TIFF SPONSOR IN THE BANK
The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a 10-year agreement that makes Royal Bank of Canada a lead sponsor. The deal also hands the domestic bank the exclusive naming rights to the RBC Learning Studio at Bell Lightbox, the festival’s year-round home now under construction. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
SILVERDOCS SETS SLATE
SilverDocs announced a 108-documentary slate of films Thursday that includes a half-dozen world premieres and eight North American premieres. Notable filmmakers presenting their work this year include Spike Lee, Alex Gibney, Albert Maysles, Nanette Burstein, Ellen Kuras, Guy Maddin and Patrick Creadon. In its sixth year, the AFI/Discovery Channel-sponsored festival and conference in Silver Springs, Md., has become one of the nation’s leading destinations for nonfiction filmmakers.
YOUR LAWN WILL DIE
The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled “Lemmy” and slated for release in 2009. The film from director-producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski promises fans more access than ever to Kilmister’s life and includes interviews with past and present bandmates and such peers/admirers as Slash, Dave Grohl, the Clash’s Mick Jones, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and wrestling superstar Triple H.