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Chef and Keep on Keepin’ On win big at Tribeca

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The New York Times reports that the Tribeca Film Fest handed out awards for Best Narrative feature to Chef, and best documentary to Keep on Keepin’ on. The winners were chosen by audiences who voted after watching all of the films. Chef is not faring so well over at Metacritic, not that it means much at this stage but if even some of these guys, many of whom used to…

Brian’s Tribeca 2010:  Documentary Theme Squeeze

Brian’s Tribeca 2010: Documentary Theme Squeeze

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By Brian Whisenant Special to Awards Daily Yesterday I was sitting at the Village East Cinema waiting for what I might call Docuday 1. I had decided to cram 2 documentaries into a short span of time before going downstairs to work in the box office. I have seen a few things, but honestly hadn’t been compelled to write my first review. I needed an angle of some sort. The…

Freakonomics Will Close Tribeca

Freakonomics Will Close Tribeca

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Magnolia has just announced it will be handling the North American distribution for the documentary adaptation of the bestselling book, Freakonomics, about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The film will bring together some of the super stars in documentary filmmaking: Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Oscar nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus…

Cherry Picking Tribeca’s Docs

Cherry Picking Tribeca’s Docs

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Christy Turlington production company in Tanzania Craig Kennedy runs down the last of the lineup for the Tribeca Film Fest. One wonders if any of these movies will have a life beyond the fest. But the buzz starts here if it starts at all. Sundance, Telluride and Toronto have become more prominent for the Oscar race. Nonetheless, here are a few titles worth looking out for. The funny thing about…

Tribeca winners

Tribeca winners

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Main Competition Categories: The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature ‚Äì “About Elly (Darbareye Elly),” directed and written by Asghar Farhadi. Best New Narrative Filmmaker ‚Äì Rune Denstad Langlo for “North (Nord),” written by Erlend Loe. Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film ‚Äì Ciar√°n Hinds in “The Eclipse,” directed and written by Conor McPherson. Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film ‚Äì Zoe Kazan in “The Exploding Girl,” directed…

The Year of the Che

The Year of the Che

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A few years back I was actually dabbling in writing, or adapting, a Che screenplay for a small production company in LA. Back then, though, it was exactly the wrong political climate to make such a film. Now, it’s all the rage. With Soderbergh set to release his Che duo pics at Cannes, all eyes are suddenly on the sexy Commie revolutionary. Cinematical has a review of a new Che…