This week the doc THE KILL TEAM from director Dan Krauss reached theaters. At New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, David Edelstein reviewed the film, while Jordan M. Smith did the same at Ion Cinema. Writing for Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman described the film as “essential viewing,” while Nathan Rabin shared his thoughts on the film at The Dissolve.
Writing for Realscreen, Kevin Ritchie reported that Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow up to THE ACT OF KILLING, a film titled THE LOOK OF SILENCE, would screen at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Also at Realscreen, Nick Krewen reported that the festival was set to honor documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.
Alison Byrne Fields wrote a very interesting piece about the complications resulting from attempts to quantify the impact of social issue docs at the Aggregate site.
Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Glenn Whipp wrote a great piece about the film LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF and its reliance on fair use doctrine to get a home video release.
At Ted Hope’s website, David K. Greenwald shared some insight on why some filmmakers are doomed to failure.
Tambay A. Obenson of the Indiewire blog Shadow and Act wrote a post profiling the new AfriDocs film festival, designed to draw attention to African filmmakers.
This week the documentary community lost David Herman, one of the more active members of the D-Word community. The D-Word founded a topic in his memory that you can visit here (registration required).
At The Guardian, Bhakti Shringarpure wrote on CONCERNING VIOLENCE, the new film from Göran Hugo Olsson on Frantz Fanon.
Writing for Realscreen, Nick Krewen wrote about a new grant program for female Indian documentary filmmakers from the Indian Documentary Foundation (IDF) and Chicken & Egg Pictures.
The Dokufest film festival held in Prizren, Kosovo, announced its slate this week, which you can find on their website here.
Back at Realscreen, Manori Ravindran reported on the film projects selected for this year’s Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) forum, which included 50 doc projects.
At Nonfics.com, Daniel Walber took a look at Pier Paolo Passolini’s 1964 film LOVE MEETINGS.
Lauren Carroll Harris took a look at RICH HILL in a piece written for the International Documentary Association (IDA) website.
At his What (Not) to Doc blog, Basil Tsiokos shared an overview of the docs screening at this year’s NewFest. Tsiokos also penned an overview of the docs at the Asian American International Film Festival.
Writing for Nonfics.com, Christopher Campbell weighed in on the appropriateness of films vying for both Emmys and Oscars. (Also, congratulations to Campbell on the new addition to his family!)
The POV blog turned out a post from Digital Technology Fellow Brian Chirls on the practice of smart cropping for video.
At the ITVS Beyond the Box blog, director Lisa Gossels wrote about her experiences making the film MY SO-CALLED ENEMY.
Filmmaker Magazine writer Esther B. Robinson turned in a conversation with Joe Swanberg about the financial realities of being an indie filmmaker.
Back at Indiewire, Paula Bernstein spoke with Tim League from Drafthouse Films about the “ultra-VOD” strategy for the film THE CONGRESS. Also at Indiewire, Eric Kohn had a piece on a recent trinity of films examining injustice in the criminal justice system. And finally, the staff at the Indiewire blog Playlist compiled a list of the best docs of 2014 to date.
This week Dogfish opened applications for its accelerator program; Sarah Salovaara of Filmmaker Magazine noted the news.
Nadia Younes of the Dazed Digital blog spoke with Tribeca Film Institute Director of Digital Initiatives Ingrid Kopp about the next wave of filmmaking.
At Indiewire, director Jesse Moss recounted his learning experiences at the Sundance documentary edit story lab.
This week the White House announced that documentary filmmakers Albert Maysles and Stanley Nelson were among those selected to receive the National Medal of Arts.
Canadian film screening organization Cinema Politica announced that it sought submissions of political work for inclusion in its program.
At Moveable Feast, Stephen Saito wrote about the efforts of the filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, the pair behind the doc ALMOST THERE, to get their project made.
The Guardian this week released an interactive documentary marking the 100-year anniversary of the first World War.
Finally, Paula Bernstein highlighted eight documentaries that are now available for screening on Netflix Instant.
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