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Obama Doc on Track for Oscar

It's one thing to award the Gore doc the big prize during the Bush administration; it's something else entirely to award the Obama doc during the Obama administration. Nonetheless, the new doc about the Obama campaign is getting a…

DisneyNature’s Earth

DisneyNature will release Earth on April 22nd, Earth Day, and if it makes a boatload of cash it could be a contender for the doc race, even if it isn't particularly hard-hitting. Earth was made by the same filmmakers who did the…

Earth, trailer

Intended to be inspirational and awe-inspiring rather than raise worrisome environmental concerns, Disney's epic Earth is positioned as March of the Penguins minus all the Inconvenient Truth. The dramatized story of 3 wildlife families…

In A Dream

Philadelphia muralist Isaiah Zager is the subject of his son Jeremiah's documentary, In A Dream, whose trailer comes to us via Cinematical. Winner of the audience award at SXSW Film Festival a couple of weeks ago, the film will be…

Bill Maher, Oscar presenter…

"...in the category for which I should have been nominated," as he said just now on HBO's Real Time. He also revealed that the Oscar's are cutting back on glitz this year. In fact, Maher says, "Sean Penn will arrive in a rented huff."…

Stacking up the Docu Competition

It happens every year. The defacto choice in a category becomes mirage-like, shimmering in the distance and we wonder, briefly, if it is really as solid as we think it is. Even the most secure winner can look like a mirage at times, which…

“It’s Not About Winning Or Losing”

QUESTION: I think that the debate that you‚Äôve been having, your calls to expand the idea of what documentary can be ‚Äì if that‚Äôs been a debate, it seems to me that you‚Äôve won. WH: No, come on, it‚Äôs not winning or losing. We are…

Cinema Eye Honors Announced

All These Wonderful Things has announced the complete nominees for the 2008 Cinema Eye awards for non-fiction film. The group was born out of frustration with the Academy's and other awards groups methods for choosing documentaries. Here…

Man on Wire vs. Young @ Heart

AJ Schnack brings the news that the International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced its winners in all but the top prize category. Schnack thinks it will be down to Young @ Heart versus Man on Wire. Also in the running for Doc…

Schnack on the Short List

I read a few sites with commentary on the Oscar documentary short list but I must admit I was waiting to hear what AJ Schnack over at All These Wonderful Things had to say and it turns out it isn't bad: Let's get one thing out of the way.…

Oscar Documentary Feature Short List

AMPAS released the contenders for the Documentary Feature and they are: ‚ÄúAt the Death House Door‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Betrayal (Nerakhoon)‚Äù ‚ÄúBlessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh‚Äù ‚ÄúEncounters at the End of the World‚Äù…

IDA’s Documentary Nominees

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elp5rbsNfnI Indiewire posted the nominees for the International Documentary Association Awards. It is starting to look like one of the sure things in this year's doc race is Man on Wire, as it's the one that…

A Very British Gangster

As a huge fan of such films as The Krays, The Long Good Friday, and the BBC miniseries, The Krays, this looks like the dog's bollocks. Press Release: A VERY BRITISH GANGSTER, the acclaimed profile of the notorious British gay crime boss,…

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Winner of Best Documentary at Tribeca, Pray the Devil Back to Hell recounts the courageous efforts of Liberian women to overcome dictator Charles Taylor and end decades of warlord violence. Reticker, whose docus have all concerned women,…

Man on Wire

We've mentioned Man on Wire several times as an almost certain nominee for Best Documentary. Swept up in the general consensus that it's one of the very best films of the year, apparently we've taken it for granted by never featuring the…

Doc Watch: Flow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUrqpxS_aLY TGIF buzz kill, sorry. The poster after the cut has a bold Bauhaus agitprop vibe.

Squandering the Oscar

Filmmakers hanging their highest hopes on winning an Academy Award know it's the dream scenario guaranteed to boost box-office with a post-Oscar bump worth millions, right?¬† ...um, not always. Not when the distributor is caught up short…

Doc News

Variety's Robert Koehler raves about the French doc, Beloved: Lovely, extremely heartfelt film helps redefine the term "homemovie" as the director examines the sad, multilayered life of his grandmother Therese, who died of tuberculosis at…

Teach Both Sides!

(click for supersized version suitable for printing and posting on classroom corkboards) ‚ÄúAn educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.‚Äù Sicko (2007) ‚Äì Tony Benn ‚ÄúWhat bugs a lot of us is the Intelligent…

Polanski: Wanted and Desired

New York Times critic Manohla Dargis saw the Roman Polanski doc when it briefly appeared in a few theaters in New York and Los Angeles in order to qualify for the Oscars. Dargis writes: ‚ÄúWanted and Desired,‚Äù which opened on Friday…