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Cinema Eye has named 10 filmmakers and 20 films that have been voted as the top achievements in documentary filmmaking during the past 10 years. Founded in 2007 to “recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film,” Cinema Eye polled 110 members of the documentary community to determine the winning films and filmmakers just as the organization kicks off its tenth year.
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Among the films chosen are Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” and Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Poitras and Oppenheimer were both also named to the list of the top documentary filmmakers, joining Alex Gibney, Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman, who recently won an honorary Oscar and will be saluted at the annual Governors Awards on November 12.
“It’s fantastic that he is being recognized by the Academy for a »
- Graham Winfrey
The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today that Ethan Hawke and Amy Adams will be presented with Actor and Actress Tributes, and Oliver Stone will receive the Director Tribute at the 2016 Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards set for Monday, November 28th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Signaling the official kick-off for the film awards season, the Gotham Awards is one of the leading honors for independent film and provides critical early recognition to worthy independent films and their writers, directors, producers, and actors. Recent winners include Spotlight (2015), The Look of Silence (2015); Birdman, Boyhood, and Citizenfour(2014); Inside Llewyn Davis and The Act of Killing (2013); Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, and How to Survive a Plague (2012); and Beginners, The Tree of Life,and Better This World (2011), all of which went on to numerous awards and Oscar® nominations. Anchoring the evening? »
Amy Adams and Ethan Hawke are set to receive the Actress and Actor Tributes at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced Wednesday. In addition, Oliver Stone will be honored with the Director Tribute. The first ceremony of the awards season, the Gotham Awards is one of the major independent film showcases. Recent winners include “Spotlight,” which took home Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards, as well as “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Act of Killing” and “How to Survive a Plague.” This year’s ceremony will be held on Monday, November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. »
- Matt Pressberg
The film premiered in Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May, and ultimately claimed its top prize. It marked the second Palme d’Or of Loach’s career after 2006’s “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” making him one of just eight filmmakers to have won the prestigious honor twice.
“I, Daniel Blake” stars Dave Johns as the eponymous Blake, a middle-aged carpenter who requires state welfare after he suffers a heart attack and nearly falls from a scaffold. He’s joined by Katie (Hayley Squires), a single mother caught in similarly dire straights. Variety critic Owen Gleiberman called it “a work of scalding and moving relevance” in his Cannes review.
- Kristopher Tapley
The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series has set a 2016 lineup that includes “Author: The Jt Leroy Story,” “Betting on Zero” and “A Perfect Candidate.” The series will also feature co-chairman Alec Baldwin and the festival’s artistic director, David Nugent, leading conversations with filmmakers and guests. Screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Amazon Studios picked up A&E IndieFilm’s literary scandal documentary “Author” out of Sundance earlier this year. “Betting on Zero,” about a crusade against alleged pyramid scheme Herbalife, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, while R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor’s look at Oliver North, “A Perfect Candidate,” was first released in 1996.
“The SummerDocs series has become one of the most anticipated and respected film events in the New York and Hamptons summer calendar,” said Baldwin. “We are proud to once again screen some of the best in documentary filmmaking to our audiences and provide an insightful look into the process in conversations with leading filmmakers.”
The festival’s Student Summer Filmmaking workshops are also open for enrollment and will also be held at Guild Hall July 18-22 and July 25-29. The festival is also partnering with Southampton Arts Center and offering free movie screenings through the summer, which include “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Surf’s Up,” Rocky,” “The Candidate,” “The Shining,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Tootsie” and “Jaws.”
The Hamptons International Film Festival runs from Oct 6-10.
- Maria Cavassuto
The National Enquirer’s cover declaring “AIDS Killed Prince!” is “deeply offensive” to people living with HIV/AIDS because it reinforces a stigma they’ve spent decades fighting, a prominent activist told TheWrap. The tabloid claimed this week that Prince died after refusing to take AIDS medications. But Peter Staley, a leading AIDS activist who was featured in the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” says the Enquirer is shamelessly sensationalizing the disease for a quick buck. “They’re turning AIDS into Godzilla,” Staley told TheWrap. “These headlines are deeply offensive to the over 1 million Americans who are living with HIV. »
- Itay Hod
Peter Staley remembers the deafening silence of the Reagan administration during the hellish AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. As gay men died in droves, President Reagan refused, until late in his second term, to even speak the name of the virus that was killing them. So Staley — an AIDS activist prominently featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague” — was stunned last Friday when his preferred presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, praised Nancy Reagan’s “low-key advocacy” to fight AIDS in an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “Bottom line, it was a Wtf moment,” Staley told TheWrap. “It didn’t make any sense. »
- Itay Hod
Update, Jan. 13, 2016 3:27 Pst: Sheen’s manager Mark Burg tells TheWrap that Sheen has resumed taking hismedication. According to Burg, Sheen stopped taking his HIV medication for about four weeks but went back on them as soon as his viral load went up. Burg says Sheen will continue looking for a cure. Charlie Sheen announced on Tuesday that he quit his HIV meds, and the AIDS activist featured in Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague” is fuming. “He’s shitting all over us, frankly,” Peter Staley told TheWrap. “He’s alive today because of the work we did.” Sheen »
- Itay Hod
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Brigade, the bi-coastal publicity and marketing agency that guided this season’s awards campaign for Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the first on record to promote a transgender performer for a major Oscar nom, is formally launching an awards consultation division, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The company, which was established in 2010 by publicist Adam Kersh, digital marketer Tom Cunha and social media strategist Jean McDowell, has provided traditional publicity services for many indies, including Lena Dunham‘s Tiny Furniture and the early Brie Larson vehicle Short Term 12, and awards-specific services for Compliance, starring Ann Dowd, and the doc How to Survive a Plague, among many others.
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- Patrick Shanley
9 items from 2016
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