5 items from 2010
Academy Awards didn't even consider for the 15 list of noms, but the Gothams didn't forget The Oath, Laura Poitras' doc about a pair of folks close to Osama bin Laden that was distributed by Zeitgeist films and will most probably be compensated by the Cinema Eye Awards right before Sundance in January. Other Noms: 12th & Delaware Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors/producers (HBO Documentary Films) Inside Job Charles Ferguson, director; Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) Public Speaking Martin Scorsese, director; Martin Scorsese, Graydon Carter, Margaret Bodde, Fran Lebowitz, producers (HBO Documentary Films) Sweetgrass Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash, directors; Ilisa Barbash, producer (Cinema Guild) Previous Winners 2009: Robert Kenner's Food, Inc. 2008: Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble the Water 2007: Michael Moore's Sicko 2006: James Longley's Iraq in Fragments »
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Did Sebastian Junger sucker Sundance into supporting an Afghanistan War with no end in sight?
Sebastian Junger lucked into a perfect storm when Restrepo, his feature documentary about a fire base in Afghanistan opened the same week General Stanley McChrystal was forced out as the Commander of Us troops in that country (read the original Rolling Stone article on McChrystal here).
Junger was already slated to appear on many TV and radio shows promoting the critically acclaimed Sundance Jury Prize Winner, but when Afghanistan became the biggest news story of the week Junger was added to several guest lists including a well-publicized panel on NBC's Meet The Press. On each of these shows Junger was asked his opinion of the ongoing war and each time he argued for more time and more troops. In other words, more war.
As I watched Junger on these shows I »
- Bill Cody
Americans soldiers, weighted down with backpacks and machine guns, rush up a hill in the remote mountains of Afghanistan. We follow them closely through the underbrush as bullets whiz past their heads, then voices call out -- a man is down, one of theirs. A grieving soldier goes into shock, breathing heavily, on the verge of breakdown, as his comrades try to steady him. It's utter chaos -- in short, this is war.
But this is a very specific representation of war -- as chronicled in new documentaries like Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's "Restrepo," the Danish Cannes winner "Armadillo" and photojournalist Danfung Dennis' work-in-progress "Hell and Back Again." Visceral, alarming and in-your-face, these Afghanistan docs offer a depiction of war that isn't exactly new in the mediascape, but it stands in striking contrast to the images we've seen coming out of Iraq for the last several years. »
- Anthony Kaufman
Director of Afghan Star tells of impact on young audience
"Usually at screenings people ask questions which include a statement about what they believe, and then they don't bother listening to your answer," says Havana Marking. "What was great about the kids was that they actually wanted to know what you were going to say."
As the director of Afghan Star – a documentary about Afghanistan's version of Pop Idol and its eventual winner, 21-year-old Rafi Naabzada – Marking is used to Q&As about her More 4-funded film. She has accompanied it around the world from Stockholm to Sundance and faced interrogation from audiences ranging from human rights workers to indie film buffs. Recently, however, her audience was 150 kids, aged 11 or 12, sprawled in the gym at St Augustine's School in Kilburn, north London, just before lunch hour.
"The most obvious difference was that every other screening has the audience asking you, »
- Stephen Armstrong
By Lisa Horowitz
The Documentary Channel has reached an exclusive multiyear deal with the Film Sales Co. for a package of 11 documentary films.
Financial terms were not disclosed for the deal, announced Tuesday by the Documentary Channel president-ceo James Ackerman and the Film Sales Co. president Andrew Herwitz.
The Documentary Channel will air documentaries from the Film Sales Co.'s library including Academy Award nominee “Iraq in Fragments” and film festival notables "Body of War," "Jump!," "Paper Clips," "Beyond Conviction&qu »
- Lisa Horowitz
5 items from 2010
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