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‘Brimstone & Glory,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Strong Island’ Lead Cinema Eye Honors Nominations

‘Brimstone & Glory,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Strong Island’ Lead Cinema Eye Honors Nominations
Viktor Jakovleski’s “Brimstone & Glory,” Matthew Heineman’s “City of Ghosts,” and Yance Ford’s “Strong Island” led the 11th annual Cinema Eye Honors nominations with four apiece, it was revealed on Friday.

Heineman and Ford’s films joined Jonathan Olshefski’s “Quest,” Frederick Weisman’s “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,” Agnes Varda and Jr’s “Faces Places,” and Feras Fayyad’s “Last Men in Aleppo” in the top field of outstanding achievement in nonfiction feature filmmaking.

Heineman, Wiseman, Ford, Varda, and Jr were joined by “Casting JonBenet” and “The Challenge” helmers Kitty Green and Yuri Ancarani, respectively, in the best director field.

Wiseman became the first filmmaker in Cinema Eye history to be nominated three times in the category. Heineman, meanwhile, received four individual nominations, the most of any person this year.

Winners will be revealed at the 11th annual Cinema Eye Honors on Jan. 11, 2018. Full list of nominations below.

Outstanding Achievement
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2017 Ida Documentary Awards Best Feature and Shorts Nominees Announced

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2017 Ida Documentary Awards Best Feature and Shorts Nominees Announced
The International Documentary Association has announced their Best Feature and Best Short nominees, as well as the recipients of Creative Recognition awards, for the 2017 Ida Documentary Awards. In the competition categories, the nominees for Best Feature include “City of Ghosts,” “Dina,” “Faces Places,””La 92,” and “Strong Island,” while the Best Short section includes nods for “Edith+Eddie,” “The Fight,” “Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” “Long Shot,” “Mr. Connolly Has Als,” and “The Rabbit Hunt.”

“The diverse array of films nominated this year underscore the vibrancy and elasticity of documentary form,” said Simon Kilmurry, Ida’s Executive Director in an official statement. “These films address the most urgent contemporary global matters — and the most intimate emotional territory. All of them demonstrate the courage and ingenuity of nonfiction media makers.”

Read More:2017 Ida Documentary Awards Nominees Announced, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘The Keepers,’ and ‘The Vietnam War

The winners for
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Ubisoft Announces Composer for Far Cry 5

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Far Cry has always been a series known for its scale, including sprawling maps, play styles for a variety of different players, and many side quests for the player to delve into. Far Cry 5 is no exception, and earlier today Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 5 will be accompanied by an award-winning composer. Who is the composter that'll compose for a game as big as Far Cry 5? Read more to find out!

Today, Ubisoft® announced that Dan Romer, the award-winning film composer, songwriter and music producer, is composing the score for Far Cry® 5 in addition to writing songs for the game. The Far Cry 5 soundtrack will be available closer to the game’s launch on February 27, 2018.

Known for his film score work on Beasts of the Southern Wild and Beasts of No Nation, and for producing the Grammy-winning single, “Say Something,” and worldwide hit, “Treat You Better,” Romer sought to create
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Official Trailer for 'Brimstone & Glory' Doc About a Fireworks Festival

"Ecstatic ritual, danger and the absolute beauty of fireworks." Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Brimstone & Glory, profiling the glorious National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. This 10-day festival of fireworks and pyrotechnics is unlike anything else, considering more than three quarters of Tultepec's residents work in pyrotechnics. The doc features a score by Beasts of the Southern Wild's Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, which actually makes me even more excited to see this (I love the unique sound of their music it always makes my heart race). This seems like one of the most spectacular, stunning docs about fireworks ever made. "For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril." This looks totally amazing. Fire it up. Here's the first trailer for Viktor Jakovleski's documentary Brimstone & Glory, from YouTube: The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec,
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I Can't Stop Watching This Bizarre and Beautiful Music Video Kristen Bell Made About Coral

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If you had asked me if Kristen Bell likes coral yesterday, I probably would've responded, "Does anyone not like coral?" Well, anyway, today we have a definite answer: she's really, really passionate about coral. The Frozen actress and Game of Thrones superfan lent her beautiful voice to Netflix for the theme song of its nature documentary Chasing Coral. The song, "Tell Me How Long," is by far the catchiest song about coral that I've ever heard and features lyrics written by Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger (any Love Monkey fans in the house? No?). The documentary uses time-lapse cameras to record the bleaching currently plaguing coral reefs around the world, which struck a chord with Bell. "I was moved and inspired by Chasing Coral and its message of hope for our planet's future," she said in a press release from Netflix. "I feel a responsibility to care for the Earth
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Kristen Bell Lends Singing Voice To Sundance Docu “Chasing Coral” From Jeff Orlowski

Kristen Bell Lends Singing Voice To Sundance Docu “Chasing Coral” From Jeff Orlowski
Exclusive: The Good Place and Bad Moms star Kristen Bell has been tapped to sing the closing tune in the Jeff Orlowski-directed Sundance documentary Chasing Coral, available to stream July 14 on Netflix. The original song, titled “Tell Me How Long,” was composed by Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger and is described as a rousing plea about the climate crisis and the devastating phenomenon of global bleaching of coral reefs. “I was moved and inspired by Chasing Coral and its…
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Cannes: Oscilloscope Buys Pyrotechnic Documentary ‘Brimstone and Glory’

Cannes: Oscilloscope Buys Pyrotechnic Documentary ‘Brimstone and Glory’
Oscilloscope has bought North American rights to Viktor Jakovleski’s documentary “Brimstone & Glory” for release later this year.

