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The International Documentary Association (Ida) has announced nominations and creative recognition awards for the 31st annual Ida Documentary Awards to be held on Dec. 5.
The best feature nominees are: Asif Kapadia’s “Amy,” an emotional study of life of singer Amy Winehouse, “Amy”; “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution,” Stanley Nelson’s account of the rise and fall of the Black Panther party; Stevan Riley’s “Listen to Me Marlon,” which uses hundreds of hours of Marlon Brando’s personal audio recordings to paint a portrait of the legend; Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence,” another sober look back at the Indonesian anti-communist purge of 1965 and 1966; Chad Garcia’s “The Russian Woodpecker,” about the investigation into the 1986 Chernobyl disaster; and Liz Garbus’ “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” a portrait of singer Nina Simone.
- Kristopher Tapley
Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein’s new movie “Consumed” tackles the ongoing controversy over genetically modified food, but it does so in a different way from so many other socially conscious projects: It’s a political thriller, not a documentary.
As such, they are hoping that “Consumed” reaches a broader audience after its premiere on Monday at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
“Food is an emotional topic for people,” Lister-Jones tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM’s Potus Channel. “Outside of industry versus non-industry, it is what we eat, it is what we feed our children. The best we can hope for is people to really walk away really impacted by the story so they can ask tougher questions about what is going on right now.”
Wein directed the movie and Lister-Jones stars as a mother searching for answers when her son has a mysterious illness. She soon suspects it »
- Ted Johnson
CNN will examine covert U.S. operations and add to its examinations of America’s popular culture by decade in two new original documentary series slated to launch in 2016.
The Time Warner-owned outlet said it would launch “Declassified,” an eight-part series that will be hosted by former U.S. congressman Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Each episode will focus on a newly declassified mission told firsthand by the agents involved in it. Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Mike Rogers serve as executive producers on the series.
CNN will also examine “The Eighties,” a series in which each hourlong episode looks at the events and individuals that helped shape the decade. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producers, in association with HBO and Mark Herzog.
The network unveiled the new series as part of a presentation for TV’s annual upfront market made by Time Warner unit Turner, »
- Brian Steinberg
Esquire Network has given a 1o-episode order to a docu-series examining the high-stakes dealmaking by sports agents during the annual NFL Draft process.
“The Agent” will focus on four football agents — billed as “real-life Jerry Maguires — as they wheel and deal in the weeks leading up to the draft, which unfolds April 30-May 2. The series is set to premiere in July. Filming has been under way since last September, Esquire said.
The four reps featured in “Agent” are:
Jeff Guerriero, who has repped more than 100 professional football players since 1998; Peter Schaffer, a certified NFL agent for 24 years; Sunny Shah, a former Wall Streeter turned indie sports agent; Ed Wasielewski, a 10-year professional agent looking for big signings.
(Pictured: Sunny Shah »
- Cynthia Littleton
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