Toronto: 5 Must-See Documentaries

"Midway" explores the albatross colonies on the South Pacific island of Midway.
"Midway" explores the albatross colonies on the South Pacific island of Midway.
 

This story first appeared in the Sept. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 

Burt's Buzz
Director: Jody Shapiro
The Skinny: The biopic of Burt Shavitz reveals how a reclusive beekeeper spawned the billion-dollar Burt's Bees natural product line, and how he survives the pressures of a world from which he tried to hide.

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Finding Vivian Maier
Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
The Skinny: A look into the life of a Chicago nanny who died in 2009, leaving behind photographs that have made her the posthumous toast of the art world. Submarine is handling U.S. sales.

Midway
Directors: Chris Jordan, Sabine Emiliani
The Skinny: A WME-repped documentary which chronicles how pollution is endangering albatross colonies on the Midway Atoll island in the South Pacific.  

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Mission Congo
Directors: Lara Zizic, David Turner
The Skinny: An investigation into Pat Robertson's Operation Blessing, charging that what was sold as a charitable effort in Africa was all about diamonds. Cinetic is the U.S. sales agent.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Director: Mike Myers
The Skinny: Myers' directorial debut profiles the infamous manager who repped Alice Cooper and Raquel Welch. A&E IndieFilms is a partner; WME is handling U.S. sales. 

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