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Veteran Doc Dp Robert Richman on the Direct Cinema Approach of HBO’s Suited

30 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Veteran  Dp Robert Richman has shot more than 60 documentary films since 1985, including such heavyweights as An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for ‘Superman’ and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. His latest work is Suited, an HBO documentary produced by Lena Dunham. The film profiles Bindle & Keep, a tailoring company in Brooklyn that caters to an Lgbtq community. Richman speaks below about direct cinema, the Maysles brothers and why “pure verite films” are his favorite kind to shoot. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being […] »

- Soheil Rezayazdi

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Best Original Song Nominees Lady Gaga & Diane Warren Tackle Social Issues, Follow in Footsteps of Previous Winners

28 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s best original song front runner seems to be Lady Gaga and Diane Warren’s “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which examines the prevalence of sexual assault cases on college campuses throughout the U.S. The song is very personal for both artists, as both recently opened up about their past experiences with sexual assault in a L.A. Times interview.

The song’s importance, and its resonance with audiences (the music video has over 24 million hits on Youtube) and Academy voters, lies in its social commentary. The four young women who are the subjects of the film (Annie E. Clark, Andrea L. Pino, Sofie Karasek and Kamilah Willingham) recently penned a letter to the songwriters thanking them and that “the release of your song will have an unparalleled impact on the culture of campuses nationwide,” as reported by Billboard. »

- Patrick Shanley

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How I Shot That: Dp Bob Richman Goes Beyond the Binary in Sundance Doc 'Suited'

25 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 14 Films We Cannot Wait to See at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Cinematographer Bob Richman has shot some of the biggest documentaries of the last 20 years, including "My Architect," "The September Issue," "An Inconvenient Truth" and two installments of the "Paradise Lost" trilogy.   His new film, "Suited," captures the world of two Brooklyn tailors that cater to a diverse Lgbtq community and looks beyond the gender binary.  What camera and lens did you use? Canon C-300 camera. Canon Hj 11x4.7 B4 zoom lens with HDX35 optical adapter and the Canon 17-120 Cine Zoom. Why was this the right camera kit for the job? This camera a lens combination worked well with my verite style. The C-300 sensor delivers beautiful pictures and works wonderfully in low light. With third party accessories that make it possible to shoulder mount the camera, I was able to use the Canon 17-120. The focal length range. »

- Chris O'Falt

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Sundance Film Review: ‘How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change’

24 January 2016 6:39 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Josh Fox’s “GasLand” (2010) was a startling act of Diy filmmaking: Faced with the prospect of leasing his Pennsylvania property for natural-gas exploration, the helmer-star set out to explore the environmental consequences of hydrofracking and uncovered alarming results. That personal quest — which netted Fox a special jury prize at Sundance that year and, later, an Oscar nomination — seems to have bloomed into a larger activist mission for the director, a trajectory that led to diminishing returns in “GasLand Part II” (2013) and now the uneven “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change,” an environmental documentary that consists of roughly one-third doom-and-gloom to two-thirds wide-eyed optimism, and that is more potent in individual scenes than it is as a sprawling whole. While Fox’s peppy muckraking lacks the name recognition that brought “An Inconvenient Truth” theatrical success, the movie stands to reach a »

- Ben Kenigsberg

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Oscar Nominations: Surprising Factoids About 2016’s Contenders

14 January 2016 10:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Several records were set in nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, with plenty of oddities and eyebrow-raisers as well.

The top two vote-getting films, “The Revenant” (with 12 nominations) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (with 10), both starred Tom Hardy, who scored his first nom for the former.

With today’s best actress nom for “Joy,” 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence is now the youngest actor ever — male or female — to earn four Oscar nods.

Mad Max” opened in May, the only best-pic contender that didn’t bow domestically in the fourth quarter. Three launched in October (“The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Room”), two in November (“Brooklyn,” “Spotlight”) and two others in December (“The Big Short,” “The Revenant”). Of the eight best-pic hopefuls, “Revenant” is the only one that hadn’t debuted at a film festival.

With its five nominations, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now has 30 nominations for the franchise, tying it with “Lord of the Rings. »

- Tim Gray

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Adam McKay at Art for Amnesty Brunch: ‘It’s Been an Amazing Year for Movies Challenging Entrenched Power’

8 January 2016 10:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“We were thinking about how we break back into the Hollywood awards season with a social change-human rights message, and since the Globes were first up, we said, ‘why don’t we go for it?'” explained Art for Amnesty’s creative director Marvin Bing at the inaugural Art for Amnesty Pre-Golden Globes Recognition Brunch on Friday afternoon at Chateau Marmont.

There, the historic organization — which was founded 55 years ago, and has fought beside activists from Nelson Mandela to Malala Yousafzai — honored three individuals for artistically promoting freedom of expression: Participant Media founder and chairman Jeff Skoll, “The Big Short’ writer/director Adam McKay and “Homeland” actress Nazanin Boniadi.

“I think it’s been an amazing year for movies challenging entrenched power and corruption,” McKay — who founded comedy video website Funny or Die with Will Ferrell, and partnered with Amnesty in 2010 — told Variety before the program. “‘Beasts of No Nation, »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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