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The 2017 Toronto International Film Fest is just around the corner and that means the 6ix is about to be overrun Hollywood’s biggest stars, screaming fans, and enough movies to fill 10 days.
As always, TIFF’s lineup has something for everyone, including future blockbusters, must-see Indies, amazing foreign films, and enough horror and gore to satisfy any thrill seeker. This year’s fest also include a number of exciting new music films, including The Tragically Hip’s tour documentary Long Time Running and music video director Joseph Kahn’s latest feature film Bodied, which boasts Eminem as a producer.
Read our full list of music movies coming to TIFF below and check out some amazing Midnight Madness titles on Space.
Director: Joseph Kahn
Joseph Kahn is best known as the director behind some of Taylor Swift’s most famous music videos, including “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood.” But now the director is shifting gears once again to the world of feature films. Teaming up with producer Eminem, Kahn is bringing a script by Toronto rapper Aex Larsen aka Kid Twist to life. Bodied tells the story of a 20-year-old aspiring rapper attempting to navigate race relations and the rap battle world. Bodied is the next chapter in rap battle films following Eminem’s 2002 8 Mile and stars Disney actor Calum Worthy, ‘80’s heartthrob Michael Anthony Hall, and hip hop host Charlamagne Tha God alongside real battle artists Dizaster, Hollow Da Don, Dumbfounded, Loaded Lux and more.
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ERIC CLAPTON: IN 12 BARS
Director: Lili Fini Zanuck
Living legend Eric Clapton has enjoyed a career of both commercial and critical success that has spanned decades. In the new documentary from Lili Fini Zanuck (Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert: A Benefit for the Crossroads Centre at Antigua), the history of Clapton’s career is told by peers, including BB King and the late Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.
GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI
Director: Sophie Fiennes
Documentary maker Sophie Fiennes spent the last decade following model, singer, and New Wave godmother Grace Jones with a camera in this intimate look at the superstar’s daily life. Given unprecedented access to Jones, the viewers get a glimpse inside the life of a living icon.
LONG TIME RUNNING
Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier
In May 2016, The Tragically Hip revealed that the singer Gord Downie was suffering from terminal brain cancer. In the same breath, the band announced they would be saying goodbye to their fans the best way they knew how—by touring across the country that has loved them for 30 years. In the new documentary from Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, cameras followed The Tragically Hip as they embarked on their monumental Man Machine Poem Tour across Canada. In addition to concert videos, the new doc also includes intimate interviews of all five members of the band, as well as rehearsal footage.
SAMMY DAVIS, JR: I’VE GOTTA BE ME
Director: Sam Pollard
The latest addition to the American Masters series features an A-list line-up of celebs, including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal, who reveal how the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. changed not only the music industry, but all those who fell in love with the singer, dancer, actor and comedian.