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‘Spiral’ Trailer: Documentary Examines the Frightening Realities for France’s Jewish Population — Watch

According to Laura Fairrie’s forthcoming documentary “Spiral,” French Jews today face the same dilemma as their World War II-era ancestors: whether to flee over religious persecution. Like the United States, France has seen a normalizing of anti-Semitism. The alarming new trailer for this 2017 Doc NYC selection shows not only comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala mocking Hitler’s victims with dancing and cartoons, but also a teenage girl who vlogs, “There is no race that is as destructive as the Jew.”

France is home to Europe’s biggest Jewish population, comprised of 500,000 individuals whose synagogues have been attacked in response to political tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. In March, thousands of Parisians marched to condemn anti-Semitism, prompted by the recent, brutal killings of a 67-year-old Jewish woman and an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor. Much of “Spiral” focuses on France’s young Jewish community, burdened by increasing intolerance.

The producing team
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Trailer Watch: Cannes Film “Whitney” Presents Both Sides of an Incredible Talent

“Whitney”: Cannes

Whitney Houston’s family and friends describe her two sides in a new trailer for “Whitney.” The late singer was an iconic, amazingly gifted artist and performer, but she was also, as one of the doc’s interviewees puts it, “simple”: “She became Whitney Houston when it was time for her to get on stage,” she explains.

The divide between Houston the persona and Houston the person apparently weighed heavily on the six-time Grammy winner. “People think it’s so damn easy, and it’s not,” the “How Will I Know” songstress admits in archival footage.

Despite her personal turmoil, Houston’s beautiful voice and hard work cemented her a spot in music history. “You have three places to sing from: heart, mind, guts,” the singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, says in the trailer. “She learned them all.”

From Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“One Day in September
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Whitney Houston documentary trailer: ‘Whitney’ will be in theaters on July 6 [Watch]

Whitney Houston documentary trailer: ‘Whitney’ will be in theaters on July 6 [Watch]
Six years after the untimely death of Whitney Houston at age 48, her family is ready to commemorate her life with a new documentary. They granted Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald access to a treasure trove including “previously unreleased recordings, rare never-before-seen footage and live performances recorded by Houston at various stages her life, as well as original studio recordings and a capellas of some of the late singer’s greatest hits.”

Macdonald has crafted all of this raw material into a new film, “Whitney,” which will hit theaters on July 6. In anticipation of that release, a teaser trailer has just hit the airwaves. (Watch the video above) Among those featured in the film are Houston’s husband Bobby Brown, her mentor and record label boss Clive Davis and her co-star in “The BodyguardKevin Costner.

Macdonald won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2000 for “One Day in September,” a
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Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019

Whitney Houston documentary is early frontrunner for Oscars 2019
The estate of Whitney Houston has officially announced that “Whitney,” an “intimate, definitive account of the superstar’s life and career,” will be released July 6. A powerhouse team of Oscar winners is at the helm of this documentary. Leading the charge is director, Kevin Macdonald, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2000 (“One Day in September”). He earned further acclaim for his 2006 biopic on Ugandan President Idi Amin, “The Last King of Scotland,” for which Forest Whitaker took home the Oscar for Best Actor and his 2012 feature about reggae legend Bob Marley (“Marley”).

For “Whitney,” Macdonald was granted exclusive rights to a vault of unheard music and never-before-seen video footage spanning the entirety of the late singer’s legendary career. Co-producing the film is Simon Chinn, a creative force who has won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards twice. In 2008 he took home the golden statue for “Man on Wire,
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Breaking Down the Pros and Cons of Oscar Campaigns for Documentary Filmmakers

Breaking Down the Pros and Cons of Oscar Campaigns for Documentary Filmmakers
In may, ABC News’ Lincoln Square Prods. decided against submitting John Ridley’s “Let It Fall: 1982-1992” for Primetime Emmy consideration. The reason? The television company hoped that the 140-minute docu, which tackles the 1992 Los Angeles riots, would receive feature film recognition via the Academy Awards. Oscar consultants concluded that a pre-existing Emmy profile could potentially hurt the doc’s chances at a little gold man.

