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7 items from 2015


What’s Up Doc?: Moore Docu Surprises, Locarno Begins, Telluride, Venice & Tiff Loom

7 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The fall festival rush is upon us. Locarno is currently ramping up. Venice has released their line-up and Thom Powers and the Toronto International Film Festival team have dropped a bomb with a previously unannounced new feature from powerhouse docu-provocateur Michael Moore. It is truly a miracle that the production of a film such as Moore’s upcoming Where To Invade Next (see still above) managed to go completely undetected by the filmmaking community until it was literally announced to world premiere at one of the largest film festivals in the world. Programmed as a one of the key films in the Special Presentations section at Tiff, the film sees Moore telling “the Pentagon to ‘stand down’ — he will do the invading for America from now on.” Also announced to premiere at Tiff was Avi Lewis’ This Changes Everything, which has slowly been rising up this list, as well as »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Abramorama to re-release ‘Montage Of Heck’

9 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Richard Abramowitz’s distribution platform will release Brett Morgen’s documentary in select Us theatres on August 7.

HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group co-produced the film about the life and work of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

“We love rock and roll movies at Abramorama,” said president and CEO Abramowitz. “Neil Young, The National, Anvil — our list goes on. Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck is right at the top. We are privileged to put the film in theatres, where it belongs, so the faithful can relive the concert experience.”

The film grossed $140,208 from three screens in its initial run via HBO Documentary Films in New York and Los Angeles and will return to both cities as well as other independent venues across the country.

It premiered in Sundance and screened at the Berlinale.

Bond/360 has acquired Us rights to Bending Steel. Dave Carroll directed and Ryan Scafuro produced the documentary about a »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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What’s Up Doc?: Wiseman Rises to New “Heights” & Rivers Shooting “The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers” in Morocco

6 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s been a surprisingly interesting month of moving and shaking in terms of doc development. Just a month after making his first public funding pitch at Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, legendary doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman took to Kickstarter to help cover the remaining expenses for his 40th feature film In Jackson Heights (see the film’s first trailer below). Unrelentingly rigorous in his determination to capture the American institutional landscape on film, his latest continues down this thematic rabbit hole, taking on the immensely diverse New York City neighborhood of Jackson Heights as his latest subject. According to the Kickstarter page, Wiseman is currently editing the 120 hours of rushes he shot with hopes of having the film ready for a fall festival premiere (my guess would be Tiff, where both National Gallery and At Berkeley made their North American debut), though he’s currently quite a ways away from his $75,000 goal. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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What’s Up Doc?: Sheffield & AFI Docs Signal the Summer Fest Drought

1 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Well folks, after a rather long and brutal winter (at least for me here in Buffalo), we are finally heading into the wonderful warmth of summer, but with that blast of sunshine and steamy humidity comes the mid-year drought of major film fests. After the Sheffield Doc/Fest concludes on June 10th and AFI Docs wraps on June 21st, we likely won’t see any major influx in our charts until Locarno, Venice, Telluride and Tiff announce their line-ups in rapid succession. In the meantime, we can look forward to the intriguing onslaught of films making their debut in Sheffield, including Brian Hill’s intriguing examination of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, The Confessions of Thomas Quick, and Sean McAllister’s film for which he himself was jailed in the process of making, A Syrian Love Story, the only two films world premiering in the festival’s main competition. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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What’s Up Doc?: Kent Jones, Asif Kapadia & Luc Jacquet Head to Cannes

1 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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From Tribeca: A 9-Minute "American Renaissance"

19 April 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

"God save the Queen!" the masses cheered.

A solid narrative short, like a short story, in most cases, should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Of course, in the proper hands, this rule is meant to be broken. As for a documentary short, information should be supplied, a world revealed, and the viewers' sense of a certain topic should be transformed or heightened.

With "American Renaissance," which is screening at the current Tribeca Film Festival, youthfully bearded directors Ryan Scafuro and Jarred Alterman have forged together a look at the New York Renaissance Faire that's held in the small town of Tuxedo, a locale situated in the rather picturesque Hudson Valley.

Now the press notes announce the short will "explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England" in upstate New York. That's a bit of a stretch. The directors, in their statement on the following page, note that wasn't their goal. »

- Brandon Judell

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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2015 Short Film Selections

14 March 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival announced this week its line-up for the short film program. Presented by At&T, the 60 films selected from 3076 submissions this year will be presented in nine programs made up of five narratives, three documentaries, and one combined. The program includes a record 40 world premieres and shorts from 18 countries including Argentina, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, German, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the Us.

Several Tff Alumni return this year as part of the short film program including filmmaker Stefan Nadelman, who screened his short film Terminal Bar at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003, with his short film Last Call and producer Ellen Bar with her narrative Early Sunday Morning starring American Ballet Theatre dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside.  Bar produced the documentary feature Ballet 422 which premiered at Tff 2013.  Also returning is Andrew Jenks with the short documentary film All American Family, »

- Sacha Hall

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