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9 items from 2016


Leonardo DiCaprio, Netflix and Women: Hot Documentary Titles At The Toronto Film Festival

11 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Every year, IndieWire asks the Toronto Film Festival’s ace documentary programmer, Thom Powers, to dig into the new lineup. The doc czar’s influence extends beyond Toronto to IFC Center’s Stranger than Fiction series, The SundanceNow Doc Club, and November’s influential festival Doc NYC, which selects the infamous Short List, many of which head for Oscar contention.

This year, the Tiff doc program (September 8-18) numbers 37 titles. It’s led by four veterans — Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog—big names who will pull audiences, playing alongside newcomers who will benefit from the Tiff spotlight. Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio have made a new documentary that they hope will push the needle on climate change. Netflix boasts four high-profile offerings likely to factor in the always intense doc Oscar race. And there’s a plethora of new titles that await discovery — and buyers.

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- Anne Thompson

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Netflix and Women: Hot Documentary Titles At The Toronto Film Festival

11 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every year, IndieWire asks the Toronto Film Festival’s ace documentary programmer, Thom Powers, to dig into the new lineup. The doc czar’s influence extends beyond Toronto to IFC Center’s Stranger than Fiction series, The SundanceNow Doc Club, and November’s influential festival Doc NYC, which selects the infamous Short List, many of which head for Oscar contention.

This year, the Tiff doc program (September 8-18) numbers 37 titles. It’s led by four veterans — Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog—big names who will pull audiences, playing alongside newcomers who will benefit from the Tiff spotlight. Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio have made a new documentary that they hope will push the needle on climate change. Netflix boasts four high-profile offerings likely to factor in the always intense doc Oscar race. And there’s a plethora of new titles that await discovery — and buyers.

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- Anne Thompson

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Documentary Selections Announced for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

9 August 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Sixteen films, including new works by Steve James, Raoul Peck, Fischer Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as a first-time feature by documentary director and producer Erin Heidenreich, were announced for the Toronto International Film Festival’s doc program today. Commented Tiff Docs Programmer Thom Powers in a press release, “Revelations abound in this year’s crop of documentaries. We gain fresh perspectives on high profile figures such as James Baldwin, Amanda Knox and The Beatles; and we meet compelling figures from the worlds of activism, music, sports and, not to be forgotten, classic burlesque.” Among the films listed above, Steve James, […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Toronto next wave includes 'Free Fire', 'Blair Witch', DiCaprio doc

9 August 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.

This week’s offering includes Ben Wheatley’s all-star gangster thriller Free Fire, which opens Midnight Madness one year after the premiere of the British auteur’s High-Rise; fast-rising Chadwick Boseman in revenge thriller Message From The King in Vanguard and a Tiff Docs strand that features climate change documentary The Turning Point, featuring and produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.

Wp = world premiere, IP = international premiere, Nap = North American premiere, Cp = Canadian premiere, Tp = Toronto premiere.

Midnight Madness

Ben Wheatley’s all-star gunfight Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy will open the section, which includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, André Øvredal’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Doc NYC Expands Industry Program for 7th Edition

10 June 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Doc NYC, billed as America’s largest documentary film festival, will expand its industry-focused programs for the seventh edition of the film festival. The New York-based festival will run from November 10-17, with the Visionaries Tribute luncheon taking place on November 10. “For six years, we’ve carefully nurtured our industry offerings to establish a must-attend gathering,” said Doc NYC artistic director Thom Powers in a statement. “Last year saw major growth under the new banner of Doc NYC Pro, the new conference location at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and its new lounge. This is a vital networking hub for doc makers to get their future films […] »

- Paula Bernstein

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Daily | Capra, Nash, Petzold

30 April 2016 12:31 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup, we track the fates of the blogs leaving the Indiewire network. Plus: The late Jenny Diski on Frank Capra, Adrian Martin on Margot Nash, Olaf Möller on Lav Diaz's A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery, Michael Koresky on Christian Petzold's Phoenix, Thom Powers on documentaries by Robert Drew, Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, Richard Brody on Christian Braad Thomsen's Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands and Ada Ushpiz's Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Otto Preminger, plus news from Cannes and Venice—and more. » - David Hudson »

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6 Filmmaking Tips From Documentary Pioneers Robert Drew and Richard Leacock

26 April 2016 11:47 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Robert Drew‘s name is attached to a team of filmmakers who made revolutionary changes to documentary in the early 1960s. But today he’s probably the least-appreciated member of Drew Associates and the Direct Cinema movement after Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, and Ricky Leacock. Part of that is because he never became as well-known a solo director as his colleagues. He didn’t go on to make more revered classics like the Maysles Brothers’ Salesman and Grey Gardens or Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back and The War Room, and he didn’t have the kind of film history-spanning career and influence that Leacock’s legacy entails. That’s why Criterion’s new set “The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates” is so important. Not that it totally isolates Drew from the others — he barely gets to stand out alone even in the new bonus-feature documentary Robert Drew in His Own Words — but it at least »

- Christopher Campbell

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The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

15 April 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Take a look at the roots of American campaign image consciousness, and the then-new techniques of cinéma vérité to bring a new 'reality' for film documentaries. Four groundbreaking films cover the Kennedy-Humphrey presidential primary, and put us in the Oval Office for a showdown against Alabama governor George Wallace. The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates Blu-ray Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, Faces of November The Criterion Collection 808 1960 -1964 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 53, 52, 53, 12 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 39.95 Starring John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, McGeorge Bundy, John Kenneth Galbraith, Richard Goodwin, Albert Gore Sr., Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Pierre Salinger, Haile Selassie, John Steinbeck, George Wallace, Vivian Malone, Burke Marshall, Nicholas Katzenbach, John Dore, Jack Greenberg; Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy Jr., Caroline Kennedy, Peter Lawford. Cinematography Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Review: “The Kennedy Films Of Robert Drew & Associates”, Blu-ray Special Edition From Criterion

9 April 2016 3:49 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“The President’S Reality Show

By Raymond Benson

Robert Drew was a pioneer who changed the way we think about the documentary film. As first a writer/editor at Life Magazine in the 1950s, and then the head of a unit that produced short documentaries for Time Inc., Drew knew how to tell a story visually. When he formed his own company, Robert Drew & Associates, he was the guiding force for other talented (and later, more well-known) filmmakers such as D. A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back, Monterey Pop), Albert and David Maysles (Gimme Shelter), and Richard Leacock, among others. Together they invented a novel way to present a documentary film, something historians coined “direct cinema.”

Documentaries had previously been scripted, usually shot to order, and more often than not, were textbook dull. Drew and his colleagues developed the you-are-there style of following subjects around as they did their business, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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