Monday Memo: Inaugural Art of the Real Program Launched


The film ANNA from directors Alberto Grifi and Massimo Sarchielli is among the films screening at this year's Art of the Real program at Lincoln Center.

The film ANNA from directors Alberto Grifi and Massimo Sarchielli is among the films screening at this year's Art of the Real program at Lincoln Center.

This week the first Art of the Real program at Lincoln Center kicked off. Writing for Artforum, Nick Pinkerton profiled the program, as did Jillian Steinhauer at Hyperallergic. The Brooklyn Rail republished a piece from Colin Beckett on Thom Andersen’s non-fiction films, and Fernando F. Croce previewed the Art of the Real at Mubi.com. Writing for Film Comment, Max Nelson did the same, as did Paul Dallas of Indiewire. Daniel Walber of Nonfics.com had a write-up on the series, and Basil Tsiokos recapped the lineup in a post at his What (Not) to Doc blog. In a piece for Slant Magazine, Ela Bittencourt reviewed a handful of the films screening at Lincoln Center. In a piece for the Wall Street Journal, Steve Dollar profiled the film ACTRESS from director Robert Greene, which closes out the film series.

The PBS documentary show POV announced that it had expanded its digital documentary initiatives with a new co-producing funding mechanism as well as a call for short web-native docs. In a post for the Knight Foundation, POV Digital Director Adnaan Wasey explained the impetus behind the push for digital content. Paula Bernstein covered the development for Indiewire, while Kevin Ritchie pulled similar duties at Realscreen.

POV this week also opened up its call for entries for the 2015 season.

Writing for Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman wrote on why the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival remained relevant in a crowded festival marketplace. In a piece for Nonfics.com, Jesse Paddock named his top five films from this year’s Full Frame. Over at the International Documentary Association (IDA) website, Angelica Das also submitted coverage of this year’s fest.

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Monday Memo: Full Frame Festival Hands Out Awards


Darius Clark Munroe's film EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL took home a pair of awards from this year's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Darius Clark Munroe's film EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL took home a pair of awards from this year's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival concluded yesterday with an awards ceremony at which EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL from director Darius Clark Munroe took home the grand jury award. Writing for the News & Observer, Daniel Cook Johnson reported on the awards ceremony. Also writing for the News & Observer, Lewis Beale covered the festival’s honoring of the career of documentary filmmaker Steve James. In a piece for Filmmaker Magazine from March, Sarah Salovaara interviewed Munroe about his film.

At Indiewire, Eric Kohn had a recap of this year’s New Directors/New Films program held at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In a piece for the Frieze blog, Ela Bittencourt also covered some of the nonfiction film screened at ND/NF.

Richard Brody of the New Yorker had some coverage of the upcoming Art of the Real program at Lincoln Center. And Eric Hynes also previewed the series in a piece for the New York Times.

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Monday Memo: Finding Vivian Maier Reaches Theaters


The well-regarded film FINDING VIVIAN MAIER reached theaters this week.

The well-regarded film FINDING VIVIAN MAIER reached theaters this week.

This week the film FINDING VIVIAN MAIER from directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel hit theaters. In a piece for The Hollywood Reporter, Chris O’Falt relayed the story of how the film came to be made. Writing for Ion Cinema, Jordan M. Smith reviewed the film, as did Scott Tobias at The Dissolve. Anthony Kaufman, writing for Indiewire, questioned the ethical implications of making a film about the reclusive Maier.

The PBS television show POV announced the second portion of its lineup for its upcoming season, which includes festival darlings AFTER TILLER and THE ACT OF KILLING. Kevin Ritchie of Realscreen also reported on the lineup.

Filmmaker Magazine writer Scott Macaulay wrote a piece this week on whether filmmakers should also stream their festival premiers on VHX, taking a cue from the Steve James film LIFE ITSELF. Also at Filmmaker Magazine, Michael Murie interviewed 20 FEET FROM STARDOM director of photography Nicola Marsh.

In a post at Indiewire, Melina Gills rounded up a list of 10 approaching deadlines for documentary film grants.

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Monday Memo: Hot Docs Announces Lineup for 2014


THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ will open this year's Hot Docs festival in Canada.

THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ will open this year's Hot Docs festival in Canada.

This week Hot Docs announced its lineup for 2014, with the Brian Knappenberger-helmed THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ set to open the festival. At The Hollywood Reporter, Etan Vlessing reported on Hot Docs’ lineup, as did Adam Benzine of Realscreen and the Indiewire site.

The Ekathimerini news site reported on the awards handed out at this year’s Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, with ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD from director Claus Drexel taking home the top foreign feature award. At his What (Not) to Doc blog, Basil Tsiokos provided an overview of the docs screening at this year’s festival.

Writing for the New York Times, John Anderson profiled FINDING VIVIAN MAIER from directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. At Nonfics.com Dan Schindel penned a review of the film, giving it four stars.

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Monday Memo: POV Announces Lineup for First Part of New Season


The film WHEN I WALK from director Jason DaSilva is slated for POV's upcoming season.

The film WHEN I WALK from director Jason DaSilva is slated for POV's upcoming season.

The PBS documentary show POV announced the films screening during the first part of its upcoming season, which begins Monday June 23. Alison Willmore of Indiewire also reported on POV’s lineup, which includes WHEN I WALK from director Jason DaSilva and AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS from director Grace Lee.

The South by Southwest Film Fest concluded last week, but not before handing the Grand Jury Prize for documentary feature to THE GREAT INVISIBLE from director Margaret Brown. Adam Benzine of Realscreen reported on the award, as did Craig Phillip of the Independent Lens blog.

In other SXSW news, Manori Ravindran of Realscreen interviewed EVAPORATING BORDERS director Iva Radivojevic. At the Women and Hollywood blog, Melissa Silverstein also interviewed Radivojevic, while Sarah Salovaara chatted with Radivojevic for Filmmaker Magazine. Her colleague Danielle Lurie interviewed Eline Jongsma of the interactive documentary THE EMPIRE PROJECT, which also showed at SXSW. Lurie also interviewed UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL director Kitty Green. Back at Realscreen Kevin Ritchie spoke with HARMONTOWN director Neil Berkeley, and also interviewed VESSEL director Diana Whitten. Realscreen’s Manori Ravindran also profiled the SXSW film THE IMMORTALISTS from directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg.

This week Stranger Than Fiction is closing out its Winter Season by hosting a screening of AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR PART HARMONY, a film about the history of music during South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle from director Lee Hirsch. The film plays at the IFC Center in Manhattan on Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Following the screening, director Hirsch will be in attendance for a Q&A. For more information or to purchase tickets please go here.

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