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'Hoop' nets top spot on IDA '25 Best'

4 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The International Documentary Assn. has compiled a list of its 25 best documentaries, topped by the 1994 basketball docu Hoop Dreams.

The 1988 justice-system classic The Thin Blue Line is second on the list, and Michael Moore's school-shooting docu Bowling for Columbine was ranked third. Moore and the directing team of Albert and David Maysles (Salesman) figured in the most selections with three each.

Founded in 1982, the IDA is a nonprofit organization supporting nonfiction filmmakers and videomakers in the U.S. and abroad. The IDA created the "25 Best" list to celebrate the group's 25th anniversary.

"We hope (it) sparks discussion and rekindles a love of nonfiction film," said July Chaikin, who chaired a committee charged with overseeing the film selection process.

The IDA asked the 3,000 filmmakers, educators and others who are members of the organization to pick favorites from a list of 700 films. Members also were provided the opportunity to write in additional film choices.


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Ebert, Roeper, Siskel: Archived shows worth saving, makes for site worth book-marking

9 August 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- I would have never have discovered the George Washingtons, the One False Moves, the Hoop Dreams and the Blood Simples of the film world if it hadn’t been for a syndicated television show from Chicago. I am of course talking about Siskel and Ebert’s At the Movies: I don’t think I’ve enthusiastically looked forward to seeing a thumb appearance than with this show. Thankfully they had the hindsight to not take their tapings and use them to record useless wedding videos. In this information age where online video content is king, this has become (for about 2 weeks now) a daily source of amusement and cinephile delight for folks like me. The mother-load of sparring matches between film critics Ebert, Siskel and Roeper are classic viewing material – and along with the receding hairlines and waistlines increasing in size the programmers have devised it so that when »

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