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Raindance reveals 2017 line-up and competition jury

15 August 2017 5:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

London-based festival to open with Oh Lucy! with Josh Hartnett.

The 25th Raindance Film Festival (Sept 21 -Oct 2) has revealed the majority of its line-up and jury members.

The international premiere of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy! (USA), starring Josh Hartnett, is the opening night film of the London-based event. The closing night film will be announced later this month.

The competition jury includes ex-bifa director Johanna Von Fischer, Spanish producer Rosa Bosch and actors Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight), Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones), Christopher Eccleston (Dr Who), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Celia Imrie (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Training Day), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda), Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul), Neil Marshall (Game Of Thrones) and Rachel Portman (Chocolat).

They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the European premiere of Koichiro Miki’s Noise and the world premiere of Evald Johnson’s High & Outside: A Baseball »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Documentary Filmmaking Has a Race Problem, and This Festival May Have the Solution

14 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lack of diversity in Hollywood has been well documented thanks to #OscarSoWhite, but lack of diversity in the documentary world is less talked about. While the documentary community is way ahead of Hollywood, it is still nowhere near where it needs to be. Filmmakers of color rarely get hired by the powerful production companies, and they are not getting supported enough by broadcasters and funders to tell their own stories. All too often, white documentary filmmakers are the ones telling the stories of people of color.

Full Frame has taken this topic on in a big way with their #DocSoWhite Speakeasy panels. But they are not just citing the problem; they are coming up with solutions. One of these solutions is a high school program called “School of Doc,” which is helping to build a diverse community of filmmakers by reaching them early.

As in most public schools across the country, »

- Roger Ross Williams

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Submarine to co-produce next film from 'Life, Animated' director

20 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New project is a “provocative” look at the Us prison system.

Submarine, the independent film and transmedia production company set up by Femke Wolting and Bruno Felix in 2000, is to co produce American Jail (working title), the latest film from Roger Ross Williams, director of Oscar-nominated Life, Animated (pictured).

Billed as “a deeply personal and provocative film,” the feature doc follows Roger Ross Williams as he sets out on a journey to understand the complex forces at work in America’s prison system.

He embarks on a search for solutions to help the community he came from in Easton, Pennsylvania. Other partners on the project include CNN, BBC and the Why foundation.

Submarine is also producing another provocative new feature doc The Method Bellingcat, about online group Bellingcat (formerly known as The Brown Moses blog), founded by citizen journalist Eliot Higgins.  

Leicester-based blogger Higgins attracted a worldwide following for his work identifying the provenance of weapons »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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'We can't wait for Hollywood to change' - the directors reframing black history

31 March 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro to Ava DuVernay’s 13th, the factual film-makers tackling race in the era of Black Lives Matter

Related: Did #OscarsSoWhite work? Looking beyond Hollywood's diversity drought

Despite its best attempts to sabotage the occasion by almost crowning the wrong movie, this year’s Oscars will go down in history in terms of diversity, primarily thanks to Moonlight. But there was one Oscar category that had a different diversity problem. Four out of the five films competing for best documentary feature were made by African-Americans: Ezra Edelman’s winning Oj: Made in America; Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro; Ava DuVernay’s 13th; and Roger Ross Williams’s Life, Animated. The marginalised white film-making community had to make do with the Italian entry, Gianfranco Rosi’s immigration film Fire at Sea, which was still about Africans.

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- Steve Rose

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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

26 February 2017 10:43 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible, »

- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

26 February 2017 10:43 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘O.J.: Made In America’ Wins Oscar For Best Documentary Feature

26 February 2017 6:11 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

O.J.: Made In America” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Academy Awards Sunday night.

Producers Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow accepted the award Sunday night for the sweeping portrait of the trial of the century, which gripped viewers for all of its epic 8 hours. Produced by Espn’s 30 For 30, it has been seen by upwards of 50 million viewers, proving that quality films can have a mass appeal, especially when the subject is one that fascinated so many people.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List — Updating Live

“I want to thank the Academy for acknowledging this untraditional film,” Edelman said. He dedicated the win to Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown.