ABC’s decision to forgo a possible Primetime Emmy in favor of Oscar glory wasn’t exactly surprising.

Oscar is the entertainment industry’s most esteemed accolade, and AMPAS recognition represents a coveted chance for not only the highest form of industry peer recognition, but also mainstream audience attention — a feat rarely achieved in the nonfiction film world.

“The feature doc business has never been so vibrant and, in part, that’s because there is the perception of the possibility of real Academy Award glory down the road in the life
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Buena Vista Social Club

Cuba has just been opened up to Americans, but twenty years ago musician Ry Cooder saw to it that a vanishing music tradition was preserved for posterity. Wim Wenders followed up with this rough & ready documentary that became almost as popular as the best selling album of mambos, boleros and cha-chas.

Buena Vista Social Club

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The Criterion Collection 866

1999 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 105 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 18, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Rubén González, Orlando ‘Cachaíto’ López, Amadito Valdés, Manuel ‘Guajiro’ Mirabal, Barbarito Torres, Pío Leyva, Manuel ‘Puntillita’ Licea, Juan de Marcos González.

Cinematography: Jörg Widmer

Film Editor: Brian Johnson

Written by Wim Wenders, concept Nick Gold

Produced by Deepak Nayar

Directed by Wim Wenders

Looking for something new and invigorating, in the late 1980s Paul Simon collaborated with South African vocalists for a refreshing pop hybrid album
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Berlin: Lili Fini Zanuck Directing Eric Clapton Doc

Berlin: Lili Fini Zanuck Directing Eric Clapton Doc
God is – finally – getting the feature documentary treatment.

Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, described as an unflinching and deeply personal journey into the life of one of music's all-time legends, is in the works, with Lili Fini Zanuck, director of 1991's Rush and the Oscar-winning producer of Driving Miss Daisy, directing.

John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man, One Day in September, The Imposter) produces for Passion Pictures, while BAFTA-winning editor Chris King (Amy, Senna) is in the cutting room.

Altitude Film Sales has boarded the project for international sales and will be showing the first footage to buyers in...
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Eric Clapton Movie to Be Directed by Oscar-Winner Lili Fini Zanuck

Eric Clapton Movie to Be Directed by Oscar-Winner Lili Fini Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” is to direct documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” partnering with producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar-winners “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales, and Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights. First footage will be unveiled to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.

“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days,” said Zanuck, who previously directed 1991 crime drama “Rush.” “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”

The film will also examine Clapton’s personal life, which
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Ten Best: Music Documentaries

Music documentaries are a genre unto their own – sometimes they give you a glimpse behind the scenes of your favourite band, and sometimes they’re about someone you’ve never heard about who become your favourite band. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the Top 10 Best Music Documentaries of all time:

Anvil! The Story Of Anvil

An opening of Heavy Metal icons such Slash, Lemmy and Lars Ulrich singing the praises of a band you’ve never heard of makes you think it’s all just a Spinal Tap style spoof. But no, after never quite hitting the big time in the early 80s, Canadian Metal band Anvil have still been plugging away despite the lack of success – at the beginning of the film frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow is having to make a living delivering school dinners in Toronto! It’s a heart-warming underdog tale of never giving up your dream.
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Aidc and Beach House Pictures unveil Access@Aidc participants

