The ever-excellent documentary programmer extraordinairé Thom Powers sent me an email earlier in the week asking me to participate in a survey of documentaries I am anticipating at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. After reviewing the excellent lists of my fellow programmers (nice head shot, Nugent!), colleagues and dear friends, I was honored to offer a list of my own, one that I I hope brings some attention to some films in the program not yet discussed by others. Thanks to Thom for the opportunity and I look forward to seeing which films are discussed on the Doc Blog.
Otherwise, despite the excellent slate of movies on offer here in the city, I just haven’t been able to get to the cinema and so, the blog remains more sparsely visited than I would like. There have been several mitigating factors this week; Marital transitions, some exciting shopping (drooool), and perhaps most the time consuming for me, the start of the English football season. My beloved Liverpool won their first match 2-1 away to Aston Villa. A great free kick by captain Steven Gerrard won it for the Reds, who picked up all three points on their opening day match for the first time in years. It is shaping up to be an exciting season, and I’ve been watching games, putting together my Fantasy Team*, and celebrating the return of football.
The Captain Does It Again: Gerrard Celebrates His Winner (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)
Next week, I plan on hitting the indieWIRE Apple Store Generation DIY event, the Hannah Takes The Stairs premiere and hopefully getting my ass to Film Forum and BAM for some screenings. I need some warm-up days for Toronto, and I better get cracking!
As always, more soon…
*We have a nice fantasy league this year, filled with New York film community members who love the game. Something about football and film, I guess. Either way, my mighty Brooklyn FC will rise again and reclaim our title!