Hot Docs Festival Adds Liz Garbus, Jessica Edwards Films to Lineup

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'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

The music-themed 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' and 'Mavis!' titles join North America's largest documentary festival next month in Toronto.

Liz Garbus' What Happened, Miss Simone? about singing legend Nina Simone, and Jessica Edwards' Mavis!, a portrait of the music and civil rights icon Mavis Staples, have joined the lineup of films set for the upcoming Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

The doc titles were unveiled for the Canadian festival's Special Presentations section alongside Neal Broffman's Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi, about a wrongly accused suicide victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, and Jacqui Morris and David Morris' Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime, which features Evans, long-time editor of the Sunday Times, seeking redress for Thalidomide victims.

Also joining the list is Nick Berardini's Taser gun expose Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle and Ivy Meeropol's Indian Point, about a nuclear reactor 35 miles from New York City. Both titles will first have world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Hot Docs organizers earlier announced that the Sundance award winners Dreamcatcher, (T)error, How to Change the World and Western were also headed to the Canadian festival as part of the Special Presentations sidebar. Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival that is set to run from April 23 to May 3, will make additional lineup announcements in the coming weeks.