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Ebola Outbreak and Oakland Police Documentaries Score Tribeca Grants

30 July 2015 2:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentaries about the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and the Oakland Police Department are among the projects to win support from a $150,000 pool of funds from the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund.

The 8-year-old fund — administered by Tribeca Film Institute, the nonprofit loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival — provides production and finishing finances for feature-length docs that focus on domestic and international social issues. Among the 10 grant winners, four of them — “Audrie and Daisy,” “Belly of the Beast,” “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers” and “The War to Be Her” — were recipients of the new AOL Charitable Foundation Award.

The roster of 2015 Gucci Tribeca Fund grant recipients includes the following:

Arthur Pratt and Banker White’s “Survivors” (pictured above), about Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak; Peter Nicks’ “The Oakland Police Project,” set in the troubled Oakland Pd; Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard’s “Acorn and the Firestorm,” about »

- Gordon Cox

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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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What’s Up Doc?: Les Blank, Alex Gibney & Alex Winter Lead SXSW Charge (February 2015)

27 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Now that the busy winter fest schedule of Sundance, Rotterdam and the Berlinale has concluded, we’ve now got our eyes on the likes of True/False and SXSW. While, True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre. But truth be told, it is SXSW, with its slew of high profile world premieres being announced, such as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs »

- Jordan M. Smith

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