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Race, Religion, Immigration: 5 New Documentaries That Capture Our Divided Times — Nyff

12 October 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival.

Tragedy begets tragedy. And in 2017, the global infrastructure’s threshold for human suffering seems to be testing its limits: environmental catastrophes are ravaging the Global South, refugees are fleeing war and persecution only to be met with xenophobic policies. Yet, in the shadow of the 24/7 news cycle, keeping up with current events can prove challenging. As the landscape for film exhibition follows technology’s rapid adaptation, offering new ways to watch movies outside of the traditional theater experience, the role of a film festival continues its evolution: extending its cinematic influence over the industry and the audience, and if lucky, offering a platform that can push the culture forward.

There’s no other place one can better witness that »

- Rooney Elmi

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‘Scary Mother’ Takes Top Nod at Egypt’s Inaugural El Gouna Fest

29 September 2017 2:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – The first edition of Egypt’s ambitious El Gouna Film Festival wrapped Friday with psychological thriller “Scary Mother,” by Georgian first-time director Ana Urushadze, taking the Golden Star, the fest’s top feature film competition prize. The prize was awarded by a jury headed by U.S. producer Sarah Johnson (“Birdman”).

Oscar-winning actor-director Forest Whitaker was celebrated with a lifetime achievement award during the closing ceremony in the festival’s open-air auditorium, also attended by Oliver Stone. Both men held master classes.

Besides a trophy, “Scary Mother” (pictured), which is about a 50-year-old housewife struggling to choose between her family life and a passion for writing, scored $50,000 in prize money, to be divided equally between the director and the main producer. The film – a co-production between Georgia’s Studio Artzim and Gemini and Estonia’s Allfilm – also recently won the Sarajevo Film Festival’s top prize, and is Georgia’s selection for the foreign-language Oscar.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Battle Royale: Close-Up on Claire Simon’s “The Graduation”

11 September 2017 9:04 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Claire Simon's The Graduation (1936) is playing September 11 - October 11, 2017 in the United Kingdom and most countries around the world as part of We Don't Need No Education: A Back-to-School Series.The apparition of these faces in the crowd;Petals on a wet, black bough.— Ezra Pound, “In a Station of the Metro” “I hope it’s not just the quantity that counts. I said what I have to say.”— Applicant exiting exam hall, The GraduationFilm school: who needs it? In The Graduation (2016), Claire Simon’s account of the protracted admissions process at France’s most prestigious film school, La Fémis, the question is implicit—and the myriad answers are potentially troubling. Writing about the film in the New Yorker earlier this year, Richard Brody remarked: “Seeing, in Simon’s documentary, the directing candidates forced to analyze a scene, »

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Wide House, ICM Partners Board Nancy Buirski’s ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ (Exclusive)

23 August 2017 3:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After joining forces on Raoul Peck’s “I am Not Your Negro,” Wide House is re-teaming with ICM Partners for Nancy Buirski’s “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a historical, yet timely documentary which will world premiere at Venice Film Festival.

Wide House handles “Recy Taylor”‘s worldwide sales outside of North America which is being handled by ICM Partners.

Slated for Venice’s Horizons section, the documentary feature tells the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama.

Although Recy Taylor was represented by Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice, her six assailants were never prosecuted. It took nearly 70 years for the rape to be acknowledged by authorities, explained Anais Clanet, the boss of Paris-based Wide House.

Recy Taylor’s courage inspired other black women to speak up and their noble efforts to take back their bodies led »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Locarno Critics Academy 2017: Meet This Year’s Aspiring Film Critics

15 August 2017 7:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2017 Locarno Film Festival recently wrapped its 70th edition, where several aspiring film critics participated in the latest edition of the Locarno Critics Academy, an international workshop to educate promising writers in the craft and discipline of contemporary film criticism. This year’s participants will contribute essays on highlights from the festival. Here’s an overview of their backgrounds and interests.

Name: Jaime Grijalba Gómez

Age: 27

Twitter handle: @jaimegrijalba

Home: Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Cinematic area of expertise: Chilean cinema, film festivals, horror cinema

Best movie you’ve seen in 2017: El mar la mar

Favorite book (or piece of writing) about film: Bresson’s “Notes on the Cinematographer”

I’m taking part in the Locarno Critics Academy because… I want to think that criticism today still has a role that goes beyond those interested in film or in making them. It has a role in society, and I want to find it. »

- Eric Kohn

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“Think About Baldwin’s Words”: Dp Henry Adebonojo on I Am Not Your Negro

8 August 2017 11:20 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Begun as a recollection of Medger Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House tells the story of race in America. Director Raoul Peck used this manuscript as the basis for his film I Am Not Your Negro, currently available on Amazon Prime. Though primarily composed of archival film and still images, it also includes several sequences specifically shot for the film. Director of photography Henry Adebonojo talks about the sequences he shot for the film. Filmmaker: How did you get involved with this project? Adebonojo: Raul’s brother Ebert contacted me. He set up a meeting […] »

- Michael Murie

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Chile’s Growing Film Festival Scene: Sanfic Announces Lineup

30 July 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The thirteenth edition of Santiago International Film Festival, Sanfic (August 20–27, 2017), the largest film festival in Chile, will present more than 100 international and Chilean films, including productions shown and awarded in festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice. Among the feature films will be 7 world and 14 Latin American premieres.

