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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker’s Unlocking the Cage

25 November 2015 3:45 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Not everyone in the docu community is fortunate enough to roll at Alex Gibney or Amy Berg-like speeds. Similar to our off-target crystal ball prognostications of Yance Ford’s Strong Island, we’re also celebrating a third year prediction for this game-changing docu to break into the socially conscious film festival. With all signs finally pointing towards a 2016 release (they’re currently working on the score) Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s will surely stir up crowds with Unlocking the Cage – in essence a doc on the last remaining frontier by docu pioneers.

Gist: Follows attorney Steve Wise’s fight to give animals personhood rights and break down the legal wall separating them from humans.

Production Co./Producers: Rosadel Varela (Control Room). Executive Producer: Frazer Pennebaker (King of Pastry).

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition or Non-Comp Documentary Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic). Tbd (international)

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- Eric Lavallee

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Top 50 modern movie documentaries

12 November 2015 3:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...

Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.

I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.

50. McConkey (2013)

d. Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff

Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full. »

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The Top 25 Oscar Documentary Snubs of the Past 30 Years

23 January 2015 8:16 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.)  Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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- Anjelica Oswald

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