August 5, 2011

Yesterday, we reported on the strong documentary line-up for the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.  Today, we have the first images from four of the documentaries: Wim Wenders’ first 3D film Pina, Nick Broomfield’s Sarah Palin – You Betcha!, Jonathan Demme’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful, and Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss.

Hit the jump to check out the images along with a synopsis for each film.  The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.



German master filmmaker Wim Wenders shoots in 3D to capture the brilliantly inventive dance world of Pina Bausch and her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal. Excerpts from many of her most famous pieces are shot outside in the streets and parks of Wuppertal capturing the drama and power of her repertoire.

Sarah Palin – You Betcha!

Nick Broomfield’s quest for the real Sarah Palin involves battling the icy snows of Alaska in mid-winter to speak to the school friends, family, and Republican colleagues that in previous days gave their heart, soul and belief to the charismatic, charming, intoxicating ex-hockey mom. But it’s not all plain sailing. People are frightened to talk; Wasilla makes Twin Peaks look like a walk in the park. It’s a devout evangelical community – 76 churches with a population of only 6 thousand, and the Crystal meth capital of Alaska. Broomfield brings his celebrated wit and determination to cracking her story.

I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful

Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighbourhood when a mandatory evacuation order was decreed as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005, and was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community. Mrs. Parker takes us deep inside her personal biography as a child born in the 1940s, raised in segregated New Orleans‟ Lower 9th Ward, who became a teenager joining the front lines in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and later became one of the most outspoken voices in the fight for every New Orleanian’s right to return home after the devastation of the floods that followed Katrina.

Into the Abyss

Exploring a triple homicide case in Texas, Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) probes the psyches of those involved, including the 28-year-old death row inmate scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen. Herzog’s inquiries unveil layers of humanity against an American Gothic landscape. As he’s so often done before, the director makes an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

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  • fr

    Sarah Palin 2012!

  • The Train!

    i think most people are just tired of sarah palin now, so i wonder what the point is of another documentary about her. that said, i hope that this isn’t a one-sided hit piece. it seems like that’s standard operating procedure for pieces about republicans these days. it’s boring and it’s lazy and it simply contributes to a hyper-partisan environment where ideology drives everything rather than pragmatism (which is the essence of politics, after all).

    • The Train!

      most people are tired of sarah palin, with the possible exception of fr.

  • Brandt Hardin

    Whataya know? Some unbiased coverage of Palin! I hope this guy has us in for some real laughs! In the meantime, you can get a real juicy look at some parts of her you won’t see in the film on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/06/ecstasy-of-sarah-palin_15.html

  • WyldeMan45

    The inmate in Herzog’s documentary looks like Lloyd Christmas.

  • Northern Star

    Broomfield is a far-left fruitcake and an opportunistic hack, basically Michael Moore without Moore’s admitted talent for self-publicity!

    And a lot of people actually like and admire Sarah Palin for being a principled conservative who got where she is by hard work and graft, not because someone gave it to her or because of who her family was (unlike the Kennedys), besides, no-one- and I mean NO-ONE in politics has ever recieved the sheer level of vitriolic slander and personal attacks against not only herself but her family- including her down syndrome infant son- and yet still stands unbroken and unbowed… and THAT’S why the Left still go after her!

    Broomfield is a hack and his movie won’t do anything the Left have already tried and failed to do, which is have Sarah Palin rolling over and crying for mercy, she has more grit and determination in her little finger than Broomfield et al have in their entire bodies, period!

  • Montana

    Run, Sarah run. Sarah Palin was so successful as a governor, she graduated early “Bitter Quitter”, she real is a “Dan Quayle” in heels. She clearly loves “dishing it out” but real can’t take it because she loves playing the victim card, poor thing. She fail as a VP candidate (her lie that her daughter was engaged was such a farce, selling celibacy, come on), her stand-up comic fiasco on the Jay Leno Show, please, her TV show canceled after declining rating, I guess her perpetual run for the White House (and taking the suckers money) is the only thing she can look forward. Didn’t Fake News make that other movie “undeveloped” or “under achiever” or something like that, right? Didn’t it break all box office records, oh yeah it did not, that Alaska dullard can‘t even finish the bus tour to nowhere. But since she is a coward she will only throw small minded rocks, poor thing. Since we already had an idiot “W” in the White House that caused our current economic debacle, America knows not to trust the GOP fools who flaunt the idiocy.