22 July 2009

TIFF announces Documentary Lineup

The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (D) Emmett Malloy, USA (World Premiere)
An intimate look inside The White Stripes' cross-Canada tour, as Jack and Meg White touch down in remote northern communities and surprising city venues.

Real to Reel
The Art of the Steal (D) Don Argott, USA (World Premiere)
This art-world whodunit investigates what happened to the Barnes collection of Post-Impressionist paintings—valued in the billions—that fell prey to a power struggle after the death of owner Albert Barnes.

Bassidji (D) Mehran Tamadon, Iran/France/Switzerland (International Premiere)
For three years, Mehran Tamadon immersed himself into the very heart of the most extremist supporters of the Islamic republic of Iran (the Bassidjis) to understand their ideas.

Cleanflix (D) Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi, USA (World Premiere)
The Mormon religion preaches against the content of R-rated films, so several Utah-based entrepreneurs started offering "clean" versions of Hollywood movies at specialty DVD stores. But the thriving industry runs into legal problems and its own sex scandal.

Collapse (D) Chris Smith, USA (World Premiere)
From the acclaimed director of American Movie, this portrait of radical thinker Michael Ruppert explores his apocalyptic vision of the future, spanning the crises in economics, energy, environment and more.

Colony (D) Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell, Ireland (World Premiere)
Several beekeepers around the U.S. cope with colony collapse disorder - the phenomenon that has caused millions of bees to mysteriously disappear - in this beautifully shot debut from a gifted directing duo.

Google Baby (D) Zippi Brand Frank, Israel (International Premiere)
In India, the latest form of outsourcing is surrogate mothers who carry embryos for couples who can't have a child. Director Zippi Brand Frank follows an entrepreneur who proposes a new service - baby production for western customers.

How to Fold a Flag (D) Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, USA (World Premiere)
The makers of Gunner Palace follow U.S. soldiers as they create new lives post-Iraq—from a Congressional candidate in Buffalo to a cage fighter in Louisiana—set against the backdrop of the 2008 election.

L'Enfer de Henri-Georges Clouzot (D) Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea, France (North American Premiere)
Film archivist Serge Bromberg uncovers a treasure trove of imagery from an unfinished film called L'Enfer starring Romy Schneider and directed by the French master Henri-Georges Clouzot, known for Wages of Fear and Diabolique.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (D) Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, USA (World Premiere)
Daniel Ellsberg was a valued strategist inside the American government until he leaked the Pentagon Papers and exposed the lies of the Vietnam War. This thrilling documentary chronicles this momentous chapter in history and how Richard Nixon's obsession over the case brought down his own government.

Presumed Guilty (D) Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith, Mexico (World Premiere)
Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent.

Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags (D) Marc Levin, USA (World Premiere)
Veteran filmmaker Mark Levin (Slam) looks at the past and present of New York's garment district, from its heyday as a base for immigrant labour and unions to its recent decline.

Snowblind (D) Vikram Jayanti, USA/United Kingdom (International Premiere)
Rachael Scdoris, a blind 23-year-old, doesn't let her disability stop her from competing in one of the most gruelling endurance contests in the world: the Iditarod dogsled race traversing 1,100 miles of Alaska's most rugged terrain. But being blind is only the start of her challenges.

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (D) Leanne Pooley, New Zealand (North American Premiere)
Fun, disarming and musically provocative, the Topp Twins are New Zealand's finest lesbian country-and-western singers and the country's greatest export since rack of lamb and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Videocracy (D) Erik Gandini, Sweden (North American Premiere)
This penetrating look at the media empire of Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi reveals how his reality TV shows full of bikini-clad women enriched his friends and beguiled a nation.

Special Presentation
Good Hair (D) Jeff Stilson, USA (Canadian Premiere)
Rendered speechless by his daughter's question—"Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?"—comedian Chris Rock embarks on a quest to understand African American hair culture.

Sprockets Family Zone
Turtle: The Incredible Journey (D) Nick Stringer, United Kingdom/Austria/Germany (Canadian Premiere)

Join a logger heard turtle on an extraordinary journey through the fascinating underwater world and witness how changes in the oceans are affecting marine life in this beautiful and spectacular ocean adventure.

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