This week CITIZENFOUR, the new film from director Laura Poitras on the events surrounding the NSA leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden, premiered at the New York Film Festival. Steven Zeitchik reported on the premiere for the Los Angeles Times, as did Emily Buder of Indiewire. At The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Feinberg posited the idea that the film had leapt to the top of the doc Oscar race. Ronnie Scheib of Variety reviewed the film, as did Eric Kohn of Indiewire. Also, George Packer released a profile of Poitras for the New Yorker. Finally, Adam Benzine of Realscreen reported that a new doc on Snowden, titled SNOWDEN’S GREAT ESCAPE, was in the works.
The film THE OVERNIGHTERS from director Jesse Moss premiered in theaters this week. At Nonfics.com, Katie Walsh interviewed Moss about how he handled some of the surprises thrown at him during production. Writing for the A.V. Club, A.A. Dowd gave the film an A- review, while Noel Murray of The Rolling Stone explored how the film came to be. And at the New York Times, Eric Hynes wrote on the intimate approach employed by Moss in making the film.
This week Stranger Than Fiction continues its tribute to Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker with a screening of COMPANY: ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM, a rarely screened film that documents the recording session of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.” It will be accompanied by the short LAMBERT & CO. The films screen this Tuesday, October 14 at the IFC Center in Manhattan at the special time of 8:30pm. Following the screening D.A. Pennebaker will be in attendance for a Q&A. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go here.
At Mubi.com, Kiva Reardon interviewed Frederick Wiseman about his new film NATIONAL GALLERY.
The documentary production house Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago have put out a call for applicants for their Diverse Voices in Docs program, designed to provide development and mentorship to filmmakers of color. For more information please go here.
Writing for Indiewire’s Shadow and Act blog, Tambay A. Obensen reported that the National Black Programming Consortium had launched a $150,000 development fund for TV and web producers.
Back at the New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis penned a review of WAITING FOR AUGUST from director Teodora Ana Mihai.
At the POV blog, staff interviewed Whitney Dow, the creator of the online documentary THE WHITENESS PROJECT. Also, Tom Roston wrote on the restored version of the film BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE screening at the NYFF. And Cassandra Jensen wrote on the film FOREVER from director Heddy Honigmann.
In distro news, Kevin Ritchie of Realscreen reported that Cinephil had picked up global rights for five docs, among them MONSOON and NATIONAL DIPLOMA. Also at Realscreen, Kevin Ritchie reported on the lineup of this year’s DOK Leipzig festival, and Adam Benzine reported on filmmakers being honored by the International Documentary Association (IDA).
Indiewire’s Zainab Akinde reported on the DOC NYC announcement to hand out Lifetime Achievement Awards to Albert Maysles, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker.
Canada’s POV Magazine released a Doc Digest for October, described as a bi weekly compendium of the latest in doc culture.
At the International Documentary Association website, Michael Galinsky posted an interview with Darius Monroe Clark, the filmmaker behind the film EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL.
Writing for Nonfics.com, Dan Schindel rounded up a list of 10 docs about sex and sexuality.
The Flaherty Seminar posted a host of material on their website related to their 60th anniversary.
Back at the POV blog, Emma Moley shared a list of 11 websites and apps that offer docs for free.
At Indiewire, Michele Debczak had highlights from a panel at the “Getting Real” conference focused on making a living as a documentary filmmaker.
Back at the IDA website, Katharine Relth shared an obit from Kathleen J. Sullivan for Henry S. Beltrose, the founder of the documentary program at Stanford University.
At the POV blog, Brian Chirls had a post on using the virtual reality platform Oculus Rift to make a film.
This time writing for Indiewire, Eric Hynes wrote a piece on the reasons that the Camden International Film Festival had become an important one for documentarians.
The New York Times played host to three short films from Errol Morris on the subject of peace.
Over at Nonfics.com, Christopher Campbell rounded up a list of the top docs available on VOD and other home viewing platforms.
Writing for the Center for Media & Social Impact, Angela Das wrote on the historical revisions that can result from inaccurate documentary filmmaking.
At the Sixty Inches From Center Magazine, Mario Contreras had a great piece on the art of the cinematic essay.
Patrick Frater of Variety reported that the Taiwan International Documentary Festival had emerged as a platform for “underground” Chinese docs.
Writing a guest post for Indiewire, Kel O’Neill wrote about the potential offered by immersive storytelling.