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16 items from 2014

Tfi announces second StoryLab

15 July 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the second annual New York-set StoryLab for film-makers in partnership with A&E IndieFilms.

The three-day workshop will provide in-depth assistance for five film-maker teams with documentary projects in post-production.

The Tfi/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab is designed to help position film-makers that are preparing to submit to major festivals and will offer one-on-one mentorship, master class and industry discussions and networking opportunities.

Jesus Camp nco-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Loki Films will hold a masterclass.

Additional industry expertise comes from Submarine’s Josh Braun (pictured), as well as Julie Goldman, Chris Clements and Carolyn Hepburn of Motto Pictures, film-maker Amir Bar-Lev and Tribeca programmers Cara Cusumano and Sharon Badal. »

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AFI Docs Releases Complete Film Line-Up, Plans to Honor Alex Gibney at Guggenheim Symposium

21 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

AFI Docs has released its complete line-up of films for this year's festival, which will take place June 18-22 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Springs, MD. As previously announced, "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey" and "Life Itself" will open and close the festival, respectively. In addition to screening 84 films from 28 different countries, AFI Docs will honor Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney at its annual Charles Guggenheim Symposium. Excerpts from his films will be screened at the ceremony. The festival's roster of Catalyst Screenings -- which feature post-screening panel discussions with filmmakers, field experts and policymakers -- includes Andrew Rossi's higher education critique "Ivory Tower" and Brian Knappenberger's contemplative piece about the web, entitled "The Internet's Own Boy." Rory Kennedy's "Last Days In Vietnam" and Amir Bar-Lev's "Happy Valley" -- the latter of which explores the circumstances surrounding the charges of sex abuse levied against »

- Shipra Gupta

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'Ida,' 'Happy Valley' and 'Thou Wast Mild and Lovely' Top Sarasota Film Festival Winners

13 April 2014 6:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2014 Sarasota Film Festival wrapped over the weekend in Florida with Pawel Pawlikowski's black-and-white drama "Ida" taking home top honors in the Narrative section, and Amir Bar-Lev's "Happy Valley" winning the respective honor in the Documentary competition. Josephine Decker's "Thou Wast Mild and Lovely" meanwhile won the Independent Visions Award, which includes a distribution offer from Factory 25, and Tangerine Entertainment’s Juice Award. Read More: Berlinale Breakout -- Josephine Decker On Her Much Discussed Festival Double Feature In addition to the main awards, three special jury prizes were awarded: in the Narrative category, Lukas Moodysson's "We Are the Best!" was rewarded with a Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting; in the Documentary section, Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo's "Rich Hill" won a Special Jury Prize for Direction; and in the Visions competition, the jury gave a special Outstanding Performance Award to Tallie Medel from "Joy Kevin, »

- Indiewire

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The Whole Town's Talking: Impressions of the 2014 True/False Film Fest

24 March 2014 8:21 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: The Apple

The celebratory attitude at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, speaks to the healthy state of nonfiction filmmaking at present. True to its name, the festival spotlights new films that incorporate elements of both fiction and documentary (and sometimes blur the line between the two), yet even the selections that resemble more traditional investigative reporting uphold a certain standard of artfulness. More impressively, the festival organizers make a point of incorporating the Columbia community into the celebration. Somewhere between 700 and 900 residents of the town and surrounding areas volunteered at the fest this year, and many businesses I encountered seemed happy to get in on the act too. (“Don’t be fooled by False advertising,” read my favorite sandwich board. “Try our True Thai cuisine!”) Roughly half of the screenings took place in locations not usually reserved for movies—a rock venue, a couple of churches, »

- Ben Sachs

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Twenty Documentaries to Watch For in 2014

9 March 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2014 is now in full swing, the Sundance Film Festival has closed its doors, and film festivals like South by Southwest and Tribeca are generating more buzz for the year’s noteworthy indie narratives and documentaries.  In recent years, documentaries such as Restrepo, Gasland, and Searching For Sugarman went on to become heavyweights. This year’s contenders include topics taken from popular memoirs and biographies, along with subject matter pertaining to youths and youth culture. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of Sundance and non-Sundance documentaries to keep an eye out for this year, equipped with official synopsis and trailer when available. 2014 is shaping out to a versatile year in the documentary world, ranging from heavy-handed family dramas such as Tracy Droz Tragos’ and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill, to baseball biographies such as Chapman and Maclain Way’s The Battered Bastards of Baseball and Jeff Radice’s No No A Dockumentary, »

- Christopher Clemente

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10 Documentaries to Watch From Sundance 2014

29 January 2014 9:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sundance 2014 is officially in the books, and while there wasn’t any kind of big $10 million distribution deal, films like Boyhood, Whiplash, and Frank had receptions warmer than the bizarre Utah weather over the past 10 days, guaranteeing we’ll be talking about them through the rest of the year.

