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Why Not a Documentary for Best Picture?

4 October 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” follow- up, “13th,” opened the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30 and immediately situated itself as one of the year’s best films. Why, then, is it a foregone conclusion that we won’t be talking about it in terms of best picture?

No documentary has ever received a nomination for Hollywood’s top prize, despite true landmarks of the form — like “Shoah” and “Hoop Dreams” (the latter controversially snubbed in the doc category as well) — making strong cases.

In 2013 and 2015, a pair of documentaries by Joshua Oppenheimer — “The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence” — topped many critical assessments of the years’ best cinema, but nobody expected noms for best picture. In 2005, “March of the Penguins” became a cultural event that did bang-up box office, but it couldn’t break out of the documentary feature category at the Oscars.

And talk about cultural events: A year earlier, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Netflix Releases The Trailer For Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-qiang

28 September 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The trailer for Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void, Academy Award®-winner One Day in September), was released by Netflix today. Originally acquired by Netflix at Sundance, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang can be seen in select theaters and on Netflix on October 14, 2016 and will have a European premiere next week on October 6 at the London Film Festival.

Check out the trailer below.

Acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has unfettered access to world-renowned artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, whose frequent use of gunpowder serves as both an ancestral homage and an acknowledgement of humanity's fleeting nature. Creating ambitious signature pieces on the largest imaginable scales, Cai's electrifying work often transcends physical permanence all while burning its philosophies into the audience's mind forever.

Told through the artist's own words and those of family, friends and vigilant observers, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang »

- Kellvin Chavez

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The powerhouse: If talks to eOne about the distribution landscape in 2016

11 September 2016 8:13 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

eOne release The Girl on The Train in cinemas October 6.

Since its acquisition by eOne in 2011, Hopscotch-eOne Anz has become a global player. If speaks to three of the team — Jude Troy, eOne Anz.s Evp, TV Development and Acquisitions, Lucy Hill, eOne Anz.s Head of Acquisitions and Maeva Gatineau, Hopscotch Features. Senior Vice President of Production — about the restructure, the distribution game and the landscape in 2016. What are your roles at eOne?

Hill: I head up acquisitions for eOne Australia and New Zealand, which means that I coordinate for our team, which includes Jude as well as Troy Lum, Sandie Don, Jason Hernandez and Kata [Mandic]. We look at which films we want to buy, primarily for theatrical but also for our home entertainment platforms, the landscape for which is changing massively.

Troy: I joined in 2004 as a small partner at Hopscotch. Troy brought me in, [with] Sandie and Frank Cox at the time, »

- Harry Windsor

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The Powerhouse: If talks to eOne about the distribution landscape in 2016

11 September 2016 8:13 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

eOne release The Girl on The Train in cinemas October 6.

Since its acquisition by eOne in 2011, Hopscotch-eOne Anz has become a global player. If speaks to three of the team — Jude Troy, eOne Anz.s Evp, TV Development and Acquisitions, Lucy Hill, eOne Anz.s Head of Acquisitions and Maeva Gatineau, Hopscotch Features. Senior Vice President of Production — about the restructure, the distribution game and the landscape in 2016. What are your roles at eOne?

Hill: I head up acquisitions for eOne Australia and New Zealand, which means that I coordinate for our team, which includes Jude as well as Troy Lum, Sandie Don, Jason Hernandez and Kata [Mandic]. We look at which films we want to buy, primarily for theatrical but also for our home entertainment platforms, the landscape for which is changing massively.

Troy: I joined in 2004 as a small partner at Hopscotch. Troy brought me in, [with] Sandie and Frank Cox at the time, »

- Harry Windsor

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‘Trainspotting,’ ‘Simon Killer,’ ‘The Loneliest Planet’ & More Indies Headed to Hulu in July — See Our Curated List

22 June 2016 3:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A great many shows and movies are coming to Hulu next month, some more notable than others. To skip the chaff and go straight to the wheat, allow us to collate and curate a selection of the most notable titles available to stream in July:

“48 Hours” and “Another 48 Hours”

“The Aviator”

