Austin Film Festival to showcase docs by Jim Jarmusch, Josh Tickell and Olivia Wilde's ex
Tao Ruspoli, Wilde's former husband, to screen film about their breakup
The Austin Film Festival has revealed the first titles to make it into the upcoming event, and 40-percent of them are documentaries.
Among the highlights is Monogamish, directed by Tao Ruspoli, former husband of actress Olivia Wilde, which explores the breakup of their eight-year union [she has since remarried, to actor-comedian Jason Sudeikis].
Recovering from a very public divorce, independent filmmaker and Italian Prince Tao Ruspoli takes to the road to talk to his relatives, advice columnists, psychologists, historians, anthropologists, artists, philosophers, sex workers, sex therapists, and ordinary couples about love, sex & monogamy in our culture.
Monogamish premiered at the Rome Film Festival last October. The Hollywood Reporter reviewed the film there, with critic Jordan Mintzer writing, "Both a personal odyssey and global overview of monogamy and its discontents (which was the film's working title), Ruspoli chats face-to-face with a number of writers, thinkers and therapists about the failings of his own relationship, and how the desire to stick with a sole sexual partner may have been the root of the problem."
The odds of Olivia Wilde being thrilled about this film seem slim, although it must be said she is a fan of documentaries in general. She served as an executive producer on the short doc Body Team 12, which earned an Oscar nomination this year [her parents, Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, are also documentary filmmakers. In fact, Tao Ruspoli co-produced their excellent 2009 film American Casino].
MONOGAMISH trailer from Tao Ruspoli on Vimeo.
Among the other documentaries announced by the Austin Film Festival is Gimme Danger by Jim Jarmusch, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It examines the musical impact of The Stooges, the influential proto-punk and alt rock band led by Iggy Pop.
AFF programmers write the film "tracks [The Stooges'] emergence and adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations, challenges and long-lasting legacy."
Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures will release Gimme Danger theatrically in late October, just after it plays at the Austin Film Festival.
The other documentary titles announced by AFF are:
>Good Fortune, directed by Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell. Per the festival, the film "tells the heartwarming rags to riches life story of John Paul DeJoria, the poster boy of 'conscious capitalism' and follows him as he uses business to make the world a better place."
Joshua Tickell has become known for social impact documentaries, including Fuel which won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.
>ProGamer, directed by Justin Agnew. Festival programmers say the film "explores the emerging world of electronic sports by following professional Starcraft II gamers Naniwa and White-Ra, who navigate worldwide gaming tournaments and their own personal lives.".
Originally the film was titled StarNation, according to the documentary's Facebook page.
The Austin Film Festival runs from October 13-20 in the Texas capitol.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.