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Critics Choice Documentary Awards Crown ‘Jane’ As Winner, While Filmmakers Grapple With ‘Fucked-Up Times’

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Critics Choice Documentary Awards Crown ‘Jane’ As Winner, While Filmmakers Grapple With ‘Fucked-Up Times’
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards returned to Brooklyn’s Bric on Nov. 2 and anointed Brett Morgen’s “Jane” the Oscar frontrunner for Best Documentary Feature. That bodes well for the Jane Goodall profile as it continues its awards season run. Presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the inaugural ceremony last year correctly augured that “O.J.: Made in America” and “13th” would win that season’s top documentary film and television prizes.

When the 2017 nominees were unveiled this October, so was a rule change that merged the Best Documentary categories for films released in theaters versus via television or a streaming platform. This meant that the latest field was extremely stacked — 16 titles — making the win for a feature on the Tanzania expeditions of beloved, now-octogenarian primatologist Dame Jane Goodall extra fortuitous. “Jane” premiered this fall at the Toronto Film Festival, earning an A- from IndieWire.
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Errol Morris Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Errol Morris Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced that Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris will receive his award at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards gala event, set to take place on Thursday, November 2 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Penn Jillette.

Journalist and author Kathryn Schulz will present the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to Morris. Damien Echols will present the previously announced Critics’ Choice Impact Award to filmmaker Joe Berlinger. Additional award presenters include: Clive Davis, Matt Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence O’Donnell, Linda Perry, and Fisher Stevens, Diane Warren, among others.

Read More:Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup

Netflix will release Morris’ newest offering,
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Errol Morris to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Errol Morris to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris will receive the lifetime achievement award at the second Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) announced on Tuesday. Morris is set to be honored at the gala event hosted by Penn Jillette on Nov. 2 at Bric in Brooklyn.

Journalist and author Kathryn Schulz will present Morris with the award. Previously announced Critics’ Choice impact award recipient Joe Berlinger will be presented with his award by Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, the focus of Berlinger’s “Paradise Lost” documentary trilogy.

Morris’ honors include an Oscar win for “The Fog of War” and the grand jury prize at Sundance Film Festival for “A Brief History of Time.” His work has gained recognition by the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

The director
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The Best Movie Trilogies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Movie Trilogies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Trip to Spain,” what is the best movie trilogy?

Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker

Far be it from me to choose between Antonioni’s non-trilogy “L’Avventura,” “La Notte,” and “L’Eclisse” and Kiarostami’s explicitly-denied “Koker” trilogy of “Where Is the Friend’s Home?,” “Life and Nothing More,” and “Through the Olive Trees” (and I’m tempted to make a trilogy of trilogies with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Day of Wrath,” “Ordet,” and “Gertrud”), but if I put Kiarostami’s films first, it’s because he puts their very creation into the action. Reflexivity isn’t a
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Johnny Depp Spotted Out in L.A. with Friends: ‘He Was in the Best Spirits’

Johnny Depp Spotted Out in L.A. with Friends: ‘He Was in the Best Spirits’
After an emotional week in Arkansas, Johnny Depp let his hair down last night in Los Angeles.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor was spotted out at the The Nice Guy in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, where an onlooker tells People, “He was in the best spirits.”

At the bar, Depp’s group “sipped on specialty cocktails such as ‘The Chairman’ and ‘The Stand Up Guy’ and indulged on ‘The Nice Guy Burger,’ truffle fries, roasted brussels sprouts and the Wally’s charcuterie board.”

The onlooker adds, “He and his group shared plates at their table and ordered a couple rounds of those cocktails.
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Johnny Depp Speaks Out Against Death Penalty at Arkansas Rally

Johnny Depp Speaks Out Against Death Penalty at Arkansas Rally
Johnny Depp is taking a stand against the death penalty.

The actor joined hundreds of activists outside the Arkansas state capitol building on Friday. They had gathered to protest Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s decision to execute seven men in 10 days because the state’s execution drugs are expiring.

Depp accompanied Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, who spent nearly two decades on death row in Arkansas. Accused of the 1993 murder of three eight-year-old boys, Echols was later released when new DNA evidence proved he was not the killer. Depp commented on the case in the HBO documentary Paradise Lost.
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11 great documentaries on Netflix

Catherine Pearson Feb 22, 2017

Documentary fans are well served by these 11 great documentary series and features, currently available on Netflix UK...

In recent years, even months, Netflix has upped its game. No longer just a site to instantly stream an old title you might have once picked up in Blockbuster, it's become a hub of quality new and original film and television and this is by no means limited to its vast selection of fiction.

