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IndieWire and International Documentary Association Partner for Annual Awards Season Screening Series

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IndieWire is partnering with the International Documentary Association for its annual screenings series in Los Angeles. Now in its seventh year, the awards-season series expands to New York City with titles including “For Sama,” the Cannes favorite that chronicles a woman’s experience in war-torn Syria.

The series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Century City 15 IMAX theater with a screening of “Apollo 11,” Todd Douglas Miller’s film that uses archival footage to offer a fresh perspective of the suspense and excitement of the first spaceflight that landed humans on the Moon. It was released earlier this year by Neon.

The series, most of which will be shown at the Landmark in West La. through November, allows both members of the public and voting members of industry guilds and organizations a chance to see more than 20 of the 2019’s most acclaimed documentaries. Each screening is free, with
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​Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve head to Deauville Film Festival

​Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve head to Deauville Film Festival
Festival celebrating Us cinema unveils full line-up of 45th edition.

The Deauville American Festival has unveiled a female-focused programme spotlighting women behind and in front of the camera for its 45th edition.

The festival, unfolding in the luxury northern French resort of Deauville Sept 6-15, courted controversy earlier in the week when it announced it was opening with Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York.

It will be the feature’s biggest festival screening after backers Amazon cancelled its release after its 2017 shoot when molestation allegations by the director’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced amid the rise
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New to Streaming: ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ ‘Hail Satan?,’ ‘Be Natural,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options–not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Apollo 11 (Todd Douglas Miller)

On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin embarked on a historic lunar odyssey, successfully landing on the moon and then returning to Earth. Free of talking heads, reenactments, and newly-recorded narration, the new documentary Apollo 11 takes viewers on this nine-day journey, constructed from astounding, never-before-seen 65mm Panavision, 35mm, and 16mm footage, as well as audio culled from over 18,000 hours of tapes. A perhaps initially unintended result when Nasa handed over this remarkably pristine footage to director Todd Douglas Miller, his documentary is also a fascinating time capsule of this specific era. – Jordan R. (full review)

Where to Stream: Hulu
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‘Armstrong’ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Features: Harrison Ford (Narrator), Neil Armstrong, Mark Armstrong, Dave Scott, Gerry Griffin, Christopher Kraft | Directed by David Fairhead

In conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of humanity’s achievement of the moon landing in 1969, the world of late is currently inundated with cinema revolving around anything Apollo 11. Audiences were treated to a stunning portrait of Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s academy award-winning First Man in the latter half of 2018. This year audiences were once again treated to perhaps the most complete experience of the defining moment itself with Todd Douglas Miller’s masterful documentary Apollo 11. Two pieces of art that compliment both the extraordinary complex mission of landing man on the moon but also the blood, sweat and tears that pushed the three astronauts and the team to succeed.

To cap off an unofficial trilogy of sorts is David Fairhead’s Armstrong. A biopic of
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Film Review: ‘Astronaut’

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Film Review: ‘Astronaut’
The recently widowed retiree Angus (Richard Dreyfuss) might be in the gutter, but he looks at the stars. Indeed, despite his flailing health and tricky family situation, the hopeful septuagenarian lives by that famous Oscar Wilde quote in “Astronaut,” actress-turned-filmmaker Shelagh McLeod’s caringly observed debut feature. It’s a modestly scoped, visually amateurish film, but limited resources don’t stop McLeod from reaching for galactic emotions with the story of a fantasist chasing his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. In the end, only a fraction of McLeod’s ambitions sticks a landing. But “Astronaut” stays afloat with sweetness, thanks to a measured performance from Dreyfuss.

And that might just be intriguing enough for Dreyfuss loyalists, as well as aging viewers starved for original stories centered on their own demographics — after all, it’s not only the below-60 crowd that deserves to have an outer space adventure. But even
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Bo Report: ‘The Lion King’ roars while ‘Avengers: Endgame’ seizes global crown

The Lion King’ (Photo credit: Disney).

It’s been a memorable weekend for the Walt Disney Co. as The Lion King roared, Toy Story 4 topped $800 million worldwide and Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame skipped past Avatar to rank as the biggest film of all time globally.

