TIFF Lines Up Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Baichwal/de Pencier for Industry Conference


By Pat Mullen

TIFF has some representation for Canadian documentaries at its annual Industry and Doc Conference this morning. The Festival unveiled the line-up for the industry streams of TIFF 2018 and among the names tapped to speak at the event are Angry Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Anthropocene team Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.

Inuk director Arnaquq-Baril will offer a conversation at the Doc Conference on the future of Indigenous filmmaking. The subject of her talk is telling stories with humility. Arnaquq-Baril, a strong voice for finding fair representation for Indigenous and Inuit talents both behind the camera and in front of it, is a producer of this year’s festival selection The Grizzlies.

Baichwal and de Pencier will join Mark Kueper, Senior Colourist at Technicolor, in TIFF Industry’s Foundations series to discuss the art and technical craft of finessing the visual language of their films. Kueper’s doc credits include de Pencier’s Black Code and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell.

Other names announced for the TIFF Doc Conference include Werner Herzog, who will offer the day-long event’s opening conversation to discuss his new doc Meeting Gorbachev. Maxim Pozodorovkin will tackle his film The Truth About Killer Robots and talk about the relationship between humans and machines, while Sergei Loznitsa will address efforts to free Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was detained in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in a Russian prison on charges of terrorism. Tanya Cooper from Human Rights Watch and Polina Kovaleva from the PEN American Center are set to join Loznitsa in conversation.

The hows and whys of filmmaking are the subject of Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s chat on their efforts making The Elephant Queen, while additional aspects of documentary craft and distribution will fuel talks by industry peers.

This year’s TIFF Doc Conference is curated by Thom Powers and Dorota Lech.

TIFF runs Sept. 6 to 16.