Monday Memo: Full Frame Festival Hands Out Awards

Darius Clark Munroe's film EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL took home a pair of awards from this year's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival concluded yesterday with an awards ceremony at which EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL from director Darius Clark Munroe took home the grand jury award. Writing for the News & Observer, Daniel Cook Johnson reported on the awards ceremony. Also writing for the News & Observer, Lewis Beale covered the festival’s honoring of the career of documentary filmmaker Steve James. In a piece for Filmmaker Magazine from March, Sarah Salovaara interviewed Munroe about his film.

At Indiewire, Eric Kohn had a recap of this year’s New Directors/New Films program held at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In a piece for the Frieze blog, Ela Bittencourt also covered some of the nonfiction film screened at ND/NF.

Richard Brody of the New Yorker had some coverage of the upcoming Art of the Real program at Lincoln Center. And Eric Hynes also previewed the series in a piece for the New York Times.

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Monday Memo: Illmatic Doc Picked to Launch Tribeca Film Fest

The film TIME IS ILLMATIC was named as the opening film for this year's Tribeca FIlm Festival.

The Tribeca Film Festival this week named the documentary TIME IS ILLMATIC about the seminal hip-hop album Illmatic by Nas as its opening film. Manori Ravindran of Realscreen had a report, as did Mekado Murphy of the New York Times and Nigel M. Smith of Indiewire.

The team of Joshua Oppenheimer, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog on Sunday hosted a Reddit AMA intended to focus on Oppenheimer’s film THE ACT OF KILLING. Nick Fraser of BBC Storyville sparked some controversy with a piece in the Guardian advocating that the film not win an Oscar. At Variety, Tim Gray spoke with Morris about the film, while the BBC’s Tim Masters spoke with Oppenheimer, who told him he feared returning to Indonesia, in advance of the Oscars.

At the New York Times, Lauren Sandler wrote about the ties between True/False and a local church in Columbia, Missouri. Tom Roston of the POV blog interviewed filmmaker Robert Greene about his new film ACTRESS, as well as the True/False Film Festival, where the film will screen. Aarik Danielson of the Columbia Daily Tribune also spoke with Greene about his film. Over at KBIA, Abbie Fentress Swanson interviewed director Jessica Oreck about her film THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA, also a True/False selection.

This week Stranger Than Fiction is hosting A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM, a film about a photo taken of a collection of some of the greatest jazz musicians in history, on Tuesday, February 25 at 8 p.m. at the IFC Center in Manhattan. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the film’s producer Matthew Sieg and editor Susan Peehl. For more information or to buy tickets please go here.

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Monday Memo: POV Announces Lineup for 26th Season

Among the films included in POV's upcoming season are HERMAN'S HOUSE from director Angad Singh Bhalla

POV this week announced the lineup for its 26th season, which includes a solid lineup of festival darlings such as 5 BROKEN CAMERAS from directors Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi; HERMAN’S HOUSE from director Angad Singh Bhalla; and ONLY THE YOUNG from directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims, among several other great titles. Adam Benzine of Realscreen covered the announcement, as did Alison Willmore of Indiewire.

Canada’s Hot Docs festival also announced it’s full lineup this week; you can check out the full schedule for the festival, set to run April 25 – May 5 in Toronto, by going here. Realscreen’s Adam Benzine also had coverage of the announcement.

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