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Lrm Exclusive Interview: Documentary Director Craig Atkinson for Do Not Resist

17 October 2016 11:38 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s almost like war has started in our own backyard.

With the current division between Black Lives Matter protests and law enforcement, director Craig Atkinson looks into the current state of policing in America with Do Not Resist.

The film opens with the actual on-the-scene footage of the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in which the law enforcement uses complex training and heavy equipment to quell the unrest. The film observes the current and future directions of law enforcement using high-tech surveillance monitoring technology, military-grade equipment, terrorist conference training and even following a Swat raiding a home to execute a warrant.

Lrm had a phone interview last week to discuss current events and law enforcement technologies with director Craig Atkinson from his documentary Do Not Resist. We’ve covered various topics of law enforcement, his experience in the middle of the Ferguson riots and the future of policing.

Do Not Resist »

- Gig Patta

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‘Do Not Resist’ Is an Urgent Exploration of Police Force Militarization in the USA (Trailer)

5 October 2016 7:42 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Do Not Resist” – the directorial debut of “Detropia” cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into its future. Opening with startling on-the-scene footage in Ferguson, Missouri, the film… Continue Reading → »

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From Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ to ‘Oj: Made in America’: Four Docs That Define Black Lives Matter

3 October 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There are four new documentaries that, while timed for Oscar votes, have a much bigger target audience: The American voters. These urgently topical films peel away decades of mythology, propaganda, and misinformation to reveal why so many people in this country are not only incarcerated in our thriving prison economy, but function inside prisons of misguided perception.

It’s easy to see why the New York Film Festival picked Ava DuVernay’s “13th” as its first-ever documentary opening-night film. In the year of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, as fearful cops continue to gun down unarmed black men in the street, this must-see film will raise consciousness about how race affects the way we regard and behave toward the people around us. “13th” is a history of how white people have treated African-Americans since 1865 — when the 13th Amendment abolished slavery — and it roused the Lincoln Center crowd to multiple standing »

- Anne Thompson

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From Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ to ‘Oj: Made in America’: Four Docs That Define Black Lives Matter

3 October 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are four new documentaries that, while timed for Oscar votes, have a much bigger target audience: The American voters. These urgently topical films peel away decades of mythology, propaganda, and misinformation to reveal why so many people in this country are not only incarcerated in our thriving prison economy, but function inside prisons of misguided perception.

It’s easy to see why the New York Film Festival picked Ava DuVernay’s “13th” as its first-ever documentary opening-night film. In the year of Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, as fearful cops continue to gun down unarmed black men in the street, this must-see film will raise consciousness about how race affects the way we regard and behave toward the people around us. “13th” is a history of how white people have treated African-Americans since 1865 — when the 13th Amendment abolished slavery — and it roused the Lincoln Center crowd to multiple standing »

- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary

23 September 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While best documentary conversations start to take shape in January at the Sundance Film Festival, making the transition from rapturous festival play to awards-season contender is a harrowing road. A documentary must be truly extraordinary to make the final Oscar five.

The number of Sundance docs with awards potential is breathtaking: Breaking out of Sundance 2016 were U.S. Grand Jury Prize winner “Weiner” (IFC), an entertaining portrait of a politician brought down by his weakness for sexting, which turned into a summer hit; U.S. Documentary Directing Award winner “Life, Animated” (The Orchard), a moving portrait of an autistic child who grows up with Disney movies; and HBO’s Audience Award winner “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

Scoring great reviews were Ezra Edelman’s five-part movie “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn), an exhaustive examination of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles from the ’60s through the Trial of »

- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary

23 September 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While best documentary conversations start to take shape in January at the Sundance Film Festival, making the transition from rapturous festival play to awards-season contender is a harrowing road. A documentary must be truly extraordinary to make the final Oscar five.

The number of Sundance docs with awards potential is breathtaking: Breaking out of Sundance 2016 were U.S. Grand Jury Prize winner “Weiner” (IFC), an entertaining portrait of a politician brought down by his weakness for sexting, which turned into a summer hit; U.S. Documentary Directing Award winner “Life, Animated” (The Orchard), a moving portrait of an autistic child who grows up with Disney movies; and HBO’s Audience Award winner “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

Scoring great reviews were Ezra Edelman’s five-part movie “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn), an exhaustive examination of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles from the ’60s through the Trial of »

- Anne Thompson

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Cinema Eye Names Top Documentaries and Directors of the Past Decade

21 September 2016 12:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

Read More: Behind the Scenes of Cinema Eye’s Secret Field Trip for Nominees

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

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Morgan Spurlock Boards Documentary on Wildlife Refuge Takeover

8 September 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Spurlock has come on board to produce a documentary about the 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Spurlock is producing the untitled movie through his Warrior Poets production company along with Impact Partners. Jeremy Chilnick and David Holbrooke (“The Diplomat”) are also producing.