Sanfic (Santiago International Film Festival) is opening the festival to international press this year with Variety Dailies and important international guests for their Sanfic Industry section. Guest attending include Kim Yutani (Sundance programmer), Javier Martin (Berlinale delegate), Molly O ́Keefe (Tribeca Film Institute — fiction features) and Estrella Araiza (Industry director of Guadalajara Iff), to name a few. Matt Dillon is its special guest along with the renowned director of photography Rainer Klausmann.

The Summit starring Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi and Erica Rivas, with an appearance of Christian Slater and renowned Chilean actors Paulina Garcia and Alfredo Castro

The opening film of the »

- Sydney Levine

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Harlem Shuffled: Barry Jenkins isn’t Blind to “If Beale Street Could Talk”

10 July 2017 8:55 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Arguably 2016 was Barry Jenkins‘ big coming out party and curiously sharing a place together along with Moonlight on several top ten lists was Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro (based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House).

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- Eric Lavallée

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Newswire: Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins to adapt James Baldwin for the screen

10 July 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Oscar winner Barry Jenkins has announced his first picture post-Moonlight, with Variety reporting that Jenkins will be directing an adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. The 1974 novel focuses on a woman and her family working to clear her fiancee’s name, after he’s framed for rape by a bigoted policeman.

Baldwin’s name is riding almost as high as Jenkins’ at the moment: The fiery author, who died in 1987, was pulled back into the public consciousness last year with Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, based off of one of his abandoned non-fiction books.

Beale Street isn’t the only project Jenkins currently has in the works; he’s also been tapped to direct a TV series based on the Underground Railroad, based off a book by Colson Whitehead, for Amazon. »

- William Hughes

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PBS’ Independent Lens Announces Season 16 Slate (Exclusive)

22 June 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Despite the fact that President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget calls for the eventual elimination of government funding for public TV, Independent Lens isn’t going anywhere… at least not for the next 12 months.

The long-running documentary series that airs on PBS will launch its 16th season on Nov. 6 with John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane.” About John Coltrane, the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last September followed by a screening at Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Pic includes interviews with Wynton Marsalis, former President Bill Clinton, and Common, with Coltrane’s own words spoken by Denzel Washington. Abramorama »

- Addie Morfoot

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Emmy in Reach for Docs That Ran in the Oscar Race

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

Thanks to such deep-pocketed streamers as Netflix, Amazon and now Hulu, the campaign to win an Oscar for documentary has evolved into a pricey, cutthroat endeavor. But the fight for a little gold man doesn’t end after the Academy Awards — it starts right back up again for the Primetime Emmy race.

While an Oscar and Emmy recognize excellence in film and television, respectively, docs are in a unique position. They can be eligible for both awards because without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, Netflix and PBS, the majority of docs in the Oscar race would never exist.

Mounting an Emmy campaign after an Oscar nomination or even win hasn’t always been the standard. Oscar winners including “Born Into Brothels” (2005) and “Taxi to the Dark Side” (2008) were submitted for and won the lower-profile, non-televised News & Documentary Emmy award. But in recent years, Academy Award-winning films including “Citizenfour »

- Addie Morfoot

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Emmy in Reach for Docs That Ran in the Oscar Race

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

Thanks to such deep-pocketed streamers as Netflix, Amazon and now Hulu, the campaign to win an Oscar for documentary has evolved into a pricey, cutthroat endeavor. But the fight for a little gold man doesn’t end after the Academy Awards — it starts right back up again for the Primetime Emmy race.

While an Oscar and Emmy recognize excellence in film and television, respectively, docs are in a unique position. They can be eligible for both awards because without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, Netflix and PBS, the majority of docs in the Oscar race would never exist.

Mounting an Emmy campaign after an Oscar nomination or even win hasn’t always been the standard. Oscar winners including “Born Into Brothels” (2005) and “Taxi to the Dark Side” (2008) were submitted for and won the lower-profile, non-televised News & Documentary Emmy award. But in recent years, Academy Award-winning films including “Citizenfour” and this year’s Oscar winner, “O.J.: Made in America »

- Addie Morfoot

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A Netflix release isn't always the answer, say Us doc experts

13 June 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Theatrical releases can still work for documentaries, argued the Doc/Fest panel.

In a panel at Sheffield Doc/Fest, experts from the American documentary sector said Netflix or Amazon are not always the best options for releasing documentary features.

The panellists were: Ben Braun from New York-based production, distribution and sales agency Submarine, Marie Nelson from PBS, Simon Chinn from London and La-based production company Lightbox, Molly Thompson from A&E IndieFilms and Mark Leaver from department for international trade. 

Thompson said she was proud that A&E IndieFilm partnered with theatrical distributors for projects like The Imposter, Cartel Land (pictured) and Matthew Heineman’s follow-up City of Ghosts (screening at Doc/Fest) before their respective VOD and television premieres. 

