BB King, Doc Pomus and Mark Breslin are among the subjects of the first wave of titles announced for NXNE Film 2013. But not together, because that would be weird.
The film component of the North By Northeast festival will host the North American premiere of BB King - The Life Of Riley, a documentary profile of the blues guitar legend featuring appearances by Eric Clapton, Bono, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger and Bruce "Bruno" Willis.
This year's festival will introduce two new film sub-programs, NXNE Art and NXNE Comedy. NXNE Art "will present movies and projections throughout the city," according to the festival, while NXNE Comedy will screen features and shorts with a specific comedy theme.
Among the NXNE Comedy titles announced today are Igal Hecht's A Universal Language, which follows Yuk Yuk's founder Mark Breslin and six comedians of varied ethnicity on a trip to Israel; Sean Patrick Shaul's Alone Up There, which examines stand-up culture; Matt Frame's No Joke, about failed Canadian comics who try to re-launch their careers with a U.S. tour, and the Laugh Sabbath Film Fest, a selection of comic shorts curated by the eponymous Toronto comedy troupe.
Music-oriented titles include the world premiere of Courtney James's The Global Groove Network, an expansive look at the evolution of DJ culture over 40 years; Rob Pilichowski's All Out War, which follows four b-boys as they pop, lock and battle to be King Of The Ring, and AKA Doc Pomus, William Hechte and Peter Miller's salute to the legendary writer of iconic pop hits like "Young Blood," "Little Sister" and "This Magic Moment."
NXNE Film runs from June 13 to 16th at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and satellite locations throughout Toronto. More information can be found on their website.