TIFF talks Canuck docs

Documentary projects amongst the new Canadian films heading to the Toronto International Film Festival include Pink Ribbons Inc. from Lea Pool, and Surviving Progress from Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks.
August 9, 2011

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has unveiled its roster of Canadian films appearing at this year’s edition, running from September 8-18.

Among the Canadian-made documentaries making the cut is The Patron Saints from Brian M Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. Billed as a “disquieting and hyper-realistic glimpse into life at a nursing home,” the film received grants from both the Chicken and Egg Pictures fund and Cinereach.

The TIFF appearance, part of the festival’s Canada First! program spotlighting emerging directors, will mark its world premiere.

Also getting its first festival showing through the Real to Reel documentary slate is Pink Ribbons Inc. from Quebec filmmaker Léa Pool. Inspired by Dr. Samantha King’s book Pink Ribbons Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, the film delves into what is actually achieved through cause marketing for breast cancer, which sees hundreds of thousands of people walk, run and shop for a cure every year.

Surviving Progess, from Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, also has its world premiere as part of TIFF’s Real to Reel program. The film, inspired by Ronald Wright’s bestseller A Short History of Progress, is billed as a “requiem for progress-as-usual,” featuring some of the world’s foremost thinkers warning against “progress traps” threatening to ensnare global civilizations.

Among the shorts making their way to TIFF in September, Derailments (Deragliamenti) from Chelsea McMullan examines the story of Il Viaggio di Mastorna Detto Fernet, originally written by Fellini as a film and regarded by some as “the most famous film never made,” and how it became a collaboration with illustrator Milo Manara. In the 11-minute doc short, Manara revisits the project.

For more information on these and other films appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival, visit the official festival website.

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