watson disappeared, leaving his family behind. He was considered missing until 30 days later, when he was found dead by apparent suicide. Fourteen years later, Kurtis Watson discovers a trove of home videos—hundreds of hours recorded by his father leading up to his death—a discovery that inspires a painstaking search for answers in recorded moments, family testimonials, and conversations with people connected to the event in any way, including the Watson family themselves, who come together for the first time to talk about the weight of this memory in their lives. Discoveries of small details lead to impactful and revelatory moments for them, revealing an ever-present stigma around mental health. “My Dad’s Tapes” documents the tremendously brave embrace of a reality in which some of our most burning questions may forever be unanswered. To hold each other close is all that matters.


Thursday 2 May 2024 – Friday 3 May 2024

Non-members: Various
Members: Various