7 music documentaries at TIFF
U.S. director Jim Jarmusch (L) and singer Iggy Pop, here in Cannes for "Gimme Danger" © AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT
Published Thursday, September 8, 2016 2:01AM EDT
Have you heard what's playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year? Several intriguing new music documentaries have made it their stopping-off point, including everything from profiles on jazz musicians John Coltrane and Lee Morgan, Iggy Pop's band The Stooges, and The Beatles' early days, to Justin Timberlake, Chinese-American star Leehom Wang, and Malian world music star Fatoumata Diawara.
- The 6th Beatle -
Fellow Liverpudlian Sam Leach tells what he calls "the last untold story of the Beatles," as the octogenarian recounts his role as a promoter during the early days of an undiscovered Fab Four.
- Chasing Trane -
Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West and Bill Clinton are among the contibutors to this feature-length look at the life and work of jazz legend John Coltrane. Director John Scheinfeld was Grammy-nominated for his long-form Brian Wilson music video "Beautiful Dreamer."
- I Called Him Morgan -
Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Lee Morgan played for Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Art Blakey and Hank Mobley, but was best known for creating breakout hard bop hit and jazz standard "The Sidewinder", but died from gunshot wounds at the age of 33. This doc from Kasper Collin follows his directorial debut profiling innovative jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler.
- Gimme Danger -
Cannes prize-winner Jim Jarmusch debuted his look at U.S. punks The Stooges at the French festival, where it was nominated for the documentary award, with Toronto the profile's first North American stop-off.
Jim Jarmusch and Iggy Pop at Cannes:
- JT + the Tennessee Kids -
Jonathan Demme of classic 1990s features "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia" here captures the last show of Justin Timberlake's hugely successful 20/20 Experience tour in Las Vegas.
- Leehom Wang's Open Fire Concert Film -
Chinese-American pop star Leehom Wang managed to sell out the Beijing National Stadium -- the Bird's Nest -- for two nights of live performance; two nights of its first ever solo shows. This doc looks at his concerts as well as the fusion approach that led to Wang's unique style.
- Mali Blues -
Fatoumata Diawara, actress and star on the world music scene who contributed to the soundtrack of Cannes-winning, Oscar-nominated drama "Timbuktu," returns to her parents' homeland to perform her first concert in Mali in a time of political upheaval, meeting established Malian musicians along the way.