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Barry Avrich is a Canadian born film maker and advertising executive. His films include Glitter Palace, Guilty Pleasure and The Last Mogul. His latest film is Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.
Canadian documentary filmmaker Barry Avrich joins us at TIFF Bell Lightbox for the premiere of his latest film Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.
Unauthorized tackles another notorious
mainstay of the entertainment industry in this warts and all portrait of
Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein. Starting out as concert promoter on
the streets of Buffalo, Weinstein and his brother Bob turned their
scrappy independent distribution company into a major Hollywood player,
defining the North American art-house marketplace with risk-taking hits.
Along with Weinstein’s success came a generous helping of controversy
fuelled by his curse-filled rants, his reshaping of the annual awards
season with his hard-sell campaigning, and his wholesale suppression of
films he acquired from major filmmakers. Featuring interviews with
numerous industry insiders and members of the Hollywood creative
community -- including Martin Scorsese, director James Ivory, Variety
editor Peter Bart and TIFF’s own Piers Handling -- Unauthorized is a fascinating and uncensored look at a modern mogul.