By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire July 30, 2013 at 10:0AM
The Toronto International Film Festival last week began its annual series of
program announcements that will eventually culminate in 250+ of the most
anticipated films of the year screening in Canada's largest city this
September. Last week, the festival revealed a slew of narrative films that made the cut, including opening night WikiLeaks drama "The Fifth Estate," and today the festival has announced some of the documentaries making their world, North American and Canadian premieres at the festival.
Among the standout docs making their world premieres: "Midway," the feature debut from Seattle based artist Chris Jordan, who documents albatrosses on Midway Island, 2,000 miles away from any continent. The almost wordless film is said to be visually striking and a standout because of the uniqueness of the author's voice. Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren's "The Dog" tracks the life of the real life bank robber behind "Dog Day Afternoon." The filmmakers spent ten years with the man to craft a fully realized portrait. And the recently acquired art documentary "Tim's Vermeer," directed by Teller, the famed magician of Penn & Teller fame, follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer managed to paint photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography.
Making their North American premieres shortly after debuting in Venice are new docs from Frederick Wiseman ("At Berkeley") and Errol Morris ("The Unknown Known: the Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld").
Head to the next page for the full list of new announcements. Also of note, TIFF still has several more documentaries that it has yet to announce, primarily in the Mavericks section, due to be revealed on August 13.
A Story of Children and Film Mark Cousins, United Kingdom North American Premiere
Ain't Misbehavin' Marcel Ophuls, France North American Premiere
At Berkeley Frederick Wiseman, USA North American Premiere
Beyond the Edge Leanne Pooley, New Zealand World Premiere
Burt's Buzz Jody Shapiro, Canada World Premiere
The Dark Matter of Love Sarah McCarthy, UK North American Premiere
The Dog Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, USA World Premiere
Faith Connections Pan Nalin, France/India World Premiere
Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione Barry Avrich, Canada World Premiere
Finding Vivian Maier Charlie Siskel and John Maloof, USA World Premiere
Hi-Ho Mistahey! Alanis Obomsawin, Canada World Premiere
Ignasi M. Ventura Pons, Spain World Premiere
Jodorowsky's Dune Frank Pavich, USA North American Premiere
The Last of the Unjust Claude Lanzmann, France/Austria North American Premiere
The Mayor Emiliano Altuna Fistolera, Mexico Canadian Premiere
Midway Chris Jordan, USA World Premiere
Mission Congo David Turner and Lara Zizic World Premiere
The Square (Al Midan) Jehane Noujaim, Egypt/USA World Premiere
Tim’s Vermeer Teller, USA World Premiere
The Unknown Known Errol Morris, USA North American Premiere
Unstable Elements Madeleine Sackler, USA World Premiere
When Jews Were Funny Allan Zweig, Canada World Premiere