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Rachel Morrison to Receive AFI’s Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal

Morrison: ARRIChannel/YouTube

History-making cinematographer Rachel Morrison is set to receive an honor from the American Film Institute (AFI). The “Black PantherDp will be awarded the 2018 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, which is given in recognition of AFI Conservatory alumni who “embody the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication, and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.”

Earlier this year the trailblazer became the first woman to ever receive an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. She earned the nod for Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” a drama about two men returning home to Mississippi after fighting in WWII. “Fruitvale Station,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Confirmation” are among her other credits.

Morrison is signed on to Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s upcoming doc about the lack of parity and diversity within Hollywood.

“There’s this idea that there are more female cinematographers now because cameras are lighter,
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'The Bleeding Edge': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

'The Bleeding Edge': Film Review | Tribeca 2018
Watch enough documentaries, and you'll find yourself having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. You'll certainly think twice before undergoing a medical procedure, especially on the heels of Kirby Dick's documentary about the hazards of so-called "innovative" medical devices. Chronicling the unnecessary pain and suffering of patients caused by complications of devices and procedures that received little or no testing, The Bleeding Edge is a terrifying eye-opener. The Netflix-produced documentary recently received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

"When it comes to medical devices, we built a system that doesn't work," says David Kessler, a former...
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‘The Bleeding Edge’ Review: Netflix Doc Proves That the Medical Device Industry is Destroying Lives — Tribeca

‘The Bleeding Edge’ Review: Netflix Doc Proves That the Medical Device Industry is Destroying Lives — Tribeca
Activism can take many forms — on one extreme, the empirical argument, appealing to reason above all else; on the other, the pure visceral nature of an emotional response. “The Bleeding Edge” oscillates between those two extremes. The latest alarming documentary from “The Invisible War” and “The Hunting Ground” director Kirby Dick is a shocking expose of the medical device industry, and while the stories of the many lives destroyed by technology resonate, the unsettling imagery of the damage caused by those devices goes much further.

Less cohesive documentary than feature-length red flag, “The Bleeding Edge” assembles a range of talking heads and upsetting case studies to target several key villains: Essure, the permanent contraceptive implant used by millions of women, has left many of them with long-lasting pain and endless surgeries as the small, snake-like device worms its way into the uterus. The “vaginal mesh” approach yields even more gruesome results.
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Netflix and Amazon Aren’t Buying Documentaries, But the Non-Fiction Market Is Booming Anyway

Documentaries are hotter than ever, but their production and distribution is in constant flux. In 2017, major companies were shelling out huge dollars to acquire documentaries, dramatically shifting the scales for the budgets and value of nonfiction. Then everything changed at Sundance 2018, when contrary to expectations, Netflix and Amazon deescalated the marketplace they had super-sized a year before.

At the Park City festival, Netflix acquired a single doc, “Shirkers”; Amazon hasn’t acquired a completed documentary since Matthew Heineman’s “City of Ghosts” from 2017. “It’s like night and day,” said one documentary producer. While Amazon’s strategy remains unclear, Netflix has refocused its resources on producing documentaries in-house.

Both companies declined to comment for this article. But it’s clear that their recent absence from the market has had impact — deals have taken longer to close and the price-tags have been reduced.

“We’re having to educate producers and financiers
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Rachel Morrison & Diane Warren Sign on to Amy Ziering & Kirby Dick’s Upcoming #MeToo Hollywood Doc

Morrison: The Hollywood Reporter/YouTube

Two of last night’s Oscar nominees have boarded Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s upcoming doc about the lack of parity and diversity within Hollywood. “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison and “Stand Up for Something” co-writer Diane Warren will both work on the untitled project, a press release has announced. Morrison will serve as lead Dp and Warren will pen a song for the film.

Ziering, Dick, and Warren previously collaborated on “The Hunting Ground,” a 2015 doc investigating the epidemic of sexual assault and rape across colleges in the United States. Warren and Lady Gaga’s song for the film, “Til It Happens to You,” received an Oscar nod and won an Emmy.

