This week the film ACTRESS from director Robert Greene started a theatrical run at the Film Society at Lincoln Center. At Filmmaker Magazine, Vadim Rizov interviewed Greene, as did Steven Erickson at the Press Play blog at Indiewire. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of the A.V. Club reviewed the film, as did Bilge Ebiri of New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. And Noel Murray penned a review for The Dissolve.
Frederick Wiseman’s latest film, NATIONAL GALLERY, also reached theaters in New York this week. Calum Marsh interviewed the filmmaker at the website of Penguin Random House’s Hazlitt imprint. Also, Manohla Dargis reviewed the film for the New York Times.
At the New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis reviewed the film VIRUNGA from director Orlando von Einsiedel. Zach Sharf of Indiewire interviewed von Einsiedel on the making of his film, as did Tom Roston at the POV blog.
This week Stranger Than Fiction closes out its fall season with a screening of ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE, a film from directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker capturing the performances of some R&B greats. The film screens Tuesday, November 11 at 8:00 pm at the IFC Center in Manhattan. Following the screening, Hegedus and Pennebaker will be in attendance for a Q&A. For more information or to purchase tickets please go here.
Realscreen’s Manori Ravindran reported that the upcoming DOC NYC festival would hand Laura Poitras the inaugural Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence, and that Sundance Documentary Institute head Tabitha Jackson would deliver the festival’s keynote address. For more information on the festival, which runs Nov. 13-20, please go here.
This time writing for Canada’s National Post, Manori Ravindran penned a nice piece about the budgetary limitations faced by THE OVERNIGHTERS director Jesse Moss. Also, writing for Nonfics.com, Jason Gorber published an interview with the film’s subject, Jay Reinke, and Moss.
At Realscreen, Adam Benzine reported that filmmaker Patricio Guzmán would receive an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Hot Docs festival in 2015.
Writing for Current.org, Teta Alim wrote on the upcoming film from director Stanley Nelson titled BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION.
The folks at the D-Word started a new forum on fair use with information from UC Irvine Professor Jack Lerner (registration and professional member status required).
Back at Realscreen, director AJ Schnack shared the story of how he segued from his film CAUCUS to making the TV series “Midterms” for Al Jazeera America.
The film series Cinema Politica launched a new screening program called Divine Interventions, with screenings taking place across Canada.
This week the Grierson Trust announced the winners of the British Documentary Awards. The BBC covered the news, as did Manori Ravindran of Realscreen.
At Realscreen, Manori Ravindran reported on the prize winning films to come out of DOK Leipzig.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Hilary Lewis spoke with CNN President Jeff Zucker about the interplay of news and docs on the channel.
Writing for his Kino-Eye website, David Tames shared 12 documentary shooting guidelines.
Canada’s POV Magazine released another Doc Digest this week containing a roundup of some doc news.
At Nonfics.com, Christopher Campbell shared a list of films now available for home viewing that are worth checking out.
Basil Tsiokos shared an overview of the CHP:DOX festival at his What (Not) to Doc blog.
Writing for Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman wrote about the glut of Oscar contending docs hitting theaters in the fall. Over at Awards Daily, Sasha Stone called on the Academy to expand the number of best documentary nominees past five. And at Variety, Tim Gray proposed that CITIZENFOUR now leads the doc Oscar race. Also, Inoo Kang of the Indiewire blog Women and Hollywood noted that 37% of Oscar eligible docs had been directed by women.
In distro news, Zach Sharf of Indiewire reported that Magnolia Pictures had acquired world rights to THE WRECKING CREW from director Denny Tedesco. Linda Ge of The Wrap also reported on the acquisition.
At Indiewire, Paula Bernstein profiled eight female cinematographers and their work.
Gregg Kilday of The Hollywood Reporter had the news that a DOC NYC press and industry screening of AN OPEN SECRET about the sexual abuse of children in Hollywood had been cancelled at the request of the movie rights’ holder.
A post on the Sundance blog outlined the community-building strategy used for the Steve James film LIFE ITSELF.
At Screen Daily, Adam Woodard wrote on the lineup at this year’s Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM).
Back at Nonfics.com, Christopher Campbell shared his list of the top 100 docs on Netflix worth streaming in November.
Finally, Kirk Vader wrote on the film POWERLESS for the Independent Lens blog.
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