LOOKING BACK WE FIND SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR
I spent some time this weekend looking back at last summer's Toronto/Telluride drama. I wanted to remind myself how that had played out in a number of ways.
One of the things that I remembered and re-visited was the reaction from Sony Pictures Classics Tom Bernard and his characterization that the policy TIFF adopted last year was "imperialistic". Interestingly, as I was reviewing some of my posts and the posts of others that I linked, I discovered that Bernard may well have provided the template for this year's "adjustment". Bernard is credited in the Toronto Star (and subsequently in The Hollywood Reporter) as suggesting:
"Bernard suggested a compromise to the premiere tussle.
Sounds familiar doesn't it? It's not exactly the newly announced "adjustment"...but there's a good deal of similarity.
The posts from both The Star and THR from last summer are re-linked below:
TORONTO SUN ARTICLE HITS CLOSER TO THE MARK
Bruce Kirkland writing Friday afternoon in the Toronto Sun explains last week's change in film policy from the Toronto International Film Festival in terms more closely in line with my take. We're not 100% compatible but he does make some of the same points that I have. Kirkland writes that "...TIFF did change the rules of combat-but the tension continues. And TIFF is still positioned as the bully..."
Take a look at the complete post here:
ANNE AND ERIC LOOK AHEAD
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood and Eric Kohn/IndieWire, both of whom have been kind enough to participate in my "Professionals of Telluride" film ratings, have posted their latest installment of their podcast: Screen Talk in which they spend a good chunk of time discussing the Fall Film Fest season. In fact, the podcast is titled: "Why We're Excited for Fall 2015".
Anne and Eric get to the Toronto "adjustment" at about the 6:40 mark in the cast.
Take a listen here:
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