A documentary about the firestorm that greeted the Dixie Chicks’ anti-Bush comments will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. “Dixie Chicks — Shut Up and Sing,” from Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County,” “American Dream”) and Cecilia Peck, will receive a high-profile gala screening.
It documents the fury faced by the country music trio after singer Natalie Maines made an off-the-cuff comment about President Bush during a London concert three years ago.
Other world premieres in Toronto’s Real to Reel documentary sidebar include U.S. filmmaker A.J. Schnack’s “Kurt Cobain About a Son” and French filmmaker Jerome Laperrousaz’s “Made in Jamaica,” a portrait of Jamaican reggae and dancehall artists struggling to the top.
Toronto also has booked a North American premiere for U.S. documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon,” David Leaf and John Scheinfeld’s archival portrait of the Beatles star’s move from musician to war activist. Paul Rachman’s “American Hardcore,” a look at the 1980s hard-core punk music scene, will receive a Canadian premiere.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 7-16.