In Australia the top 20 titles harvested $30 million, up 39 per cent on the previous weekend, according to Numero. Among the other new releases, Madman Entertainment’s Apollo 11, Forum Films’ Ardaas Karaan and Universal’s The White Crow made useful contributions.

Meanwhile Richard Lowenstein’s Mystify: Michael Hutchence has raked in $893,000 for Madman after collecting $83,000 in its third outing, now on 55 screens, with 16 new regional locations booked for this Thursday.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the live action/CGI remake of The Lion King rang up $20.5 million at the weekend and $24.7 million on 930 screens since the Wednesday opening. “Audiences clearly decided the average reviews didn’t matter
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Film News: ‘Apollo 11’ Documentary in Theaters for 50th Anniversary on July 20, 2019

Chicago – Today is the 50th Anniversary of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon, and an excellent documentary on the subject – simply titled “Apollo 11” is doing a “one day only” showing on July 20th, 2019. For theater locations and show times around the country (type in your area), click here.

Conceived and directed by Todd Douglas Miller, “Apollo 11” has an extraordinary no narration thread, opting to use and express the miles of available Nasa and news footage of the era. Explanations of situational elements having to do with the Saturn V rocket or Lunar Module are shown in 1969 computer graphics. This was one of the most filmed news events of the 20th Century, so director Miller cleverly allows the pictures of late 1960s technology to inform us again 50 years later.

They Came in Peace: Reflections from Todd Douglas Miller’s ‘Apollo 11

Photo credit: Neon

Miller’s
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Celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary With These Films

Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifts off with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. at 9:32 a.m. Edt July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A

It’s been exactly 50 years since the U.S. launched Apollo 11, the first mission to land men on the moon.

Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969.

“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

See these films as we celebrate to 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic mission to the moon.

For All Mankind, a superb 1989 documentary film by Al Reinert about the Apollo program (1969–1972).

https://www.amazon.com/All-Mankind-Neil-Armstrong/dp/B004BQTEGA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=5S09S9184CAC&keywords=for+all+mankind&qid=1563568375&s=instant-video&sprefix=for+all+ma%2Cprime-instant-video%2C144&sr=1-1

Apollo 11, a 2019 documentary film by Todd Douglas Miller with restored footage of the 1969 event.
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‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ Latest In New Wave Of Music Docs; ‘Apollo 11’ Gets Second Launch – Specialty B.O. Preview

On the heels of other successful music-oriented non-fiction titles, Sony Pictures ClassicsDavid Crosby: Remember My Name opens in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. The doc, spotlighting the long-time rocker, headlines a fairly busy weekend of new Specialties making their debuts. Freestyle Releasing is going day and date with aging superhero feature Supervised, starring Tom Berenger, Beau Bridges and Louis Gossett Jr., while Breaking Glass Pictures is heading out with Tokyo-set gangster thriller She’s Just a Shadow. A thriller set overseas is Screen Media’s Berlinale 2018 title, Luz, which opens Friday in New York and L.A.

Other limited release debuts include Martin Bell’s doc Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell at Metrograph in New York, along with his 1984 doc Streetwise that introduced the real-life Tiny decades ago. Also heading out is Karlovy Vary Film Festival prize winner I Do Not Care If We Go
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Film News Roundup: ‘Apollo 11’ Re-Release Set for Moon Landing Anniversary

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Film News Roundup: ‘Apollo 11’ Re-Release Set for Moon Landing Anniversary
In today’s film news roundup, Neon is re-releasing “Apollo 11”; “Sesame Street” gets moved; “Supersize Me 2” is set for Sept. 13; Will Ropp gets a “Silk Road” deal; and Apple makes a movie deal.

Re-launch

Neon will re-release Todd Douglas Miller’s documentary “Apollo 11” in theaters on July 20, the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

The run will also include weeklong engagements and special one-off showings in more than 100 theaters across top markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Miami.

