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Derek Doneen, Director Of Sundance Winner ‘Kailash’, Inks With WME

Derek Doneen, Director Of Sundance Winner ‘Kailash’, Inks With WME
Exclusive: Derek Doneen, whose feature documentary directing debut Kailash won a marquee Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has signed with Wme. In Kailash, Doneen followed Nobel Peace Prize-winning Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, whose team has liberated more than 86,000 children in India from child labor, slavery and trafficking. Doneen was an in-house filmmaker at Participant Media who worked with Davis Guggenheim on films including Waiting for S…
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Martin Scorsese Unveils 38-Film Curriculum Surveying Democracy in American Cinema

Recently completing one of the longest shoots of his career with The Irishman, most other directors would consider that an accomplishment enough, but in between takes, Martin Scorsese somehow found time to construct a new curriculum as part of his “The Story of Movies” film course, produced with his company Film Foundation. This latest edition is “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film” and is free for students. However, if one would just like to follow along with their own personal screenings, the full list is available.

“We all need to make sense of what we’re seeing. For young people born into this world now, it’s absolutely crucial that they get guided,” Scorsese says (via IndieWire). “They have to learn how to sort the differences between art and pure commerce, between cinema and content, between the secrets of images that are individually crafted and the secrets of images that are mass-produced.
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Martin Scorsese’s New Film Course: ‘Portraits of America’ Teaches Democracy Through Chaplin, Coppola, and More

Martin Scorsese’s New Film Course: ‘Portraits of America’ Teaches Democracy Through Chaplin, Coppola, and More
Martin Scorsese and his nonprofit organization The Film Foundation have announced their brand-new film curriculum, “Portraits of America: Democracy on Film.” The curriculum is the latest addition to the group’s ongoing film course “The Story of Movies,” which aims to teach students how to read the language of film and place motion pictures in the context of history, art, and society. Both “Democracy on Film” and the course are completely free for schools and universities.

“Portraits of America: Democracy on Film” is broken down into eight different sections, all of which include in-depth looks at some of the most important American films ever made, from Chaplin to Ford, Coppola, Spielberg, and ultimately Scorsese himself. The program is presented in partnership with Afscme. Scorsese announced the curriculum at a March 27 press conference in New York City.

“We all need to make sense of what we’re seeing,” Scorsese explained. “For
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‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ and ‘Kailash’ Lead 2018 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

With the 2018 Sundance Film Festival concluding this weekend, the award winners have now been unveiled. Leading the pack of jury prize winners are Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post on the dramatic side and Derek Doneen’s Kailash on the documentary side. Ahead of our picks for our favorite films (update: see here), check out the winners below, with links to our coverage where available.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Simon Chin to:

Kailash / U.S.A. (Director: Derek Doneen, Producers: Davis Guggenheim, Sarah Anthony) — As a young man, Kailash Satyarthi promised himself that he would end child slavery in his lifetime. In the decades since, he has rescued more than eighty thousand children and built a global movement. This intimate and suspenseful film follows one man’s journey to do what many believed was impossible.

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
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Kailash Satyarthi On ‘Kailash’ Doc & His Global Mission To Rescue Children From Slavery — Sundance Studio

Kailash Satyarthi On ‘Kailash’ Doc & His Global Mission To Rescue Children From Slavery — Sundance Studio
Working closely with Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim for a number of years, Derek Doneen found the inspiration for his feature directorial debut in contacts the director had made. Following world-renowned Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in the making of He Named Me Malala, as she was preparing to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, Guggenheim met children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, who shared that honor with his documentary subject. Meeting Satyarthi…
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Film Review: ‘Kailash’

Film Review: ‘Kailash’
A somewhat controversial first Indian Nobel Prize winner at home gets a laudatory documentary portrait in “Kailash.” Derek Doneen’s feature directorial debut, after working on prior projects for producer Davis Guggenheim, can hardly help but rivet attention with the alarmingly still-widespread issue of child slavery as its subject. Driven activist Kailash Satyarthi has spent decades fighting for an end to the practice in India, with major ripple impacts across the globe. Still, the film’s edge, if not its worthiness, is slightly dulled by an over-slick approach that in the end makes it feel less like reportage than a first-class fundraising video.

Beginning with a police raid on a New Delhi “factory” site where Kailash and company have been tipped to — and where they duly find numerous boys cowering under sacks — the film alternates between such exaggeratedly presented “action” sequences and more straightforward presentation of the subject’s life and work. He began his
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Oscars: 15 Feature Documentaries Shortlisted

Oscars: 15 Feature Documentaries Shortlisted
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards.

Notable titles include “Jane,” “Long Strange Trip,” “Chasing Coral” and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting from 170 films that were originally submitted. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and Wgbh/Frontline

Chasing Coral,” Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund

City of Ghosts,” Our Time Projects and Jigsaw Productions

“Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” Ex Libris Films

Faces Places,” Ciné Tamaris

Human Flow,” Participant Media and AC
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In Oscar Documentary Race, First Time Can Be the Charm

In Oscar Documentary Race, First Time Can Be the Charm
It’s never easy being green, but if you’re a documentary filmmaker it can have its advantages. Especially come Oscar season.

