August 17, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Does The Internet Dream About Itself? Werner Herzog Wants To Know
Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, is a meditation on technology and humanity that includes interviews with everyone from developers of the early Internet to astrophysicists to Elon Musk. It’s also a film with a strange genesis. Lo and Behold is the result of a collaboration with Netscout, a hardware company that was originally interested in Herzog making short films about what would happen if the Internet was disrupted.
Read more | Co.Create »

TIFF Adds More Docs Including “Voyage of Time” and “Fire at Sea”
Good news for doc fans! Notable omissions from the previous announcement of docs for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival will be joining the party. Terence Malick’s long-awaited Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, joins the Special Presentations programme. Gianfranco Rosi, who previously won the Golden Lion for Sacro GRA, Fire at Sea, to TIFF for its Canadian Premiere.
Read more | POV Magazine »

2016 Fall Movie Preview: 12 Breakout Talents to Look Forward to This Season
This week, IndieWire will be rolling out it’s annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season.
Read more | IndieWire »

Apple Is Going to Make a Documentary With Drake’s Record Label
Apple Inc., the world’s richest company, is making a documentary with Cash Money Records, one of the world’s most successful hip-hop labels. Apple agrees to fund a documentary for the label, according to people familiar with the deal. The documentary marks another step in Apple’s effort to develop television programming.
Read more | Bloomberg »

Film Review: ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years’
Covering, as the title implies, the very zenith of Beatlemania from 1963 to 1966, the indecisively named “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” does, to its credit, gradually capture the growing sense of fame-induced panic and ennui that prompted the Liverpudlians’ premature retreat from live performance, just as their music began to rock that little bit harder.
Read more | Variety »

Upcoming festivals and deadlines

  • Deadline: Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund 8/19
  • Deadline: DOK Hackathon & Prototype Jam 8/28
  • 73rd Venice International Film Festival 8/31 – 9/10

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