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★★★★☆ Cindy Meehl's poignant portrait of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, the subject of author Nicholas Evans' best-selling novel and the 1998 Robert Redford Hollywood movie, wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2011 and is rereleased on DVD this week by Dogwoof after the collapse of Revolver. At the start of Buck (2011), Brannaman comments, "Often instead of helping people with horse problems, I'm helping horses with people problems." It's a philosophy that has held him in good stead on his travels across America and beyond and defines his particular style of natural-horsemanship.
- CineVue UK
The activities of the newly opened Made in NY Media Center are beginning to come into focus, with the center now hosting a new three-day program aimed at helping filmmakers position viable documentary features for the bigscreen.
Launched by Gotham nonrprofit Tribeca Film Institute and A+E Films, the Tfi/A+E Films Feature Doc Storytelling Workshop will include master classes led by doc producer Simon Chinn, who picked up Oscars for “Man on Wire” and “Searching for Sugar Man.” Also part of the workshop is mentorship from industry pros — including Ross Kauffman (“Born Into Brothels”), Julie Goldman (“Buck”) and execs from Tfi and A+E Films — as well as pitch training, screenings and networking opps.
Five filmmaking teams will participate in the workshop, which launches today and continues through Oct. 25. Among the projects being developed are Mohammed Ali Naqvi’s “Pride: Musharraf in Exile” (pictured, above); James Spione’s »
- Gordon Cox
One of the most interesting filmmaking panels at the Sheffield Doc/Fest this past weekend asked a very popular question amongst filmmakers, aspiring and new: "How Do Filmmakers Get Paid?" The question, of course, changes from context to context, from film to film, from deal to deal. But the panelists were able to make some worthy comments about their own experiences and the experiences in their home countries that were helpful for all. Joining the session's chair, the Canadian producer Mark Johnston, were Roy Ackerman, who works on series for Jamie Oliver's Fresh One company; Motto Pictures' Julie Goldman ("Buck," "God Loves Uganda"), an American; and Dutch producer Femke Wolting, who works on films and interactive projects. The answer to the question at hand was, of course, that filmmakers get paid when there is money to pay them. While much film funding comes from grants and donations, much »
- Bryce J. Renninger
Aussie Rules Football: West Coast Eagles v Richmond Lions | Brain Games | The People's Coronation With David Dimbleby | The Fall | Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter? | Storyville: Buck – The Real Horse Whisperer | The Hoff's Best Action Film Ever!
Aussie Rules Football: West Coast Eagles v Richmond Lions
At the start of the season, West Coast were fancied by some as Premiership favourites. That illusion was swiftly punctured, but the Eagles improved after a slow start, especially since the return from injury of ruckman Nic Naitanui. Richmond have emerged from the wilderness in recent years to become a gathering force, thanks to an old-school spearhead in Jack Riewoldt, and a skilful midfield led by captain Trent Cotchin. An intriguing contest beckons. Andrew Mueller
8pm, National Geographic
Like shop-brand Battenberg or the films of Kevin Smith, the human brain can be both brilliant and flawed. Brain Games promises »
- Andrew Mueller, Mark Jones, Julia Raeside, Bim Adewunmi, John Robinson, Hannah J Davies
Filling The Void: Jacobson and Silverbush Eye Hunger
While the United States continuously extends its charitable hands to famished communities the world over, we often turn a blind eye to those in our own communities unfortunate enough to lack the means to keep a stocked pantry with affordable, healthy foods. Collaborating for the first time, directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush broach our little talked about hunger issue with the feeling of infomercial conviction in lieu of invasive action. Their formulaic wake up call boasts celebrities like Top Chef star Tom Colicchio and Jeff Bridges with their mutual campaigns against domestic hunger, underscoring their pleas with heart-string strumming tales of famished families tethered to a broken system in which a lack of employment and perpetual poverty are the true underlying issues. Though compositionally bland and far from impartial, A Place at the Table surely directs some much needed attention to »
- Jordan M. Smith
Roger Ross Williams’ “God Loves Uganda” will premiere in the U.S. documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 18 at the Library Center Theatre. And Indiewire has the exclusive first look at the powerful new poster art. From the producers of “Buck,” which screened at Sundance in 2011, “God Loves Uganda” tells the story of how the anti-gay rhetoric of conservative American evangelicals led to the Ugandan Parliament passing a noxious and deadly anti-homosexuality bill. Julie Goldman (“Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry,” “Beware of Mr. Baker”) produced. Read More: Sundance 2013: U.S. Documentary Competition Program Williams, who won the best documentary short subjects Oscar in 2010 for “Music by Prudence,” will be in Park City to support the film along with several of the film’s subjects. Josh Braun’s Submarine Entertainment is repping sales on the doc at the festival. »
- Jay A. Fernandez
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