THE SALT OF THE EARTH was among the films named to the Oscar shortlist for docs this week.

This week the shortlist for the 2015 Oscar doc race was released. At Realscreen, Adam Benzine had a rundown of the films on the list, as did Germain Lussier of Slash Film and Christopher Campbell of At Decider, Olivia Armstrong had a list of the shortlisted docs available for online screening. Gregg Kilday of The Hollywood Reporter wondered if Laura Poitras’ film CITIZENFOUR could become the first doc to earn consideration for the best picture award. Brooks Barnes and Michael Cieply took a look at the shortlisted films at the New York Times.

The Sundance Film Festival announced its U.S. and world competition docs this week. Writing for Realscreen, Adam Benzine had coverage of the announcement.

At The Hollywood Reporter, Rebecca Ford reported on the winners of the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards, as did Manori Ravindran of Realscreen.

At Indiewire, David D’Arcy remembered the body of work of late filmmaker Harun Farocki.

Writing for Variety, Todd Spangler reported that Liz Garbus would helm a Netflix-backed do on singer Nina Simone. Realscreen’s Adam Benzine also covered the announcement.

Chicken & Egg Pictures named their latest class of grant recipients this week; Manori Ranvindran of Realscreen had coverage.

In a piece for Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman considered the ethical complications arising from documentary films about the disenfranchised and poor.

Manori Ravindran of Realscreen turned out part 3 of her coverage of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Ravindran also covered a panel discussion on the best way to sell your doc, and covered news of the awards handed out at the festival. Alexandra Zeevalkink of DocGeeks also had news of the awards.

Filmmaker Magazine had details on the documentary slate at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, as did Manori Ravindran of Realscreen.

Writing for the website of Sight and Sound Magazine, filmmaker Robert Greene had a piece on the intersection of boundary-pushing non-fiction cinema and funding mechanisms.

Over at, Christopher Campbell had a rundown of the films available for home viewing this week on a number of platforms, including VOD.

Also at, Daniel Walber had an interview with Goran Hugo Olsson, director of CONCERNING VIOLENCE. Christopher Campbell reviewed the film for the site, while Keith Uhlich did the same at the A.V. Club.

At Realscreen, Kevin Ritchie reported that LIFE ITSELF from director Steve James had won the best doc of the year award from The National Board of Review.

Over at Cultural Weekly, Adam Leipzig shared seven reasons to make a documentary film.

Writing for, Dan Schindel reviewed REMOTE AREA MEDICAL from directors Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichart.

Scott Macaulay of Filmmaker Magazine turned in an interview with CITIZENFOUR editor Mathilde Bonnefoy that’s a good read.

Writing for Sundance, John Cardellino recapped his experience at this year’s CPH:DOX.

Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Docs in Progress put out a call for a Filmmaker-in-Residence for the early part of 205.

Finally, Rachel Bernstein reported on lessons learnt by THE CRUISE director Bennett Miller during the making of the film.

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