Muslims, Mormons featured in Toronto

Fest announces Real to Reel and horror sidebar titles

TORONTO -- Documentaries from Chris Smith, Marc Levin and Emmett Malloy, and others with subjects that include Islamic extremists and Mormons cleaning up Hollywood, are among the documentary titles added Tuesday to the Real to Reel sidebar at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Malloy will bring "The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights" to Toronto for a world premiere, as will U.S. director Don Argott with "The Art of the Steal," an art world whodunit, organizers said Tuesday.

Other politically charged documentaries at the Toronto fest, which runs Sept. 10-19, include Chris Smith's "Collapse," a portrait of radical thinker Michael Ruppert, and Marc Levin's "Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags," a look at New York's garment district slated for its own world premiere.

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Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi secured a world premiere for "Cleanflix," a film about Mormons in Utah cleaning up R-rated Hollywood films, only to run into legal problems and a sex scandal of their own.

Also Toronto-bound is Jeff Stilson's "Good Hair," an investigation into African-American hair culture by comedian Chris Rock, British filmmaker Nick Stringer's "Turtle: The Incredible Journey," and the Irish doc "Colony," from Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell.

As in past years, global issues and character studies dominate the sidebar, with Mehran Tamadon bringing "Bassidji," a portrait of extremist supporters of Iran's Islamic regime, Israeli director Zippi Brand Frank's "Google Baby," a film about a surrogate baby producer in India, and "How to Fold a Flag," a film about U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq from "Gunner Palace" directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein.

Character portraits include the Daniel Ellsberg biopic "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," from Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, and "Snowblind," Vikram Jayanti's portrait of a disabled athlete.

Toronto also rolled out Midnight Madness titles for its horror and gore sidebar, including world premieres for Karyn Kusama's "Jennifer's Body," the Megan Fox-starring thriller, Rick Jacobson's "Bitch Slap," "Daybreakers," the Ethan Hawke and William Dafoe starrer from Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, and "George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead."

Also striking Midnight in Toronto is a world premiere for Michael Bassett's "Solomon Kane," and international premieres for Sean Byrne's "The Loved Ones," and Japanese director Hitoshi Matsumoto's comedy "Symbol."

Toronto also booked a Canadian premiere for Thai Director Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 2: The Beginning."

And the festival's Wavelengths program, which focuses on avant-garde and experimental movies, has booked Klaus Lutz's "Titan," T. Marie's "010101," Ernie Gehr's "Waterfront Follies," and Austrian director Josef Dabernig's "Hotel Roccalba."

The Toronto International Film Festival will make additional lineup announcements in the coming weeks.
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