The Ride Ahead at Hot Docs

by | March 29, 2024 | Newsletter

I have had the good fortune to work with Dan Habib – previously on his film Intelligent Lives.  Currently I am advising him and his co-director Sam Habib on their new film The Ride Ahead which is premiering at Hot Docs with other festivals scheduled and in the works.  The Ride Ahead follows Sam Habib who is a typical 21-year-old, itching to move out, start a career and find love. But no one tells you how to be an adult, let alone an adult with a disability. Can a community of disability activists help him follow his dreams?  Its a beautiful and fascinating film that will have a very long and productive life.

Continued Turmoil

Unfortunately the announcement of the premiere of The Ride Ahead was a week before a mass resignation of programmers at Hot Docs- no less than one month before the festival opens.  But Dan and Sam are very pro-active filmmakers and because they know that they have to be responsible for their own release – they are taking this in stride and feel confident that this will not adversly affect their launch. Time and again I have seen filmmakers who take matters into their own hands, are then not dependent on unstable systems and as a result continue to persevere and succeed.  This is needed in these crazy times where this week alone also saw the closing of the venerable Human Rights Watch Film Festival as well as the resignation of Joanna Vicente from her position as CEO of the Sundance Institute who oversaw the emergence of Sundance from the pandemic culminating in one of my favorite Sundance experiences this year under the helm of Eugene Hernandez along with the rest of their excellent staff.