This new project examines a “culture that has long turned a blind eye to harassment and worse,” according to its official synopsis. “Looking forward it will chronicle first-hand the emerging activism and
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Rachel Morrison, Diane Warren Join #MeToo Documentary

Rachel Morrison, Diane Warren Join #MeToo Documentary
Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick have lined up some Hollywood heavyweights for a new documentary about the #MeToo movement and its impact on Hollywood. Rachel Morrison will serve as director of photography on the still-untitled film, while Diane Warren will contribute a song for the picture.

Morrison is the first woman ever to be nominated for an Oscar for best cinematography, an honor she received for her work on “Mudbound.” She also shot “Creed” and “Black Panther,” the Marvel super-hit. Warren has received nine Oscar nominations, but has yet to snag the prize. She’ll get a chance again this year with “Stand Up for Something,” a politically charged anthem from “Marshall.”

“I’m excited to collaborate and consult with Amy and Kirby on this powerful and socially important film,” said Morrison.

“As a huge fan of their work, I’m looking forward to teaming with Amy and Kirby again on another game changing film,
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Rachel Morrison, Diane Warren Join #MeToo Doc From 'Hunting Ground' Team

Rachel Morrison, Diane Warren Join #MeToo Doc From 'Hunting Ground' Team
Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison and songwriter Diane Warren have come onboard for The Hunting Ground filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's upcoming documentary about sexual assault in Hollywood. 

Morrison is joining the feature as a consultant and contributing Dp, and Warren will write the song for the film. Warren previously wrote the Oscar-nominated song "Til It Happens to You" with Lady Gaga for The Hunting Ground.

The untitled documentary feature will tackle the wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations in the entertainment industry that began with exposés containing decades of allegations leveled against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. It will center on...
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Amy Ziering & Kirby Dick’s #MeToo Documentary Ramps Up: Oscar Nominees Rachel Morrison, Diane Warren Join Team

Amy Ziering & Kirby Dick’s #MeToo Documentary Ramps Up: Oscar Nominees Rachel Morrison, Diane Warren Join Team
Exclusive: Mudbound and Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison and songwriter Diane Warren, both up for Oscars on Sunday, have boarded the untitled documentary being helmed by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick about the #MeToo movement and Hollywood. Morrison, the first female ever nominated for the Cinematography Oscar for Mudbound, will be director of photography; Warren, up for Oscar Original Song with Common for Marshall‘s “Stand Up For Something,” will pen a…
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Oscar Documentary Race Pits Youth vs. Experience

Oscar Documentary Race Pits Youth vs. Experience
The Academy’s documentary branch has proven once again that it is made up of a consistently unpredictable bunch, particularly keen on spreading the love.

After narrowing down a record-breaking 170 eligible features to a remarkably strong shortlist of 15 docs, the nonfiction branch whittled down that batch to five nominees: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “Faces Places,” “Icarus,” “Last Men in Aleppo” and “Strong Island.”

It’s a quintuple of powerful films from six formidable helmers. It’s also a list that is notably missing two high-profile, high-pedigree critical favorites: Brett Morgen’s “Jane” and Matthew Heineman’s “City of Ghosts.” Both docus were preferred by critics, industry groups and nonfiction orgs who were alike in singing their praises.

Morgen’s “Jane” made a splash when it premiered last September at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Before the shortlist was announced, Morgen had already taken top honors at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The [link=nm
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Academy Announces Procedures to Enforce New Code of Conduct

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson: Twitter

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made it easier for members to report instances of workplace misconduct. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the organization approved measures to help enforce the updated code of conduct it unveiled last month. Per the new course of action, claims of harassment or abuse can be securely logged on the Academy website or reported via phone call to the membership department.

