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Toronto Film Festival Global Summit Draws Michael Moore, Douglas Trumbull

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 23, 2014 at 4:50PM

The Toronto International Film Festival is rounding up some 180 speakers from 80 countries for its annual industry conference and global summit (September 5 to 11). The headliner is cinema technology visionary Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), the opening keynote speaker for the annual Asian Film Summit (September 9) is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr.
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Michael Moore
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The Toronto International Film Festival is rounding up some 180 speakers from 80 countries for its annual industry conference and global summit (September 5 to 11). The headliner is cinema technology visionary Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), the opening keynote speaker for the annual Asian Film Summit (September 9) is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr.

Filmmaker Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 911") will do a keynote conversation at the Doc Conference moderated by TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers. The Doc Conference (September 9 and 10) offers an in-depth series of keynote sessions, panels and presentations on the current landscape of documentary production, financing and distribution. Moore is attending the Festival for the 25th anniversary of "Roger & Me."


New this year, programming on Thursday, September 11 will be dedicated to the future of cinema. In addition to Trumbull, confirmed Conference speakers to date include Stuart Ford (Founder & CEO, IM Global), Claudia Bluemhuber (Managing Partner, Silver Reel), Fabien Riggall (Founder, Secret Cinema) and Roberto Olla (Executive Director, Eurimages). 

Veteran film insiders lead the Talent Lab’s top emerging Canadian and international filmmakers in group discussions on the artistic side of filmmaking and sharpening creative practices. This year, Talent Lab participants will be guided by Governors Jim Stark, an American producer, and French director Claire Denis, among more participants to come.

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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.