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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While best documentary conversations start to take shape in January at the Sundance Film Festival, making the transition from rapturous festival play to awards-season contender is a harrowing road. A documentary must be truly extraordinary to make the final Oscar five.

The number of Sundance docs with awards potential is breathtaking: Breaking out of Sundance 2016 were U.S. Grand Jury Prize winner “Weiner” (IFC), an entertaining portrait of a politician brought down by his weakness for sexting, which turned into a summer hit; U.S. Documentary Directing Award winner “Life, Animated” (The Orchard), a moving portrait of an autistic child who grows up with Disney movies; and HBO’s Audience Award winner “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

Scoring great reviews were Ezra Edelman’s five-part movie “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn), an exhaustive examination of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles from the ’60s through the Trial of »

- Anne Thompson

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Netflix and Women: Hot Documentary Titles At The Toronto Film Festival

11 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Every year, IndieWire asks the Toronto Film Festival’s ace documentary programmer, Thom Powers, to dig into the new lineup. The doc czar’s influence extends beyond Toronto to IFC Center’s Stranger than Fiction series, The SundanceNow Doc Club, and November’s influential festival Doc NYC, which selects the infamous Short List, many of which head for Oscar contention.

This year, the Tiff doc program (September 8-18) numbers 37 titles. It’s led by four veterans — Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog—big names who will pull audiences, playing alongside newcomers who will benefit from the Tiff spotlight. Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio have made a new documentary that they hope will push the needle on climate change. Netflix boasts four high-profile offerings likely to factor in the always intense doc Oscar race. And there’s a plethora of new titles that await discovery — and buyers.

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- Anne Thompson

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Netflix and Women: Hot Documentary Titles At The Toronto Film Festival

11 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every year, IndieWire asks the Toronto Film Festival’s ace documentary programmer, Thom Powers, to dig into the new lineup. The doc czar’s influence extends beyond Toronto to IFC Center’s Stranger than Fiction series, The SundanceNow Doc Club, and November’s influential festival Doc NYC, which selects the infamous Short List, many of which head for Oscar contention.

This year, the Tiff doc program (September 8-18) numbers 37 titles. It’s led by four veterans — Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog—big names who will pull audiences, playing alongside newcomers who will benefit from the Tiff spotlight. Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio have made a new documentary that they hope will push the needle on climate change. Netflix boasts four high-profile offerings likely to factor in the always intense doc Oscar race. And there’s a plethora of new titles that await discovery — and buyers.

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- Anne Thompson

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Amanda Knox Among One Of The Four New Netflix Original Documentary Slate

9 August 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Continuing to build on its innovative and award-winning slate of documentary programming, Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will unveil four new non-fiction titles at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), taking place September 8-18. This includes Amanda Knox, making its world premiere, a human story that goes past the headlines to examine the often fraught relationship between true crime tragedy, justice and entertainment; Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s Into The Inferno, a global cinematic journey on the deeply rooted relationship between humans and volcanoes; The Ivory Game, from directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, is an international thriller on the frontlines of ending African elephant extinction that counts Leonardo DiCaprio as an executive producer; and the moving and timely short The White Helmets, from the filmmaking team behind Virunga.

Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming said:

“The breadth of our slate at the Toronto »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Toronto next wave includes 'Free Fire', 'Blair Witch', DiCaprio doc

9 August 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.

This week’s offering includes Ben Wheatley’s all-star gangster thriller Free Fire, which opens Midnight Madness one year after the premiere of the British auteur’s High-Rise; fast-rising Chadwick Boseman in revenge thriller Message From The King in Vanguard and a Tiff Docs strand that features climate change documentary The Turning Point, featuring and produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.

Wp = world premiere, IP = international premiere, Nap = North American premiere, Cp = Canadian premiere, Tp = Toronto premiere.

Midnight Madness

Ben Wheatley’s all-star gunfight Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy will open the section, which includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, André Øvredal’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Netflix to Bow Amanda Knox Doc, Films From Leonardo DiCaprio, Werner Herzog at Toronto Festival

9 August 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix is launching four documentary films at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, including one about Amanda Knox, the American woman who spent nearly four years in an Italian prison for the murder of a roommate before she was acquitted.

The titles are: “Amanda Knox,” from directors Rod Blackhurst (“Here Alone”) and Brian McGinn (“Chef’s Table”) and producers Mette Heide and Stephen Robert Morse; Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s “Into the Inferno,” about the relationship between humans and volcanoes; “The Ivory Game,” a film about the illegal ivory trade in Africa from directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson and executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio; and “The White Helmets,” about three volunteer rescue workers helping civilians in the Syrian conflict in early 2016, from director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara, the filmmaking team behind “Virunga” (which Netflix acquired in 2014). This year’s Tiff runs Sept. 8-18.

