Toronto Fest Finds Mavericks In Bill Gates, Bruce Springsteen And Steve Nash

The Toronto International Film Festival has rounded out its film roster, which has swelled to nearly 250 films. The fest filled out its Discovery, Masters, Contemporary World Cinema and Visions and Vanguard programs, but the additions that jumped out to me were the naming of the Mavericks who’ll take part in discussions about their work. Top of that list is Bruce Springsteen, who’ll be interviewed by Edward Norton when The Boss comes to Toronto for the world premiere gala screening of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town. Springsteen will discuss the film and the making of his seminal 1978 disc, as well as the relationship between his music and filmmaking. His songs are fused to memorable moments in films that include Jerry Maguire and Philadelphia.

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash will discuss his directorial debut on Into the Wind, an hour-long documentary about Terry Fox, a Canadian icon who, after losing his leg to cancer, tried to run across Canada to raise funds and awareness to battle the disease. Nash, one of Canada’s most famous non-hockey sports exports, made the film for ESPN’s 30 for 30 Series.

Bill Gates is among the participants in a panel discussion being held by An Inconvenient Truth director David Guggenheim for the his public-schools-in-crisis documentary Waiting for Superman. Michael Moore is moderating, and while he’ll obviously keep Gates on the subject, I’d be curious to see how the computer wiz feels about the Facebook and Google founders getting feature film treatment, when all he got was the 1999 cable movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who brings his directorial debut Jack Goes Boating to the fest, will take the stage, as will Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, who bring Route Irish to the fest. Also on the docket is Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives won the Palm d’Or at Cannes and is playing Toronto; and Kelly Reichardt, who’ll talk about her Toronto-bound film, Meek’s Cutoff.

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