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Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award

Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award
The Directors Guild of America has awarded Michael Apted its DGA honorary life member award in recognition of leadership, contribution to the guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement.

The award will be presented to Apted, who currently serves as DGA secretary-treasurer, at the 70th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Michael is a game changer for our guild and our industry,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “Whether having the foresight as a young man to conceptualize the revolutionary documentary series “7 Up” — still going on decades later — or guiding Hollywood through a digital revolution, he is a fearless, visionary leader, and we are all the beneficiaries.”

Schlamme noted that Apted has served as either president or co-chair for every major new media and Svod negotiation.

“Michael has skillfully navigated the DGA through times of great change, setting the path for our members and our industry to flourish. His search
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Remembering Tom Petty, Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Costumer John Mollo and More Reel-Important People We Lost in October

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Dennis Banks (1937-2017) - Native American Activist, Actor. He appears in The Last of the Mohicans and Older Than America, as himself in Thunderheart and the documentaries Incident at Oglala and Sing Your Song. He was also the subject of the 2010 doc A Good Day to Die. He died on October 29. (Star Tribune) Ben Bates (1933-2017) - Stunt Man. In addition to doing stunts for TV's Gunsmoke and the movie The White Buffalo, he also played...

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Michael Apted interview: Unlocked, Bond, thrillers

Ryan Lambie May 5, 2017

Director Michael Apted talks to us about his new film Unlocked, memories of making a Bond movie, and why thrillers make great cinema...

Over a career which stretches back to the 1960s, director Michael Apted has proved to be an extraordinarily versatile filmmaker. There's his ongoing series of Up television documentaries, which have charted the experiences of a range of British people over a period of 49 years and counting. There are his movies, which range from the Oscar-winning Gorillas In The Mist (1988) to the big-budget Bond entry The World Is Not Enough (1999). And then there's his TV work, which includes episodes of Rome and Masters Of Sex.

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Apted's deep in thriller territory with his new film Unlocked, which stars Noomi Rapace as
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Michael Apted: Keeping the Line Between Fact and Fiction Sharply in Focus

Michael Apted: Keeping the Line Between Fact and Fiction Sharply in Focus
Bydgoszcz, Poland — For Michael Apted, it’s not critical whether a story is told as a documentary or as a narrative, he says. He’s done both, having begun his film career with the almost accidental invention of the “longitudinal documentary” with 1963’s “7 Up!” and its follow-up editions every seven years, following 14 Britons throughout their lives.

Later, filming the story of a shootout involving Native Americans in South Dakota, which resulted in the deaths of two FBI agents in 1975, he first took on the story as the docu “Incident at Oglala” in 1992.

He then retold a related story loosely in the narrative “Thunderheart,” starring Graham Greene and Val Kilmer and several of the subjects of the original nonfiction film that same year.

What’s important is not to blur the border between fact and fiction, says Apted.

The recipient of a lifetime achievement award in directing at Camerimage, Apted is
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Groundbreaking Dp Maryse Alberti on Shooting 'Freeheld,' 'Creed' and 'The Visit'

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Groundbreaking Dp Maryse Alberti on Shooting 'Freeheld,' 'Creed' and 'The Visit'
Along with Sandi Sissel, Ellen Kuras, Lisa Rinzler and Nancy Schreiber, Maryse Alberti was a groundbreaking female cinematographer at a time when the field was overwhelmingly male (more so than today). Even as more women have steadily entered the field, Alberti still stands out for her versatility and inventiveness. Since starting out in the late 1980s working on a short film with Christine Vachon, Alberti has worked steadily with some of the boldest directors of our time. She's shot a wide range of films, alternating between nonfiction and fiction, with directors including Todd Haynes ("Velvet Goldmine," "Poison"), Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler"), Terry Zwigoff ("Crumb"), Michael Apted ("Moving the Mountain," "Incident at Oglala") and Liz Garbus ("Love, Marilyn") and Amy Berg ("West of Memphis"), among others. She received Sundance Film Festival Best Cinematography honors for documentaries...
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31 Great Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

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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,
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Village Roadshow Hires Bonni Lee, former Geffen Pictures President

Village Roadshow Pictures has named veteran executive Bonni Lee as senior VP of production.

Lee, who has worked for David Geffen and Robert Redford, will report to cchairman and CEO Bruce Berman.

“It is our great fortune to have someone like Bonni, a unique talent with impeccable taste and an enviable track record to match,” Berman said. “Her creative insight and depth of experience will be invaluable in shaping our business approach.”

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.”

She also worked as VP at Warner Bros.’ feature division where she brought on Tim Burton to direct “Pee Wee
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Robert Redford Honored by International Documentary Association

Robert Redford Honored by International Documentary Association
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.

Previous recipients of the Ida Career Achievement Award include Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, Sheila Nevins, Michael Moore and Werner Herzog.

The organization’s Pioneer Award will be presented to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, founders of World of Wonder Productions and producers of “Inside Deep Throat,
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The International Documentary Association Awards Career Achievement to Robert Redford

The International Documentary Association Awards Career Achievement to Robert Redford
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,...
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Seitz on the Brooding The Red Road: Your Flashback to Nineties Indie Films

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Seitz on the Brooding The Red Road: Your Flashback to Nineties Indie Films
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
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Common Brings Awareness To Accused Man's Clemency

Common Brings Awareness To Accused Man's Clemency
New York — When Harry Belafonte asked Common to participate in a benefit concert in support of freeing Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who is serving two life sentences for the 1975 execution-style deaths of two FBI agents, he did some research before giving his answer.

"I did my own due diligence," Common said in a telephone interview Thursday with The Associated Press.

He decided to participate Friday in the "Bring Leonard Peltier Home Concert" at New York's Beacon Theatre, joining a lineup that includes Belafonte, Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger and others.

"If I can really help a man be free from something he was accused of and is innocent and wants to be with his family, I can't get up there and say I can't do this because I may have a chance to get more record sales, or this film company is not going to decide to use me," the
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Race In Hollywood – Native American Images On Film (TV)

This month on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, TCM will offer “Race in Hollywood: Native American Images on Film,” a series that has culled the archives to spotlight both positive and negative images of American Indians.

The films will be hosted by Robert Osborne and Professor Hanay Geiogamah, the director of the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA, and the editor of American Indian Culture and Research Journal, among other accomplishments.

The series begins tomorrow, May 4, with “The Westerns of John Ford,” continues with “non-Indians in Indian roles” (May 6), “Indians as enemies” (May 11), “white men living among Indians” (May 13), “Indians as “noble savages”” (May 18), “Native Americans facing racism” (May 20), “Native American actors and filmmakers” (May 25), and then concludes on May 27, with “Films about Native Americans from Outside Hollywood.”

A few of the titles scheduled to air include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Dances with Wolves (1990), John Ford’s Stagecoach
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