Written by: FFT Webmaster | September 12th, 2011
One of the high points of any festivals is not strictly the screening of films, but also the special events that bring industry experts and film auteurs in a rare interaction with their public. This year’s Mavericks series is an intoxicating mix of personalities, milestones and special events that bring some of the most compelling personalities working in film live on-stage for in depth interviews. Among the master filmmakers who will appear live at the series are Francis Ford Coppola (whose new neo-gothic film TWIXT is premiering at the Festival), documentarian Albert Maysles (whose film THE LOVE WE MAKE follows musician Paul McCartney in the weeks after 9/11 as he prepared for a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden); and Canadian director Deepa Mehta, in discussion with novelist Salman Rushdie, about their joint adaptation of the writer’s celebrated novel MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN. Among the personalities participating are veteran Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, who speaks about his stage-to-film adaptation of his one-man show BARRYMORE, a portrait of the gifted but doomed actor John Barrymore; musician Neil Young who will be interviewed by filmmaker Jonathan Demme, whose new film about the iconic musician is playing here this week; and Tilda Swinton, who is already receiving Oscar buzz for her intense performance as the mother of a Columbine-style student murderer in the film WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. Other events include a tribute to celebrate the 20th anniversary of arthouse distributor extraordinaire Sony Pictures Classics and a special screening of TAHRIR 2011, a 3-chapter chronicle of the Arab spring uprising in Cairo that has been the most significant event in the region in decades. . For more information, visit: www.tiff-net.