The 38th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival was already shaping up to be a banner year for music films, and today's final round of announcements just turned TIFF up to eleven. In addition to the biopics and rock odysseys already confirmed for the festival, TIFF will be hosting the world premiers of "12.12.12" and "Metallica Through The Never," two of the year's biggest and most anticipated concert films.
"12.12.12," which will screen as part of the Mavericks program, documents the massive benefit concert that raised over 30 million dollars for victims of Hurricane Sandy and features performances by Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West and Paul McCartney. Concert co-organizer and industry heavyweight Harvey Weinstein will be on hand for a live discussion of the event after the world premiere.
"Metallica Through The Never,' the long-promised IMAX 3D epic that combines concert footage from the metal icons and a Dante-esque adventure story, will also have its world premiere at the festival. Metallica themselves will be appearing at the festival in support of their film.
They'll be joined by another legendary metal star who also confirmed his attendance at the festival: Alice Cooper will be in town for the previously announced world premiere of "Supermench The Legend of Shep Gordon," a documentary about his manager directed by not-worthy comedian Mike Meyers.
"12.12.12," "Metallica Through The Never," and Alice Cooper's participation cap off an already music-heavy lineup for TIFF 2013, which also includes biopics about Jimi Hendrix ("All Is By My Side," starring Andre 3000) and Paul Potts ("One Chance"), flicks about punk in Sweden ("We Are The Best!") and metal in Iceland ("Metalhead") and Norway ("A Spell To Ward The Darkness"), and a musical based on the work of the Proclaimers ("Sunshine On Leith"). Musicians Adam Levine ("Can A Song Save Your Life?") and yasiin bey, aka Mos Def ("A Life Of Crime") also have roles in films at the festival.
The 38th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5-15. For more information click here.