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- Todd Spangler

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Tiff Rounds Out Slate With ‘Blair Witch,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Bad Batch’ and Many More

9 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its slate announcement this year — expect a few stragglers to be announced in the coming days, but this is about the size of it — rounding out its lineup with today’s announcement of its Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard and Tiff Cinematheque picks. And what a group this is, including plenty of returning favorites and some very exciting new names.

Tiff’s Docs section features a collection of works from award-winning directors including Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Leonardo DiCaprio even pops up for a “rousing call to action on climate change” in “The Turning Point,” made in collaboration with Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens and already picked up by National Geographic.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

The beloved Midnight Madness section offers »

- Kate Erbland

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Toronto: Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Change Doc, 'Blair Witch' Sequel Get World Premieres

9 August 2016 4:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday announced its documentary and genre film slates, including the world premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change film The Turning Point, Steve James' U.S. banking scandal doc Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Netflix's U.S.-Danish film Amanda Knox, a true crime doc about the American student accused of murder in Italy from directors Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst. Meanwhile, Ben Wheatley's hard-boiled 1970s-set thriller Free Fire from A24 — starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer — will open the Midnight Madness sidebar, which is set to close with

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- Etan Vlessing

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Tribeca Winner ‘Here Alone’ To Get Early 2017 Release Via Vertical Entertainment

29 July 2016 8:18 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Here Alone, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca earlier this year after world premiering in the fest’s Midnight section, has landed at Vertical Entertainment. The worldwide rights deal for Rod Blackhurst’s post-apocalyptic thriller comes ahead of the pic’s screening this weekend at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. An early 2017 theatrical release is planned. Directed by Blackhurst and written by David Ebeltoft, Here Alone stars Lucy Walters… »

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Frightfest 2016 Line-Up Announced

1 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The line-up for the 17th annual Frightfest has been announced, read on for more…

We’ve barely recovered from last year’s event but Frightfest is almost upon us again. The world of horror will descend on the British capital from Thursday 25th August, running until Monday 29th August. This year the event moves out of the London West End for the first time in its history, and will instead take place at the Vue in Shepard’s Bush. The move is primarily motivated by building work at the original location, but does mean that there will be a lot more space, and more space means more films.

Last year’s event showcased 76 of the best new genre films on the market, a very impressive number. Never ones to rest on their laurels, the Frightfest organisers have an enormous 62 films on display this year, giving the audience a little more space to breathe, »

- Kat Hughes

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FrightFest unveils 2016 line-up

1 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

London-based genre festival to feature 19 world premieres and 35 UK & European premieres.

Horror Channel FrightFest has unveiled the line-up for its upcoming 17th edition, taking place at its new home of the Vue Shepherd’s Bush from Aug 25-29.

Sean Brosnan’s revenge thriller My Father Die [pictured] receives its European premiere as the opening film, while the UK premiere of Sang-ho Yeon’s Cannes title Train To Busan closes this year’s festival.

In total, the 62-strong feature line-up includes 19 world premieres and 35 UK & European premieres. Ivan Silvestrini’s Monolith, Tricia Lee’s creepy chiller Blood Hunters and Nick Jongerius’ gory The Windmill Massacre are among the world premieres.

Meanwhile, Adam Wingard’s eagerly anticipated The Woods will receive its European premiere in the Main Screen strand, playing alongside the likes of Stephen King adaptation Cell, Italian box office hit They Call Me Jeeg Robot and Cody Calahan’s Let Her Out.

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- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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ICM Partners Signs ‘Here Alone’ Director Rod Blackhurst

22 June 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Rod Blackhurst, whose debut feature Here Alone won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca in April, has signed with ICM Partners. Blackhurst also produced the postapocalyptic thriller with writer David Ebeltoft and Noah Lang. Here Alone is set after a virus has destroyed civilization, leaving humanity divided into two groups: the uninfected and those whom the virus has turned into insatiably violent savages. Three survivors living deep in the… »

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Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival 2016 to Screen Don’T Breathe, Night Of The Creeps, Abattoir

22 June 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In less than one month, Bruce Campbell’s third annual Horror Film Festival will return to Chicago for its third year of celebrating horror movies both old and new. This year’s lineup includes Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe and Darren Lynn Bousman’s Abattoir, the world premiere of Found Footage 3D, a 30th anniversary screening of Night of the Creeps, and much more:

Press Release: Rosemont, Ill., June 22, 2016— Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival, presented by Starz and their hit original series Ash vs. Evil Dead, returns for its third annual festivities on August 18-21, in conjunction with Wizard World Chicago. Today, the Festival announced highlights of the groovy lineup, sponsored by Shudder and Bloody-Disgusting.com, featuring the critically acclaimed opening night nail-biter Don’t Breathe, directed by Fede Alvarez; a salute to genre hero Fred Dekker; an epic event featuring comedian Doug Benson; and a 25th anniversary »

- Derek Anderson

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Teaser for Award Winning Apocalypse Drama Here Alone

9 May 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Here's a great looking Pa film to start your day, folks. Here Alone stars Holly Adams as an unnamed survivor of an apocalyptic event forced to live away from anyone else.