In the past two decades, 12 directors have taken home the Academy Award for their very first documentary theatrical feature. They include Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”), Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove”) and Malik Bendjelloul (“Searching for Sugarman”). Those films beat out docus made by veteran nonfiction helmers like Kirby Dick (“The Invisible War”), Wim Wenders (“Pina”) and Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams (“Life Animated”).

When it comes to receiving a nomination in the documentary feature category, the odds are even better. In the last decade more than 20 first time feature docu helmers have nabbed an Oscar nod. They include Ellen Kuras (“The Betrayal — Nerakhoon”), Sebastian Junger and the late Tim Hetherington (“Restrepo”), Charles Ferguson (“No End in Sight”) and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel (“Finding Vivian Maier”).

Comparatively, in the last 10 years,
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power review – another climate change lesson from Al Gore

A necessary essay from the sharp end of the global warming crisis

Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) was an effective consciousness-raising exercise, focusing on Al Gore’s “slide shows”, as he calls them, on the reality of climate change. Eleven years on, the sequel brings home the intensification of the crisis: needless to say, as the film’s timeline approaches the present, the spectre of Trump looms like an iceberg on a foggy Arctic night. As Gore visits the world’s environmental flashpoints, the footage of floods, storms and exploding glaciers adds ballast to the statistics. There’s a sliver of against-the-clock narrative at the 2015 Paris climate summit, although the film simplifies matters in suggesting that India’s coming on board was the result of Gore making a few well-placed phone calls behind the scenes. Useful as a teaching tool, strictly functional as cinema.

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Zurich: Al Gore to Present 'An Inconvenient Sequel' at Festival

Zurich: Al Gore to Present 'An Inconvenient Sequel' at Festival
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will attend this year's Zurich International Film Festival to present An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up to Davis Guggenheim's 2006 Oscar-winning climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

An Inconvenient Sequel will screen in Zurich on Sunday, October 8. Al Gore will attend the screening and present the documentary, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shen.

“We are proud to welcome Al Gore, one of the most globally influential politicians, environmental activists and Nobel Prize winners of recent years," said Zurich Festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri. "An Inconvenient Truth was a...
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power – Review

As the Summer slowly dissolves into Fall, film goers have been regularly bombarded, on an almost weekly basis, with follow-ups and franchise entries. But here’s something unique, a documentary sequel (hey, the “s-word” is even in the title). Well, fairly unique considering the acclaimed Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills inspired several follow-ups, spin-offs (West Of Memphis) and a docudrama. But this new film is rare in its original’s influence on the culture, becoming a fertile source of satire while actually making a splash at the box office, and later garnering not one, but two Academy Awards (Best Song and Best Documentary Feature…a double play). So ten years has passed since the original and former vice-president Al Gore is still fighting the good fight in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.

Yes like the last film, Gore is the main focus, a true action
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Al Gore talks An Inconvenient Sequel and making a modern environmental documentary

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Al Gore talks An Inconvenient Sequel and making a modern environmental documentaryAl Gore talks An Inconvenient Sequel and making a modern environmental documentaryMelissa Sheasgreen8/1/2017 1:05:00 Pm

When An Inconvenient Truth hit theatres 11 years ago Al Gore went from being known primarily as the former Vice President of the United States to being known as one of the world’s foremost environmental activists.

The documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim and based on the slide show that Gore had developed to educate people about global warming grossed $50-million worldwide — almost unheard of for a doc — and won the Oscar for Best Documentary.

Eleven years later Gore is releasing a follow-up film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this one from helmers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. We spoke with Gore in Las Vegas at the end of April, about a month before U.S. President Donald Trump shocked environmentalists by pulling
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‘Detroit’ Tops Limited Openers, Along With ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ and ‘Menashe’

‘Detroit’ Tops Limited Openers, Along With ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ and ‘Menashe’
It’s a strong group of limited releases for a July weekend: Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” and the Yiddish-language “Menashe” all performed well, as did Sony Pictures Classics’ “Bigsby Bear.”

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Detroit (Annapurna) – Metacritic: 86

$365,455 in 20 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $18,273

Kathryn Bigelow’s first film since “Zero Dark Thirty” is the first released by Megan Ellison’s production company through its own distributor. With reviews nearly as strong as “Zero” and “The Hurt Locker” but shifting to the home front in this recounting of the Detroit riots exactly 50 years ago, this opened in 10 markets ahead of its wide release this Friday. This is a tough subject, however well received, and Annapurna and its team has a challenge opening this outside of the festival/awards season and finding a wide swath of African-American and other upscale audiences.

