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Talkin’ Doc Feature

Talkin’ Doc Feature

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The thing about Michael Moore and the Academy – they have kind of been there, done that. When people say to me, “Of course it wasn’t nominated; it was bad,” that means nothing. They have their own particular tastes, especially their Doc branch, which is notorious for choosing films in a bubble.¬†¬† AJ Schnack knows the scene a whole lot better than I do — here is what he had…

Feature Documentary shortlist announced

Feature Documentary shortlist announced

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Breaking News Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA (November 18, 2009) ‚Äî The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards¬Æ. Eighty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: The Beaches of Agnes, Agn√®s Varda, director…

Oscar Doc Shortlist, Waitin’ It Out

Oscar Doc Shortlist, Waitin’ It Out

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It’s coming any minute now, but in the meantime, our pal AJ Schnack over at All These Wonderful Things has taken a stab at films he thinks might make the cut. Food, Inc. is the current frontrunner, according to AJ (then that automatically means Oscar ignores it. Juuuuuust kidding). It is the only film, says AJ, “to have scored nominations in the top category at the Cinema Eye Honors, the…

Paste Magazine: Top 25 Docs of the Decade

Paste Magazine: Top 25 Docs of the Decade

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Paste Magazine makes an interesting observation to introduce its list of the Top 25 documentary films of the decade: Living in an information-rich society, we‚Äôve all become skimmers. Reading a book from cover to cover, is a luxury that fewer people indulge in, yet the headlines, sound bites, viral videos, and tweets that season our daily ambiance don‚Äôt have the depth to help us understand an increasingly complex world. Bridging…

The Wildest Dream

The Wildest Dream

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This Variety story is from all the way back in early September but it says that National Geographic Entertainment picked up The Wildest Dream, a doc based on the mystery behind George Mallory’s Everest climb. I’m one of the people out there who geek out on anything having to do with Mount Everest and the people who died there. Why? I have no idea – I just know that it…

8 Doc Shorts Shortlisted

8 Doc Shorts Shortlisted

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Three of these are HBO films. Voters from the Academy‚Äôs Documentary Branch viewed this year‚Äôs 37 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation. The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: ‚ÄúChina‚Äôs Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province,‚Äù Downtown Community Television Center, Inc. ‚ÄúThe Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner,‚Äù Just Media ‚ÄúThe Last Truck: Closing of a GM…

Anvil Story of Anvil First Screener Sent Out

Anvil Story of Anvil First Screener Sent Out

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF4H8lB2Y_o[/youtube] Pete Hammond has the news that an underdog, self-distributed documentary is the first screener to be sent out to the almost 6,000 member Academy, adds Hammond: Being the first screener sent out is a nice distinction, and¬†giving voters plenty of time to see it has resulted in good nomination luck for the likes of “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Junebug” and last year’s “Frozen River,” among others. It’s an interesting, strategic…

This is It — Capitalism: A Love Story in Venice

This is It — Capitalism: A Love Story in Venice

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Friends, Well, this is it! Tonight, at the Venice Film Festival, I will premiere my new movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” After 16 months of production, I am proud to present this work of mine to you. It is unlike anything you’ll see on the silver screen this year. Twenty years ago this week I premiered my first film, “Roger & Me.” Tonight, my new film will premiere at the…

The Cove Stops the Dolphin Slaughter

The Cove Stops the Dolphin Slaughter

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It looks like the filmmakers of The Cove can claim a victory in the dolphin killings occurring in Japan, scheduled each September. From EW’s Pop Watch: Yesterday, O‚ÄôBarry returned to Taiji for the start of the dolphin killing season, but this time, he says, ‚Äúthere were no dolphin killers in sight.‚Äù Granted, this time he came with a small entourage of international journalists, including members of the Japanese press, so…

The Cove Possibly Rejected by Tokyo Fest

The Cove Possibly Rejected by Tokyo Fest

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AJ Schnack is talking up The Cove not being included (so far) in the Tokyo Film Fest lineup. The fest is funded by the Japanese government and is it so surprising they wouldn’t want the movie shown? There is some disagreement on it, however, and no one at the Tokyo Fest is every going to admit that they’d were given orders not to include the film. But what’s kind of…