Every week, Establishing Shots offers some further enlightenment on the films that will be screening in-cinema at the VIFF Centre and online through VIFF Connect.
We’re excited to welcome Bill Lawrence, the co-creator of Ted Lasso, as the guest for our first post-festival Creator Talk on November 17. Having been praised by BuzzFeed as “The Show That Will Get Us Through 2020”, the series continues to attract new admirers. It’s even being hailed by Forbes as a valuable resource for improving your management skills.
Meanwhile, The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel might just be the film of 2020. In a bid to ensure that their documentary is as up-to-the-moment as possible, directors Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott reopened their “locked” cut in January and have been constantly updating it ever since in order to include coverage of the pandemic and BLM protests. In what’s truly a VIFF Blog rarity, we once again direct you to Forbes, who’ve christened it “the must-see documentary of the year” in this interview with Bakan and Abbott.
Kim O’Bomsawin’s Call Me Human claimed the Best Canadian Documentary award at this year’s VIFF. In the euyes of Point of View Magazine, O’Bomsawin is “quietly becoming one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of her generation.” One year ago, Joséphine Bacon, the film’s subject, joined CBC’s Quebec AM to discuss the increased attention her poetry was receiving. One suspects that O’Bomsawin’s documentary (which also won a jury award at this fall’s Calgary International Film Festival) will only foster further awareness of this artist and her work.
As NPR suggests, City Hall is yet another example of Frederick Wiseman’s “gift for making riveting cinema from the minutiae of the everyday.” Wiseman’s career now spans seven decades but this is one of the few films he’s shot in his hometown of Boston. As of Friday, the film is available on VIFF Connect and will include a supplementary conversation between the master documentarian and Marty Walsh, the Mayor of Boston.
VIFF Connect also showcases an exciting new filmmaking voice this week as it becomes the first Canadian streaming platform to feature 18 to Party, Jeff Roda’s seriocomic portrait of the “purgatory of adolescence.” This trailer offers a taste of the film’s compelling blend of sardonic wit and melancholy.