See related The world of the Peaky Blinders

With the scope of possibility in visual effects and the boundlessness of imagination there are very few places we cannot explore in fiction nowadays… that is unless we explore stories that are stranger than fiction. There is a tangible thirst for the real; the overwhelming response to recent Netflix documentary Making A Murderer in the news and social media, as just one example, exposes the desire for and
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'Paradise Lost' at 20: How West Memphis Three Doc Influenced the True-Crime Boom

'Paradise Lost' at 20: How West Memphis Three Doc Influenced the True-Crime Boom
When filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky arrived in West Memphis, Arkansas in June 1993, they came with an agenda: to document what looked like a new wave of alienated youth-turned-murderers. A few months earlier, two 10-year-olds in the U.K. had made headlines when they abducted, tortured and murdered a two-year-old, and now the filmmakers had read about the brutal murders of three eight-year-old boys ostensibly committed by teenage Satanists. It seemed like a trend. "We went down to make a film about guilty teenagers, like a real Rivers Edge,
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'Rectify': Inside the Compelling TV Drama's Swan Song

'Rectify': Inside the Compelling TV Drama's Swan Song
About a decade ago, actor Ray McKinnon became fascinated with several stories he'd seen about death-row inmates who had been freed because of DNA evidence. "I just started wondering what their lives must be like the first day they got out," he says. "And then I really thought: 'What's the second day like?'"

That question inspired Rectify, one of the most emotionally affecting dramas about the criminal justice system on TV. The series, which premiered in 2013, tells the story of Daniel Holden, a Georgia man convicted of rape and murder,
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Author and Artist Damien Echols and Others Launch ‘Salem’ Exhibition

Best selling author, artist and unjustly convicted death row survivor Damien Echols joins new art collective. If you’ve seen the nightmarish Paradise Lost HBO documentaries or the Peter Jackson theatrical doc West Of Memphis (or even the tepid Atom Egoyan feature Devil’S Knot), you know the name Damien Echols. Echols was one of the unfortunate…

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3 True-Crime Documentaries to Watch When You're Done Binging Making a Murderer

3 True-Crime Documentaries to Watch When You're Done Binging Making a Murderer
Making a Murderer, Netflix's original true-crime series captivated the country this Christmas, with critics hailing it as the next Serial-esque obsession.

Online sleuths are already positing their own theories as to who killed young photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. We'll leave the question of whether Steven Avery – a man who already served prison time once before for a gruesome crime he didn't commit – to the meticulous Redditors poring over the infamous case. Though Making a Murder has already been compared to HBO's Robert Durst miniseries The Jinx, here are three more true tales dealing with police corruption, wrongful convictions and crimes
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Bruce Sinofsky, 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster' Co-Director, Dead at 58

Bruce Sinofsky, 'Metallica: Some Kind of Monster' Co-Director, Dead at 58
Bruce Sinofsky, one-half of the Emmy Award-winning documentarian team behind films like Metallica: Some Kind of Monster and the West Memphis Three trilogy Paradise Lost, passed away in his sleep Saturday morning following complications from diabetes, his filmmaking partner Joe Berlinger told Variety. He was 58.

"[Sinofsky's] unique combination of courage and empathy made that possible, as well as everything that came after for us," Berlinger told Variety. "The extraordinary adventures we had on the road and the deeply stimulating experiences we had in the editing room were life-changing for all of
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Bruce Sinofsky, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 58

Bruce Sinofsky, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 58
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky died early Saturday morning in his sleep from complications stemming from diabetes, his frequent collaborator Joe Berlinger told Variety. He was 58.

Sinofsky covered a range of topics in his career — from heavy metal to murder cases.

He is best known for the “Paradise Lost” trilogy, a series of films he made with Berlinger about the West Memphis Three, a group of teenagers convicted, despite a lack of evidence, of murdering and sexually mutilating three prepubescent boys. Prosecutors claimed the children were killed as part of a satanic court ritual. Those films helped draw attention to miscarriages of justice associated with their trial and conviction. A number of celebrities including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins and Johnny Depp also rallied to the cause.

Public pressure resulted in the Arkansas Supreme Court allowing the three men — Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin — to be
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‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ Could Become the Eighth Murder-Related Doc to Land an Oscar Nom

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper follows the case of the serial killer in South Central Los Angeles that spans more than 20 years. The first murder took place in 1985, but an apparent 14-year break between murders earned him the nickname of “the Grim Sleeper.” Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in 2010 and is currently awaiting trial for almost a dozen women, though the number could increase. Though the case is a major part of the film, Broomfield also explores poverty, racism and the police investigation that failed to warn the neighborhood that a serial killer was suspected until 2008.

