Toronto Film Fest Documentary Picks

The Toronto Film Festival has announced documentary selections. Political-themed docs abound, but there are some more personal films as well. Some of the select:

Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient directed by Todd McCarthy, USA
Variety critic Todd McCarthy explores the legacy of Pierre Rissient, a key behind-the-scenes figure in Cannes for more than 40 years.

Surfwise directed by Doug Pray, USA
Filmmaker Doug Pray tells the bizarre story of an eccentric family: 85-year-old legendary surfer Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children–raised and home-schooled in a camper on a California beach.

Hollywood Chinese directed by Arthur Dong, USA
Punctuated with clips from over 100 movies, Hollywood Chinese offers a captivating revelation on the Chinese in American feature films, from the very first Chinese-American film produced in 1916 to Ang Lee’s triumphant Brokeback Mountain.

My Kid Could Paint That directed by Amir Bar-Lev, USA
Chronicling the rise to fame of Marla Olmstead–a four-year-old painter whose work has taken in over $300,000–filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev examines society’s obsession with child prodigies while exploring the complex on-going debate over what constitutes art.

Obscene directed by Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O’Connor, USA
Drawn from more than 60 years of home movies, media appearances and rare archival footage, Obscene tells the story of American publisher Barney Rosset, who fought battles in court to put out some of the most forbidden works of the explosive post-war decades, including Tropic of Cancer and Naked Lunch.