“Claims must include supporting evidence such as a second witness, a second party who was told of the violation, a contemporaneous written report, or evidence that the claim is part of an established pattern,” the source details. After they are submitted, claims will be sent to the Academy’s membership and administration committee, which will decide whether or not to take action. If they do decide to move forward, the committee will inform the accused
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Dp Kirsten Johnson on Filming the Kronos Quartet Documentary A Thousand Thoughts

Kirsten Johnson was among the most in-demand documentary DPs even before her much-celebrated 2016 film Cameraperson. Johnson has shot more than 50 films for such directors as Laura Poitras, Alex Gibney and Kirby Dick. Her latest film, A Thousand Thoughts, is a doc on the Kronos Quartet from directors Sam Green and Joe Bini. The film will be presented at Sundance as a “live documentary” with Green narrating live and the Quartet conducting the score in person. Before its premiere, Johnson spoke with Filmmaker about finding innovative ways to film a concert and how a shot from Cameraperson wound up in A […]
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Documentary Patrons Impact Partners Make Splashes at Sundance

Michelangelo had Pope Julius II and the Medici family. And socially minded documentary filmmakers have Impact Partners.

While they aren’t popes or an Italian dynasty, Impact Partners’ 43 members are patrons of the arts. Specifically they are 43 high-net-worth individuals — multi-millionaires, and in some cases, billionaires — who seek to promote social change through nonfiction film. For the past 11 years the group has provided millions of dollars in equity money to more than 90 documentaries, including the Academy Award-winning “The Cove” as well as 45 Sundance titles such as “The Queen of Versailles,” “The Hunting Ground” and last year’s “Trophy.”

This year Impact is behind four Sundance documentaries, including “Our New President,” about Trump’s newfound Russian supporters, and Mister Rogers doc “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” which Focus Features acquired in November.

“The only thing that unites all of the films we have worked on is that we think each and every one is a great piece of entertainment
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Ursula MacFarlane to Direct Harvey Weinstein Doc for the BBC

MacFarlane: ursulamacfarlane.com

Harvey Weinstein’s abuse of women has been dominating the news cycle since early October. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the disgraced mogul will be the subject of a BBC documentary from Ursula MacFarlane (“Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris”). The 90-minute doc is expected to air on Britain’s BBC Two sometime in 2018.

Tentatively titled “Weinstein,” the documentary will chronicle Weinstein’s career as a Hollywood power player, the allegations against him, and the widespread problem of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. It will also feature interviews with some of Weinstein’s victims alongside producers, directors, actors, agents, lawyers, journalists, and more. “Weinstein” will “delve into the complex mix of money, power, exploitation, and abuse that developed with the emergence of the studio system in the 1930s.”

“Through telling the story of Weinstein’s extraordinary rise and fall, this film will really get
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BBC Plans 'Definitive' Documentary About Harvey Weinstein

The BBC announced Monday that a feature-length documentary about Harvey Weinstein is in the works.

The film, which charts the producer's Hollywood rise and "fall from grace" following dozens of sexual assault accusations, will also feature interviews with many of the actresses who came forward with their own account of Weinstein's abuse, the Hollywood Reporter writes.

Lightbox, the production company behind Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire, will produce the film for BBC Two, with a 2018 airdate planned. The film, tentatively titled Weinstein, will also explore the power
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SAG Awards Will Be Presented Entirely by Women, Kristen Bell to Host

First-ever SAG Awards host Kristen Bell in “The Good Place”: NBC/Justin Lubin

The Screen Actors Guild will stand with women at its 24th annual awards ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, women will present each statuette at the January 21 event. This gesture is SAG’s way of supporting women in the wake of the myriad sexual harassment and assault stories that have come out of Hollywood in the past couple months. “The Good Place’s” Kristen Bell will also serve as the SAG Awards’ first-ever host.

“Beginning with the Women’s March in January, it’s been the year of the woman,” SAG Awards Ep Kathy Connell explained. “This is a unifying salute to women who have been very brave and speaking up.”