But that’s the narrative side of things. When it comes to documentaries, Sundance is traditionally one of the most fruitful film festivals in the world. Here are ten of the most interesting and best received non-fiction titles to keep an eye on in 2014:

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

The subtitle says it all for this year’s U.S. Documentary Audience Award winner. In Alive Inside, a social worker brings iPods to elderly men and women suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and the sounds of their youth actually “awaken” them. As one might expect, »

- John Gilpatrick

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Sundance: Variety Critics Name Their Mid-Festival Faves

23 January 2014 11:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Foundas: Well, it’s officially past the midpoint of Sundance 2014. The opening-weekend revelers have begun to dissipate, the shuttle buses are more easily navigating their way through Park City’s streets, and those of us who are left can more easily get down to the business of watching movies. As of this writing, the general takeaway from Sundance’s opening days seems to be slower-than-usual sales traffic and a feeling that few films have really knocked it out of the park for critics and audiences alike.

See Video: Variety Critics’ Best and Worst Films at Sundance So Far

Two notable exceptions, of course, were the wonderful opening-night film, “Whiplash,” by the gifted young writer-director Damien Chazelle, and Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood,” and I keep hearing strong things about any number of films that I’ve missed and will try to catch up with later in the week (like “Frank, »

- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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Sundance 2014: What happened at Penn State was not anomalous at all, says 'Happy Valley' director

23 January 2014 11:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The passion for college football in certain parts of our country almost resembles a cult in its intensity. And perhaps no team had a more devoted following than Joe Paterno’s Penn State program, which proudly won “the right way” on and off the field ever since he became head coach in 1966. His reputation was nonpareil in the sports world — until former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted in Nov. 2011 for molesting young boys on the Penn State campus. Paterno, then 85 years old, was fired, along with three other top University administrators, rocking the Penn State community, a.k.a. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Sundance Review: Jerry Sandusky Went to Jail. Then What? Penn State's Future Is Focus of Amir Bar-Lev's 'Happy Valley'

23 January 2014 7:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No stranger to movies about scandal, documentarian Amir Bar-Lev has explored the fallout of private misdeeds made public in "My Kid Could Paint That" and "The Tillman Story." With "Happy Valley," Bar-Lev turns his camera on the outcome of disgraced Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky in the wake of his incarceration on sexual abuse charges. But this time, the project indicates few attempts at revealing new information. Instead, "Happy Valley" magnifies the impact of Sandusky's downfall on the various members of the Penn State community, aiming less to extend the public narrative than to broaden its scope. The result is a frequently riveting, if fairly straightforward, portrait of a university town grappling with its disgraced reputation. Rather than detailing Sandusky's extensive sins, "Happy Valley" opens with the former coach's 2012 conviction and explores the ripple effect of his downfall. Among the many talking heads, none are more intriguing than the grown children of the. »

- Eric Kohn

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Review: 'Happy Valley' is a confounding look at Penn State post-scandal

21 January 2014 6:56 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Amir Bar-Lev's "Happy Valley," a documentary premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is not a film about the sex scandal that rocked Penn State University in late 2011,    Make no mistake, you won't come away with any ambiguity regarding the allegations against Jerry Sandusky or the crimes for which he was convicted and sentenced to what amounts to a life sentence.   But this is not a documentary about interviewing witnesses, investigating timelines or attempting to get to the root of Sandusky's criminal behavior.  The accepted supposition is that Sandusky did what he was accused of doing and, with one »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Happy Valley’

21 January 2014 12:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In his documentaries “My Kid Could Paint That” and “The Tillman Story,” Amir Bar-Lev zeroed in on the difference between the public perception of a scandal and the private truth of the matter — a theme that serves him no less effectively in “Happy Valley,” a gripping inquiry into the revelations of sexual abuse that shocked the U.S. and devastated Penn State’s storied football program. Rather than focusing primarily on Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, the film broadens in scope and complexity to examine the assumptions of an entire community, as well as the football-first culture that allowed evil to flourish in its midst. Distinguished by its measured, analytical approach and revelatory testimony from Sandusky’s adopted and abused son, Matt, this nuanced but quietly excoriating work merits widespread exposure, and could be especially well timed to coincide with the still-ongoing court proceedings against three former university administrators.

