While Amy Berg’s film on iconic singer Janis Joplin was acquired from Content Media, Kent Jones‘ doc - on a series of conversations between American filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and French critic-turned-director Francois Truffaut – came through a deal with Cohen Media Group.
Both docs are to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off today, and will next month premiere at the London Film Festival. The films’ UK theatrical releases will follow in 2016.
Produced by Going Clear‘s Alex Gibney and narrated by musician Chan Marshall – also known as Cat Power - Janis: Little Girl Blue features archival footage and interviews alongside the late singer’s personal correspondence.
Hitchcock/Truffaut revisits the week-long 1962 interview between Truffaut and Hitchcock, where the latter share his insights and experiences of cinema. The book that resulted from the interview has turned into something of a bible for directors, and in the doc, Jones invites 10 filmmakers “to reiterate the aesthetic, technical, and narrative questions” raised during the original interview.