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‘Chasing Coral’ Director Is Confident There Will Be a Climate Change Solution: ‘We Have No Choice Other Than to Solve It’

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‘Chasing Coral’ Director Is Confident There Will Be a Climate Change Solution: ‘We Have No Choice Other Than to Solve It’
For a time, “Chasing Coral” director Jeff Orlowski was worried he wouldn’t actually be able to capture the climax of his film.

Thanks to technical malfunctions and other mishaps, which are documented in the film, he and his team weren’t able to capture the coral bleaching they set out to record. After a showing of the movie at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series, he told IndieWire Special Projects Editor Steve Greene that he expected to finish it an entire year before he actually completed it.

Read More:‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Filmmakers on Modifying Their Film After Donald Trump’s Climate Policy Changes

“We weren’t capturing the bleaching and the cameras didn’t work,” he said in a post-film Q&A. “We knew that, unfortunately for the planet, more opportunities were coming up, that the bleaching was only scheduled to continue, and that’s what
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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold
Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal,
See full article at Indiewire »

Netflix Will Release Nyff Documentaries on Joan Didion and Gay Talese

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Netflix Will Release Nyff Documentaries on Joan Didion and Gay Talese
Netflix is adding two new documentaries to its crowded 2017 roster: “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.” and “Voyeur,” both of which will premiere at the 55th New York Film Festival and launch globally on Netflix later this year.

Read More:Documentary, Now: Three Rock Stars Who Run The Fast-Changing Nonfiction World

Author Joan Didion’s nephew, actor-director-producer Griffin Dunne, has been laboring on this portrait of his aunt for years. The film spans more than 50 years of essays, novels, screenplays, and criticism, as Didion chronicled America’s cultural and political tides, from the literati scene of New York in the 1950s and early ’60s to her home state of California, where she wrote “Slouching Toward Bethlehem” and “The White Album” and such film scripts as “The Panic in Needle Park.”

Dunne unearths a trove of archival footage and interviews his aunt at length about the many people she met and
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Netflix Will Release Nyff Documentaries on Joan Didion and Gay Talese

Netflix Will Release Nyff Documentaries on Joan Didion and Gay Talese
Netflix is adding two new documentaries to its crowded 2017 roster: “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.” and “Voyeur,” both of which will premiere at the 55th New York Film Festival and launch globally on Netflix later this year.

Read More:Documentary, Now: Three Rock Stars Who Run The Fast-Changing Nonfiction World

Author Joan Didion’s nephew, actor-director-producer Griffin Dunne, has been laboring on this portrait of his aunt for years. The film spans more than 50 years of essays, novels, screenplays, and criticism, as Didion chronicled America’s cultural and political tides, from the literati scene of New York in the 1950s and early ’60s to her home state of California, where she wrote “Slouching Toward Bethlehem” and “The White Album” and such film scripts as “The Panic in Needle Park.”

Dunne unearths a trove of archival footage and interviews his aunt at length about the many people she met and
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

‘Chasing Coral’ Review: Environmental Doc Exposes Oceanic Crisis

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‘Chasing Coral’ Review: Environmental Doc Exposes Oceanic Crisis
Jeff Orlowski is chronicling change. In “Chasing Ice,” he followed National Geographic photographer James Balog as he set out to capture shifting glaciers. Orlowski’s latest, “Chasing Coral,” sees the director diving headfirst into another obsession: the vanishing act of the world’s coral reefs. Our entry point into the abyss is a team of motivated and knowledgeable divers, photographers and scientists. Collectively, they’ve decided to embark on a mission to understand why these reefs are disintegrating. It is, from the get-go, a somber pursuit. Many of the team members are fully aware of how our coral reefs got to this place,
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Movie Review: Seeing is believing in the wrenchingly illustrative climate doc Chasing Coral

