‘St. Louis Superman’ Leads Hot Docs Audience Award Rankings

St. Louis Superman


By Pat Mullen

A short stands tallest in the first rankings for the Hot Docs Audience Award. Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan’s St. Louis Superman took the top spot in today’s reveal of the 20 highest-ranking audience favourites at Hot Docs so far. The short doc is a portrait of Ferguson, Missouri activist and rapper Bruce Franks Jr., who was elected to the state’s House of Representatives. The film screens again today with Your Last Walk in the Mosque, which was previously featured in David Spaner’s article Racism: Documenting Prejudice. Mosque came it at number six in the rankings.

Standing tallest for the features is another short figure, Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s Ask Dr. Ruth, directed by Ryan White. The crowd-pleaser is easily this year’s RBG with its spunky lead. Check back soon for a chat with Dr. Ruth and Ryan White next week! (Coverage for that film is under embargo until release.) On the Canadian front, Rogério Soares’ River SIlence leads the rankings for the Rogers Audience Award. The doc looks at Brazilians displaced by the environmental and cultural devastation caused by a dam at the Xingu River.

The Top 20 Audience Award rankings as of April 27 are:

  1. St. Louis Superman
  2. Ask Dr. Ruth
  3. River Silence
  4. In My Blood It Runs
  5. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
  6. Your Last Walk in the Mosque
  7. Massacre River
  8. Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
  9. Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy
  10. The Edge of Democracy
  11. #Female Pleasure
  12. Havana, from on High
  13. Faire-Part
  14. RIOT NOT DIET
  15. Scenes from a Dry City
  16. Campo
  17. Garden, Zoological
  18. The Rest
  19. Buddy
  20. Midnight Family

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