O.J.: Made In America” tells the story of the O.J. Simpson trial, beginning with Simpson’s college football years and ending with his the little known story of his later days, which eventually led to his being arrested »

- Jude Dry

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Where to Watch This Year’s Oscar-nominated Feature and Short Documentaries

25 February 2017 4:33 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Conquered all the 2017 Academy Awards Best Picture nominees with just a day to spare? That means there’s plenty of time to screen this year’s feature and short documentary nominees.

From war-torn Syria, to inside The Lion King, the Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short films vary in topic and genre. Luckily, many of the films require only a Netflix subscription to view. Here’s how to watch them, now.

How to Watch the Best Documentary Feature Nominees:

Fire at Sea

From Italian director Gianfranco Rosi, Fire at Sea tackles the current refugee crisis in Europe, centered around the island of Lampedusa, »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Spirit Awards 2017: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)

25 February 2017 12:50 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“See what Hollywood’s biggest stars are wearing as they head into the Independent awards show, hosted by Nick Kroll and John MulaneyThe Mindy Project” and “Jackie” actress, Beth GrantThe Witch” director Robert Eggers with Alexandra ShakerThe Get Down” actress, Yolanda RossMorris From America” director Chad HartiganGrimm” star Bitsie Tulloch “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly PeirceTransparent” actress Trace Lysette “Life, Animated” director Roger Ross WilliamsWaste Land” director Lucy WalkerVeep” star Sam Richardson Spirit Awards hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll “Carlos” star Edgar RamirezPulp Fiction” actress Rosanna Arquette Shohreh Aghdashloo »

- Rasha Ali

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Creativity Celebrated at Cadillac’s 2nd Annual Oscar Cocktail Party

24 February 2017 12:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Current Oscar nominees and past winners descended upon the Chateau Marmont for Cadillac Celebrates Oscar Week 2017. Select talent were dropped off in prestige Cadillac CT6 sedans, and quickly made their way up the Marmont’s famous driveway and out of the cold.

Zoe Saldana chatted with reporters before heading into the cocktail party, saying that she and husband Marcus Perego were planning to stay up a little later than usual on Oscar Sunday.

“I’m going to try not to fall asleep,” Saldana half-joked. “Now with a full house of children (including twins Bowie and Cy and newborn Zen), you’re sleepy by 7 p.m. It’s an exciting night. We’ve watched amazing performances and the culmination warrants for us to stay up later.”

Inside, Saldana sat with her sister (and producing partner) Cisely and took photos with her “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” costar Pom Klementieff (who »

- Lawrence Yee

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Who Should Win the 2017 Oscars? How Variety’s Critics Would Vote

24 February 2017 11:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The ballots are in, and the Oscars are but days away. Variety critics Peter Debruge, Owen Gleiberman, and Guy Lodge may not be Academy members, but if they were, here’s how they would have voted in the top eight categories.

Peter Debruge

Best Picture: “Moonlight.” Nothing against “La La Land,” whose realist take on contemporary romance brings a welcome edge to the fizzy old-fashioned song-and-dance format, but “Moonlight” marks the artistic breakthrough here — and not just because the Oscars (and the industry at large) have been #sowhite for #solong. Barry Jenkins’ superb portrait of a lonely young man seeking connection in Miami focuses audiences’ attention on the sort of character the movies so often marginalize — or overlook entirely — and makes the specificity of his experience feel universal. I ranked “Hell or High Water” one notch higher on my year-end top 10, but that movie is too similar to 2008 winner “No Country for Old Men »

- Peter Debruge, Owen Gleiberman and Guy Lodge

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IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

24 February 2017 7:53 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sunday’s Oscars 2017 are driven by two competing narratives. The question is which one will dominate the night.

