TIFF ’13: Weinstein, Howard to talk concert docs

This year's TIFF Mavericks program will feature Harvey Weinstein discussing the Hurricane Sandy concert doc 12.12.12. (pictured) and director Ron Howard discussing his doc about Jay Z's Made In America festival.
August 20, 2013

Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein will lead a discussion about the Hurricane Sandy concert documentary 12.12.12 (pictured) at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month.

The Amir Bar-Lev-directed film, which is having its world premiere at the 38th annual festival, features Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, The Who, Kanye West and others, and will screen as part of the festival’s Mavericks program. Weinstein helped organize the benefit concert, which took place at New York’s Madison Square Gardens, and will discuss the doc following its screening.

Another concert doc set have its world premiere in the Mavericks program is Made In America, Hollywood director Ron Howard’s behind-the-scenes look at rapper Jay Z’s Philadelphia-based music festival of the same name.

The film was produced by Participant Media and examines “the roots of Jay Z’s vision and unique leadership abilities, the challenges of staging such an event, and the individual journeys artists and everyday people had taken to arrive at this point in popular culture.” Performers featured include Pearl Jam, Janelle Monae, Skrillex, Run-D.M.C. and Jay Z himself. After the screening, Howard will participate in conversation.

“In Mavericks, we look for lively topics and great conversationalists,” said TIFF’s Mavericks programmer, Thom Powers, in a statement. “This year’s line-up includes great cinematic innovators and showcases film intersecting with music, art, technology and politics. They are one-of-a-kind events.”

Other docs included in TIFF’s Mavericks line-up are For No Good Reason, director Charlie Paul’s 15-years-in-the-making look at seminal British artist Ralph Steadman. An accompanying installation will run during the length of the festival at the CIBC Canadian Film Gallery at the TIFF Bell Lightbox venure.

Elsewhere, director Beeban Kidron’s InRealLife takes a critical look at how technology such as mobile phones and the Internet has transformed daily life; Chuck Workman asks What Is Cinema?, in an essay-style documentary featuring interviews with master directors Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Bresson, Akira Kurosawa and David Lynch; and Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein profile former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor – who sheltered six Americans during the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979 – in Our Man In Tehran.

The latter film promises to tell “the true story behind Argo‘s Hollywood embellishments,” and comes after TIFF last year hosted the Ben Affleck-directed Hollywood flick, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Rounding out the doc-related programming in the Mavericks program is an on-stage discussion with director Madeline Anderson and a screening of her short film I Am Somebody that will mark the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Women & Film Festival.

For the first time, TIFF will screen a handful of films in Imax format, including the world premiere of director Nimrod Antal’s Metallica Through the Never, a hybrid concert doc/post-apocalyptic adventure starring the metal band.

The festival also has a new venue for its industry programming: the Glen Gould Studio in the CBC building. The venue will be the main location for the TIFF Industry Conference, including the  Mavericks discussions and the Doc Conference.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5-15. Check out the festival’s main Docs line-up here.

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