5 items from 2014
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
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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Lee previously developed TV and feature films through her company Mighty Hula Pictures with a production deal at Dreamworks.
Prior to that, she was president of David Geffen’s Geffen Pictures, overseeing “M. Butterfly,” “Interview with the Vampire” and “Michael Collins,” and president of Redford’s Wildwood Entertainment, overseeing “Incident at Oglala” and “A River Runs Through It.”
- Dave McNary
Robert Redford has been selected as the recipient of the International Documentary Association’s career achievement award.
The honor will be presented at the 30th Annual Ida Documentary Awards on Dec. 5 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
The Ida cited Redford as founder of the Sundance Institute and its Documentary Film Program and recognized his work on docs including “The Solar Film,” “Yosemite: Fate of Heaven,” “Incident at Oglala” and “The Unforeseen.”
He formed Sundance Productions in 2012 and the company has since produced “All The President’s Men Revisited,” “Chicagoland” and “Death Row Stories” for CNN and the 3D “Cathedrals of Culture” with executive producer Wim Wenders.
- Dave McNary
The International Documentary Association (Ida) will present its 2014 Career Achievement Award to actor-director-producer-activist Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute, which has supported countless documentarians. His work in documentary film includes the Oscar-nominated short "The Solar Film," "Yosemite: Fate of Heaven," and feature documentaries "Incident at Oglala" and "The Unforeseen." In 2012, Redford formed Sundance Productions which backed "All The President’s Men Revisited," nonfiction series "Chicagoland" and "Death Row Stories" for CNN, and the 3D "Cathedrals of Culture" with executive producer Wim Wenders. In previous years, the Ida the Career Achievement Award on documentary went to Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, Sheila Nevins, Michael Moore and Werner Herzog. The organization's Pioneer Award goes to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, »
- Anne Thompson
The channel's name is Sundance, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that much of its original programming would evoke art house films from the nineties, arguably the peak of the Sundance Film Festival's cultural influence. The channel's latest miniseries The Red Road, about the conflict between entitled but troubled whites and an unrecognized Native American tribe, gets even more specific in its influences. It's a feel-bad regional potboiler in the vein of such dramas as Incident at Oglala, Sling Blade, and Heavy. Such movies prioritized atmosphere and characterization over plot, and examined their milieus with anthropological exactness, to the point where every pregnant pause and dropped "g" seemed freighted with meaning. Red Road creator Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners) and producer Sarah Condon (Bored to Death) go heavy on the portent.In theory, the show's main character is Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson), a New Jersey cop. He's the buffer between his community's »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
5 items from 2014
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