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Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humanity’s enormous carbon footprint is potentially disastrous, but reading peer-reviewed papers with titles like “Attributing Physical And Biological Impacts To Anthropogenic Climate Change” doesn’t exactly stir the blood. Even Al Gore’s PowerPoint lecture in An Inconvenient Truth (which has a sequel forthcoming in just a few weeks), with its onslaught of facts and figures, skews a little dry. Seeking to provide a more visceral sense of the danger, documentary filmmaker Jeff Orlowski has spent much of the past decade training cameras on natural phenomena that are vanishing at an alarming rate. His first feature, 2012’s Chasing Ice, employed time-lapse photography to show the speedy disappearance of various Arctic glaciers, and was almost as visually stunning as it was disturbing. Now, Orlowski has made a sequel of sorts, Chasing Coral, which offers a similarly majestic/bleak look at the effect of rising ocean ...
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature
Getting out early can be an advantage in the documentary race, which is often front loaded at January’s Sundance Film Festival. While a raft of movies made their mark, the question is which ones can sustain support through the end of the year.

Among that festival’s breakouts were three Syria documentaries. Daring and timely “City of Ghosts” (July 14, A & E/Amazon Studios), which is Matthew Heineman’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated border drug war thriller “Cartel Land,” will get a major push. Any footage from Syria came from the fearless Raqqa journalists he tracked through Turkey and Germany, where they discover that they are not necessarily safe — anywhere.

It remains to be seen if there will be room for more than one Syrian documentary. HBO Documentary Films is forgoing Emmy consideration for “Winter on Fire” nominee Evgeny Afineevsky’s harrowing “Cries From Syria” (March 10, HBO), planning an Oscar push this fall.
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Must Watch: Official Trailer for Powerful Documentary 'Chasing Coral'

"Our oceans are dramatically changing and we are losing coral reefs on a global scale." So sad. Netflix has debuted the official trailer for the extraordinary documentary Chasing Coral, in celebration of World Oceans Day today. This amazing doc is the follow-up to Chasing Ice, also profiling the devastating effects of climate change. This time filmmaker Jeff Orlowski dives underwater to show use firsthand what's happening to the coral reefs on this planet. He spent three years with "divers, underwater photographers, and experts to reveal the majesty of our oceans, and the rapidly changing reality we're facing." I saw this at its premiere at Sundance and totally fell for it (read my glowing review). It made me cry with tears of frustration, and happiness, because it's a beautifully-made film - the best climate doc I've seen in years (I've seen them all). Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Jeff Orlowski's documentary Chasing Coral,
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'Chasing Coral', 'Icarus' directors on why they struck deals with Netflix

'Chasing Coral', 'Icarus' directors on why they struck deals with Netflix
Bryan Fogel and Jeff Orlowski explain the appeal of Netflix for doc-makers.

Documentary-makers heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest this weekend with Netflix-backed films have said there is “no silver bullet” to quell distribution dilemmas casting a shadow over factual programming.

The distribution landscape for non-fiction docs and series has transformed radically in the past five years due to SVoD entrants flush with cash, leaving many directors with issue-driven projects struggling to identify the best outlets.

Speaking at a Sundance London event last week, directors Bryan Fogel (Icarus) and Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral) both said they “laboured over” selling their films to Netflix in lieu of traditional broadcast deals.

“I wanted the film to be truly seen,” said Fogel. “Netflix presses a button and it’s in 190 countries. You know that literally millions of people will see your film.”

Netflix’s reported $5m (£3.85m) deal for Icarus is at the top end of what it will pay for
See full article at ScreenDaily »

'Chasing Coral', 'Icarius' directors on why they struck deals with Netflix

'Chasing Coral', 'Icarius' directors on why they struck deals with Netflix
Bryan Fogel and Jeff Orlowski explain the appeal of Netflix for doc-makers.

Documentary-makers heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest this weekend with Netflix-backed films have said there is “no silver bullet” to quell distribution dilemmas casting a shadow over factual programming.

The distribution landscape for non-fiction docs and series has transformed radically in the past five years due to SVoD entrants flush with cash, leaving many directors with issue-driven projects struggling to identify the best outlets.

