SPOTLIGHT ON MIKE DOWNIE (WITH HOST ELAMIN ABDELMAHMOUD)
In a special event at KCFF, we are excited to present this showcase and preview of work by multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker Mike Downie. He is the co-founder of The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous together to build a better country. Mike’s production company Courage Films explores how our individual and collective stories define us, remind us of our past and shape our future, and lead us on a never-ending journey inwards, onwards and upwards. The program includes the premiere of Downie’s new documentary short A CENTURY IN THE MAKING: THE STU CRAWFORD STORY, an excerpt from GORD DOWNIE’S SECRET PATH IN CONCERT, a look back on his comedy short JESUS ON A FISH STICK, plus an extended conversation and Q+A with special guest moderator Elamin Abdelmahmoud!
Elamin is the host of CBC Radio’s daily arts, pop culture and entertainment show COMMOTION, and a writer-at-large for BuzzFeed News. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Rolling Stone and others. Elamin is the author of Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces, a number one national bestseller, a Globe 100 book, and a New York Times notable book.
Elamin was born in Sudan and emigrated to Canada at the age of 12, settling in Kingston. He studied philosophy and gender studies at Queen’s University, graduating in 2011. As a student at Queen’s he wrote for the Queen’s Journal and worked at CFRC, the campus radio station. In 2018, Abdelmahmoud was awarded the One to Watch Award by the Queen’s Alumni Association.