“Apollo 11,” which was crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won the editing prize. The film, which opened in theaters on March 1, will cross $9 million after the weekend’s anniversary re-launch and remains the top grossing documentary of the year.
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Review: 'Apollo 11 First Steps Edition' Documentary

  • CineMovie
Relive the Apollo 11 mission to the moon 50 years later on the anniversary of the landing with the new cut down version of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. In Todd Douglas Miller's special giant screen edition showing on IMAX and Giant Screen theaters now, viewers experience the nine-day mission in 47 minutes. The experience of watching it on an IMAX theater gives you the illusion of being there. 
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‘For All Mankind’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Jim Lovell, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan, Michael Collins, Charles Conrad | Directed by Al Reinert

Nasa’s historic Apollo programme only becomes more fascinating as time passes and technology advances. Ahead of the release of Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, Criterion are offering a chance to see another Space Race documentary, similarly relying on remastered Nasa footage and the voices of people involved in those groundbreaking (ground-leaving?) space missions, some fifty years ago.

Charitably, director Al Reinert and editor Susan Korda don’t just focus on the first Moon landing, but rather cover multiple ventures, from Apollo 8 through to the final Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

Six years in the making, this 1989 version is only slightly less barebones than its original 1983 format. There’s little information about who is speaking at any given moment, or even which mission we’re watching (tip: turn on the subtitles). Some of the post-dubbed sound
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Exclusive: director Todd Douglas Miller and archivist Stephen Slater on Apollo 11

Just when you thought you’d seen all there was to see in regards to groundbreaking moment in history when we put a man on the moon – comes Apollo 11, the latest documentary from Todd Douglas Miller. To mark this astonishing film’s release, we sat down with the director alongside the archive producer Stephen Slater, to talk about this incredible piece of filmmaking.

We discuss the challenges in bringing this amount of footage together and telling such a gripping story with it, and whether the task ahead felt overwhelming to them both. They also tell us whether Buzz Aldrin has seen the film, and why they believe there has been a resurgence of late into this particular event, and what still compels viewers 50 years on.

Watch the full interview below:

Synopsis

Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of Nasa’s most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong,
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‘A Bigger Splash’ Tops Quiet Weekend; ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘A Bigger Splash’ Tops Quiet Weekend; ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The 4K restoration of 1974 semi-fictionalized documentary A Bigger Splash edged out with the top per theater average among the specialties this weekend, playing an exclusive run at the Metrograph Theater in Manhattan. Directed by Jack Hazan, the Metrograph Pictures release grossed $18K. This is the second release for Metrograph Pictures, following fellow doc, The Raft.

Noted Artistic and Programming Director of Metrograph Sunday: “After 45 years, it’s incredibly heartening to see audiences respond so positively to Jack Hazan’s masterpiece A Bigger Splash. We’re thrilled to be expanding the film nationwide after such a strong opening in New York.” The title, centered on artist David Hockney will head to other cities in the coming weeks.

Neon music drama Wild Rose launched in four L.A. and New York locations Friday. Directed by Tom Harper and starring Jessie Buckley as an aspiring country singer, the Toronto ’18 title grossed an estimated
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Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions
January’s Sundance Film Festival is the most effective launchpad for any documentary Oscar hopeful. With a field overloaded by competitive non-fiction, it’s essential to get a head start, a distributor, an early release date and build a profile before narrative features grab the media attention in an overcrowded fall.

Some high-profile non-fiction features, like Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s box-office star and eventual Oscar-winner “Free Solo,” break out of fall festivals like Telluride, Toronto, and New York. However, titles like those are the outliers.

Sundance 2018 yielded four out of the five 2019 Oscar nominees: $14 million-grossing Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “Rbg,” Sundance breakthrough filmmaker prize-winner Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap,” which follows three young skateboarders in the Rust Belt, photographer RaMell Ross’ languorous poetic portrait of a time and place, “Hale County: This Morning, This Evening,” and Talal Derki’s Sundance World Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winner “Of Fathers and Sons.
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Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions
January’s Sundance Film Festival is the most effective launchpad for any documentary Oscar hopeful. With a field overloaded by competitive non-fiction, it’s essential to get a head start, a distributor, an early release date and build a profile before narrative features grab the media attention in an overcrowded fall.