Speaking at a Sundance London event last week, directors Bryan Fogel (Icarus) and Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral) both said they “laboured over” selling their films to Netflix in lieu of traditional broadcast deals.

“I wanted the film to be truly seen,” said Fogel. “Netflix presses a button and it’s in 190 countries. You know that literally millions of people will see your film.”

Netflix’s reported $5m (£3.85m) deal for Icarus is at the top end of what it will pay for
See full article at ScreenDaily »

2018 Oscar Predictions

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

It’s early days yet, we know. But awards season 2018 got started at Sundance, and will continue at Cannes.

Check out our early speculation, based on credible filmmakers, promising ensembles and Oscar-savvy distributors, of what might be in store when the next award season rolls around in the fall of 2017.

Sundance introduced the first potential feature contenders: Michael Showalter’s big Amazon Studios sale, “The Big Sick,” a true romance starring writer-actor Kumail Nanjani, as well as Geremy Jasper’s New Jersey rap musical “Patti Cake$” (Fox Searchlight), starring breakout Australian actress Danielle MacDonald and returning veteran Cathy Moriarty (“Raging Bull”), Sony Pictures Classics’ elegiac gay romance “Call Me By Your Name” , directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Armie Hammer, “Homeland” breakout Timothée Chalamet,
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Oscars Support the Press During ‘The Empty Chair’ Performance

Oscars Support the Press During ‘The Empty Chair’ Performance
Both in tribute to the lost journalist and in demonstration of the power of music, Sting took to the Oscar stage to perform the best song nominee “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

At the end of his touching solo performance, a shot of Foley was projected on the stage with his quote, “If I don’t have the moral courage to challenge authority … we don’t have journalism.”

The quote was especially timely given that President Trump just banned several news outlets, including CNN and the New York Times, from White House briefings.

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The film tells the story of journalist and war correspondent James “Jim” Foley, who was captured first by pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya before Isis kidnapped him in 2012. The first imprisonment lasted 44 days, while the latter ended tragically after two years in captivity.

Foley was beheaded by
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Songs Sell Docs’ Messages

Documentary filmmakers are, increasingly, turning to big-name artists for songs to underline their messages or call attention to their projects. And their work is, more than ever, being noticed at awards time.

One of this year’s five Oscar song nominees was from a nonfiction film: “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story” by Sting and J. Ralph. This is Ralph’s third nomination for a song from a documentary; he was previously nominated for 2012’s “Chasing Ice” and 2015’s “Racing Extinction.”

Seventeen of the 91 songs eligible for this year’s best song Oscar emerged from documentaries, and several of them were performed by high-profile writer-performers – everyone from Common (“The 13th”) and Tori Amos (“Audrie & Daisy”) to Sia (“The Eagle Huntress”) and Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor (“Before the Flood”).

One documentary song has even won an Oscar: Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up” for the 2006 climate-change film “An Inconvenient Truth.
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Film Review: ‘Chasing Coral’

Film Review: ‘Chasing Coral’
One foolproof way to make an audience cry is to tell the story of a dog who dies. (Sure, it’s manipulative, but I’m not sure I’d want to be friends with someone who sat dry-eyed through “Marley & Me.”) Yet did you ever think you’d shed a tear for dying coral? In “Chasing Coral,” the winner of this year’s Audience Award for documentary at Sundance, we see the coral beds of the world’s oceans in all their wavy phosphorescent delicacy and flesh-bulb splendor. They’re like flowers, brains, suction cups, tubular orifices; a lot of them come in sparkly psychedelic colors that look too wild to fit onto a rainbow.

Then we see the same coral beds after they’ve expired: vast stretches of stone-gray fossil, the former tentacles reaching up like dead fingers. Anyone who has been snorkeling has probably encountered coral graveyards like these,
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Sundance: ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,’ ‘Dina’ Top Festival Awards

Sundance: ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,’ ‘Dina’ Top Festival Awards
The Sundance Film Festival wrapped with awards for “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.” and “Dina,” the grand jury winners in the U.S. dramatic and documentary competitions.

