Telluride 2012 trailer: The Act of Killing

Some trailers don’t need accompanying synopsis or explanation. This isn’t one of those. Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesian Death Squads will screen in Toronto as well, and the TIFF site is where I found the best observations about the bizarre...
Posted On 01 Sep 2012

The Truth Behind the Academy’s Reworking of the Doc Rules

A few facts about today’s news item worth paying attention to — as told to me by Michael Moore himself in a phone call this evening: 1) The entire branch of 166 documentary filmmakers will now get to vote on the doc nominees, where in the past that privilege was...
Posted On 08 Jan 2012

15 Documentaries on the Short List!

“Battle for Brooklyn” (RUMER Inc.) “Bill Cunningham New York” (First Thought Films) “Buck” (Cedar Creek Productions) “Hell and Back Again” (Roast Beef Productions Limited) “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation...
Posted On 18 Nov 2011

Werner Herzog's Into the Abyss, trailer & poster

The cumulative effect suggests a world in which murder, desperation and operatic levels of tragedy are workaday (one town is actually called Cut and Shoot). As well as losing her brother and mother in the attacks, one woman tells how she also lost almost every other member of her...
Posted On 26 Oct 2011

Cinema Eye Non Fiction Film Nominations

The Cinema Eye nominations have been announced! Please note short film nomination for Tim Hetherington, the reporter/filmmaker who was killed in Libya. Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking The Arbor Directed by Clio Barnard Produced by Tracy O’Riordan The...
Posted On 26 Oct 2011

8 Documentary Shorts on Oscar's 2011 Shortlist

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 84th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. The eight films are...
Posted On 13 Oct 2011

The Typewriter in the 21st Century Gets a Trailer, Needs Support

A couple of filmmakers have been hard at work putting together a film on the typewriter and how it fits into our modern world.  Apparently there is a wave of support as younger people (re)discover the typewriter and all of its gloriousness.  I don’t think my daughter ever...
Posted On 28 Sep 2011

The Island President Takes on World to Try to Save it

What a wonderful documentary is Jon Shenk’s The Island President, which just had its first viewing in North America here at the Telluride Film Festival.  Beautifully shot, heartbreaking real, the film presents the everyday horror we’re all sort of living with: global...
Posted On 04 Sep 2011

Kris Tapley galvanized by Herzog's Into the Abyss

Kris Tapley at In Contention calls Werner Herzog’s new documentary “a crucial viewing experience.” In short, the film is a penetrating, comprehensive look at the issue of capital punishment by way of studying the circumstances and prominent figures in the case...
Posted On 03 Sep 2011