Hot Docs Announces Festival Guest List

Roméo Dallaire is among the guests attending Hot Docs
Folks wanting to plan their Hot Docs schedules should take note of the names cited on the list released today by the festival. Hot Docs announced an impressive set of names of guests—including Roméo Dallaire, Anita Hill, and Matt Berninger—who will attend the festival and be on hand for Q&As following their films. The festival also announced that a whopping number of directors—160—will be present as well. Guests may be present for multiple screenings, but it’s best to catch the first screening of a film if you want to see the talent. The guests attending the festival are:

Anita Hill from Anita (D: Freida Mock | USA | 2013 | 84 min) – Best-selling author and professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University, Anita Hill speaks about the testimony that shaped her life for the first time on film.

Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire from Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children (D: Patrick Reed | Canada | 2012 | 83 min) – Celebrated author and humanitarian LGeneral (ret’d) Roméo Dallaire travels to four African countries on a new mission: to end the use of child soldiers.

Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss from The Unbelievers (D: Gus Holwerda | USA | 2013 | 76 min) – Renowned scientists and authors Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss travel the globe as they speak publicly to sold-out halls, advancing a thoughtful dialogue about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.

Matt Berninger from Mistaken for Strangers (D: Tom Berninger | USA | 2012 | 80 min) – Matt Berninger is the frontman for indie rock band The National.

David Steinberg from QUALITY BALLS—THE DAVID STEINBERG STORY (Barry Avrich | Canada | 2013 | 80 min) – Raised in Winnipeg, David Steinberg is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, director, and author who influenced a generation of comedians from John Belushi to Larry David.

The 16 fascinating subjects who share their stories in 15 Reasons to Live (D: Alan Zweig | Canada | 2012 | 83 min).

Alkatraz, Trench, Knia Singh, Keon Love, and Alias DonMillion from Alias (D: Michelle Latimer | Canada | 2013 | 67 min) – Five rappers in Toronto’s street hip-hop scene.

Ed Ackerman from Special Ed (D: John Paskievich | Canada | 2013 | 100 min) – Ed Ackerman is an engaged citizen from Winnipeg’s North End.

Iceis from Oil Sands Karaoke (D: Charles Wilkinson | Canada | 2013 | 83 min) – An oil sands worker who eases loneliness at a karaoke bar in Fort McMurray.

Noriko and Ushio Shinohara from Cutie and the Boxer (D: Zachary Heinzerling | USA | 2013 | 82 min) – Husband and wife Noriko and Ushio Shinohara are Japanese artists living and working in New York.

Chris Schoeck from Bending Steel (D: Dave Carroll | USA | 2012 | 93 min) – Chris Schoeck is a Queens, New York native who is training to become a professional oldetime strongman.

Felix Pfeifle from Felix Austria! (D: Christine Beebe | USA | 2012 | 76 min)– Felix Pfeifle is an exquisite American dandy and amateur historian of Viennese aristocracy.

Josephat Torner from In the Shadow of the Sun (D: Harry Freeland | UK | 2012 | 85 min) – Josephat Turner is a Tanzanian born with albinism and is an activist who travels the world to shed light on the plight of Africans with albinism.
Richard Davidson from Free the Mind (D: Phie Ambo | Denmark | 2012 | 80 min) – Renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson works with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder to explore the possibility of changing the brain through the power of thought.

Jill Freedman from Everybody Street (D: Cheryl Dunn | USA | 2013 | 83 min) – Jill Freedman is a highly respected and award-winning New York City documentary photographer.

Pamela Masik from The Exhibition (D: Damon Vignale | Canada | 2013 | 93 min) –Pamela Masik’s is the artist behind the controversial monumental series of large scale portraits of the 69 women who were murdered, or missing, from Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside.

Freda Kelly from Good Ol Freda (D: Ryan White | USA | 2013 | 86 min) – Freda Kelly is the former Beatles loyal secretary, fan and friend.

Vinay Shetty from Blood Relative (D: Nimisha Mukerji | Canada | 2012 | 73 min) – Vinay Shetty is the vice president of Think Foundation, which coordinates blood and platelet donation in India, and runs a program for the awareness, prevention and care of Thalassaemia.

Robin Reineke from Who is Dayani Cristal? (D: Marc Silver | UK, Mexico | 2013 | 86 min) – Robin Reineke and her forensic team developed the Pima County Missing and Unidentified Persons Project in 2006 to solve the cold cases of unidentified migrant bodies of those entering the U.S. through the Sonoran Desert.

Mary Spencer and Ariane Fortin from Last Woman Standing (D: Lorraine Price, Juliet Lammers | Canada | 2013 | 88 min) – Two Canadian championship boxers who fight to win the coveted spot on Canada’s Olympic team.

Eleanor Squillari from In God We Trust (D: Victor Kubicek, Derek Anderson | USA | 2013 | 82 min) – Eleanor Squillari was Bernie Madoff’s personal assistant for 20 years and an unwitting victim who lost everything, and became an invaluable witness for the prosecution.

Heikki Tolonen, John Ayres, and Rhys Palmer from Alcan Highway – A dreamer and the friends he made on his 4,000 kilometre journey across North America.

Roger Cohen, Brenda Cohen, and Sammy Cohen from The Manor (D: Shawney Cohen (Director), Mike Gallay (Co-Director) | Canada | 2013 | 78 min) – Roger, Brenda, and Sammy Cohen are at the heart of director Shawney Cohen’s intimate tragi-comic family portrait.

Reanne Presley, Steve Presley, and Dan Lennon from We Always Lie to Strangers (D: AJ Schnack, David Wilson | USA | 2013) – Branson, Missouri, residents who help tell the story of this kitschy town include Mayor Reanne Presley, her husband Steve, and Dan Lennon, the former vice president of Marketing & Public Relations at Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick Cummins from The Impermanence of the Ordinary (D: Dale Sood | Canada | 2013 | 13 min) – Photographer Patrick Cummins documents a history of Toronto by capturing the changing surfaces of buildings over time.

Hot Docs runs April 25 – May 5
Please visit www.hotdocs.ca for more info on films, tickets, and showtimes.