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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.
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 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
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, »
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Borys Kit
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 Ioncinema.com, 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
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.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball – @MavsDoc
Director/Producer Alex Gibney – @alexgibneyfilm
Editor Lindy Jankura – @lindyjank
Composer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti – @felakuti
Freedom Summer – @FreedomSummer64
Writer/Director Stanley Nelson – @StanleyNelson1
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
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.”
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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