Demme, Maysles docs among final TIFF selections

The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its final doc selections for this year's event, with Al Maysles' Paul McCartney doc The Love We Make among the films chosen for the fest's 'Mavericks' strand, alongside Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme's latest Neil Young concert doc (pictured).
August 23, 2011

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has unveiled its final doc selections for this year’s event, with Albert Maysles’ Paul McCartney doc The Love We Make among the films chosen for the fest’s ‘Mavericks’ strand, alongside a Neil Young doc from Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme.

The Love We Make will get its world premiere on September 9, the day before it premieres on U.S. cable channel Showtime. The film sees the octogenarian director follow the former Beatle during preparation for The Concert for New York City, a 9/11 memorial concert.

McCartney has pre-recorded an exclusive introduction to the film to air at TIFF, and the festival’s doc programmer Thom Powers will chair a live discussion with Maysles and director partner Bradley Kaplan after the screening.

Meanwhile, Neil Young Life (pictured above) – Demme’s third film on the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter – represents the director’s second doc to be airing at TIFF this year. As previously reported, Demme’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful will also get its North American premiere at TIFF.

Neil Young Life looks at the musician’s return to Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall venue, at the culmination of his solo ‘Le Noise’ tour. Young and Demme will have an onstage conversation about the doc, following its world premiere at TIFF.

Among the other selections, Jon Shenk’s The Island President is a political documentary looking at Mohamed Nasheed, who wins the presidency after a 20-year battle for democracy in the Maldives, “only to face an unfathomable challenge: to save his island nation from rising seas,” according to the film’s billing.

The doc looks at Nasheed’s efforts to battle climate change, and the film’s world premiere will be followed by a live conversation with President Nasheed and Shenk, moderated by Powers.

Finally, TIFF has unveiled details of the documentaries which will be made available as part of its free screenings initiative.

Among the docs available to be seen for free will be Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s This Is Not A Film. The doc, which was smuggled out of Iran on a USB stick smuggled inside a cake, premiered in Cannes earlier this year.

It focuses on Panahi, who was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from writing and making films for 20 years by the Islamic Republic Court in Tehran.

Through the depiction of a day in his life while he’s on house arrest, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb – a documentary filmmaker and former assistant director – offer audiences an overview of the current situation of Iranian cinema.

Also playing free will be The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Mark Cousins’ epic 15-hour documentary telling the story and history of innovation in the movies.

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