The True/False Film Festival this week announced its program for its Feb. 27 – Mar. 2 run in Columbia, Missouri. At Indiewire, Nigel M. Smith covered the announcement, as did Nick Dawson of Filmmaker Magazine. The True/False Fest also announced a new initiative under which it would pay artists showing work at the festival; Peter Knegt of Indiewire covered the details.
At the What (Not) to Doc blog, Basil Tsiokos provided an overview of the docs screening at the Berlin International Film Festival. Over at the DocGeeks blog, Alexandra Zeevalkink also provided coverage of the Berlinale docs.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center this week announced the lineup for a new incarnation of it’s Art of the Real film showcase, which is set to take place April 11-26.
This week Stranger Than Fiction is hosting a screening of BROTHERS HYPNOTIC from director Reuben Atlas on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at the IFC Center in Manhattan. The film follows the eight members of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, siblings who came out of Chicago’s South Side to create a unique brand of music. Atlas will be in attendance at a Q&A following the screening. For more information on the screening please go here.
The new Steve James film LIFE ITSELF about the late film critic Roger Ebert was acquired by Magnolia Pictures for distribution in the U.S. Kevin Ritchie of Realscreen reported on the news, as did Jeff Sneider of The Wrap.
Manori Ravindran of Realscreen reported on the South by Southwest Film Festival’s announcement of its doc competition titles.
In a piece for Nonfics.com, Christopher Campbell questioned the impulse to make documentary films similar to fictional ones.
If you missed the Flaherty NYC screening last week, Anne-Katrine Hansen of the Flaherty Seminar website has you covered with a recap.
Over at the POV blog, Tom Roston wrote a piece on the short shrift given to women in the documentary world.
The Realscreen staff also turned out a wrap-up of the Realscreen Summit ‘14, which took place in Washington, D.C.
The Realscreen staff reported that STORIES WE TELL from Sarah Polley had picked up an award from the Writers Guild of America.
Eric Edelstein of Indiewire previewed filmmaker Robert Greene’s latest project, ACTRESS.
Heather McIntosh shifted her #365 Docs project, in which she plans to watch 365 docs during 2014, to the POV blog.
Christopher Campbell of Nonfics.com rounded up 10 great black history documentaries.
At the Los Angeles Times, Steven Zeitchik took a look at some of the films out Sundance that addressed the idea of prosecutorial failure. In his weekly Docutopia post at the SundanceNOW blog, Anthony Kaufman also examined films focusing on court trials, including CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART and KIDS FOR CASH.
Writing for the Columbia Journalism Review blog, Sara Rafsky reported on the latest developments related to the film PRESUMED GUILTY, which examines the criminal justice system in Mexico.
David Leitner of Filmmaker Magazine provided a review of Panasonic’s new 4K camera, the GH4.
At Indiewire, Nigel M. Smith interviewed 12 O’CLOCK BOYS director Nathan Lotfy. Vadim Rizov of Film.com considered Lotfy’s film in the context of the YouTube age. And Christopher Campbell considered some of the ethical complications of the film in a piece for Nonfics.com.
Christine Turner’s film HOMEGOINGS is going to VOD on Vimeo on Feb. 18. You can find more information here.