The film focuses on the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, a 10-day celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics.

Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger said, “‘Brimstone & Glory’ is not just an epic feast for the eyes and the ears (though it is that), it’s a brilliant display of portraiture. It introduces us to people and a community — intimately, intensely, and beautifully – and sets the stage for a long career for Viktor. I have no doubt this is just the beginning.”

Producers are Dan Janvey, Elizabeth Lodge Stepp,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Ciambra’

Cannes Film Review: ‘A Ciambra’
Neo-realism isn’t necessarily a genre built for star turns, but director Jonas Carpignano happened upon one anyway in his debut “Mediterranea”: Then-preteen Pio Amato wasn’t the lead in that accomplished, affecting refugee drama, but his spiky, wily turn as a Romani artful dodger in the Calabrian coastal town of Gioia Tauro was a bright, skittering firework in its margins. It comes as no surprise, then, that Carpignano has placed Pio center-stage for his similarly empathetic follow-up “A Ciambra,” weaving the charismatic kid’s tough coming-of-age narrative into a broader study of poverty and racial prejudice on the fringes of Italian society.

With the presence of Martin Scorsese as an executive producer, this polished semi-sequel to “Mediterranea” — which extends the narratives of certain characters from that film, but is otherwise a freestanding work — will doubtless boost Carpignano’s already fast-rising profile on the festival and arthouse circuit. Creatively speaking,
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Film Review: ‘Brimstone & Glory’

Eye candy that’s a nutritious, full meal, “Brimstone & Glory” trains its ecstatic camera on Tultepec, a town in south-central Mexico famed for its manufacture of fireworks — and an annual National Pyrotechnics Festival so giddily cinematic that the medium itself practically seems to roll over and wag tail in approval. Mixing sheer spectacle with modest but pleasing human-interest threads, Viktor Jakovleski’s first directorial feature is a poetical, entrancing documentary that should delight niche viewers across many cultural borders.

Located a bit north of Mexico City, Tultepec is a small, historic city that in the last 150 years or so came to be centered around one industry. An enormous amount of fireworks — which grew hugely popular in Mexico over the same time — originate from here. And once each spring, enthusiasts travel to the burg for a week-long orgy of competition and celebration.

More impressionistic than explanatory, “Brimstone” doesn’t provide a
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“Win it All” is another strong pairing of Jake Johnson and Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg has had one of the more interesting career upswings of any independent filmmaker out there. After being one of the essential founders of the mumblecore indie movement, he made a right turn of sorts a few years back. Opting for bigger stars and similarly simple premises, he’s found more acclaim than ever before. Between Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas, and Digging for Fire, Swanberg is as exciting a writer/director as ever before. Most recently, Swanberg has teamed up again with frequent collaborator Jake Johnson for Win It All, a film that at once feels both different and similar than what he’s been up to lately. Above all else, it’s a great vehicle for Johnson, who does his best work when paired with Swanberg. The flick is a character study, centered on gambler Eddie Garrett (Johnson). He’s broke, but charming. A nice guy unable to resist a card game,
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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2017: Listen to Selections from 110 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.

Read More: Oscar Best Score Contenders: The Inside Story of Creating 5 Diverse Frontrunners

Read More: Oscars 2017: Listen to 70 Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love,
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145 Film Scores In Running For 89th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 145 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2016 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 89th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

“The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer

The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer

Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer

Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer

Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer

American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer

Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer

“Armenia, My Love,” Silvia Leonetti, composer

Assassin’s Creed,” Jed Kurzel, composer

Autumn Lights,” Hugi Gudmundsson and Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson, composers

The Bfg,” John Williams, composer

Believe,” Michael Reola, composer

Ben-Hur,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers

“Bilal,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna,
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Oscars 2017: Best Original Score Category Whittled Down, with ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ Moving Forward

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Oscars 2017: Best Original Score Category Whittled Down, with ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ Moving Forward
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced the 145 scores eligible in the Best Original Score category, includeing work from “Jackie” and “La La Land.” The latter film, a musical directed by “Whiplash” helmer Damien Chazelle, picked up the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s award for Best Music earlier this month; “Jackie” was the category’s runner-up. Notably absent, meanwhile, are “Arrival” (which just landed a Golden Globe nod), “Manchester by the Sea” and “Silence.”