Read More‘Detroit’ Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s
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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Review: Al Gore Returns to Save the World, One Lecture at a Time

'An Inconvenient Sequel' Review: Al Gore Returns to Save the World, One Lecture at a Time
In 2006, Al Gore turned his slide show about global warming into An Inconvenient Truth, one of the most successful documentaries in box-office history. With the help of director Davis Guggenheim, the former Vice President won an Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize, while the political right laughed its collective ass off and dismissed the movie as full of alarmist crap. Expect more divisive reactions to An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, with Trump leading the fake-news assault. This follow-up, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, follows the celebrity eco-warrior
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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Review: Al Gore Dominates Otherwise Powerful Doc

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Review: Al Gore Dominates Otherwise Powerful Doc
When Davis Guggenheim’s environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” appeared in 2006, it was a widely-embraced wakeup call in which former Vice President Al Gore shook us all as violently as he could. The fact that Gore’s courtly impassivity rarely gave away any deep emotions worked in the film’s favor: The impact came from incontrovertible images and scientific statistics rather than easily-dismissed sentiment. Guggenheim earned an Oscar, and Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize, but there were plenty of naysayers anyway. Glenn Beck, for one, compared Gore to Holocaust mastermind Joseph Goebbels. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe called him “full of crap.
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Doc Corner: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' and 'Chasing Coral'

Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth was a brilliantly effective work of agitprop. It pushed Al Gore’s pet climate change cause into the cultural stratosphere and won two Academy Awards for the effort. Of course, one’s mileage with it as a good film or not likely depends on whether you consider good intentions as Oscar worthy. I personally don't care for the movie, and could easily list a dozen documentaries from 2006 worthier of the Oscar. Not the mention dozens of enviro-docs that are worthier of your time.

Still, despite this, I do not necessarily begrudge Guggenheim his Oscar (remember, Gore did not get a statue – something a right-wing commentator mistakes in the opening passages of this sequel). There is something to said about a film, documentary or not, that makes an audience feel and become as impassioned about as subject like this one did. It's just particularly frustrating
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature
Getting out early can be an advantage in the documentary race, which is often front loaded at January’s Sundance Film Festival. While a raft of movies made their mark, the question is which ones can sustain support through the end of the year.

Among that festival’s breakouts were three Syria documentaries. Daring and timely “City of Ghosts” (July 14, A & E/Amazon Studios), which is Matthew Heineman’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated border drug war thriller “Cartel Land,” will get a major push. Any footage from Syria came from the fearless Raqqa journalists he tracked through Turkey and Germany, where they discover that they are not necessarily safe — anywhere.

It remains to be seen if there will be room for more than one Syrian documentary. HBO Documentary Films is forgoing Emmy consideration for “Winter on Fire” nominee Evgeny Afineevsky’s harrowing “Cries From Syria” (March 10, HBO), planning an Oscar push this fall.
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Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Include Trump’s Exit From Paris Accord

Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel to Include Trump’s Exit From Paris Accord
Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” will get a last-minute edit to incorporate President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

“An Inconvenient Sequel” is slated for release July 28. Paramount said the filmmakers will revise the movie to include Trump’s controversial move, announced Thursday.

“The final film will address today’s news,” Paramount spokesperson Katie Martin Kelley told Variety.

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Al Gore: Exit From Paris Deal Is ‘Reckless and Indefensible’

Gore stars in the film, which shows how the landmark 2015 Paris agreement came together. The documentary, produced by Participant Media, kicked off this year’s Sundance Film Festival, on the day before Trump was inaugurated. The film was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.

The movie includes footage of then-candidate Donald Trump joking about global warming. Trump issued a sweeping executive order in March rescinding many of the climate change
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'Inconvenient Truth' Sequel Wide Release Pushed Back

'Inconvenient Truth' Sequel Wide Release Pushed Back
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is getting a new wide release via Paramount.

The sequel to Al Gore's landmark climate change doc will now have a limited release on July 28 (when it was originally set to go wide) and will now go nationwide on Aug. 4.

On its new release date, the doc will be going up against The Dark Tower adaptation and Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit. Previously, it would have gone head-to-head with the family-friendly Emoji Movie and the Charlize Theron thriller Atomic Blonde.

Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk directed An Inconvenient Sequel, taking over for director Davis Guggenheim, who...
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Cannes 2017: An Inconvenient Sequel review: Dir. Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk (2017)

An Inconvenient Sequel review: Al Gore opens up the climate change debate once again and reflects on the what’s happened since the debut of his Oscar-winning first feature from eleven years ago.

An Inconvenient Sequel review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

An Inconvenient Sequel review

Ten years ago, Davis Guggenheim brought a film to screens that opened many people’s eyes to the dangers and incoming threat of climate change. An Inconvenient Truth went on to score an Oscar and multiple other awards around the world with Al Gore‘s economic slideshow being adapted into a screenplay by the former vice president to huge international acclaim – it also made a decent dime – a reported $50 million in box-office receipts.

Ten years on we have An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, again guided by Gore, though directed this time by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. The feature, filmed
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