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- Justin Chang

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Sundance: Sandusky’s Son Hopes ‘Happy Valley’ Will Empower Abuse Survivors

20 January 2014 12:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

State College, Pa. (AP) — The son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky participated in a documentary about his father’s sexual-abuse case and hopes to become an advocate for child victims.

Matt Sandusky told the Centre Daily Times that he took part in “Happy Valley” because he has become strong enough to tell his story and wants to speak out to help other survivors. The 100-minute film, debuting this week at the Sundance Film Festival, explores whether it was an open secret that Sandusky was molesting boys.

“For me and all survivors it is important to have control over the timing and setting of (the) disclosure,” Matt Sandusky told the newspaper.

Sandusky had been listed as a defense witness at his father’s 2012 trial, but he instead disclosed through lawyers that he had also been abused and didn’t take the stand. Jerry Sandusky, convicted on 45 counts involving 10 boys, »

- Associated Press

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Sundance: Jerry Sandusky Son Breaks Silence at 'Happy Valley' Premiere

19 January 2014 2:47 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Park City — Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of convicted pedophile and former football coach Jerry Sandusky, spoke in public for the first time about the saga and his own abuse at the premiere of Happy Valley, the new documentary from Amir Bar-Lev that screened Sunday at the Marc Theater during the Sundance Film Festival. Jerry Sandusky is the former member of the Penn State coaching staff convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of molesting young boys. The film explores how the scandal split the community and the university, while also focusing on certain subjects, including the wife and

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2014 Guide to the Sundance Twitterverse

16 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s that time again. The biggest American film festival is upon us, and this year the Ioncinema crew will be descending on Park City with eight feet on the ground and eight eyes on Park City’s various and plentiful screens. Eric Lavallee, Nicholas Bell, Caitlin Coder and I will be covering just about every inch of this year’s festival here at, as well as on that ever increasingly vibrant instanews network – Twitter. Be sure to follow @ioncinema and, as stated above, my personal handle @Rectangular_Eye, as we’ll be tweeting throughout the festival with breaking news, reviews, and sightings, all the while trying to keep up with the massive amount of content sure to be coming from this year’s Sundance filmmakers themselves, most of which have their own Twitter accounts and are listed at length below (minus the world & short programs). Whether you »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Sundance Twitterverse 2014: Documentary Premieres

16 January 2014 7:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With part three of our Sundance Twitterverse series, we see the biggest names in non-fiction commenting outside the realms of their films. For the many subjects of We Are The Giant (@WeAreTheGiant_), Twitter has served as much more than just a place to find breaking news, but as a weapon wielded in the name of freedom. Many of these brave souls are represented below.

Documentary Premieres

The Battered Bastards of Baseball – @MavsDoc

Finding Fela

Director/Producer Alex Gibney – @alexgibneyfilm

Editor Lindy Jankura – @lindyjank

Composer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti – @felakuti

Freedom Summer – @FreedomSummer64

Writer/Director Stanley Nelson – @StanleyNelson1

Happy Valley

Director Amir Bar-Lev – @amirbarlev

Producer John Battsek – @DiegoisGod

Lambert & Stamp

Music: The Who – @TheWho

Last Days in Vietnam – @LDVFilm

Screenwriter Keven McAlester – @KevenMcAlester

Life Itself – @EbertMovie

Subject Roger Ebert – @ebertchicago

Producer Zak Piper – @ZakPiper


Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor Greg Whiteley – @greggor10

This May Be the Last Time

Director/Producer Sterlin Harjo – @SterlinHarjo »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Sundance 2014: Most Anticipated in Documentary Premieres

13 January 2014 7:08 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Sundance Documentary Premieres: “Renowned filmmakers and films about far-reaching subjects comprise this section highlighting ongoing commitment to documentaries. Each film is a world premiere.”

Roger Ebert’s life is chronicled in “Life Itself

Life Itself

Directed by Steve James

On the heels of the death of critic Roger Ebert comes a documentary based on his autobiography, released in 2012. Life Itself delves into Ebert’s cinephilia, alcoholism, battle with cancer, and epic rivalry with fellow critic Gene Siskel. His passionate opinions were widely applauded, as he provoked the public into discussions about movies for the better. Directed by Steve James, whose acclaimed documentary Hoop Dreams premiered at Sundance 20 years ago, Life Itself is poised to present Ebert as a man besieged by difficulties who forged a way for film criticism on television and helped ingrain it in the public’s conscious.

The charismatic George Takei presides over a faithful fandom »

- Lane Scarberry

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