4 items from 2016
This film dredges up an unsurprisingly long-forgotten news story and stretches it out mercilessly to 90 minutes. In March 2004, Banksy’s first sculpture – a version of Rodin’s The Thinker with a traffic cone on his head and retitled The Drinker – was taken from the central London plinth where the street artist had left it and “kidnapped”. In December, more than a decade later, it was returned to the same spot, only now the statue was seated on a toilet and retitled The Stinker.
Sophisticated stuff, barely registering on the scale of art heists given that the work was a) totally unguarded and b) pretty much worthless, both financially and artistically. (Even Banksy himself only offered £2 for its return.) Yet »
- Alex Needham
John Sloss' New York-based Cinetic Media, longtime sales rep for indie filmmakers, is adding a management division to its expansive portfolio of services, which also include film financing, distribution ("Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Senna"), and corporate consulting. Developing its management capabilities allows Cinetic to leverage its existing relationships with filmmakers by offering, in essence, to take care of their careers full-time—and to generate more income. The company has opened an L.A. office and plans to add to its current management staff of five. At Sundance, where the Sloss and his team throw an annual party at Zoom to cap off the the first weekend of dealmaking, Cinetic is representing Asif Kapadia (“Ali and Nino”), Brian Oakes (“Jim”), and Rebecca Miller (“Maggie’s Plan”), among others. »
- Anne Thompson and Matt Brennan
The prizes for Oppenheimer and producer Signe Byrge Sørensen made Cinema Eye history: they are the first filmmakers to win Outstanding Feature or Outstanding production twice, for "The Act of Killing" (2014) and now "The Look of Silence." Sørensen also tied Laura Poitras ("Citizenfour") for the most Cinema Eye wins ever, with four. Read More: "Oscar Nominations 2016 (Full List)" Otherwise, Cinema Eye spread the wealth among numerous highlights from the year in nonfiction filmmaking, including Oscar nominees "Amy"—which took home Best Editing, for "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and "Senna" editor Chris King's record-breaking third win in the category—and "Cartel Land," which shared Best Cinematography with Audience Award-winner "Meru." Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog," Crystal Moselle's "The Wolfpack," and Jafar Panahi's »
- Matt Brennan
“The Look of Silence” also won the directing award for Oppenheimer and the outstanding production honor for Signe Byrge Sørensen. Oppenheimer and Sørensen were honored in 2014 in both categories for the companion documentary “The Act of Killing.”
Chris King won his third Cinema Eye editing award for “Amy,” making him the first person to win three awards in the same category. He won the previous awards for “Exit Through the Gift Shop” and “Senna.”
Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin mountain-climbing film “Meru” won awards for Audience Choice and Cinematography. The latter award was shared with “Cartel Land” cinematographers Matthew Heineman and Matt Porwoll.
- Dave McNary
4 items from 2016
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