Worldwide Short Film Festival unveils doc slate

Documentary projects from Errol Morris (pictured), the Quay Brothers and Roger Nygard are among the short films making their way to the annual fest, taking place in Toronto from June 5-10.
May 16, 2012

Documentary projects from Errol Morris and Roger Nygard are among the short films making their way to the annual Worldwide Short Film Festival, presented by the Canadian Film Centre and taking place in Toronto from June 5-10.

In total, 17 doc shorts will be screened at the festival.

Morris’ The Umbrella Man will make its Canadian premiere at the fest. The six-minute short sees Morris turning the eye of his infamous Interrotron on JFK assassination scholar Tink Thompson to discuss the true identity and purpose of the “Umbrella Man” in the conspiracy theories surrounding the event.

Nygard’s seven-minute short, The Relationship Doctrine of Don Blanquito, will also be screened. The film focuses on rapper Blanquito and his colorful views on sex, love and relationships.

World premieres at the fest will include The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist from American director Mark Columbus; Goldilocks Nation from Canadian filmmaker Andrew Kelm; and Unravel, a UK/India copro helmed by Meghna Gupta.

North American premieres include Heaven (Niebo) from Polish director Jan P. Matuszynski; Eighty-Eight from UK directors Sebastian Feehan and Josh Bamford; Me Without You from Danish director Aage Rais-Nordentoft; and Remember Me My Ghost from Ireland’s Ross Mcdonnell.

Other films making their Canadian debuts include Codes of Honor from Canadian filmmaker Jon Rafman; U.S./Spain copro Odysseus’ Gambit from director Alex Lora; Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) from the Quay Brothers; Unwieldy Beast from American director Brandon Loper; and No Relation from Canadian helmer Kieran Dick.

Bradley Manning Had Secrets from UK director Adam Butcher, and Clark Kent from Canadian filmmaker Bryan Atkinson will have their Toronto debuts, while Goodbye Mandima (Kwa Heri Mandima) from Swiss filmmaker Robert Jan Lancombe rounds out the roster.

For more information visit the festival website.

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