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‘Art and Craft’ Could Join These Ten Art-Related Docs to Garner Oscar Noms

19 December 2014 9:09 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

For almost 30 years, Mark Landis forged artwork and passed it off as his own to various museums around the country. It wasn’t until Matthew Leininger, a registrar at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, investigated the pieces in 2008 that the forgery was exposed. Leininger dedicated his time to investigating Landis further, and the scale of forgeries was revealed in 2012. Both men are featured in Art and Craft, a documentary about Landis, directed by Jennifer Grausman and Sam Cullman and co-directed by Mark Becker. Because Landis never sold his work to the museums, only donated the works in what he calls acts of “philanthropy”, he was never prosecuted.

The Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore said, “The film will appeal to art lovers, but some viewers who can hardly tell their Cezannes from Chagalls will find the story fascinating as well.”

The film was picked by »

- Anjelica Oswald

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31 Great Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

12 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Whether you want to immerse yourself in the world of birds, bees, baseball or backup singers, Netflix has a documentary for you. Missed "Man on Wire"? It's on there.

Here are films that changed the world, righted wrongs, pinpointed a moment in history, or simply shone a light on a previously unknown subset of society. (Availability subject to change. Films are unrated, except as noted.)

1. "20 Feet from Stardom" (2013) PG-13

This Oscar-winning doc shines a spotlight on the relatively unknown backup singers behind such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder.

2. "The Act of Killing" (2012)

The director invited killers -- men who took part in the horrific purge that left more than 500,000 dead in Indonesia in the 1960s -- to reenact their crimes on film, resulting in a bizarre look inside the mind of men capable of mass murder.

3. "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" (2014)

Two filmmakers pay homage to their grandfather, »

- Sharon Knolle

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‘Finding Vivian Maier’ Could Join the Six Photography-Related Docs to Score Oscar Noms

7 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Finding Vivian Maier documents Maloof’s journey to discover more about Vivian Maier after purchasing a box of her negatives in 2007. He began the search a few years later, after he realized the negatives consisted of some of the best undeveloped street photography of the 20th century. After some searching, it was revealed that Maier was a career-nanny who had died in 2009.

Since the documentary is in serious contention for a best documentary feature Oscar, we thought we’d check to see how many other photography-related films have managed to resonate with the Academy’s documentary branch and land a nomination in the same category. We found six.

The Naked Eye (1956)

Directed by two-time Oscar winner Louis Clyde Stoumen, this documentary celebrates photography through history by looking at pioneers in the field, such as Margaret Bourke-White. Though he covers works by multiple photographers, »

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Film Review: ‘This Is Not a Ball’

8 June 2014 12:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz created a pair of massive art installations using 20,000 carefully arranged soccer balls — an impressive accomplishment, but not one that could possibly sustain a feature-length film. Instead, his amiable if hopelessly scattered docu, “This Is Not a Ball” (directed alongside Juan Rendon), uses it as a jumping-off point to travel the globe exploring the significance of “the ball” as both concept and object. Muniz uncovers a raft of intriguing people and stories, with subjects ranging from sports to astrophysics, gender politics, history and developmental psychology, but he never sits still with them long enough to ask any probing questions, and the film never arrives at any real point. Set to hit Netflix the same week the Cup kicks off, the docu should at least attract some curiosity.

Previously the subject of Lucy Walker’s Oscar-nominated 2010 docu “Waste Land,” Muniz has »

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