Of course, men will not be entirely absent from the ceremony. The male SAG winners will take the stage to accept their honors and it
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Academy Sends Newly Affirmed Standards of Conduct to Its Members

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson: Twitter

The Academy of of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revised its code of conduct amidst the onslaught of sexual abuse revelations coming out of Hollywood. Per Variety, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson sent members a letter outlining the new Standards of Conduct. In the letter Hudson explains that “many hours of research and discussion” went into the newly revised code.

A special task force led by Governor and Academy Officer David Rubin organized and wrote the new code of conduct. “Over the course of weeks, the task force consulted with professors of ethics, business, philosophy, and law from Georgetown, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Stanford, as well as experts in human resources and sexual harassment,” Hudson’s letter details. Rubin’s team sought advice from their colleagues at the Television and British Academies and studied the codes of conduct from AFI, Film Independent, and UCLA.
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Women In Film Sexual Harassment Hotline Is Now Live

Women In Film president Cathy Schulman: CineFix/YouTube

Thanks to Women In Film (Wif), it’s now a little easier for those experiencing sexual harassment to receive help. The Los Angeles Times confirms that the Help Line Wif announced last month is now officially live. Survivors can call (323) 545–0333 and report cases of sexual abuse Monday through Friday.

“Often times, human resources isn’t available. And, at times, it’s not useful,” Wif president Cathy Schulman said of the need for the Help Line, which she described as a “safe zone.” “We’re a nonprofit that’s not aligned with any particular studio, or agency, or production company, or a network, or news channel. We felt that we could quickly become the place for women to reach out.”

Wif is also hard at work establishing a pro bono legal service, also announced in November. Wif member and entertainment lawyer Bonnie
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Women In Animation and Raising Films Join the Fight Against Sexual Harassment

Members of Wia including President Marge Dean (second from left): Wia’s Instagram account

Women In Animation (Wia) and Raising Films are joining the growing movement combating sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry. Per Deadline, Wia has been bringing the subject up at meetings with studio owners, scheduling appointments with legal experts, and sharing resources for victims online. Meanwhile, Raising Films published an open letter yesterday detailing the actions the industry should take to obtain justice for victims and ensure that workplace harassment becomes a thing of the past. It’s already been signed by over 500 people.

One of Wia’s endeavors is the Roar Art Project, which allows individuals to express their experiences of gender discrimination via art or animation. Wia is currently accepting submissions to the project and will showcase selected pieces in an online gallery later this month. The pieces may also be presented at exhibitions.
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Swedish Film Institute Introduces Sexual Harassment Education Program

Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner: Swedish Film Institute/Marie-Therese Karlberg

The Swedish Film Institute is developing a program to inform and educate filmmakers about sexual harassment. Expected to officially launch in 2018, the full-day initiative appears to have been created in response to the recent wave of sexual harassment and assault revelations from the Scandinavian film industry, Variety reports.

The program will teach producers and filmmakers about what constitutes sexual harassment and outline acceptable and unacceptable workplace behavior. “Each participant in the program will receive a ‘green card,’” the source reveals, “and the Swedish Film Institute will only give production or early-development funding to producers and filmmakers who have the card.”

News of the sexual harassment education program hits only a few days after a report was published detailing the constant “sexual harassment, degradation, and bullying” at Danish director Lars Von Trier’s production company, Zentropa. And Oscar winner Alicia Vikander
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Claire Schmidt Leaves Fox to Head Startup Combating Workplace Harassment

Schmidt: Twitter

Claire Schmidt is stepping down from her post as a VP at 20th Century Fox in order to join new startup AllVoices, a website “where anyone can anonymously report instances of harassment, discrimination, or bias directly to their CEO and company board,” Deadline reports. Schmidt’s last day at Fox will be Friday and after that she will serve as AllVoices’ CEO.

When it is up and running, AllVoices will compile its users’ reports and anonymously email the results to company CEOs and boards. And the tool is not designed solely to fight sexual harassment: users can also report mistreatment due to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or disability.

Susan Fowler, whose own experiences of sexual harassment at Uber will be the basis for a feature film, is an advisor at AllVoices.

“A lot of these companies, when they find out there’s a culture problem, it
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