Read: ‘La La Land’: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s ‘City of Stars’ Duet Will Sweep You Off Your Feet – Listen

Justin Hurwitz composed and orchestrated the “La La Land” score, while “Jackie” marks “Under the Skin” composer Mica Levi’s second silver-screen effort. Decades after becoming one of the world’s most renowned film composers, Ennio Morricone won last year’s Oscar for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.
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‘Moonlight’ Set to Receive Live Orchestra Screening Treatment, Featuring Composer Nicholas Britell

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‘Moonlight’ Set to Receive Live Orchestra Screening Treatment, Featuring Composer Nicholas Britell
On Tuesday, January 10, three days before voting for Oscar nominations comes to a close, the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles will play home to a special live orchestra screening of Barry Jenkins’ lauded indie “Moonlight.” The Wordless Music Orchestra, the group behind this past weekend’s live orchestra screenings of “Tree of Life” at Bam, is also announcing today that they will premiere a live orchestra screening of Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on April 8.

Read More: How Live Film Scores Are Finding New Life in the Age of Netflix

The “Moonlight” screening will involve a 30-piece orchestra that will be joined by the film’s composer Nicholas Britell, Tim Fain (original violin soloist from the soundtrack recording), soprano Mellissa Hughes (who sang the Mozart aria in the film) and conductor Ryan McAdams (who led the “Tree of Life” live orchestra). Filmmaker
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How Live Film Scores Are Finding New Life in the Age of Netflix

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How Live Film Scores Are Finding New Life in the Age of Netflix
Later tonight, close to 2,000 moviegoers will fill Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn to watch Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” set to a live score played by a 110-piece orchestra and choir. It’s the seventh live score production by the New York-based Wordless Music Orchestra, which has previously staged live music productions of other modern day classics like “There Will Be Blood” and “Under the Skin.”

For the founder of Wordless Music, Ronen Givony, the need to create a heightened sense of occasion with a live event is vital in the age of Netflix and Spotify.

Read More: Howard Shore, Composer for Cronenberg, ‘Spotlight’ and Scorsese, on the Creation of Diverse Scores

“I think it’s fair to say that whether it’s an orchestra concert or a rock concert or a movie, it seems like especially in New York, the simple act of going out and seeing
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[Tiff Review] Katie Says Goodbye

Considering how fashionable a “spiritual sequel” is in Hollywood these days, it’s a pity that those behind Katie Says Goodbye can’t legally flaunt it as one of the prequel variety to Martin Scorsese’s early drama Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Sharing more than just the pink waitress uniforms donned by Olivia Cooke and Ellen Burstyn, respectively, both films explore a seemingly inescapable life below the poverty line in the American southwest, with big dreams to emerge out of the rut. Wayne Roberts‘ directorial debut certainly gets darker than that 1974 drama, but, despite a transfixing performance from Cooke, it’s in search of a more distinctive personality on both the page and screen.

Katie spends most of her time working as a waitress at the local truck stop, seemingly the biggest attraction in her desolate town. At night, she tends to her alcoholic, unemployed mother (Mireille Enos
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Past Winners and Nominees Back in Contention: 88th Academy Awards' Best Score

'The Peanuts Movie': 2016 Best Original Score Oscar contender along with 111 other titles. Oscar 2016: Best Original Score contenders range from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to 'The Peanuts Movie' Earlier this month (Dec. '15), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made public the list of 112 film scores eligible for the 2016 Oscar in the Best Original Score category. As found in the Academy's press release, “a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.” The release adds that “to be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must
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112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar

112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled 112 scores from 2015 films that are in contention for original-score nominations for the 88th Academy Awards.

Among the eligible feature-film titles are the final three scores from the late James Horner: “The 33” (in photo), “Wolf Totem” and “Southpaw.” And the exec committee Ok’d the Ennio Morricone score for “Hateful Eight,” which includes about 30 minutes of new material along with several minutes of old scores written by him. Notable exclusions include “Love & Mercy” (Atticus Ross), “Crimson Peak” (Fernando Velázquez), “The Revenant” (Alva Noto and Ryûichi Sakamoto) and “Youth” (David Lang).

The eligible scores and their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,
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112 Original Scores Advance In The 88th Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,” Dan Romer, composer

The Big Short,” Nicholas Britell, composer

Black Mass,” Tom Holkenborg, composer

Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman, composer

Brooklyn,” Michael Brook, composer

Burnt,” Rob Simonsen, composer

By the Sea,” Gabriel Yared, composer

Carol,” Carter Burwell, composer

Cartel Land,” H. Scott Salinas and Jackson Greenberg, composers

Chi-Raq,” Terence Blanchard, composer

Cinderella,” Patrick Doyle, composer

Coming Home,” Qigang Chen, composer

Concussion,
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'Beasts of No Nation' composer Dan Romer on why scoring the film moved him to tears (Exclusive Video)

'Beasts of No Nation' composer Dan Romer on why scoring the film moved him to tears (Exclusive Video)
"We kind of wanted to make the score sonically fairly ambiguous," says composer Dan Romer about his work on "Beasts of No Nation." Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the film tells the story of Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy who becomes a child soldier fighting a civil war in an unnamed African country. In our exclusive video interview (watch it below), Romer explains, "We didn't want to hammer you over the head with emotions that we wanted you to feel. We wanted to, as much as we could, let the action and the storytelling take over." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions He adds, "We tried out moments that were very big and emotional, and it seemed a little dishonest to try and push that. So we wanted to create a score that was emotionally ambiguous and sonically ambiguous, where all of our
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