We know Damien Chazelle’s retro musical “La La Land” (Lionsgate) will take home a slew of Oscars. But out of its record-tying 14 nominations, will it win five, like the BAFTAs? Seven, like its Golden Globes sweep? Or can it break the record of 11? (Three epic spectacles hold the record for most Oscar wins: “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”) “West Side Story” holds the record for a musical, with 10 wins.

Check my predictions below: By my “La La Land” tally, it’s nine.

The second story of the night: a dramatic course correction a year after #Oscarsowhite. The Academy actors’ branch nominated a record seven actors of color: familiar faces Octavia Spencer (Fox’s “Hidden Figures”) and Paramount’s “Fences” stars Denzel Washington (his eighth nomination »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Week 2017: The Documentaries

23 February 2017 6:36 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Left: Host Rory Kennedy with Documentary (Feature) nominees Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo, “Fire at Sea”, Hébert Peck, Raoul Peck and Rémi Grellety , “I Am Not Your Negro”, Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman, “Life, Animated”, Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow, “O.J.: Made in America” and Spencer Averick and Howard Barish, “13th”.

On Wednesday February 22, the Samuel Goldwyn Theater hosted a celebration for ten powerful stories with this year’s nominees in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories. Introducing the five Documentary Short Subject contenders, Academy Documentary Branch Governor Kate Amend pointed to the heroism that united their subjects: people who saved drowning refugees or victims of airstrikes, faced end-of-life decisions and created new lives in a foreign country.

After screening clips of each film, Amend brought up “Extremis” director Dan Krauss, “4.1 Miles” director Daphne Matziaraki, “Joe’s Violin”’s Cooperman and producer Raphaela Neihausen, “Watani: My Homeland »

- Melissa Thompson

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66-Minute Documentary Director Roundtable Talk With Werner Herzog, Ezra Edelman, Kirsten Johnson & More

21 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Any discussion featuring Werner Herzog describing his filmmaking process is going to be interesting, and The Hollywood Reporter’s documentary roundtable was no exception. In addition to Herzog discussing his two most recent documentaries “Into The Inferno” and “Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World,” filmmakers Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made In America“), Kirsten Johnson (“Cameraperson”), Josh Kriegman (“Weiner”), Raoul Peck (“I Am Not Your Negro”), and Roger Ross Williams (“Life, Animated”) also provided insight into their cinematic approach.

Continue reading 66-Minute Documentary Director Roundtable Talk With Werner Herzog, Ezra Edelman, Kirsten Johnson & More at The Playlist. »

- Christian Gallichio

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Watch an Hour-Long Documentary Roundtable with Werner Herzog, Kirsten Johnson, Raoul Peck & More

20 February 2017 11:31 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Find a documentarian who wants to talk about their film, and you’ll get a better interview from them than just about anybody. Their work is often a matter of listening and pruning the finer points from mounds and mounds of material, which means they can pinpoint the hows and whys of their work as a second nature. Fortunate, then, that they’ve been given a spotlight courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter‘s annual awards-season roundtable, which one ought to enjoy despite the fact that only two participants (I Am Not Your Negro‘s Raoul Peck and O.J.: Made in America‘s Ezra Edelman) earned an Academy Award nomination.

So it is when they’re joined by Werner Herzog (there for Into the Inferno and Lo and Behold), Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated), Josh Kriegman (Weiner), and Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson), all of whom share the struggles, constraints, and joys of their particular work, »

- Nick Newman

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‘Oj: Made in America’ Will Win the Best Documentary Oscar — Here’s Why

15 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As usual, the five nominees in the fiercely competitive Best Documentary Oscar category are comprised of high-profile hits and festival award-winners with the right combination of accessibility, artful filmmaking, and gravitas. However, this year’s race was marked by outside factors that included #OscarsSoWhite and the election of President Donald Trump. (Of note: Filmmakers of color directed four of the five nominated feature documentaries.)

