August 22, 2007

Fests and events, 8/22.

Toronto International Film Festival "349 films from 55 countries are set for the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers are revealing this morning in Canada," reports Eugene Hernandez. "'There is a lot of soul-searching and a lot of extremely gifted, overwhelmingly passionate cinema in the festival this year, TIFF co-director Noah Cowan told indieWIRE in a conversation yesterday. 'These are filmmakers who are out to transform the way we see the world, they are out to make a difference.' As previously announced, the event will kick-off with Canadian Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces on September 6 and close with Paolo Barzman's Emotional Arithmetic on September 15, 2007."

"The old, weird Sound Unseen Music & Film Festival - of course I mean that as a compliment - kicks off at the Riverview on Wednesday night with 7 Nights in the Entry, Rick Fuller's latest rock-doc as archaeological dig, culled from a week's worth of videotapes shot at the 7th St Entry in 1981 and thus eligible for future repackaging as The Decline of Midwestern Civilization," notes Rob Nelson, introducing the City Pages preview of the fest that runs through Sunday.

At, Boyd van Hoeij notes that Amos Gitai's Désengagement (Disengagement) with Juliette Binoche has been added to the Venice lineup.

In the run-up to The Best of NewFest@BAM (September 7 through 9), NewFest launches a series of short interviews with a few of the featured filmmakers.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian's Johnny Ray Huston has "58 ways to rep Bay Area film this fall."

Neil Young indexes his Edinburgh coverage.

At SF360, Claire Faggioli talks with "our very favorite Hostess with the Mostest, the exceedingly lovely Peaches Christ."

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Posted by dwhudson at August 22, 2007 6:56 AM