Hot Docs Announces Additional Guest Subjects at Festival

Hope subject Steve Fonyo
Courtesy Hot Docs


By Pat Mullen

Hot Docs has announced more guest subjects to attend this year’s festival. Among the names expected to appear at festival screenings are TV personality Bill Nye The Science Guy and cancer survivor/runner/Canadian icon Steve Fonyo of Hope. Hope is Alan Zweig’s follow-up to the acclaimed Hurt, which won TIFF’s Platform prize and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Feature for its no holds barred depiction of Fonyo’s fall from hero status. The doc looks to be an optimistic portrait of Fonyo’s journey since we last saw him. Guests are generally expected at one or more screenings. These names join the list of previously announced guests, which include comedian Gilbert Gottfried and musician Stevie Salas.

Additional guests coming to Hot Docs are:

Bill Nye from Bill Nye: Science Guy (D: David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg | USA | 2017 | 101 min) – Scientist, television personality and environmental activist.

Daje Shelton from For Akheem (D: Landon Van Soest, Jeremy S. Levine | USA | 2016 | 90 min) – Film subject and Ahkeem’s mother.

Steve Fonyo from Hope (D: Alan Zweig | Canada | 2017 | 76 min) – Cancer survivor and film subject.

Dr. Samuel Wasser and Gretchen Peters from The Last Animals (D: Kate Brooks | USA, UK | 2017 | 85 min) – Dr. Wasser is the director of the Centre for Conservation Biology, and Ms. Peters is the Executive Director of the Satao Project.

Michel Laberge from Let There Be Light (D: Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko | Canada | 2017 | 80 min) – Founder and Chief Scientist at General Fusion.

Norma Ramirez aka Cookie from Mermaids (D: Ali Weinstein | Canada | 2016 | 76 min) – Film subject and mermaid culture enthusiast.

Kevin Buist from More Art Upstairs (D: Jody Hassett Sanchez | USA | 2017 | 76 min) – Artist and exhibitions director for ArtPrize.

Najah Aboud from My Enemy, My Brother (D: Ann Shin | Canada | 2017 | 88 min) – Former Iraqi solder now living in British Columbia.

Andrew Ferguson from Pre-Crime (D: Matthias Heeder, Monika Hielscher | Germany | 2017 | 90 min) – Professor of Law at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

Maisha Graves from Step (D: Amanda Lipitz | USA | 2016 | 83 min) – Film subject and mother of student featured in the film.

Chris Kirkley aka Sahel Sounds from A Story of Sahel Sounds (D: neopankollektiv | Germany | 2016 | 82 min) – Music producer who deals with, and spins, modern West African music in his home of Portland, Oregon.

Daniel Houck from Strad Style (D: Stefan Avalos | USA | 2016 | 104 min) – Violin craftsman and aficionado.

Zaineb Khelifi and her family from Zaineb Hates the Snow (D: Kaouther Ben Hania | Tunisia, France, Qatar, Lebanon, UAE | 2016 | 94 min) – Film subjects.

Hot Docs runs April 27 – May 7. *Please visit HotDocs.ca for more information on this year’s festival.