Springsteen, Gates and Moore join TIFF’s Mavericks program

The Boss, the co-founder of Microsoft and Flint's favorite son are among the A-listers making their way to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
August 25, 2010

The Boss, the co-founder of Microsoft and Flint’s favorite son are among the A-listers making their way to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Bruce Springsteen, Bill Gates and Michael Moore are part of the line-up for TIFF’s Mavericks program, in which stars from the film world and beyond discuss their latest projects and various topics connected to them.

Springsteen, the subject of one of TIFF’s gala films, The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town will be interviewed by actor Edward Norton. The legendary musician will discuss the film, which focuses on the creative process behind his important 1978 album, and will also reveal the connection between his music and American cinema.

NBA all-star Steve Nash will have his own Mavericks session, in which he will present his directorial debut, Into the Wind, produced by ESPN Films for its ’30 for 30′ series. Nash’s documentary focuses on Canadian icon Terry Fox. Nash will be joined in the discussion by co-director Ezra Holland.

Another Mavericks session is inspired by Waiting for ‘Superman’, the latest documentary from Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). Following the Mavericks screening, Guggenheim, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, educator Geoffrey Canada and producer Lesley Chilcott will discuss issues brought to light by the film, specifically the crisis in the American educational system and possible solutions.

Filmmaker Michael Moore will be on hand to discuss fiction film Route Irish with its directors Ken Loach and Paul Laverty. The film investigates the trend towards using privatized soldiers on the ground in the Iraq War, and the discussion will touch on that and other political themes running through Loach and Laverty’s work.

Other announcements from TIFF included the line-up of the Visions and Vanguards program. Films under the ‘Visions’ slot feature work from filmmakers pushing the boundaries of cinema, and docs in the list include The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu from Romania’s Andrei Ujica. The film is described by TIFF as an ‘spellbinding epic montage’ culled from 1,000 hours of archival footage.

The North American premiere of U.K.-France copro k.364: A Journey by Train will also be part of the program, as will Sophie Fiennes’ Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, a mesmerizing film focusing on the work of industrial artist Anselm Kiefer.

The Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 9-19. A full schedule of films and program events can be found at Stay tuned to realscreen for more TIFF coverage.

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