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Sundance Selects’ digital label has agreed terms with First Run Features to bring select titles from the latter’s documentary library to SundanceNOW’s subscription VoD service Doc Club.
SundanceNOW has licensed 39 documentaries for the Doc Club programme curated by documentary programmer Thom Powers around monthly themes.
“First Run Features has been our highly esteemed colleague in distribution for many years, and we are thrilled to bring their films to our ever-growing online community of documentary and independent film aficionados,” said Sundance Selects president Jonathan Sehring [pictured]. »
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Tiff documentary programmer Thom Powers curates a monthly Doc Club series for the On Demand service SundanceNow entitled "Spin the Globe," and May's spotlight film is Jennifer Fox's six-hour, Danish-funded documentary "Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman." The film, which Fox culled from her own life, shooting with a special video camera to create a survey of female dynamics across disparate cultures, originally premiered at Sundance in 2007. As Fox -- whose filmography includes 1987's Sundance award winner "Beirut: The Last Home Movie" -- pursues her career as a documentary filmmaker, she encounters and interviews various women from South Africa and Cambodia to India and Pakistan. Read more about the film in Toh's past coverage of Jennifer Fox here, and an Indiewire interview here. "Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman" will begin streaming for SundanceNow subscribers on May 1. Trailer below. »
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The second annual Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey has announced its 2013 lineup.Running from April 29th to May 5th, the festival is curated by Thom Powers, who programs the Toronto International Film Festival's International Documentary area, the Miami International Film Festival and runs the IFC Center's weekly doc series Stranger than Fiction. Montclair's opening night selection is Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet from Stardom" -- which was also the opening night doc at this year's Sundance -- a film profiling various underdog back-up singers who have performed onstage with bands such as the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads (more about the film, picked up by RADiUS-twc, here). Also hailing from Sundance is Montclair's centerpiece "In a World," the feature film directorial debut of Lake Bell, who stars as a vocal coach with aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Read Indiewire's interview with triple-threat Bell here. Other films on the docket include. »
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Sorry Oscars. But after the Indie Spirit Awards, the number two spot in terms of Award Season importance are the Cinema Eye Honors. Seems like it was only yesterday when Aj Schnack & Thom Powers teamed up for one basic, logical concept: an event that would reward yearly output of documentary film in a rightfully sound manner. With the wind in their sails, the 6th annual edition was held last night and deservingly so, adding to its double wins at the Idfa and Sundance, it is 5 Broken Cameras that took the top honors for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking. Co-directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi – political activism via you guessed it, five video cameras. The film was released via Kino Lorber.
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As you may know by now, we're fans of SundanceNow's Doc Club. Curated by documentary guru Thom Powers, Doc Club has just launched its January lineup, called "Found Footage,” showcasing eight films that make memorable use of, yep, you guessed it, found footage film (check out the full program here). One of those films in the series is "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29," which has been called "the most famous football game in Ivy League history." In the doc, director Kevin Rafferty uncovers the 40-year-old broadcast from one of the most exciting sports games ever played, period. And one of the documentary's biggest champions is none other than director David O. Russell. To help promote and bring awareness to Doc Club this month, we've been provided with this exclusive clip of the "Silver Linings Playbook" helmer passionately endorsing the doc. "This film completely proves to you that it doesn't matter if. »
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