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Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

17 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination.

Unlike “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” nonfiction feature Oscar winners including “CitizenFour,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels” can also tout an Emmy win.

Why? Because documentaries are by and large a product of television or digital platforms and not film studios. Without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, PBS, A&E and streaming services including Netflix and Amazon, the Oscar feature documentary category wouldn’t exist.

But docu filmmakers, similar to narrative filmmakers, want the same thing: for their film to be seen in a movie theater with an audience. So outlets, including HBO and PBS, have selectively facilitated that desire for primarily two reasons: to please directors and perhaps more importantly, to qualify for an Academy Award, which »

- Addie Morfoot

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Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

17 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination.

Unlike “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” nonfiction feature Oscar winners including “CitizenFour,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels” can also tout an Emmy win.

Why? Because documentaries are by and large a product of television or digital platforms and not film studios. Without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, PBS, A&E and streaming services including Netflix and Amazon, the Oscar feature documentary category wouldn’t exist.

But docu filmmakers, similar to narrative filmmakers, want the same thing: for their film to be seen in a movie theater with an audience. So outlets, including HBO and PBS, have selectively facilitated that desire for primarily two reasons: to please directors and perhaps more importantly, to qualify for an Academy Award, which »

- Addie Morfoot

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HBO Documentary Co-Director Commits Suicide Amid Murder Investigation

20 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Omar Broadway, the co-director and subject of the 2008 HBO documentary “An Omar Broadway Film,” killed himself earlier this month as police were attempting to arrest him for the murder of his 18-year-old nephew. The 35-year-old Broadway shot himself in the basement of an Essex County, New Jersey residence as authorities surrounded the house. Police are still looking for Kenneth Durant, 36, another subject in the May 4 murder of Najee Broadway.

Read More: Sundance Institute Announces 8 Projects for Annual Documentary Edit and Story Lab

Omar Broadway made the transition from incarcerated gang member to filmmaker after arranging for a camera to be smuggled into a state prison and surreptitiously shooting footage for roughly six months, capturing everything from the boredom of life behind bars to corruption among the prison guards, some of whom would use excessive force and physically abuse inmates. Broadway had hoped that getting the tapes out of prison and »

- Graham Winfrey

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Stephen Colbert Channels David Byrne Singing ‘Once in a Lifetime’ — Watch

6 February 2017 9:17 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Ever since his brilliant and understated turn as Harry in the 2011 film version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” fans have been impressed by Stephen Colbert’s lovely singing voice. Whether he’s crooning Irving Berlin with Anna Kendrick, or subbing in for Jay-z with Alicia Keys on “Empire State of Mind”, the comedian’s dulcet tones are always a welcome and earnest addition to his jokes.

Read More: ‘Stephen Colbert’ From ‘The Colbert Report’ Says Goodbye To Barack Obama

Over the weekend, Colbert got the chance to go a little funkier when her performed a cover of The Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” at a benefit for the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey.

A proud Montclair resident, Colbert is on the advisory board for the festival, along with such industry heavyweights as J.J. Abrams, Jon Stewart, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Colbert’s wife, Evelyn McGee Colbert is Vice Chairman of the Board. »

- Jude Dry

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Stephen Colbert Channels David Byrne Singing ‘Once in a Lifetime’ — Watch

6 February 2017 9:17 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever since his brilliant and understated turn as Harry in the 2011 film version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” fans have been impressed by Stephen Colbert’s lovely singing voice. Whether he’s crooning Irving Berlin with Anna Kendrick, or subbing in for Jay-z with Alicia Keys on “Empire State of Mind”, the comedian’s dulcet tones are always a welcome and earnest addition to his jokes.

Read More: ‘Stephen Colbert’ From ‘The Colbert Report’ Says Goodbye To Barack Obama

Over the weekend, Colbert got the chance to go a little funkier when her performed a cover of The Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime” at a benefit for the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey.

A proud Montclair resident, Colbert is on the advisory board for the festival, along with such industry heavyweights as J.J. Abrams, Jon Stewart, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Colbert’s wife, Evelyn McGee Colbert is Vice Chairman of the Board. »

- Jude Dry

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