Directed by Rod Blackhurst and written by David Ebeltoft, the film recently won the audience award at the Tribeca film festival and reviews have been solid.

Synopsis:

A young woman struggles to survive on her own in the wake of a mysterious epidemic that has decimated society and forced her deep into the unforgiving wilderness.

There is no release date set for Here Alone, but we'll keep you posted.

Recommended Release: Carriers

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Review: Here Alone, Having Loved And Lost In Time Of The Apocalypse

8 May 2016 8:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Two of the most mis-quoted lines in Lord Tennyson’s poem ‘In Memoriam’ are… 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all. These lines are often taken out of their context (the author’s mourning the loss of a dear friend) to mean the end of a romantic relationship, that we are to find some consolation in this time of grief, that we at least loved for a time in our life. The rest of us, with dour expressions on our faces, saying never having felt of the pain of such loss ‘tis better instead. Loneliness hurts less than such loss. And then there is an apocalypse, which brings us to Ann in Rod Blackhurst’s apocalyptic survival tale Here Alone. A...

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Post apocalyptic thriller Here Alone gets a trailer

1 May 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, a trailer has arrived online for director Rod Blackhurst’s post apocalyptic thriller Here Alone; check it out below…

A woman struggles to survive on her own in the wake of a mysterious epidemic that has decimated society and forced her deep into the unforgiving wild.

Here Alone features a cast that includes Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Teaser Trailer for New Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller 'Here Alone'

26 April 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You have a very nice setup here... A tent, food - from what I can tell, a car. Most people would kill for this stuff..." This new post-apocalyptic thriller just won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival that took place in NYC this month. It's called Here Alone and is yet another zombie post-apocalyptic survival movie (there have been quite a few recently), this one also involves a plot similar to Z for Zachariah where a young woman surviving on her own encounters two other survivors. As expected, this causes problems. The cast includes Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West. I'm certainly intrigued, especially knowing that Tribeca audiences loved the film, but I still want to see more footage first. Here's the first official teaser trailer for Rod Blackhurst's Here Alone, direct from YouTube: After a terrible virus ravages human civilization, Ann finds »

- Alex Billington

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The 2016 Tribeca Film Fest Recap

25 April 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Actors and their stories fared well at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Demetri Martin’s “Dean” took home the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, receiving $20,000. The stand-up comedian wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy about one man’s uncertain future following a recent break-up and the sale of his childhood home. Mackenzie Davis (“Always Shine”) received the Actress prize in a U.S. Narrative Feature for her turn in a thriller about two female actors in different places in their careers and the jealous rage that it sparks. Director Sophia Takal was one female director of the 40 percent that made up this year’s directorial slate. Meanwhile, Michael Ragen (“Kicks”) won a prize for cinematography, and “F to 7th” Web series creator Ingrid Jungermann’s “Women Who Kill” earned kudos for her screenplay about two women who create a female serial killer podcast and become paranoid after »

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Here Alone Review [Tribeca 2016]

25 April 2016 10:48 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s a common misconception that horror movies can only be scary on a physical level. Take the zombie subgenre, for example. While zombies showcase horrifying, flesh-torn appearances, there’s just as much “unseen” horror to be found in Armageddon scenarios and the total societal breakdowns that their presence causes. Those changing environmental dynamics that characters deal with internally versus the the shambling, undead monsters who represent a more tangible enemy. Fear comes by way of choices that must be made, and in a film like Rod Blackhurst’s Here Alone, actual creatures play second fiddle to isolated, apocalyptic dread. “Zombies” attack, but decisions haunt – if you can stomach a more slow-burn aesthetic.

To be fair, David Ebeltoft’s script is not a straight-forward Romero take on zombie lore. It’s more a 28 Days Later viral thriller that follows a lone woman, Ann (Lucy Walters), as she tries to survive alone in the wilderness. »

- Matt Donato

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Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Here Alone,’ ‘The Return’ Score Audience Awards

23 April 2016 6:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thriller “Here Alone” and documentary “The Return” nabbed the audience awards at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

The two titles, along with runners-up “Children of the Mountain” and “Midsummer in Newtown,” will receive encore screenings April 24, the final day of the 15th annual festival. The filmmakers of “Here Alone” and “The Return” will also take home cash prizes of $10,000 each.

Written by David Ebeltoft and directed by Rod Blackhurst, “Here Alone” (pictured above) takes place a virus-decimated world where the uninfected must fend off other survivors in the grip of madness and bloodlust. Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway’s “The Return,” meanwhile, investigates the issues facing convicts re-entering society in the wake of the repeal of California’s three-strikes law.

Priscilla Anany’s runner up “Children of the Mountain” centers on a Ghanaian woman’s quest to heal her child, while Lloyd Kramer’s documentary “Midsummer in Newtorn »

- Gordon Cox

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