While the main draw at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is, of course, film premieres, you don’t have to travel to enjoy them all. Why, through the magic of the internet and massive content provider Netflix, you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home! In addition to funneling anticipated films into your living room, Netflix recently announced two of their upcoming documentary projects: the feature-length documentary Virunga, set in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s beleaguered national park; and the original docu-series, Chef’s Table, which takes viewers behind the scenes of the lives of world-renowned chefs.
Hit the jump for more on both documentaries, along with the trailer for Virunga and the first (tasty) images from Chef’s Table.
Feature-length documentary VIRUNGA follows an embattled team of park rangers at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s oldest national park and home to the last of the planet’s 800 mountain gorillas, as they work to fend off encroaching forces of industry, poaching, corruption and war. The award-winning film debuted at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, earning a nomination as Best Documentary Feature, and was named Audience Favorite at Hot Docs Film Festival and Best of Fest at AFI Docs, among other awards.
First-time feature documentary director Orlando von Einseidel has crafted an acclaimed film of rare beauty and raw power that combines investigative journalism, a nature documentary and verite filmmaking.
VIRUNGA premieres on Friday, November 7 in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and on Netflix in all territories where Netflix is available. The trailer, which just debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, can be viewed here:
Announced today at the Festival, is CHEF’S TABLE, the first original docu-series from Netflix, that will premiere in 2015 in all territories where Netflix is available.
CHEF’S TABLE features six of the world’s most renowned international chefs, and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents. The chefs featured include Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia), Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen Sweden), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA) and Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy).
“Chef’s Table” is executive produced by David Gelb, Matt Weaver, Andrew Fried of Boardwalk Pictures and Brian McGinn. The series is directed by David Gelb, Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn and Clay Jeter.