Blue Ice Docs presents BUDDY directed by Heddy Honigmann, opens in Toronto June 21, HDTRC

Buddy (1)

Blue Ice Docs presents


Directed by Heddy Honigmann


April 26,27,30 Hot Docs FF Toronto
May 4 NorthwestFest Edmonton
May 5 & 12 DOXA Vancouver
June 21 – 27 Hot Docs Ted Rogers Toronto
June 28 Vancity Vancouver
July 8,10,12 Bookshelf Guelph
July 9 – July 11 Playhouse Hamilton
July 19 – 23 Princess Waterloo



Reviews from Hot Docs 2019:

“…[Honigmann’s] thoughtful, unsentimental gaze makes an already guaranteed awww-fest into something more substantially affecting” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“simple and elegantly structured” – Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine

“an unbeatable recipe for a combination of an artful and crowd-pleasing film” – Liam Lacey, POV Magazine


After its success at Hot Docs 2019, Heddy Honigmann’s poignant and carefully composed portrait of six guide dogs and their owners opens in Toronto at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, starting June 21.

Buddy explores the close bond between animal and human.

One of the owners is an 86-year-old blind woman who reflects back upon all the dogs that have been at her side since she was 21. There are pictures of most of her dogs on the wall, though she’ll never see them herself.

An autistic boy explains how his loyal friend Utah can tell when he’s upset.

The wife of a war veteran suffering from PTSD explains that the guide dog Mister is probably the reason they’re still together.

Honigmann questions the owners in her characteristic way—respectfully and with genuine concern rooted in a deep trust—about what the animals mean to them.

Buddy is an ode to the fighting spirit of the main characters and a loving portrait of the deep bond between human and dog.


About Blue Ice Docs

Founded in 2014 in partnership between Robin Smith, president of KinoSmith, and Blue Ice Group co-owner Neil Tabatznik, Blue Ice Docs uses the expertise and skills of both organizations to acquire, fund and develop a wide variety of non-fiction projects from around the world. Current releases include INVISIBLE ESSENCE: THE LITTLE PRINCE, BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES, NOTHING LIKE A DAME, MINDING THE GAP, and CHEF FLYNN and upcoming releases include PUSH, GURRUMUL, THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, WATERGATE, KILLING PATIENT ZERO and ALL THE WILD HORSES.