Monday Memo: Cinema Eye Honors Announces Awards Nominees

CITIZENFOUR from director Laura Poitras earned several nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors awards.

This week the Cinema Eye Honors announced the nominees for its awards. Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio had coverage at Indiewire’s Thompson on Hollywood blog, as did Manori Ravindran at Realscreen. Indiewire’s Shipra Gupta also had coverage, as did Pete Bland of the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The DOC NYC festival kicked off this week. At Eye For Film, Anne-Katrin interviewed DOC NYC programmer Basil Tsiokos in two parts: part one here and part two here. At the New York Times Stephen Holden provided an overview of the festival, while Kevin Ritchie profiled it for Realscreen. At the POV blog, Tom Roston named his must-see films of the festival, while Lauren Wissot did the same at Filmmaker Magazine.

This week the doc community lost Kartemquin Films founding partner Jerry Blumenthal. At the Kartemquin website Tim Horsburgh shared an encomium for Blumenthal, while Manori Ravindran wrote on his passing for Realscreen.

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Monday Memo: POV Releases Interactive Short Docs Online

The interactive documentary project EMPIRE from directors Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill was among those posted to the POV website this week.

This week, POV released several digital short documentaries online that had participated in its Hackathon program. Jess Linington of i-Docs covered the release of the online docs, as did Sarah Salovaara of Filmmaker Magazine. POV also hosted several interviews with project creators, including one with the directors of EMPIRE, one with Jake Price of FUKUSHIMA: THE ETERNAL SEASON, and one with the directors of THE MOST NORTHERN PLACE.

POV also announced a call for entries for the POV Hackathon 7, set to take place in New York City November 8-9.

Writing for, Jason Gorber issued a list of the best docs gracing screens at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Canada’s POV Magazine also had a roundup of its TIFF coverage, which you can find here, and which included a review by Patrick Mullen of the new Joshua Oppenheimer film THE LOOK OF SILENCE, as well as a review by Adam Nayman of MONSOON. And Realscreens’ Adam Benzine covered the doc awards winners at the festival.

The Stranger Than Fiction fall season kicks off tomorrow with with a screening of TOWN BLOODY HALL from filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker on Tuesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. at the IFC Center in Manhattan. The film captures a 1971 discussion between Norman Mailer and a panel of feminists on the topic of Women’s Liberation. Following the screening, Hegedus and Pennebaker will be in attendance for a Q&A. For more information or to purchase tickets please go here. This season STF is dedicating itself to a retrospective of films from Hegedus and Pennebaker; you can find the full season lineup here.

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Monday Memo: Almeida Takes Home Cannes Doc Corner Prize

Filmmaker Andrew Valentim Almeida won the Doc Alliance Selection Award at this year's Cannes International Film Festival.

Filmmaker Andre Valentim Almeida took home the Doc Alliance Selection Award at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival for his film A CAMPANHA DO CREOULA; writing for Screen Daily, Wendy Mitchell had the details. Also, the Doc Alliance site had an interview with Almeida. In other Cannes news, Jay Weissberg of Variety reviewed Wim Wenders’ new doc THE SALT OF THE EARTH. At the Thompson on Hollywood blog at Indiewire, Tom Christie reviewed THE GO-GO BOYS from director Hilla Medalia. Over at, Daniel Walber reviewed THE FLOOD, a Cannes award winner from 1947 made by filmmaker Jerzy Bossak. Writing for Sight and Sound Magazine, Isabel Stevens reviewed the Frederick Wiseman film NATIONAL GALLERY. Jordan Cronk of Reverse Shot also reviewed the new Wiseman film.

This week saw the launch of the new VOD platform Docurama from Cinedigm. Paula Bernstein of Indiewire reported on the development, as did Sahil Patel of Video Ink.

The first West Coast edition of the POV Hackathon took place last week. The POV blog had a report from Michael S. Scherotter on the making of one of the prototypes yielded by the Hackathon.

This week Stranger Than Fiction is hosting a screening of the film THE BEACHES OF AGNES, an autobiographical essay from director Agnes Varda. The screening takes place on Tuesday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m. at the IFC Center in Manhattan. For more information or to purchase tickets please go here.

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