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Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes "The Walk" not photographed when it actually happened. (Courtesy NYFF)

NYFF 2015: Critic’s Choice

Remember 2008’s spectacular doc-based-on-a-book Man On Wire? Now it’s fictionalized as The Walk and Kurt Brokaw LOVED it. Find out what else our senior critic adored at this year’s New York Film Festival, running September 25-October 11, 2015.

Abraham Attah (left) and Idris Elba (right) in "Beasts of No Nation." (Courtesy Netflix)

TIFF 2015: Volatile Times for Indie Exhibitor-Distributor Relations

How did the buying and selling stack up at this year’s TIFF? Courtney Sheehan takes the temp of the ever-feverish world of independent film exhibition and distribution by talking with Adam Birnbaum (Avon Theatre), Julie Anderson Friesen (Cinema Falls), and Andrew Carlin (Oscilloscope Laboratories).


TIFF 2015: Frederick Wiseman on Thoughts at the Edge of His Brain

Fittingly, Frederick Wiseman attended the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival with his 40th documentary, In Jackson Heights, about a diverse New York neighborhood in flux. The Independent  asks Wiseman to discuss the editing process, the communities he discovered in Jackson Heights, and the notion of screening all of his films in a continuous 100 hour stretch.

The Afghan Film Archive contains more than 8,000 hours of footage dating back to the early 1900's. (Courtesy Pietra Brettkelly)

TIFF 2015: Doc Breathes Life Into Afghan Film Archive

If cinema can function as a vehicle for a nation’s collective memory, Afghanistan only recently began to recollect itself. Pietra Brettkelly’s documentary, A Flickering Truth, mines the Afghan Film Archive for the nation’s cultural history and follows the team of people who are working to protect it and share it with the world.

Lizzie Velasquez (right) urges policy makers to get serious about anti-bullying.

Introducing the World’s Most Beautiful Woman

Lizzie Velasquez turned down interest from a lot of TV outlets and documentarians before agreeing to work with first-time director Sara Hirsh Bordo. Together they capture Velasquez’s inspiring story of personal triumph and anti-bullying political activism. A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story hits theaters and VOD on September 25, 2015.