First trailer released for Toronto-bound “Women Make Film”

First trailer released for Toronto-bound “Women Make Film”

Source:  Variety

Dogwoof and Hopscotch Films have released the first trailer for Mark Cousins’ 14-hour documentary “Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema,” which will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this month.

Narrated by actresses Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Sharmila Tagor, Adjoa Andoh, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton, and Debra Winger, the film has been divided by Cousins into five parts for screening in Toronto from September 7th to 11th.  The first four installments run three hours apiece and the final section runs two hours.

Described as a film school through the eyes of women, “Women Make Film” uses more than 700 clips from 183 female filmmakers to tell the history of women’s integral role in the development of the art of film.

A four-hour teaser first installment, narrated by Swinton, screened at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

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TIFF will screen a 14-hour documentary on female directors

TIFF will screen a 14-hour documentary on female directors

Source:  IndieWire

At last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, documentary essayist Mark Cousins unveiled an ambitious new project: “Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Film,” which presents an alternative approach to film history exclusively through movies directed by women.

The four hours presented boasted a Tilda Swinton voiceover and the searing assertion that “film history is sexist.”

Now Cousins has completed the project, and TIFF is giving it a lot of space: The entire 14 hours of “Women Make Film” will screen at this year’s festival in five separate installments.

Cousins spent years scouring archives for films directed by women, and the finished project includes around 700 clips from 183 films around the world.

“You can watch any two hours of this and scribble down names of filmmakers you’ve never heard before,” TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers said.

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“The Dalai Lama – Scientist” to premiere at Venice Film Festival later this month

“The Dalai Lama – Scientist” to premiere at Venice Film Festival later this month

Source:  Buddhistdoor Global

“The Dalai Lama – Scientist,” is set to make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival at the end of this month.

Described as featuring extensive rare and never-before-seen footage of His Holiness, the film is billed as “telling the very human story of the Dalai Lama that no one knows.”

In the documentary, the Dalai Lama tells his story in his own words of his lifelong journey from the world of Buddhism to the world of modern science, and how the world has changed as a result.

Narrated by actress Laurel Harris (Odd Thomas), “The Dalai Lama – Scientist’ features a number of prominent figures from the worlds of Buddhism and science, including psychologist Paul Ekman, mathematician and geneticist Eric Lander, neuroscientist Christof Koch, and astrophysicist George Greenstein.

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“Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” to open 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

“Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” to open 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Source:  TheWrap

Music documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” will be the opening-night film at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced yesterday.

The film will premiere on Thursday, September 5 at Roy Thomson Hall to kick off the annual 11-day showcase for more than 200 films.

It will be the first Canadian-made documentary to open the festival, and the first music-related film since Davis Guggenheim’s U2 doc, “From the Sky Down,” premiered on opening night in 2011.

Directed by Daniel Roher, “Once Were Brothers” was inspired by Robertson’s 2016 memoir “Testimony.”

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MUNICH: “Rescue the Fire” is a devastating remembrance of a Berlin ravaged by AIDS and the photographer who captured it

MUNICH: “Rescue the Fire” is a devastating remembrance of a Berlin ravaged by AIDS and the photographer who captured it

Source:  Screen Daily

The personal is also the political in debut filmmaker Jasco Viefhues’s intimate documentary, “Rescue The Fire.”

Ostensibly a portrait of late German photographer and artist Jürgen Baldiga, it’s also a poignant snapshot of Berlin’s LGBTQ+ scene during the 1980s and 1990s at a time when the AIDS epidemic appeared to be an unstoppable force.

The film is also something of a celebration, both of the way in which artists are shaped by the world around them, and of the ties that bind us even after death.

“Rescue The Fire” is currently screening at the Munich International Film Festival.

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“Midnight Family” and “Earth” take top honors at Sheffield Doc/Fest

“Midnight Family” and “Earth” take top honors at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Source:  Deadline and Realscreen

“Midnight Family” and “Earth” took home the two top awards at the 26th annual Sheffield Doc/Fest last week.

Luke Lorentzen’s “Midnight Family” won the Grand Jury award.  The film follows a family trying to make a living by operating a private ambulance service in Mexico City.  The jury praised the film for providing a “timely warning to the dangers of privatized healthcare.”

The respected UK documentary festival awarded its inaugural International Award to Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s “Earth,” which charts the environmental destruction wrought by large-scale mining.

See the complete list of winners at the Sheffield Doc/Fest website.

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