Monday Memo: THE KILL TEAM Bows at Theaters

This week the film THE KILL TEAM reached theaters.

This week the doc THE KILL TEAM from director Dan Krauss reached theaters. At New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, David Edelstein reviewed the film, while Jordan M. Smith did the same at Ion Cinema. Writing for Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman described the film as “essential viewing,” while Nathan Rabin shared his thoughts on the film at The Dissolve.

Writing for Realscreen, Kevin Ritchie reported that Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow up to THE ACT OF KILLING, a film titled THE LOOK OF SILENCE, would screen at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Also at Realscreen, Nick Krewen reported that the festival was set to honor documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

Alison Byrne Fields wrote a very interesting piece about the complications resulting from attempts to quantify the impact of social issue docs at the Aggregate site.

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Monday Memo: Docs Move Prior to the Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) launched on Thursday, Sept. 5 and distributors were moving with alacrity to nab titles, with many picking up distro rights before the festival even launched. Realscreen’s Adam Benzine spoke with TIFF programmer (and Stranger Than Fiction Artistic Director) Thom Powers about several of the deals secured by films premiering at the festival. However, Benzine reported that Ron Howard’s Jay-Z concert doc MADE IN AMERICA had found an international rights sales agent in The Exchange. Realscreen colleague Kevin Ritchie had the news that the UK’s Dogwoof had acquired international rights for DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS. Gregg Kilday of The Hollywood Reporter reported that HBO had nabbed U.S. television rights for the film.

At the What (Not) to Doc blog, Basil Tsiokos offered an overview of docs screening at TIFF. The Hollywood Reporter also shared a post on five must-see films screening at the festival. Writing for the POV blog, Tom Roston interviewed Thom Powers about certain festival selections. Back at Realscreen, Adam Benzine had the opportunity to speak with director Claude Lanzmann.

The folks behind the blog Film School Rejects this week launched a new site dedicated to nonfiction entertainment titled and headed by former Documentary Channel blog editor Christopher Campbell. Campbell’s prodigious output has yielded too many posts to link individually, but you can check out his editor’s welcome here, as well as a list of 10 TIFF selections Campbell was excited to see. Campbell also wrote up an interview with TIFF sensation TIM’S VERMEER subject Tim Jenison, and penned a piece about the phenomenon of spoilers potentially ruining documentaries. Robert Greene also wrote the first of a series, Shots From the Canon, as part of efforts to identify a new nonfiction canon.

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