Magazine article Variety

All Access Gives Celeb Docs New Insights

Magazine article Variety

All Access Gives Celeb Docs New Insights

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WHEN IT COMES to documentaries, the idiom - "out with the old, in with the new" - doesn't hold much weight.

Just ask the TIFF directors behind docs about Eric Clapton, Sammy Davis Jr., Grace Jones, Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and André Leon Talley. Each boldface name has garnered so much media attention that audiences might think they already know everything there is to know about them.

But the filmmakers, including Sophie Fiennes ("Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami"), Sam Pollard ("Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me") and Lili Fini Zanuck ("Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars") managed to challenge the existing mythologies surrounding each individual and reveal new insights through new access to each artist's lives and work. The result? A fresh, sometimes surprising perspective on people we thought we knew.

Fiennes has been making "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami" for over a decade. …

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