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TIFF 6ix: Essential Links for the Week of May 1, 2016

TIFF 6IX: Famous Feuds Edition

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May 6, 2016

1) Dear White People was a great film that has already attained cult classic status. It started as nothing more than a trailer, created by direcotr Justin Simien to support his crowdfunding campaign, and now it's going to become something else: Netflix announced a 10-episode television series based on the film, set to debut in 2017.

2) Legendary Canadian documentarian Alanis Obomsawin's 1984 film Incident at Restigouche screened at this year's Hot Docs film festival, and POV Magazine took the opportunity to dig up vintage interview from 1987. As a retelling of her incredible life story, a way of deepening one's understanding of her work, and a thought-provoking perspective on Canada's history, this one is truly essential reading.

3) TV impresario Ryan Murphy is back at it with Feud, a newly greenlit anthology show that will focus on famous feuds. The first season will tell the story of the rift between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, with Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange in the lead roles.

4) Ever wonder how independent filmmakers survive (and thrive) in an economically challenging landscape? This piece by TIFF Shorts programmer Jason Anderson features conversations with some talented young filmmakers from Canada and around the world and raises as many vital questions as it answers.

5) If there's one reviled performance from '90s cinema that pretty much no one is defending, it's got to be Sofia Coppola's turn in The Godfather III. Well: Mayukh Sen begs to differ, and in this fantastic piece (written for TIFF.net), he lays out the case for the actor (and now writer-director) brilliantly embodying teenage heartbreak in the film.

6) Horror movie fan? Got a minute and a half? You've got to see Dead Ahead, an animated short that pays tribute to Friday the 13th, Jaws, Pet Sematary and many, many other horror classics by depicting arguably the worst late-night drive any group of people have ever experienced.