Donovan Chan.. . The Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) and Singapore-based production company Beach House Pictures have announced the six mentees selected for the 2017 Access@Aidc Early Career Mentorship Program. . Chosen by Beach House.s creative director Donovan Chan, the participants are: Adam Finney (Qld), Bridget O'Shea (Vic), Charby Ibrahim (Vic), Jeff Hann (Act), Marleena Forward (Vic), and Viviana Petyarre (Nt). . The six early-career factual filmmakers will learn directly from established Australian and international pros through mentorship sessions during Aidc 2017. . .We were very impressed with calibre of the Access Applicants and look forward to meeting the successful candidates at Aidc,. said Chan.. . As well as Chan, this year.s Access Mentors include Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom; John Battsek, the producer of One Day in September and Ep of Searching for Sugar Man; ABC TV.s head of Indigenous, Kelrick Martin; executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute and producer of What Happened,
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New CEO Andrew Wiseman on Aidc 2017 and plans for the conference's future

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Andrew Wiseman.

New Aidc CEO Andrew Wiseman has been in the job for a week, after a month-long handover period.

.Britt Arthur, the outgoing CEO, has been very generous with her time and the board arranged a really good transitional period,. said Wiseman. .So I.ve had a number of weeks to get my head around all the moving parts of Aidc...

Producing and directing for over twenty-five years, Wiseman.s long list of credits includes Kokoda (2010), My Brother Jack (2001), After the Deluge (2003), Curtin (2007), and Waiting at the Royal (2000). Most recently he directed documentary On Richard.s Side (2016).

The veteran comes into the job with the 2017 program already outlined. .There are some gaps in the program and we.ll be looking to fill them. But I feel very lucky to come into an organization that.s in such strong shape..

Aidc was confirmed last week to be staying in Melbourne
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'O.J.: Made In America' producer-director to headline Aidc's 30th edition

Ezra Edelman, director and producer of 'O.J.:Made In America' will give a keynote at Aidc 2017..

The 30th installment of the Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) has attracted a variety of international producers as its headline speakers.

They include head of Passion Pictures John Battsek (One Day In September); vice president of the Tribeca Film Institute Amy Hobby (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and Ezra Edelman, director and producer of O.J.: Made In America.

Edelman and Battsek will deliver the opening session about using sports documentary as a way to explore power and racial discrimination. Hobby will appear in conversation about the experiences of documentary filmmakers on the festival and awards circuit.

All three will also participate as mentors in the Access@Aidc mentorship program..

Other conference sessions announced so far include:

– Revolution or Evolution?, a session about the future of .serious gaming. and virtual reality documentary with Navid Khonsari,
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Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Sky Ladder’ Reaches Colorful New Heights

While Netflix produces and distributes a slew of indie dramas and comedies, it’s nice to see them make selections from the realm of reality. So comes the first trailer for Sky Ladder, a documentary focusing on Cai Guo-Qiang‘s explosive art installations that have rocked the world. Directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Sky Ladder charts Guo-Qiang’s rise to art world fame, and his attempts at crafting his biggest work yet: the titular art piece that is un unforgettable sight.

The trailer is an emotional, rousing look into Guo-Qiang’s process, family, and ideologies as he “explores a connection to an unseen place” through his pieces. We said in our review, “Using gunpowder and sky as his canvas, Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s extraordinary statements on environmentalism, capitalism and humanity do require a large screen to absorb. An intimate yet occasionally grand biography of Cai,
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Netflix Releases The Trailer For Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-qiang

The trailer for Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void, Academy Award®-winner One Day in September), was released by Netflix today. Originally acquired by Netflix at Sundance, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang can be seen in select theaters and on Netflix on October 14, 2016 and will have a European premiere next week on October 6 at the London Film Festival.

Check out the trailer below.

Acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has unfettered access to world-renowned artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, whose frequent use of gunpowder serves as both an ancestral homage and an acknowledgement of humanity's fleeting nature. Creating ambitious signature pieces on the largest imaginable scales, Cai's electrifying work often transcends physical permanence all while burning its philosophies into the audience's mind forever.

