(February 25, 2023 – Toronto, ON) Hubert Davis received a BA in film and communications from McGill University and studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia with screenwriter Peggy Thompson (The Lotus Eaters). He edited more than 30 commercials and music videos at Panic and Bob, a Toronto company specializing in editing for the advertising industry. He was hired as the first assistant editor on Deepa Mehta’s Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) and The Republic of Love (2003).
His 2005 directorial debut, the short Hardwood, is a powerful film exploring the life of his father, former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis. Davis chronicles his father’s life as a basketball player, and as the father of himself and his half-brother in Chicago, where the elder Davis was married to a black woman before returning years later to Vancouver to be with Hubert’s white mother. Exploring ideas of fatherhood, multiracial relationships and the politics of the family, Hardwood is an unflinching, thoughtful and compassionate journey through the Davis family album. It was nominated for an Oscar in the documentary short subject category, and a News & Documentary Emmy Award for outstanding cultural and artistic programming.
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