The documentary community this past week continued to remember filmmaker Peter Wintonick, who passed away from a rare form of liver cancer last Monday. In a touching piece for Indiewire, Heather Croall, director of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, remembered Wintonick. Marc Glassman did the same at Canada’s POV Magazine, and you can read Wintonick’s own “Doc the World” manifesto at POV’s site here. Adam Benzine of Realscreen wrote on various elements of the doc community celebrating Wintonick’s life, and also reported that the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece had named an award after Wintonick. The CBC reported on Wintonick’s passing, while Matthew Pearson and Brendan Kelly of the Ottawa Citizen wrote on Wintonick’s perhaps best known work, MANUFACTURING CONSENT.
Michel Gondry’s new animated documentary on Noam Chomsky, IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY?, had its premiere at DOC NYC in advance of a run at the IFC Center. At the New York Times, Gondry narrated a scene from the film, while Eric Kohn of Indiewire interviewed the director. R. Kurt Osenlund did the same for Filmmaker Magazine, while Gondry was interviewed by Zachary Wigan for the Tribeca Institute’s blog. At Nonfics.com, Daniel Walber reviewed the film, while Christopher Campbell shared a list of Gondry’s five favorite docs.
Adam Benzine of Realscreen reported on the awards winners from the DOC NYC festival, with A WORLD NOT OURS from Mahdi Fleifel winning the grand jury prize in the festival’s Viewfinders section. Daniel Walber penned a review of the festival film TOXIC HOT SEAT, and another of the film TOWN HALL. At Filmmaker Magazine, Scott Macaulay interviewed I LEARN AMERICA directors Jean-Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng. Also, Sarah Salovaara of Filmmaker Magazine interviewed director Grace Lee about her film AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS. The staff at Indiewire also extracted 10 filmmaker tips on hiring a publicist from DOC NYC panels.