I've been struggling to understand the tension between fact and fiction in "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and "Catfish" ever since both documentaries premiered at Sundance. And now comes "I'm Still Here," the Joaquin Phoenix meltdown movie, which also provokes suspicions about its veracity. With this trio in place, the 2010 question of "truth" in non-fiction cinema has effectively become a trend. Bring on the trailers!
"Exit Through the Gift Shop"
Here's my post for Filmmaker magazine from Sundance, where I grappled with the mystery behind the movie's production.
I cornered the filmmakers at Sundance and interviewed them for The Wrap. They claimed they could back up the movie's central premise, but my skepticism about what really happened has not wanted. Nevertheless, I still love the movie, which opens September 17th.
"I'm Still Here"
I will presumably see this at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Until then, I'll withhold judgment...although based on what I've heard about the movie's content, it looks like this trailer seriously misrepresents the movie's grotesque tone. It opens September 10th.