The Mavericks programme contains moderated discussions with filmmakers and others in the film industry. In previous years, I've seen a discussion with Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, Larry Charles and Bill Maher about their documentary Religulous, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter talking about their lives since leaving office, and one on Bollywood with Amitabh Bachchan among others.
This year the festival has the following jam packed schedule. Note that each Mavericks presentation has a live discussion, and in many cases an actual film, and occurs only once during the festival.
- Barry Levinson Presents The Band That Wouldn't Die: Barry Levinson, who has directed such films as Diner and Good Morning, Vietnam, and produced everything from Homicide: Life on the Street to Oz, presents his new film, The Band That Wouldn't Die, part of ESPN's 30 for 30 project (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/feature/index?page=espnfilms). The film is about a marching band that kept Baltimore football fans going.
- An Afternoon with Chris Rock: Comedian Chris Rock talks about his documentary in the festival, Good Hair.
- La Danse - Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris: Frederick Wiseman presents and discusses his documentary La Danse, which looks at the Paris Opera Ballet.
- Peter Berg Presents Kings Ransom: Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom) presents his film that is part of ESPN's 30 for 30 project, Kings Ransom, about how Wayne Gretzky's move from Edmonton to Los Angeles changed hockey.
- In Conversation with Michael Caine: Sir Michael Caine talks about his long and varied career, including his latest film at the festival, Harry Brown.
I think everything on the list, including Wiseman's documentary, sounds really interesting, and I've heard ESPN's 30 for 30 project discussed before on ESPN's Bill Simmons' podcast, so I'm intrigued by the discussions with Levinson and Berg.