Go Behind the Scenes with These DIFF DOCS
by Alex Garcia Topete
We all have at least a bit of a voyeuristic side, especially when it comes to the lives of celebrities and public figures. This year at DIFF, three documentaries afford audiences intimate peeks at the behind-the-scenes reality of famous (and sometimes controversial) individuals.
NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU chronicles in cinema verite-style the life, career, and the magnitude of personality of a television legend who created some of the most iconic comedy shows of the 70s with socio-political elements that influenced generations of comedians and TV producers.
TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU literally goes behind the scenes of the annual mega-event of the self-improvement author and motivational speaker. The whole affair then becomes a study of both the man, his world, and the power of his image and words upon thousands of people.
Finally, WEINER portrays another facet – or perhaps all of them – of disgraced politician Anthony Weiner during his notorious downfall at the hands of the media after his questionable conduct with women on social media.
At the end of the day, these documentaries ought to remind us all that even the most prominent among us are still only humans with a story of their own to tell.
DALLAS STAR AWARDOscar-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman’s selected credits as a cinematographer include the Emmy nominated HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and films including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and the Academy Award nominated film, CAROL.
DALLAS MAVERICK AWARDOur inaugural honoree, director, editor and producer Monte Hellman, has a career that spans six decades. He has exemplified cutting-edge filmmaking across multiple genres, working with budgets, from high-to-low, and with casts featuring stars to complete unknowns.