This week saw the 7th annual Cinema Eye Honors, with the award for outstanding feature going to Joshua Oppenheimer’s THE ACT OF KILLING. Sarah Polley took home the award for outstanding director for STORIES WE TELL. Adam Benzine had coverage for Realscreen, while Christopher Campbell did the same at Nonfics.com. Tom Roston reported on the awards for the POV blog, as did Nick Dawson at Filmmaker Magazine. And Adam Schartoff spoke with Esther Robinson about the awards in an episode of his Filmwax podcast.
In distro news, Paula Bernstein of Indiewire reported that Cinedigm picked up North American rights to REMOTE AREA MEDICAL, while Dave McNary of Variety also had the news. Also, Paula Bernstein reported that CITIZEN KOCH had been nabbed by Variance Films for theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) this week announced its doc nominees, with Alexandra Zeevalkink of the DocGeeks blog on the news and Adam Benzine covering the event for Realscreen.
Sundance coverage was already starting to heat up, with Katherine Kilkenny of Indiewire taking note of the trend of internet-focused docs at Park City this year. Writing for the Salt Lake Tribune, Sean P. Means spoke with some Sundance programmers on the thought that goes into the festival’s doc selections.
At Indiewire, Ronan Doyle made the case for why 2013 was a great year for docs, and why 2014 might be even better. Over at the Docs in Progress website, Erica Ginsberg issued some suggested New Year’s resolutions for docmakers. And Kenny Miles issued a list of notable docs from 2013 in a post at The Movie Blog.
Realscreen had complete coverage of lineup announcements made this week. Adam Benzine reported on the upcoming lineup for BBC’s Storyville program. Benzine also had news of some of the docs slated to play this year’s South by Southwest. Meanwhile, Manori Ravindran covered the documentary lineup at HBO for the first half of the year.
Cassandra Szklarski of CTV news reported that WATERMARK from directors Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky had been named the best Canadian film by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Katie Bailey of Realscreen also had coverage of the award.
At DocGeeks, Alexandra Zeevalkink took note of the fact that The Sheffield Doc/Fest had opened its Meetmarket and Crossover Market for submissions. Kevin Ritchie of Realscreen also had details on the festivals new interactive doc fund.
The POV blog this week republished a post from Slavik Boyechko that outlined how to put together a basic DSLR video kit. In a separate post, Fernanda Rossi broke down the film anatomy on NEW ADVENTURES IN JEWISH LIVING.
Over at Nonfics.com, Christopher Campbell had this week’s doc home picks, which included the director’s cut of THE ACT OF KILLING. Campbell also had a rundown of docs hitting theaters this week. Congrats also go out to Campbell for the impending addition to his family, set to arrive this summer. Mazel tov!
At Filmmaker Magazine, Farihah Zaman recapped the Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), which took place in November. Also at Filmmaker Mag, Michael Murie had coverage of a screening of THE CRASH REEL which also featured a discussion with filmmaker Lucy Walker and subject Kevin Pearce.
Writing for New City Film, Ray Pride shared his observations on THESE BIRDS WALK.
Asawin Suebsaeng covered THE ACT OF KILLING’s rollout and distro strategy in Indonesia in a piece for Mother Jones.
At i-Docs, Sandra Gaudenzi launched a UX series for interactive docs.
Canada’s POV Magazine had a piece from James Buffin on whether the long-format doc was an imperiled breed.
In a post at the International Documentary Association (IDA) site, Suzanne Curtis Campbell spoke with the new director of Sundance’s documentary program, Tabitha Jackson.
Chicago-based production house Kartemquin Films announced the newest members of its Diverse Voices in Docs Fellowship program. Congrats to the new class!
The True/False festival website published an impressive list of festival alums available for viewing online. Paula Bernstein of Indiewire had the details.
At About.com, Jennifer Merin, an outspoken critic of the film THE ACT OF KILLING, shared a similar opinion from BBC figure Nick Fraser.
Back at the IDA website, Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson reviewed Frederick Wiseman’s latest, AT BERKELEY.
Finally, Basil Tsiokos had an overview of the docs screening at this year’s New York Jewish Film Festival.
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