“Lifeline: Clyfford Still” will make its world premiere at DOC NYC

“Lifeline: Clyfford Still” will make its world premiere at DOC NYC

Source:  Bloomberg

Clyfford Still was not an easy man.

He called the paintings of fellow abstract expressionist Barnett Newman “pathetic” and referred to influential art critic Clement Greenberg as “a small and lecherous man.”  He destroyed one of his own canvases by cutting a chunk out of it after a collector dared to disobey his wishes.  He turned down sales, rejected exhibitions, and forbade reproductions.

The artist’s uncompromising life and the toll it’s taken on his reputation and market is the subject of the new documentary “Lifeline: Clyfford Still.”

“It’s about what you give up in your life to make art the way you chose to,” says Dennis Scholl, the film’s director and an art collector.  “He gave up acclaim and attention.  He would not let the art world commodify him.”

“Lifeline: Clyfford Still” will make its world premiere on November 12 at DOC NYC.

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Chuck Todd talks about the Meet the Press Film Festival

Chuck Todd talks about the Meet the Press Film Festival

Source:  TheWrap

Ahead of the third annual Meet the Press Film Festival, anchor Chuck Todd and executive producer John Reiss spoke to TheWrap about expanding the Sunday show’s brand to keep up with the changing media landscape.

“I don’t know how else to do this job in this changing media environment where there’s a million places to go,” Todd said during a discussion of the daily MSNBC show, the podcast and the film festival spinoff of the hour-long political program.

This year’s festival, in collaboration with the American Film Institute, will showcase more than 20 issue-based short documentary films from five countries, submitted by the likes of Netflix, HBO, A&E, ESPN, and more.

The films highlight topics like criminal justice reform, climate change, immigration, education, and racial and gender equality.

The two-day Meet the Press Film Festival begins today in Washington, D.C.

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“The Cave” wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival

“The Cave” wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Source:  Realscreen

National Geographic’s “The Cave” took home the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival.

The film sees director Feras Fayyad return to his native Syria, following a team of female doctors treating patients in an underground hospital in the war torn country.

The first runner-up was Garin Hovannisian’s “I Am Not Alone.”  The second runner-up was Bryce Dallas Howard’s “Dads.”

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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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