First Look Media, a financier on best picture Oscar winner “Spotlight,” is financing.

David Byars shot the film and is directing. Footage was shot during six-week occupation of the refuge, led by Ammon Bundy.

Over 20 of the militants have been charged with federal offenses including conspiracy to obstruct federal officers, firearms violations, theft and depredation of federal property and a dozen have pleaded guilty. Jury selection began Wednesday in Portland for Bundy and six others who are charged with conspiracy.

The organizers of the occupation contend that the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are constitutionally required to turn »

- Dave McNary

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How ‘Norman Lear’ Directors Found ‘Just Another Version of You’

13 July 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ever since it wowed opening-night crowds at Sundance 2016, documentary biopic “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” has met a range of reactions. That’s because it’s more than a straightforward cradle-to-grave chronicle of Lear’s remarkable decades of television creativity. (Music Box opened the film in New York July 8, Los Angeles hits July 15, PBS’s American Masters airs in October, followed in November by Netflix.)

 

Documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp,” shortlisted “Detropia”) recognized that, at 93, their subject is still vital and engaging—years after creating groundbreaking ’70s shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and “Sanford and Sons,” among others, not to mention founding liberal action group People for the American Way.

And so they gave Lear leeway to fashion his on-screen persona, and brought in plenty of friendly talking heads, including, most controversially, George Clooney. In turn, Lear let them dig and »

- Anne Thompson

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How ‘Norman Lear’ Directors Found ‘Just Another Version of You’

13 July 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever since it wowed opening-night crowds at Sundance 2016, documentary biopic “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” has met a range of reactions. That’s because it’s more than a straightforward cradle-to-grave chronicle of Lear’s remarkable decades of television creativity. (Music Box opened the film in New York July 8, Los Angeles hits July 15, PBS’s American Masters airs in October, followed in November by Netflix.)

 

Documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp,” shortlisted “Detropia”) recognized that, at 93, their subject is still vital and engaging—years after creating groundbreaking ’70s shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and “Sanford and Sons,” among others, not to mention founding liberal action group People for the American Way.

And so they gave Lear leeway to fashion his on-screen persona, and brought in plenty of friendly talking heads, including, most controversially, George Clooney. In turn, Lear let them dig and »

- Anne Thompson

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Do Not Resist’

24 April 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Often the most shocking developments are the ones quietly happening under our noses, the sorts of things appearing in investigative reports and then pushed aside by the next scandal or tragedy. Gratitude goes to those documentarians who shine a broader light, which is what Craig Atkinson does in “Do Not Resist,” about the disturbing militarization of U.S. police departments. Shot over two years, incorporating the Ferguson riots together with federal programs funneling a staggering amount of military hardware into small-town America, the doc is stylistically uninspiring, with a tedious threatening sound design, but the powerful subject matter largely overcomes such missteps, as testified by its Tribeca jury win.

In truth, there are probably two documentaries here, one focusing on police response during Ferguson, and another on how the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security set up programs providing major army vehicles to domestic law enforcement. Atkinson puts them together »

- Jay Weissberg

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Sundance: Norman Lear’s ‘Just Another Version of You’ Sells to Music Box

29 January 2016 5:41 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

PBS & American Masters Pictures have sold theatrical rights to the documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” to Music Box films

“Just Another Version,” directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, premiered Jan. 21 as the Opening Night selection in the documentary section at the Sundance Film Festival. It includes appearances and interviews with Norman Lear, George Clooney, Bill Moyers, John Amos, Alan Horn, Russell Simmons, Amy Poehler and Jon Stewart.

Grady and Ewing, who teamed on “Jesus Camp,” “12th & Delaware” and “Detropia,” focused on Lear’s extensive work and the implications of its absorption into mainstream American culture through such landmark shows as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”

Variety‘s Guy Lodge said in his review: “’Just Another Version of You’ condenses a substantial amount of information and perspective into a crisp, concise 91 minutes.”

Music Box Films, in conjunction with PBS & American Masters Pictures, will release the »

- Dave McNary

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