The directorial debut of Macon Blair, “I don’t feel at home…” announces a bold new writing-directing talent best known as an actor in such films as “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room.” With its mouthful title and roller coaster vibe, the loony thriller stars Melanie Lynskey as a mild-mannered woman who refuses to let a simple housebreaking go unsolved, resulting in a bloody and unpredictable ride for all involved.

Offering a freshly humanist spin on non-fiction filmmaking, Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s “Dina” is a portrait of an unconventional romance between characters who “were called different” since birth. As co-director Santini put it, “Dan and me just wanted to make a film where we celebrate others’ differences.
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‘Chasing Coral’ Review: Gorgeous Underwater Exploration is ‘The War Room’ for Environmental Advocacy Docs — Sundance 2017

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‘Chasing Coral’ Review: Gorgeous Underwater Exploration is ‘The War Room’ for Environmental Advocacy Docs — Sundance 2017
Coral has a branding problem, if you will. Like a beautiful sunset over a pollution-choked city, some of the most striking images of underwater ecosystems stem from environmental mistreatment. If you’ve ever seen an ocean shot of pristine white reefs contrasting the blue of the water, you might be looking at an impending graveyard. “Chasing Coral” (which follows director Jeff Orlowski’s glacier erosion chronicle, “Chasing Ice”) takes that optics problem head on. In the process, his environmental film becomes something akin to a behind-the-scenes look at a political campaign. How do you meld the larger cause with individual efforts to sway the public into action?

Like other conservation docs (this year’s Sundance has an entire program devoted to climate), “Chasing Coral” features a heavy dose of natural majesty. In addition to the hi-res footage you’d expect from a ocean-centric portrait (clownfish and anemone fans will be
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‘Chasing Coral’ Director Jeff Orlowski On “Very Real” Dangers Of Climate Change – Sundance Studio

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‘Chasing Coral’ Director Jeff Orlowski On “Very Real” Dangers Of Climate Change – Sundance Studio
The inaugural Sundance Institute Discovery Impact Fellow for environmental filmmaking, Chasing Coral helmer Jeff Orlowski saw his last documentary, Chasing Ice, receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, and screen for Congress, the White House and the Un. Chasing Coral, his "thematic sequel" to that film, has been acquired by Netflix and employs world-class photographic technology to capture the rapid disappearance of coral reefs across the…
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Sundance 2017: Heartbreaking, Urgent Documentary 'Chasing Coral'

I didn't think watching amazing footage of coral dying would make me so emotional, but it did. I was wiping away tears through this fantastic documentary, Chasing Coral, the follow-up to Jeff Orlowski's Chasing Ice. Orlowski is a very passionate, extremely talented filmmaker who not only dives deep into his projects, but knows how to make an engaging and encouraging documentary. Chasing Coral documents Orlowski's mission to capture time-lapse footage of coral in the ocean being bleached due to rising water temperature, which is caused by the excessive amount of fossil fuels we're burning. Not only does he get the footage, he crafts a gripping narrative around chasing coral and ends with a enthusiastic call for action. Go see this doc. I've seen pretty much every last climate documentary made over the last few years, and many of them are too depressing or don't have enough hope in them
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Laura Nix Named Sundance Institute, Discovery Impact Fellow (Exclusive)

Laura Nix Named Sundance Institute, Discovery Impact Fellow (Exclusive)
Laura Nix, director of “The Yes Men are Revolting,” will be honored as the the Sundance Institute and Discovery Impact fellow. She is the second recipient of the award. Jeff Orlowski, the director of “Chasing Ice,” was the first recipient of the fellowship in 2016.

The fellowship honors directors who tell stories that deal with environmental issues and whose work grapples with the threats to the planet The grant money is intended to help directors continue their commitment to environmental work and can be used at their discretion.

“Laura has established herself as an exciting voice in the documentary film world by telling stories of people working to change the way we think about our environment,” said John Hoffman, Executive Vice President of Documentaries and Specials, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel.

The Yes Men are Revolting” is a 2014 film that centers on a pair of provocateurs who use satirical
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