~ Winner of the Short Award ~
Hardwood is a personal journey by director Hubert Davis, the son of former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis, who explores how his father’s decisions affected his life. Now a coach for young basketball players in Vancouver, Mel recalls falling in love at first sight with Hubert’s mother, a white woman, at a time when racism made their union impossible, and then his subsequent marriage to a black woman and the birth of their son. Both women in Mel’s life, the mothers of his two sons, speak movingly about love and betrayal, and both sons speak of the pain of their absent father and its effect on their mothers. Elegantly structured, Davis uses personal interviews, archival footage and home movies to delve into his father’s past in the hope of finding a new direction for his own.