The news regarding the doc world was dominated this week by stories coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival. Jehane Noujaim left the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with the People’s Choice award for her film THE SQUARE about the revolution in Egypt; Christopher Campbell had coverage of the award at, while Evan Mitsui of the CBC also had the details. Writing for The Globe and Mail, Omar el Akkad covered the challenges faced by Noujaim in making the film. Globe and Mail colleague Simon Houpt also wrote up THE SQUARE and Alex Gibney’s THE ARMSTRONG LIE as films that had to evolve along with their fast-changing subject matter.

At Realscreen, Kevin Ritchie reported on a TIFF panel on distribution, while Indiewire reproduced Dan Cogan’s presentation on managing the relationship between film producers and investors. Indiewire also carried Liesl Copland’s speech on the need for more transparency regarding VOD, while Scott Macaulay at Filmmaker Magazine chimed in to back the sentiment. Kelly Anderson covered the talk for Realscreen. Michael Cieply of The New York Times also cited Copland’s speech in a piece on VOD revenues. And Kelly Anderson covered a panel discussion on the crowdfunding of the film HONDROS: A LIFE IN FRAMES for Realscreen.

This week Stranger Than Fiction is hosting a pre-season special screening of MUSCLE SHOALS on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at the IFC Center in Manhattan. The film recounts the story behind one of the most important and influential recording studios in American music. For more information or to purchase tickets go here.

Cameron French of Reuters provided an overview of TIFF’s doc selections. In his weekly Docutopia post at the SundanceNOW blog, Anthony Kaufman investigated themes that emerged from TIFF’s doc selection this year.

At Indiewire, David D’Arcy reviewed Frederick Wiseman’s latest, AT BERKELEY. Back at the Globe and Mail, Liam Lacey interviewed Wiseman. And at, Robert Greene named the Wiseman piece THE STORE as one of his shots from the canon. Realscreen’s Kevin Ritchie reported on the TIFF panel discussion surrounding Chris Jordan’s film MIDWAY. Christopher Campbell also wrote a piece on the film at Back at the Globe and Mail, Leah McLaren covered the Internet-focused doc INREALLIFE from director Beeban Kidron, while Tim Adams reported on the film for The Guardian.

Ion Cinema’s Jordan M. Smith recapped Godfrey Reggio’s latest film, VISITORS, as did Alison Murray of Filmmaker Magazine. Eric Kohn also reviewed the film at Indiewire. Bryce J. Renninger of Indiewire covered MISSION CONGO from filmmakers Lara Zizic and David Turner on the shady dealings of television evangelist Pat Robertson. And Dennis Harvey reviewed the film at Variety. Nick Dawson of Filmmaker Magazine had some questions for Alex Gibney about his new film THE ARMSTRONG LIE.

Christopher Campbell of interviewed Charlie Paul, director of the Ralph Steadman documentary FOR NO GOOD REASON. At Realscreen, Kelly Anderson spoke to FINDING VIVIAN MAIER directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. At Filmmaker Magazine, Nick Dawson asked five questions of THE DOG directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren. And John DeFore reviewed the film for The Hollywood Reporter. In a piece for Moviemaker Magazine, Errol Moris shared his five golden rules of filmmaking with Rebecca Pahle. At The Hollywood Reporter, Gregg Kilday nabbed an interview with Morris about THE UNKNOWN KNOWN

In distro news, Adam Benzine reported that Cohen Media Group had bought North American rights to Claude Lanzmann’s THE LAST OF THE UNJUST, and also that Cinephil had acquired the international rights to MISSION CONGO.

Documentary filmmaker Saul Landau passed away this week at the age of 77. Douglas Martin penned an obit for The New York Times while Christopher Campbell gathered some clips of his work in a post at John Rogers of the AP also wrote an obit.

The finalists for the PUMA Impact Award were announced this week; Caroline Frost covered the news for the Huffington Post UK, while Adam Benzine pulled duty for Realscreen.

The Sheffield Doc/Fest announced its dates for 2014 and that it would be expanding its duration. Michael Rosser of Screen Daily and Kelly Anderson of Realscreen reported the news.

At the Tribeca Film Institute site, Joe Reid listed his 13 most anticipated docs of the fall.

Realscreen’s Kevin Ritchie had news on the Zurich Film Festival’s lineup.

Jeffrey Hodgson of Reuters covered the story behind JODOROWSKY’S DUNE from director Frank Pavich.

Writing for The New York Times, Nicolas Rapold reviewed Jamie Meltzer’s film INFORMANT. Anthony Kaufman also weighed in on the film in a piece at Indiewire’s Reel Politik blog.

Tom Roston of the POV blog came up with a list of his 10 favorite competition-themed docs.

At POV Magazine, Adam Nayman profiled the personalities and work coming out of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab.

This week Adam Schartoff spoke with both Ben Fowlie, director of the Camden International Film Festival, and HERB AND DOROTHY director Megumi Sasaki and subject Dorothy Vogel for his Filmwax Radio show.

At the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound Magazine, Robert Greene wrote of his affinity for the film ONLY THE YOUNG.

Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies made available online its latest issue of Document, which you can find here.

Back at, Daniel Walber remarked on nonfiction work that contributes to or attempts to investigate the mythology surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the U.S.

David Carr of The New York Times wrote up HANK: FIVE YEARS FROM THE BRINK, a film about former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, along with the film’s ties to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Paula Bernstein of Indiewire covered the launch of the “Living With Alzheimer’s Project,” which featured a new short from director Steve James titled A PLACE CALLED PLUTO.

At, Christopher Campbell got filmmaker Rian Johnson to share a list of his top 10 favorite docs, which include an interesting mix of works, including Agnes Varda’s THE GLEANERS AND I as well as Les Blank’s BURDEN OF DREAMS.

Finally, Nadia Ismail interviewed Morag McKinnon and Emma Davie about the film I AM BREATHING in a piece for Filmmaker Magazine.

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