Hot Docs’ Hot Guests

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival ( continues through May 6 and has been a hotbed of intriguing documentaries and personalities this year. The Festival has welcomed a number of special guests, 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, all of whom are featured in films at the Festival, which runs April 26 to May 6. In addition, 146 directors – a record number – are in attendance at the Festival to introduce their films and participate in post-screening audience Q&As. The participants list of documentary subjects who have come to the Festival includes:

Rick Springfield at HOT DOCS

Rick Springfield from AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART (Sylvia Caminer, USA) – 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 (Neil Berkeley, USA) – 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 (Karen Winther, UK, Norway) – Winther turns the camera on herself in a first-person exposé of her darkest moments.

Fredrik Gertten from BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (Fredrik Gertten, Sweden) – Gertten chronicles the lawsuit led by a multi-national food giant that attempted to quash the release of his film BANANAS!*

Qi Moxiang from CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT (Yung Chang, Canada/China) – A state boxing coach, Qi Moxiang searches for young boys with raw talent who he hopes to shape into champions.

Jennifer Lynch from DESPITE THE GODS (Penny Vozniak, Australia) – 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 (Brett Whitcomb, USA) – Appearing in seasons three and four, Godiva is one of Glow’s gorgeous ladies of wrestling.

Nina Conti from HER MASTER’S VOICE (Nina Conti , UK) – 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 (Angad Singh Bhalla, Canada) – 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 (James Swirsky, Lisanne Pajot, Canada) – 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 (Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi, Italy) – These two filmmakers take a six-month road trip across Italy.

Pat Kennedy from JEFF (Chris James Thompson, USA) – When brought in for questioning, infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer confessed to Detective Kennedy.

Ewan MacKinnon from THE KID AND THE CLOWN (Ida Grøn, Denmark) – Better known as Angus the Clown, Ewan MacKinnon brings joy to hospital patients.

Don McCullin from MCCULLIN (Jacqui Morris, UK) – To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer.

Sami Helle, Pertti Kurikka, and Toni Välitallo from THE PUNK SYNDROME (Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi,  Finland) – 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 (Mary Kerr, UK) – A fixture on NYC film sets, Radioman is a celebrity’s celebrity.

Wu Tsang from WILDNESS (Wu Tsang, USA) – Director and L.A. performance artist Wu Tsang co-founded the popular weekly party called Wildness.

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  1. Views of Herman’s House may also be interested to know that Maison Orion, my architectural practice, is providing architectural support to this project to see that it gets built faithfully to Herman’s wishes.

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