Toronto Docs Tackle Politics and Current Affairs

It’s been close to two years since the 2016 presidential election and although a few documentaries about President Trump have been released, including Jack Bryan’s “Active Measures” and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s “Our New President,” there has yet to be a seminal film about the making of America’s 45th president.
While Morris won the Oscar for his Robert McNamara doc “Fog of War,” a film he made 40 years after McNamara served as the Vietnam-era secretary of defense, the helmer said he felt compelled to make a film about Bannon after reading Michael Wolfe’s bestseller “Fire and Fury,” which came out in January.
Bloom felt it essential to make a film about the mastermind behind Fox News — Ailes — after he resigned from his role as chairman and CEO of Fox in 2016. Ailes died in May 2017.
“So you’re always aware of what people are talking about and responding to, but ultimately the films I select have to be good films. That’s a must.”” /> “Film programming takes place in the context of current events,” said Powers.
“It makes sense that we’re seeing films directly reflective of the 2016 election now, two years later,” said TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers. “I think two years is the kind of typical gestation period for filmmakers to really pull off a great documentary.”
Magnolia Pictures has bought the North American rights to the film. Powers was referring to the cluster of docus that tackle and reflect upon America’s current political situation including Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” which examines the rise of Trump; Errol Morris’ “American Dharma,” a controversial look at Trump’s former senior adviser Steve Bannon that bowed in Venice; and Alexis Bloom’s “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” about the triumph and downfall of the late founder of Fox News.
It’s essential.” “It seemed the right time because I really wanted to understand what was going on around me,” Morris said. “I wanted to go out and listen to what [Bannon] had to say, because I think it’s very important to try to understand what’s going on in the country. I would say that it’s beyond important.
“He did successfully divide a nation and he was winning. It became clear to Alex and I that this was Roger’s America, so it seemed like an ideal time to start burrowing in and making the film.” “It was obvious to me and [“Divide and Conquer” executive producer] Alex Gibney that after the 2016 election the country was going Roger’s way,” Bloom said.
This year’s fest nonfiction lineup features a crop of powerful films from veteran doc directors that explore not only the rise of Trump, but also the people responsible for his success. People such as Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes.
Until TIFF 2018.

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