The film made the Academy’s documentary feature shortlist and could land a nomination at the 87th Academy Awards. Here are seven other documentaries about murder in America that scored nominations (in chronological order):

Four Days in November (1964)

Released just a year after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination,
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West Memphis Three Thriller 'Devil's Knot' Gets New Trailer

West Memphis Three Thriller 'Devil's Knot' Gets New Trailer
Image Entertainment has released the second trailer for the upcoming true story adaptation Devil's Knot, following the trailer released in November by the film's Canadian distributor, Remstar Films. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in this adaptation of Mara Leveritt's book which chronicles the true story of the infamous West Memphis Three murder case, where three young men - Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Miskelly, and Jason Baldwin were wrongfully convicted of murdering three eight-year-old boys in Memphis, Arkansas. Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand and Amy Ryan co-star in director Atom Egoyan's adaptation, arriving in theaters May 9 from Image Entertainment.

Based on the true crime book, Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot tells the compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year old boys in Memphis, Ark. - two of them sentenced to
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Oldboy Set Visit: Josh Brolin and Director Spike Lee Reinvent a Classic

Oldboy Set Visit: Josh Brolin and Director Spike Lee Reinvent a Classic
Oldboy Set Visit: Josh Brolin and Director Spike Lee Talks Reinventing a Classic, in theaters soon

(From contributing writer Bo Bory)

I startled awake into a pitch-black room. It was morning, I think... and my immediate thought was: where am I? The thick heavy curtains of my undoing were drawn down tight as I scrambled blindly in the dark for an explanation. I took quick inventory of my surroundings... a non-descript hotel room, the pungent smell of stale booze and cigarettes, a scattering of plastic cups and gaudy beads strewn carelessly across the floor. Oh yeah, now I remember...

New Orleans. Oldboy.

It was a chilly day in early November-2012, and I was sent on assignment to the Big Easy to cover the set of Spike Lee's new film, Oldboy. The movie was a remake...Scratch that, a reinterpretation (as Spike and crew would later insist) of Chan-wook Park
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Devil's Knot Gets 2014 Release Date from Image Entertainment

Devil's Knot Gets 2014 Release Date from Image Entertainment
Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment brand, has acquired Worldview Entertainment's crime thriller Devil's Knot following its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Academy Award nominated Director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), the film stars Academy Award winners Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) as well as Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Golden Globe nominee Mireille Enos (The Killing) and Stephen Moyer (HBO's True Blood). Devil's Knot is scheduled for a Q2 2014 release. The announcement was made today by Image Entertainment's Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley, who made the following statement..

"Reese Witherspoon delivers a stellar, emotional performance, displaying her versatility by transforming herself as a vulnerable mother trying to make sense of her son's death. Her commitment to the role was exceptional, proving once again why she is one of Hollywood's best leading actors."

Based on the true crime book,
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DVD Review: 'West of Memphis'

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★★★☆☆ Amy Berg's sobering polemic West of Memphis (2012) shines a light on the failings of the American criminal justice system through the campaign to free a trio of wrongly convicted men after almost twenty years in prison. Having premièred at last year's Sundance Film Festival, West of Memphis was released to wide acclaim and now arrives on DVD from Sony Pictures. Following in the footsteps of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's Paradise Lost trilogy, which presented ongoing events throughout the ordeal, Berg's film examines the case from original crime and throughout the fight to have the three men released.

One May evening in 1993, a horrific triple homicide was committed in West Memphis, Arkansas. Three young boys was brutally murdered and within a month, a trio of teenagers were charged with one providing a lengthy, though clearly led, confession. The crimes were said to have been satanic in nature due
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Contest: Win a West of Memphis Poster Signed by Peter Jackson and Damien Wayne Echols

Contest: Win a West of Memphis Poster Signed by Peter Jackson and Damien Wayne Echols
Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the documentary West of Memphis on Christmas Day, an expansive look at the 18-year struggle to free the West Memphis Three (Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelly). To help spread the word about this powerful documentary, we have a contest where fans can win a poster signed by director Amy Berg, Lorri Davis, Damien Wayne Echols, and executive producer Peter Jackson. These extremely rare one-sheets will be gone in the blink of an eye, so act fast. Find out how you can win below.

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West of Memphis poster signed by director Amy Berg, Lorri Davis, Damien Wayne Echols, and executive producer Peter Jackson

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