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You could practically imagine Jan Brady-esque huffing from backstage — “Jordan! Jordan! Jordan!” — every time Jordan Smith got a standing ovation from the judges or a fawning intro package from Mark Burnett & Co. or a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Top 200 from Voice voters both crazed and casual.
But while Jordan slayed his closing Christmas hymn tonight and didn’t make any glaring mistakes — unless, »
Nominees were announced Wednesday for the 9th annual Cinema Eye Honors, recognizing excellence in documentary filmmaking.
The group singled out a number of top films contending for the documentary feature Oscar, including “Amy,” “Listen to Me Marlon” and “The Look of Silence,” which were also nominated by the International Documentary Association earlier this month.
“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” was the only film on the Academy’s list of 10 best documentary short finalists to pick up a nomination.
Nominations were announced via Twitter. Here’s the full list below.
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
- Kristopher Tapley
AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.
World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo, »
- Melissa Thompson
The highlight is the absolutely astonishing “World of Tomorrow,” which crams in more Sf ideas than you’ll find in a decade’s worth of summer blockbusters. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Didn’t get to Sundance this January? Me neither. But now some arthouse moviegoers in the U.S. will have a chance to check out a selection of the best short films from this year’s fest, starting in New York City, where the IFC Center debuts today the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Award-Winning Shorts. (Keep an eye on your local arthouse: this may show up there in the coming months.)
The highlight of the program and winner of the Short Film Jury Award — meaning it was the best short of the festival — is the absolutely astonishing “World of Tomorrow” [IMDb], from American filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.
“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But »
- Dominic Patten and Patrick Hipes
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Kitty Green.s The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiu has won the jury award for best non-fiction short at the Sundance Film Festival.
Green.s film follows girls from across divided, war-torn Ukraine as they audition to play the role of Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul.
Oksana was world champion in 1993 when she was 16 and the following year won the ladies. single title at the Winter Olympics - the only skater to ever win gold at that event representing Ukraine.
Green directed Ukraine is not a Brothel, the feature documentary on the country.s topless feminist movement Femen, which caused a stir at its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival as it revealed the group was founded by a man, Victor Svyatski, who left the collective a year earlier.
Some 60 shorts from around the world, »
- Don Groves
Starting from 8,061 total submissions, the Sundance Film Festival awarded the Short Film Grand Jury Prize on Tuesday night to Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow.” The film is about a little girl being taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.
Other short film winners include “Smilf” taking the Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction, while “Oh Lucy!” scored the Short Film Jury Award in the International Fiction category. The former tells the story of a young mother trying to balance her old single life with her new one, while the latter is about a middle-aged woman »
- Jason Hughes
8 items from 2015
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