TCFF spotlight: Five buzz-worthy documentaries

I hope you find time to check out these five great documentaries the festival is offering, the trailer is available on each of the documentary page. If you don’t live in the area, these are definitely worth checking out wherever you are or when it’s available on dvd:

  • Waiting for “Superman
    9/28, 7:00pm | VIP Theatre – Theatres at Mall of America
    This documentary has  been catching a lot of buzz around film festivals around the country, it even won Audience Award for Best US Documentary at Sundance (read Huffington Post’s review). It’s a provocative look at the crisis of public education system in the US. Whether you agree or not with the perspective of the filmmaker, it’s certainly worth looking into and should at least propel an interesting discussion. Did you know that Oscar winning director Davis Guggenheim (for An Inconvenient Truth) will introduce the documentary and then will do a Q&A at the conclusion of the screening? also created this cool animated infographic for the movie:

  • 180˚ South (FREE Screening!)
    9/29, 4:00pm | AMC Block E 15
    180° SOUTH is the story of one of the most unique and prolific environmentalists of our time -Yvon Chouinard. Rather than re-living Yvon’s story through old photos and his life’s work with pie charts, 180° SOUTH weaves Chouinard’s tale through a modern day expedition.The reviews for this adventure documentary have been great, 80% at Rottentomatoes and 7.1 out of 10 at IMDb.
  • The Cove (FREE Screening!)
    10/1, 2:30pm| AMC Block E 15
    The winner of the 2010 Academy Award® for Best Documentary, The Cove is a fascinating yet harrowing chronicle of the dolphin slaughter in Japan, led by former Flipper trainer Ric O’Barry. Read my review on it here, I highly recommend this one, it delivers suspense, thrill, and adrenaline rush, but most of all, emotional punch! And as Rottentomatoes‘ 96% rating tells you, it’s definitely a must see.
  • The End of the Line (FREE Screening!)
    10/1, 2:00pm| AMC Block E 15
    A thought-provoking and insightful documentary about the dangers of commercial fishing. It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.

    It was well-received by critics (80% at Rottentomatoes), Roger Ebert gave it 3 stars, saying that it’s a wake up call for fish lovers everywhere: “We once thought of the sea as limitless bounty. I think I may even have heard that in school. But those fantasies are over.” I’m not a fish eater myself, but even I are compelled to see this to at least familiarize myself with the issues.
  • What’s onYour Plate? (FREE Screening!)
    10/1, 2:00pm| Theatres at Mall of America
    Sponsored by Chipotle.
    A witty and provocative documentary produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old African-American city kids as they explore their place in the food chain.

    This food writer at Lettuce Eat Kale blog gave a glowing review of it, so is this reviewer who saw it at Seattle Film Festival (SIFF).

Less than two weeks away until Twin Cities Film Fest is here.. have you got your All Access Pass yet?

For only $175 (Excluding Opening Night Celebrations), you get:

  • All Films (Excluding Opening Film)
  • All Parties (Excluding Opening Night Event)
  • All Seminars
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If you’ve seen any of these documentaries, and want to share what you think, please do so in the comment section.

6 thoughts on “TCFF spotlight: Five buzz-worthy documentaries

  1. Great spotlight on a genre that is thankfully getting more and more popular. Can’t wait to see Waiting for Superman when it comes out. And yes, The Cove was amazing and deserved its Oscar last year.

    1. Hey Peter! I’m actually volunteering the night that documentary is premiering at TCFF, hopefully I can get a peek at it during breaks. Seems to be the popular one when I talk to my friends about the festival.

      Yeah, I was very impressed with The Cove. Hard to watch at times but definitely worth seeing.

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