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Exciting vinyl announcement from our friends at Mondo:
Mondo, in collaboration with Howe Records, announces three incredible Howard Shore scores from classic David Cronenberg films Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers and Crash. This continuation of Mondo’s Cronenberg series, which began with a soundtrack for Scanners and The Brood, features beautiful and haunting design work and marks the first time all three titles will be available on vinyl.
Can’t wait to own these. While you’re waiting for these records to go on sale, check out this new Hoop Dreams print from Mondo.
Crash (1996) – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2Xlp Music by Howard Shore Original Artwork by Rich Kelly 20th Anniversary. First time ever on Vinyl. Available online at mondotees.com this July $35
Dead Ringers (1988) – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP Music By Howard Shore Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra Original Artwork by Randy Ortiz First time ever on Vinyl. Available online at mondotees. »
- Ryan Gallagher
For 50 years, Chicago documentary production company Kartemquin has been making thought-provoking documentaries that have had an international impact. Now 74, artistic director Gordon Quinn, burns with the same passion that saw him establish the collective. Sitting in his Chicago office, awards piled up on the shelves through the French doors, he sets out his original manifesto.
“We wanted to make films to make social change, to give people information, and to change the world for the better. We were very taken with telling people’s stories who don’t usually get told. We felt that that kind of storytelling had an important role to play in the democratic process. That’s what we were very committed to and passionate about; and we still are today.”
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- Alexander Bisley
The editor of the BBC’s Storyville and executive producer of the award-winning India’s Daughter on the richness of today’s documentary film-making
• Ten film-makers’ choices of the 50 documentaries you need to see
Documentaries have acquired a certain chic in recent years. No longer the worthy exclusive property of public television, they’re seen in cinemas and online, at festivals and at gala screenings. Nowadays the likes of Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio want to be executive producers. From a perch at the BBC, I’ve watched this transformation for the past 20-odd years. I can recall shoving a cassette of Hoop Dreams into a Vcr in 1994. I’d been told that the film was nearly three hours long, and would change the way I looked at things. I balked at the length and required persuasion, but I rapidly became immersed in the basketball lives of William Gates and Arthur Agee, »
- Nick Fraser
Burning topics, boundary-pushing formats, and films by and about women take center stage at the 2016 edition of Hot Docs, North America’s premier doc-cinema festival and confab, which raised the curtain on its full 232-pic slate this morning in Toronto.
The 11-day event opens April 28 with the world premiere of Rama Rau’s “League of Exotique Dancers,” which exposes the golden era of North American burlesque through the real stories of legendary performers.
The marquee program Big Ideas presents the world premieres of U.S. director Beth Murphy’s “What Tomorrow Brings,” about the founder of an Afghan girls’ school, and Tiffany Hsiung’s “The Apology,” a portrait of “comfort women” in Japanese-occupied Asia circa WWII. Other films include SXSW headliner “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” Tribeca-premiering “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four” and “The Happy Film,” and Espn’s “O.J. Simpson: Made in America, »
- Jennie Punter
Glenn here bringing you some more trivia from this year’s best original song category. Obviously, I could be mistaken about some of these, but, well, in which case la la la, not listening, move along.
Trivia #1 – 2016 marks the first time in Oscar history that two documentaries have ever been nominated in a category outside of the non-fiction categories. While documentaries have been nominated in the original song category in the past – Mondo Cane in ’62 being the first, I believe – and Hoop Dreams scored a best editing nomination in 1995, this year both The Hunting Ground’s “Til It Happens to You” and Racing Extinction’s “Manta Ray” make for a first that two have been cited.
Trivia #2 – This year’s nomination for “Manta Ray” is the third nomination for an enviro-doc in this category in the last decade. While Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth »
- Glenn Dunks
Exclusive: ro*co films represents international sales rights to Berlinale Special title.
San Francisco-based ro*co films has acquired the international rights to investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck’s new title, which follows the journey of three whistleblowers determined to break the silence around Us drone strikes.
Nfp will release in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.
ro*co’s international catalog includes Hoop Dreams, Hell And Back Again, How To Survive A War and The Invisible War. The company’s North American ‘education’ catalogue includes Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison Of Belief and The Hunting Ground.
“National Bird is a provocative and timely investigation into the human costs of the Us military drone program that is destined to have a powerful impact on the debate around drone warfare,” said »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
If you've never heard of Kartemquin Films, that's okay. Although they've been around for half a century, and they produced such classics as Hoop Dreams, as well as one of the most acclaimed releases of 2015, Almost There, they aren't a household name unless your household is filled with documentary filmmakers and fans. It's also okay because you now have a good reason to make it up to them and become acquainted with their work: they're streaming all their films online for free. Not all at the same time, however, and not for very long. Instead, every week this year, in celebration of Kartemquin's 50th birthday, the Chicago-based company is debuting another of their documentaries, in chronological order starting with the recently restored...
- Christopher Campbell
Read More: How Steve James Finds Silver Linings When Things Don't Go As Planned (And They Never Do) For over twenty years, Steve James has been a highly acclaimed director and producer in the world of documentary filmmaking. His influential "Hoop Dreams" dazzled audiences in 1994 and is widely considering to be one of the genre's leading titles, and he has had continued success with films like "The New Americans," "The Interrupters," and the recent Roger Ebert doc "Life Itself." Now, James' work will be recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Hot Docs Festival, the largest documentary festival in North America. Past recipients of the award include Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Frederick Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles. Along with the award, the festival will be screening an extensive retrospective of James' work. "It's an honor to celebrate a filmmaker of such depth, humanity and integrity as »
- Mike Lown
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