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Extra: VIFF unveils doc lineup; C5, Boomerang explore “Sinkholes”

VIFF shares doc slate The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has revealed the 10-project lineup for its Impact documentary program, including a world premiere for Karen Lynn Weinberg’s Alaska-shot doc Keep Talking (U.S). There are ...
August 22, 2017

VIFF shares doc slate
The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has revealed the 10-project lineup for its Impact documentary program, including a world premiere for Karen Lynn Weinberg’s Alaska-shot doc Keep Talking (U.S).

There are also international premieres for Antonino D’Ambrosio’s Frank Serpico (U.S), about whistleblower and former NYPD officer Frank Serpico, as well as Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard’s ACORN and the Firestorm (U.S.), about the controversial community group, ACORN.

Making their North American premieres are Greg Campbell’s Hondros (U.S), Xu Xin’s Yangtze Landscape (China) and Karina Holden’s Blue (Australia). Also screening in the program is Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow (Germany/U.S.), which chronicles the breadth of the global refugee crisis, Askold Kurov’s The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (Estonia/Poland/Czech Republic) and Barbet Schroeder’s  The Venerable W (France).

This year’s festival runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 13.
(Jordan Pinto, Playback Daily)

Boomerang commissioned to produce “Sinkholes: Deadly Drops” for Channel 5

Boomerang, part of the Twofour Group, has been commissioned to produce Sinkholes: Deadly Drops for UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5.

The 3 x 60-minute series will look at the natural phenomena of sinkholes and the destruction and chaos they cause wherever they appear. Around the world, sinkholes swallow up whole streets, rip up motorways, can destroy entire forests and drag unlucky bystanders to their deaths.

Using archive and user generated footage from around the globe, Sinkholes: Deadly Drops will also detail the reconstruction required to help whole communities rebuild their lives.

The series, to be distributed worldwide by Twofour Rights, was commissioned by Sean Doyle, commission editor, C5, and will be executive produced by Sam Grace, director of programming, Boomerang.

An air date is yet to be confirmed.
(Selina Chignall, Realscreen)

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