Extra: Malick doc set for release; “Change the World” sales

In today's 'Extra,' Terrence Malick's long-awaited Voyage of Time (pictured) gets an IMAX release date, while Berta Film inks sales for Jerry Rothwell's How to Change the World and Rob McLaughlin returns to the National Film Board of Canada.
May 2, 2016

Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time” gets October release

IMAX Corporation has revealed that Terrence Malick’s long-awaited documentary, Voyage of Time (pictured), will be released this fall. A press release issued by the company lists a release date of October 7. The film, which has been in development for more than 30 years, is slated to launch with two versions and will examine the birth and death of the known universe.

Oscar-awarded actor Cate Blanchett will narrate a 35 mm feature-length version of the film, while Brad Pitt – who previously worked with Malick in 2011′s Tree of Life – will narrate the 40-minute IMAX version.

Broad Green Pictures revealed last February that it was joining IMAX, Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch to complete financing for the doc. Given the timing of the release, premieres at the Venice Film Festival and/or the Toronto International Film Festival are possible.

Berta Film sends “How to Change the World” abroad

Florence-based distributor Berta Film has inked a raft of deals that will see Jerry Rothwell’s acclaimed feature-length film How to Change the World heading to international broadcasters across Europe, the Middle East and Scandinavia. The film has been acquired by Israel’s Channel 8, Norway’s NRK and Catalonia’s TVP Kultura and TV3.

Berta, which has been handling sales for the film since January, is promoting the doc in Asia and South America with deals slated to be signed shortly. The archive-heavy doc traces the origins of environmental organization Greenpeace, told through the writings of late Canadian journalist and Greenpeace founder Bob Hunter.

Rothwell’s latest doc, Sour Grapes, which was co-directed with Reuben Atlas, will mark its world premiere at the 23rd edition of Hot Docs on Tuesday (May 3) at 9:45 p.m. EST/PST at Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

Rob McLaughlin returns to the NFB

Rob McLaughlin is returning to the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) as the executive producer of its Vancouver digital studio. McLaughlin will replace Loc Dao, who was appointed chief digital officer of the NFB in March.

McLaughlin served as director of digital content and strategy at the NFB from 2008 to 2011, where he was in charge of producing interactive projects such as WaterlifeWelcome to Pine PointBear 71 and God’s Lake Narrows. He helped to craft the NFB’s digital strategy, which has since led to 17 Webby Award wins, including six this year.

After departing the NFB in 2011, McLaughlin served as regional VP of editorial for Postmedia’s newspapers in Western Canada.

McLaughlin, who will begin his new role at the NFB on May 16, will work with Dao and Hugues Sweeney, who leads the NFB’s Interactive Studio in Montreal. (Regan Reid, Playback)

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.