Hot Docs at HotDocs: 5 Documentary Directors Participate in Exclusive Panel on Westdoc Online


Last Updated: April 21, 2018 1:14 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, CA--April 21, 2018) Westdoc Online, an internet broadcast series dedicated to documentary and nonfiction filmmaking, has just published an exclusive video interview with five directors screening new films at the 2018 HotDocs International Documentary Festival, the largest documentary film festival in North America: Paul Damien Williams (Gurrumul), Hao Wu (People’s Republic of Desire), Michael Del Monte (Transformer), Jean-Simon Chartier (Playing Hard), and Luciana Kaplan (Rush Hour). The episode also features exclusive sneak peeks at some of the best and most exciting films screening at HotDocs 2018 later this month.

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Director/Producer/Editor Paul Williams has been working in the film industry since 1997, first as a freelance film and video editor and then as a producer and director at his own company, Sutton Grange Films. GURRUMUL is a portrait of the blind indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, one of Australia’s most celebrated and important musical voices.

Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Hao Wu was an Internet executive before focusing on filmmaking and writing. His documentary films have received funding support from The Ford Foundation JustFilms, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, and international broadcasters. Wu is a fellow at the New America Foundation. His writing on China has appeared on,, Marketplace Radio, Strait Times, and China Daily.

Michael Del Monte is an award winning director, working around the globe. His latest documentary Transformer (2018) follows former U.S. Marine and world-record powerlifter, Matt Kroc, as he sets out to become a woman. Transformer premiered at the Austin Film Festival and won the Best Documentary and the Audience Award.

Jean-Simon began his career in advertising. After having traveled as a wannabe journalist through Latin America and Southeast Asia, he decided to pursue his love of documentary filmmaking, founding MC2 Communication Media. Over the past few years, Jean-Simon has produced documentaries in partnership with several broadcasters in Canada and abroad, as well as many wide-reaching collaborative web projects. Several award-winning documentaries produced by MC2 have been released in cinemas and featured in festivals such as IDFA, Hot Docs, DOK.fest, RIDM.

Luciana Kaplan has directed several documentaries, three of which have obtained promotion and co-investment support from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts. In 2010, she won the call for Opera Prima of the Cinematographic Training Center with the project “The Revolution of the Alcatraces”. She worked from 2007 to 2013 as director of the Grant Gucci / Ambulante and Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Ambulante for documentary post-production.

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