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EXCLUSIVE TRAILER: 'Up Series' Director Michael Apted Reveals the Art of the Lens in New Doc 'Bending the Light'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 28, 2014 at 4:10PM

Set to world-premiere at Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival on August 3, tireless Brit auteur Michael Apted's upcoming documentary "Bending the Light" takes a close look at the relationship between cameras, lenses, photographers and filmmakers.
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'Bending the Light'
'Bending the Light'

Set to world-premiere at Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival on August 3, tireless Brit auteur Michael Apted's upcoming documentary "Bending the Light" takes a close look at the relationship between camera lenses, and photographers and filmmakers. TOH! has an exclusive on the film's trailer, below, plus the synopsis:

From acclaimed director Michael Apted ("The Up Series," "Masters of Sex," "The World Is Not Enough") comes a revealing look at the art of filmmaking and photography. A journey of glass, the film explores the relationship between the artisans who craft camera lenses and the masters of light who use these lenses to capture their art form. 

"Bending the Light" features never-before-seen footage from inside a premier Japanese lens factory, intimate interviews with lens engineers, and a peek into the world of award-winning photographers and cinematographers Greg Gorman, Laura El-Tantawy, Richard Barnes, and Stephen Goldblatt, ASC.

Apted has won heaps of praise for his time-spanning "Up" series which, since 1964, covered the lives of 14 individuals across eight films (the first was directed by Paul Almond). More recently, he directed five episodes of Showtime's Emmy-nominated drama "Masters of Sex."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.