Told through the artist's own words and those of family, friends and vigilant observers, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
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Kevin Macdonald to direct official Whitney Houston documentary

‘Unvarnished’ film will explore the singer’s life from her childhood roots in gospel through the decades of stardom to her death at the age of 48

Kevin Macdonald, director of The Last King of Scotland, Marley and the Oscar-winning One Day in September, is to make the first officially sanctioned documentary about the life and death of the singer Whitney Houston.

Described as the definitive story of the global superstar, Macdonald’s film will track her life from childhood to her drug-related death at the age of 48. The Scottish film-maker is promising to pull no punches, yet hopes to leave fans with a positive reflection on Houston’s glorious career.

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Interview: Jennifer Peedom talks Sherpa

David Opie sits down with director Jennifer Peedom to discuss Sherpa, an inspiring documentary that follows a climbing expedition from the often overlooked perspective of the Sherpa community. The film is currently having a successful run at film festivals worldwide, winning Best Documentary at the London Film Festival, and our four star review is available to read here…

David Opie: Congratulations on winning The Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival. Sherpa is an astonishing achievement. What aspect of the film are you most proud of?

Jennifer Peedom: I think it would have to be the response from the Sherpa community. We just screened Sherpa at the Kathmandu Film Festival over the weekend and I’ve received so many messages from them there. Also, the film has had limited screenings in L.A., New York and at various film festivals, where there’s always been this big Sherpa turn-out.
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Real Brando is Revealed by Actor’s Audiotapes in ‘Listen To Me Marlon’

Real Brando is Revealed by Actor’s Audiotapes in ‘Listen To Me Marlon’
Who was the real Marlon Brando? Those unfamiliar with the Method-acting icon’s electrifying early work with director Elia Kazan might recall him as a bloated recluse, sequestered away in his Mulholland Drive compound or his Tahitian retreat, only to emerge when scandal hit or to rake in a quick million with work that was beneath him.

But “Listen to Me Marlon,” which opens in New York on July 29 and in L.A. July 31, goes a long way toward debunking the myths behind the legend, who died in 2004.

“He did take acting very seriously, even to the end,” says the film’s writer-editor-director Stevan Riley. “He would do intensive research for roles, scribbling in the margins of books and scripts. Everything he learned he would somehow squeeze into a film if he had an interest in it: things about mythology, the nature of good and evil, Freudian analysis. He was
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Chris Cooper & Others Join Hulu’s ‘11/22/63’ Cast; Director Set

Oscar winner Chris Cooper is among seven actors cast in 11/22/63, Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 bestseller starring James Franco. Kevin Macdonald, who helmed The Last King Of Scotland and won an Oscar for his feature documentary One Day In September, will direct the first two of the nine-episode event series. The story centers on Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to September 1958 and goes on…
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Black Sea Coming To DVD/Blu-ray on May 5 – Stars Jude Law

Black Sea is a gripping adventure that takes audiences to the depths of human greed in a suspenseful underwater search for sunken treasure that becomes a fight for survival. Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain), the suspenseful Focus Features thriller debuts on Digital HD on April 21, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD as well as On Demand May 5, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Black Sea centers on a rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As the captain and his crew embark on their expedition, greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel
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Interview: Director Kevin Macdonald Gets Under His ‘Black Sea’

Chicago – The old fashioned paranoid thriller lives, with the release of ‘Black Sea,’ a submarine movie that combines elements of the silent running of those underwater tin cans with the motivation of finding treasure – in this case Nazi gold – that has been buried where it sunk 70 years ago. The director of this film, Kevin Macdonald, creates a nail biting tension in the will-they-or-won’t-they survival mode of the British and Russian members of the submarine’s crew, led by Captain Robinson (Jude Law).

The Scotland-born Macdonald began his career as a notable documentary maker, winning an Oscar for his documentary “One Day in September” (1999), about the raid by Palestinian terrorists of the 1972 Munich Olympics. But he has also spun some Oscar gold in the narrative category, as Forest Whitaker won Best Actor for the Macdonald directed “The Last King of Scotland.” He continued to produce both features (“State of Play,
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