Politically charged documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and acclaimed British director Michael Apted are among the special guests highlighted at this year’s Creator Talks series at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).
Moore won an Oscar and a Palme D’Or (at the Cannes Film Festival) for his 2002 film Bowling for Columbine, and another Palme D’Or for Fahrenheit 9/11.
He’ll be coming to the Vancouver International Film Festival to attend a 30th anniversary screening of Roger and Me on October 5 at the Vancouver Playhouse as part of VIFF’s Creator Talks series.
"The Vancouver international Film Festival is truly one of the best and friendliest in the world. It’s a city full of die-hard cinephiles,” Moore told VIFF. “I remember when I first came here with Roger & Me and I thought, 'Wow—the Yukon is warm in October!' Then I was told this was British Columbia—but no worries, it still felt great! I was like, 'Man this place is really far away—from everything!' I do miss the old General Motors Place—because, you know, when anyone thinks GM, they immediately think Vancouver. Sad to see it’s not called that any more—but I was thrilled that they later named it to honor Roger & Me."
In the 1989 documentary, Moore explored how General Motors transformed his hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town.
Also coming is director Michael Apted of the extremely long-running Up documentary series, which has followed a group of British individuals since 1964, with an installment every seven years.
Apted, who also directed Gorillas in the Mist, The World is Not Enough, and The Coal Miner’s Daughter, will attend the screening of his latest episode, 63 Up.
Other featured speakers in the series include Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood costume designer Arianne Phillips and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator, actor, and writer Rob McElhenney.
Full details about Creator Talks, as well as DGC Master Classes, are available at the VIFF website.