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Documentary Filmmaker Daniel Anker Dies at 50

Documentary Filmmaker Daniel Anker Dies at 50
Daniel Anker, known for his narrative documentaries including “Icebound” and “Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust,” died April 21 in Manhattan after a bout with pneumonia caused by treatment for lymphoma. He was 50.

Over the course of his career, the multihyphenate touched on topics ranging from the Holocaust to the dogsledders of 2012’s “Icebound” and the Scottsboro trial in his 2000 film “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy,” which was shown on public TV and earned Anker an Oscar nom.

Anker’s resume also includes musical-infused projects such as “Music From the Inside Out,” which featured players from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the children’s TV series “Marsalis on Music” with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Born in Washington, Anker grew up in Potomac, Md., and studied musicology and psychology at Harvard.

Anker’s most recent documentary, “Sidney Lumet: The Moral Lens,” based on the life of the titular helmer, was in post-production at the time of his death.
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Rip Danny Anker: Oscar-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker was 50

Sad to share the news that documentary filmmaker Danny Anker died Monday morning of lymphoma, at the age of 50.  He was an Oscar-nominated director (Best Documentary Feature) for "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy" (2000), which was a selection of the Sundance Film Festival and won a Primetime Emmy in 2001.   Many of his other productions were Emmy nominated and/or screened at prestigious film festivals, such as "Icebound" (2012).  He is perhaps best known for "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust," which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2004 Hamptons Film Festival. Narrated by Gene Hackman, it featured interviews with directors including Steven Spielberg.   Anker was in post-production on "Sidney Lumet: The Moral Lens," and had directed nine other documentaries, including "Voices Unbound: The Story of the Freedom Writers" (winner at the 2010 Valladolid Film Festival), "Through My Eyes: The Charlie Kelman Story" (2010), as well as...
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'Nice blend' of films for AFI Fest '04

'Nice blend' of films for AFI Fest '04
AFI Fest 2004 has rolled out an eclectic roster for its 18th annual Los Angeles International Film Festival, ranging from The Assassination of Richard Nixon, directed by Niels Mueller and starring Sean Penn, to Yesterday, directed by Darrell James Roodt. In addition to Assassination, this year's special screenings include Tim Daly's Bereft, Christophe Barratier's Les Choristes, Ray McKinnon's Chrystal, Robert Lepage's Far Side of the Moon, Asia Argento's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, Terry George's Hotel Rwanda, Daniel Anker's Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust, Ariel Vroman's Rx, Mark Wexler's Tell Them Who You Are, Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman and Yesterday.

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