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Alternative TIFF 2010 Picks: #8. Frederick Wiseman’s Boxing Gym

Before hitting Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight in May, this made waves in Amsterdam’s IDFA Doc Festival last November proving that the beloved, veteran filmmaker is still a heavyweight among doc directors. Receiving a theatrical release in October, this is among the highlights in Thom Powers’ Real to Reel 2010 program.

#8. Boxing Gym

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Distributor: Zipporah Films

Buzz: Before hitting Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight in May, this made waves in Amsterdam’s IDFA Doc Festival last November proving that the beloved, veteran filmmaker is still a heavyweight among doc directors. Receiving a theatrical release in October, this is among the highlights in Thom Powers’ Real to Reel 2010 program. 

The Gist: Documentary master Frederick Wiseman explores the world of a boxing gym in Austin, Texas, dwelling on the discipline of training as people from all walks of life aspire to reach their personal best.

TIFF ScheduleSaturday September 11 3:30:00 PM AMC 7
Sunday September 12 3:15:00 PM AMC 7
Saturday September 18 2:30:00 PM AMC 2

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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