|Jennifer Lynch directing Hisss in Mumbai. Lynch will be at Hot Docs as the subject of Despite the Gods.|
Hot Docs is just one week away! Sure to add some excitement to the event is this list of guests slated to attend the festival. Post-screening Q&As with filmmakers/subjects always add to one’s appreciation of the film and offer an extra incentive to see these films at the festival.
Hot Docs is honoured to welcome a number of guest subjects, including rock star Rick Springfield, director Jennifer Lynch, video game creator Phil Fish, war photographer Don McCullin, artist and Pee-wee’s Playhouse puppeteer Wayne White, and Dahmer-case detective Pat Kennedy, who are featured in films at the upcoming Festival, April 26 to May 6. In addition to guest subjects, 146 directors - a record number - will be in attendance at the Festival to introduce their films and participate in post-screening audience Q&As.
|Frank Lee in Legend of a Warrior|
Featured guests are listed below. In most cases, the guests will be present at one or more screenings.
Rick Springfield from An Affair of the Heart (D: Sylvia Caminer | USA | 94 min) – Rock star Rick Springfield is well known for pop mega-hits like “Jessie’s Girl” and from his stint as General Hospital’s Noah Drake.
Wayne White from Beauty is Embarrassing (D: Neil Berkeley | USA | 91 min) – Wayne White began as a humble puppeteer and went on to become a co-creator of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and a celebrated artist.
Karen Winther from The Betrayal (D: Karen Winther |UK, Norway | 64 min) – Winther turns the camera on herself in a first-person exposé of her darkest moments.
Fredrik Gertten from Big Boys Gone Bananas
* (D: Fredrik Gertten | Sweden | 88 min) – Gertten chronicles the lawsuit led by a multi-national food giant that attempted to quash the release of his film BANANAS!*
Stacy Peralta from Bones Bridage: An Autobiography (D: Stacy Peralta | USA |110 min) – The Bones Brigade, a ‘80s skateboarding team that included director Stacy Peralta, revolutionized skateboarding.
Qi Moxiang from China Heavyweight (D: Yung Chang | Canada, China |89 min) – A state boxing coach, Qi Moxiang searches for young boys with raw talent who he hopes to shape into champions.
Aruna Papp from Crimes without Honour (D: Raymonde Provencher | Canada |69 min) – Aruna Papp counsels Canadian men and women who are trapped in cultures that extol honour and shame.
Jennifer Lynch from Despite the Gods (D: Penny Vozniak | Australia | 85 min) – Daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, director Jennifer Lynch’s Bollywood/Hollywood production puts her to the test.
Dawn “Godiva” Maetas from Glow: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (D: Brett Whitcomb | USA | 76 min ) – Appearing in seasons three and four, Godiva is one of Glow’s gorgeous ladies of wrestling.
Nina Conti from Her Master’s Voice (D: Nina Conti | UK |61 min) – An acclaimed ventriloquist and comedian, Nina Conti receives news that her mentor has bequeathed to her his collection of dummies.
Jackie Sumell from Herman’s House (D: Angad Singh Bhalla | Canada| 81 min) – Artist and activist Jackie Sumell asks imprisoned Black Panther Herman Wallace to collaborate on an art project by imagining his dream house.
Phil Fish from Indie Game: The Movie (D: James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot | Canada | 96 min) – The creator of video game Fez, Phil Fish is a gifted game-maker from Montreal.
Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi from Italy: Love it or Leave It (D: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi | Italy, Germany |75 min) – These two filmmakers take a six-month road trip across Italy.
Pat Kennedy from Jeff (D: Chris James Thompson | USA | 75 min) – When brought in for questioning, infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer confessed to Detective Kennedy.
Ewan MacKinnon from The Kid and the Clown (D: Ida Grøn | Denmark | 53 min) – Better known as Angus the Clown, Ewan MacKinnon brings joy to hospital patients.
Frank Lee and Corey Lee from Legend of a Warrior (D: Corey Lee | Canada |78 min) – Filmmaker Corey Lee trains with his father, Frank, a martial arts master, to better understand his Chinese heritage.
Ben Peter from Life in Stills (D: Tamar Tal | Israel | 58 min) – Ben join forces with his grandmother to save his grandfather’s photographic legacy.
Don McCullin from McCullin (D: Jacqui Morris | UK | 89 min) – To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer.
Tiffany Sudela-Junker from My Name is Faith (D: Tiffany Sudela-Junker, Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres |USA | 82 min) – Director Tiffany Sudela-Junker tackles the seemingly impossible task of helping her adoptive daughter overcome past traumas.
Sami Helle, Pertti Kurikka, and Toni Välitallo from The Punk Syndrome (D: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi | Finland |85 min) - Bassist Sami Helle , guitarist Pertti Kurikka and drummer Toni Välitallo are three quarters of the punk rock band Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day.
Radioman from Radioman (D: Mary Kerr | UK | 75 min) – A fixture on NYC film sets, Radioman is a celebrity’s celebrity.
Brian White from Smoke Traders (D: Jeff Dorn, Catherine Bainbridge | Canada | 51 min) – Brian White is a former tobacco runner from Akwesasne.
Wu Tsang from Wildness (D: Wu Tsang | USA |74 min) – Director and L.A. performance artist Wu Tsang co-founded the popular weekly party called Wildness.
Times, locations, and further info for screenings can be found at http://www.hotdocs.ca/schedule/