Berberian Sound Studio

Broadway Danny Rose

The Brothers Bloom

“Devil’s Pass”

Dirty Wars

“Dirty Work”

“‘Don’t Look Now”

Escape From Alcatraz

Finding Neverland

Fish Tank

“Flashdance”

Gimme the Loot

“Glory”

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series

“Hackers”

“Hunger”

The Hunt for Red October

“In the Loop”

“Jimmy P”

Liberal Arts

Like Someone in Love

The Loneliest Planet

Lonesome Jim

“Manderlay”

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Mommie Dearest

“Phoenix”

“Rosemary’s Baby”

Read More: ‘Transparent’ Ratings Lag Behind Rivals on Netflix & Hulu

“Sightseers”

Simon Killer »

- Michael Nordine

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BFI inks content deal with Chinese VOD giant

24 March 2016 4:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

iQIYI, which reports 10m subs, will host a curated selection of titles from the BFI London Film Festival.

The British Film Institute (BFI) has struck a commercial deal with China’s largest VOD platform iQIYI for the latter to carry a selection of films that have previously premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.

The titles are a mixture of UK independent and world cinema. Terms of the deal were not made available.

Curated into four categories – Growing Pains, Foreign Adventures, Family Anecdotes, Social Perspectives – the BFI has programmed 20 titles specifically for the new collection, including Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning Amour, Carol Morley’s The Falling, and Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Wadjda.

The BFI negotiated rights to those 20 titles with sales agents, while the full line-up also includes a further 11 films that had previously struck deals to be on iQIYI but will now become a part of the collection, including Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and [link »

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The never-ending story: why are Oscar movies often so long?

22 January 2016 6:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

At 156 minutes, The Revenant is a challenge. At 187 minutes, The Hateful Eight is only to be approached with full stomach and empty bladder. It’s time film-makers realised epic doesn’t have to mean eternal

The Revenant, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-hunting epic, is a film that does many unique and wonderful things, but perhaps its greatest feat is how it manages to be simultaneously breathtaking and yawn-inducing.

Make no mistake: the film contains sensational moments. But at heart it’s a simple man-v-nature yarn that runs along much the same lines as Touching the Void, All Is Lost or Gravity. The difference is that the latter three all had the good sense to appreciate that nerve-shredding intensity tends to sag at around the 100-minute mark. The Revenant obliges us to sit watching Leonardo DiCaprio’s beard accumulate frost – as fine a sight as that is – for over two and »

- Alex Hess

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang’

21 January 2016 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The spectacular visual displays of the Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang — firecrackers igniting the perimeter of a massive installation, an army of pyrotechnic pixels bursting in unison over a desert landscape — lend an undeniably cinematic razzle-dazzle to “Sky Ladder.” Those eye-catching elements aside, Kevin Macdonald’s latest documentary is a slender but involving portrait of this internationally renowned figure, touching on how the difficulties of growing up and working in his home country have informed a style at once uniquely dynamic and deeply rooted in classic Eastern traditions. Sifting lightly through several decades of history, but tethered to the present day by Cai’s recent attempts to realize the soaringly ambitious project of the title, this diverting 76-minute profile should easily climb its way into theatrical and small-screen berths.

A brief prologue recounts how the Chinese discovered gunpowder while searching for an elixir that would grant them immortality — an irony that »

- Justin Chang

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UK producer John Smithson to attend Aidc 2016

18 January 2016 4:17 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian International Documentary Conference has confirmed that John Smithson - producer of Touching the Void, 127 Hours and Sherpa - will attend Aidc 2016.

Smithson will participate in a Feature Documentary Masterclass before a screening of Sherpa, which he will attend alongside director Jennifer Peedom and producer Bridget Ikin.

He will also co-present Keynote in Conversation: The Rise of the Superdoc with Phil Craig (Head of ABC Factual, 2012-2015).

Smithson is the co-founder of the UK production company Arrow Media and has produced Deep Water, The Falling Man, The Beckoning Silence and Thrilla in Manila among numerous other projects.

Aidc 2016 takes place at Acmi in Melbourne from February 28-March 2. »

- Staff Writer

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