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Toronto Watch: Docs Alert

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 26, 2009 at 8:49AM

There's a plethora of strong docs in the Toronto line-up this year. I am most looking forward to:
Thompson on Hollywood

There's a plethora of strong docs in the Toronto line-up this year. I am most looking forward to:

Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags. Director Marc Levin (Slam) is an ace filmmaker/reporter who always delivers a compelling political POV, whether it's street poets or a look at the past and present in New York's garment district.

Capitalism: A Love Story. Michael Moore never fails to provoke, educate and entertain. This movie about Wall Street greed couldn't be more timely.

Videocracy. Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is a fascinating global power monger. I want to know: is his media empire evil? Swedish American filmmaker Erik Gandini checks it out.

Good Hair. Jeff Stilson and Chris Rock explore the nitty-gritty of our culture's warped take on nappy hair.

Neil Young Trunk Show. I never miss a Jonathan Demme music doc on Young. It's like butter.

Waking Sleeping Beauty. Vet Disney animator Don Hahn looks at some pivotal times at Disney animation.

IndieWIRE rounds up the Toronto docs programming and events.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Michael Moore, Toronto, Documentaries

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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.