“I have seen great films that went on Svod immediately, and they disappeared quickly. How many people actually saw Nina [Simone] or 13th in theatres? I think that is a shame,” said Thompson »

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2017 Seattle International Film Festival Crowns ‘Sameblod’

13 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

After hosting another year of the largest, most highly attended event of its kind in the U.S., the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival culminated June 11 with the annual Golden Space Needle Audience and Competition Awards at the city’s most iconic landmark, and with the much-anticipated gala screening and North American premiere of Oscar-nominated director Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx.” Revelling in this year’s success, Interim Artistic Director Beth Barrett said, “This year at Siff, we celebrated extraordinary cinema from 80 countries over a marathon 25 days bringing to our audiences more than 750 screenings and events and introducing them to over 350 filmmakers and industry guests.... We had an incredible lineup of local films, and our documentary film selection continues to be among the best in the country.” This year’s festival boasted a bevy of star-studded events, honoring industry legend Anjelica Huston with a Career Achievement Award in »

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Johnny Depp to present his favourite movies at Glastonbury

12 June 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Depp to be first guest of honour at Julien Temple’s Cineramageddon event next week.

Johnny Depp will be the inaugural guest of honour at Glastonbury’s new film event Cineramageddon next week.

Depp will introduce three of his favourite movies (two of which he also starred in) at the music festival: Withnail & I, Dead Man and The Libertine.

Five day film event Cineramageddon is the brainchild of director Julien Temple and is designed by artist Joe Rush. It is presented by film producer Stephen Malit, with technical supervision by Michael Denner.

Movies will be projected onto the biggest cinema screen in the UK with the nocturnal audience seated in seventy mutated vintage British and American cars, repurposed funfair rides and a Lear jet.

Depp’s selected movies will screen consecutively on Thursday 22 June with the actor introducing them in conversation with Temple.

“No film has ever made me laugh more”

The Pirates of The Caribbean »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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New to Streaming: ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘Three,’ ‘War on Everyone,’ and More

9 June 2017 4:18 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon)

The near-ubiquitous familiarity with the majority of Disney animations make the financial proposition of a live-action remake a no-brainer greenlight. In aiming to appeal to those experiencing these stories for the first time, the generation prior, and the generation that brought that generation to the theater, it can also be as creatively risk-averse as one might imagine. As these cultural touchstones get dusted »

- The Film Stage

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'Top of the Lake: China Girl' to make Aussie debut at Miff

6 June 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

'Top of the Lake: China Girl' will make its Australian debut at Miff.

The Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff) has unveiled the first 30 films on its line-up ahead of the full program launch in July..

Among the highlights at this year.s festival, to be held August 3-20, is actually a television series: the Australian premiere of Jane Campion.s series Top of the Lake: China Girl, fresh from Cannes..

All six episodes of the show, starring Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman, will play in three concurrent two-hour sessions, before the show goes on to air on Foxtel.s BBC First.

Another Aussie highlight will be documentary The Silent Eye, from director Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Hail, Ruin), which follows free jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor and modern dance artist Min Tanaka..

Many of the Aussie films that are screening at Sydney Film Festival will also head south for Miff, including a double bill froom Kriv Stenders, »

- Jackie Keast

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in June

30 May 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The major online streaming platforms know they've got to haul out the big guns when those lovely summer days try to tempt viewers outside, i.e. that place with sunshine and fresh air. (Nice try, summer!) This month, Hulu revives David Lynch's crowning achievement; Amazon's adding two of 2016's best films not named Moonlight; Netflix trots a recent Cannes smash involving Tilda Swinton and a superpig; and even minor-leaguer Acorn gets in the game with a handsome crime procedural to fill that Borgen-shaped hole in your heart. And of course, »

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‘Get Out’ Video Essay Explores How Jordan Peele’s Film Challenges White Fragility — Watch

24 May 2017 2:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A new video essay explores the role played by films such as Jordan Peele’s acclaimed social horror-thriller “Get Out” in the portrayal of racial relations in America. The video, posted on the YouTube channel Like Stories of Old, starts by explaining the concept of “white fragility,” a term was coined in a academic paper written in 2011 by Dr. Robyn D’Angelo. It refers to “American white people living in social environments that protect and isolate them from race-based stress providing them with racial comfort, but also lowering their tolerance racial pressure.”

Read More: Get Out’ Exclusive Featurette: Jordan Peele on How He Made His Thriller Believably Suspenseful — Watch

Get Out” follows the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black man who has been dating a white girl, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), for five months. When Rose takes Chris to meet her parents (played by Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules

22 May 2017 4:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.

Cannes Palme d’Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright and culture in the digital age.

“We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression,” the petition said.

Published to coincide with the European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday, it highlighted four key areas where the European Union needed to renew and reinforce its legislation to protect European culture.

Top of the filmmakers’ demands was the maintaining of the territoriality of copyright.

The European Parliament voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to de-territorialise digital rights, but the directors »

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