Some high-profile non-fiction features, like Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s box-office star and eventual Oscar-winner “Free Solo,” break out of fall festivals like Telluride, Toronto, and New York. However, titles like those are the outliers.

Sundance 2018 yielded four out of the five 2019 Oscar nominees: $14 million-grossing Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “Rbg,” Sundance breakthrough filmmaker prize-winner Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap,” which follows three young skateboarders in the Rust Belt, photographer RaMell Ross’ languorous poetic portrait of a time and place, “Hale County: This Morning, This Evening,” and Talal Derki’s Sundance World Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winner “Of Fathers and Sons.
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The 10 Best Movies of 2019 So Far, From ‘Us’ to ‘Booksmart’

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The 10 Best Movies of 2019 So Far, From ‘Us’ to ‘Booksmart’
From “Avengers: Endgame” to “Game of Thrones” and the Mueller report, much about 2019 has been about endings — and debates about new beginnings. Major tentpole events have consumed the public sphere with the expectation of dramatic conclusions and the intrigue of mysterious next chapters.

The best movies, however, don’t need to cling to some larger timeline to prove their worth: They deliver memorable experiences on their own terms, illustrating why the feature-length format remains an essential vessel for creativity. While entertainment pundits continue to muse on whether “film is dead,” the movies keep proving that they most definitely are not.

Here are the very best of them that 2019 has delivered so far.

“Diane”

An intimate story about a woman staring death in the face and struggling to see its reflection in her own life, “Diane” is as depressing as it sounds. On the other hand, Kent Jones’ Tribeca-winning narrative debut
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Sundance London 2019 Review – Apollo 11

Apollo 11, 2019.

Directed by Todd Douglas Miller.

Starring Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Synopsis:

A documentary that brings to life a selection of archive footage, including some that has never been seen before, to explore the 1969 mission to put men on the moon.

Coming less than a year after Damien Chazelle’s heavyweight biopic First Man, which told the story of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon through the brooding eyes of Ryan Gosling, it might seem like there’s not much room for a straight documentary about the 1969 mission. Step forward Apollo 11, though, which feels like an immediately essential portrait of one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of humanity. As the voiceover of a news anchor says at the time of the launch, this marked “the beginning of mankind’s greatest adventure”.

For starters, the movie is a feat of technical innovation. Much
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Neon Positions ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in Awards Season Prime Time

Neon Positions ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in Awards Season Prime Time
Céline Sciamma’s Cannes Screenplay-winner “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” an 18th-century lesbian bodice-ripper that scored among the best reviews at the May festival, is a likely candidate for France’s submission for the Best International Feature Oscar. That said, it will face stiff competition for France’s slot from two other Cannes prize-winners, Mati Diop’s “Atlantics” and Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables.” In any case, Neon will release the film in Los Angeles and New York on December 6, at the height of the awards season.

The theatrical distributor did well at Cannes, beating out Netflix and others on the popular title, partnering with Hulu to acquire North American rights. Neon picked up the eventual Palme d’Or winner, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite,” ahead of the festival; that film is dated October 11. Expect both films to play the fall film festival circuit.

Adèle Haenel (“The Unknown Girl”) and
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Neon Positions ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in Awards Season Prime Time

Neon Positions ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ in Awards Season Prime Time
Céline Sciamma’s Cannes Screenplay-winner “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” an 18th-century lesbian bodice-ripper that scored among the best reviews at the May festival, is a likely candidate for France’s submission for the Best International Feature Oscar. That said, it will face stiff competition for France’s slot from two other Cannes prize-winners, Mati Diop’s “Atlantics” and Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables.” In any case, Neon will release the film in Los Angeles and New York on December 6, at the height of the awards season.

The theatrical distributor did well at Cannes, beating out Netflix and others on the popular title, partnering with Hulu to acquire North American rights. Neon picked up the eventual Palme d’Or winner, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite,” ahead of the festival; that film is dated October 11. Expect both films to play the fall film festival circuit.

Adèle Haenel (“The Unknown Girl”) and
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