Here’s how the documentary race shakes out:

O.J.: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman, Espn, May 20)

Scoring great reviews at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was Ezra Edelman’s five-part movie “O.J.: Made in America,” an exhaustive, eye-opening examination of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles from the ’60s through the Trial of the Century and beyond.

The movie swept through awards groups: it won three Cinema Eye Honors awards, took home the Ida for Best Feature, the Gotham, the National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Oj: Made in America’ Will Win the Best Documentary Oscar — Here’s Why

15 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As usual, the five nominees in the fiercely competitive Best Documentary Oscar category are comprised of high-profile hits and festival award-winners with the right combination of accessibility, artful filmmaking, and gravitas. However, this year’s race was marked by outside factors that included #OscarsSoWhite and the election of President Donald Trump. (Of note: Filmmakers of color directed four of the five nominated feature documentaries.)

Here’s how the documentary race shakes out:

O.J.: Made in America” (Ezra Edelman, Espn, May 20)

Scoring great reviews at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was Ezra Edelman’s five-part movie “O.J.: Made in America,” an exhaustive, eye-opening examination of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles from the ’60s through the Trial of the Century and beyond.

The movie swept through awards groups: it won three Cinema Eye Honors awards, took home the Ida for Best Feature, the Gotham, the National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, »

- Anne Thompson

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Watch ‘Life, Animated’s’ Original Short, ‘Land of the Lost Sidekicks’ (Exclusive Video)

14 February 2017 10:28 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When director Roger Ross Williams set out to make a documentary about Owen Suskind, a young autistic man who learned to communicate from watching animated Disney movies, he knew animation would be essential to his film. But Williams didn’t realize until later that his film, the Oscar-nominated “Life, Animated,” would include three different layers of animation, including Disney film clips that the studio granted him permission to use, and original animated sequences that illustrated scenes from the life of his subject. And most importantly, his film also includes “The Land of the Lost Sidekicks,” a new six-minute animated short based on. »

- Steve Pond

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Saluting the Movie Heroes of 2016 That Were Snubbed by Oscars

9 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Academy Award winners are announced Feb. 26, about four-fifths of the contenders will go home empty-handed. Though they might feel bad for a while, they’ll always be identified as Oscar nominees. But what about all those people who turned in great work and didn’t even get that far?

As the long Oscar season winds down, let’s give a salute to a few un-nominated heroes of 2016. That list ranges from Clint Eastwood to Taraji P. Henson, from Pablo Larraín to Ralph Fiennes.

Take Stephen Frears. When “Florence Foster Jenkins” opened, there was appropriate buzz about the performances and the design work, but almost none fSor him. Frears takes tricky material and succeeds, but maybe he makes it look too easy.

In the four acting races, everyone nominated deserves to be there. But with only five slots, there are also other deserving people. Aside from Amy Adams in “Arrival, »

- Tim Gray

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‘Arrival’ Screenwriter Eric Heisserer on Writing the Unfilmable Story: Awards Spotlight

7 February 2017 3:37 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the nearly 20 years since Ted Chiang’s “The Story of Your Life” was published, the story took on a near-mythic quality in the realm of short fiction. As a nuanced, layered piece of science fiction, it blended the complex notions of parental grief with a granular examination of interspecies linguistics. However, the narrative approach that brought Chiang so much acclaim also seemed destined to keep the story confined to words on a page.

Enter screenwriter Eric Heisserer, whose varied interests and occupations provided just the right outside-the-box approach to help guide Dr. Louise Banks’ triumph and heartbreak to the screen in the form of “Arrival.” Heisserer is familiar with genre scripts that stem from an established framework, having worked on “The Thing,” “Nightmare on Elm Street” and a later installment of the the “Final Destination” franchise.

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Exclusive: Denis Villeneuve and Amy Adams Want To Make Science-Fiction »

- Steve Greene

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