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Meet the Four New York Times Op-Docs Filmmakers Vying for Best Documentary Short Oscar Nominations

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The Best Picture shortlist for the upcoming Academy Awards recently set a record for its depth: 341 titles, revealing little about the expected contenders for film’s most-coveted prize. But just 10 films remain eligible for the Best Documentary Short Subject statuette, given to stories with runtimes of 40 minutes or less.

It’s the same category that made Netflix an Oscar winner this past February, for “The White Helmets,” directors Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara’s tribute to Syrian first responders. Netflix could claim the honor again with “Heroin(e),” but The New York Times Op-Docs team has a stronger showing on the shortlist, generating three of the films: “Ten Meter Tower,” “Alone,” and “116 Cameras.” Five nominees will ultimately be selected.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Short

To expand on the success of its opinion model, the newspaper launched its Op-Docs series in November 2011. “The Op-Ed page is the place
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Breaking Down the New Trailer For Netflix’s Wormwood Series

Wormwood is an American docudrama that will be coming out on Netflix on December 15. Its documentarian Errol Morris should be familiar to a fair number of people, seeing as how he was the one who made both The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line, both of which are well-regarded by both critics and consumers. As for Wormwood‘s subject matter, well, suffice to say that interested individuals can learn a lot by watching the trailer that has just been released, which makes it clear that the docudrama will be telling the tale of Dr. Frank Olson through interviews

Breaking Down the New Trailer For Netflix’s Wormwood Series
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New Trailer For Netflix's Wormwood Series Which Tells The Untold True Story of The CIA

Netflix has revealed an intense new trailer for their new series Wormwood, and it looks really freakin' good! This is a documentary series that stars Peter Sarsgaard and it tells the untold true story of the CIA. What does that entail? A history of LSD experiments, mind control, and the death of a family man are just a few of the elements involved in a massive cover-up.

The fascinating six-part series comes from director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) and it follows the true story of Eric Olsen’s journey to uncover the truth about his father’s death. The telling of this story combines narrative scenes, archival footage, and interviews. These kinds of stories have always intrigued me, so I'm really looking forward to watching this!

Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth.
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‘Wormwood’ Trailer: Errol Morris’ Netflix Movie May Not Be a Documentary, but You Need to See It Anyway — Watch

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Depending on who you ask, “Wormwood” isn’t a documentary. But it is a new project from nonfiction master Errol Morris, making it a must-see regardless of which genre you consider it a part of. Netflix has released a new trailer for the film deemed too episodic by the Academy to qualify for the Best Documentary category. Watch it below.

Read More:Is Errol Morris’s ‘Wormwood’ a Documentary? Netflix Says Yes, Oscars Say No

Touching on a range of subjects — the CIA, mind control, LCD, even Peter Sarsgaard — that are connected in ways only Morris could fathom, “Wormwood” is described by Netflix as a “twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death.” (Lest you feel too bad about the whole Oscar thing, know that Morris won the award for “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.
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‘Wormwood’ Trailer: Errol Morris Explores The CIA, LSD & Mind Control

There are documentarians and then there are storytellers, and Errol Morris firmly fits in the latter category. While the director is best known for efforts like “Gates Of Heaven,” “The Fog Of War,” and “A Brief History Of Time,” his latest effort “Wormwood” probably falls more in line with his docu-drama classic, “The Thin Blue Line.” And Netflix has given the legendary filmmaker six episodes to unfold this fascinating story.

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CIA Experiments, Conspiracies and a Mysterious Death: Inside Netflix’s New True Crime Series

CIA Experiments, Conspiracies and a Mysterious Death: Inside Netflix’s New True Crime Series
Netflix’s upcoming docuseries Wormwood mixes fiction and nonfiction to investigate a thicket of decades-long conspiracy theories around the CIA — and how one family may have paid the price for the agency’s secrets.

But to Errol Morris, its Oscar-winning director, Wormwood‘s key mystery is fairly simple.

“It’s a room,” he tells People of the six-part series, exclusively previewed above. “When you boil it all down, there’s a room in this hotel on Seventh Avenue in New York overlooking the old Penn Station. Just after Thanksgiving 1953, Frank Olson, an Army scientist, goes out a window 13 floors onto the pavement below.
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Is Errol Morris’s ‘Wormwood’ a Documentary? Netflix Says Yes, Oscars Say No

Errol Morris has been ahead of the curve ever since he broke out with pet cemetery documentary “Gates of Heaven” in 1978. A decade later, “The Thin Blue Line” wowed critics but alienated the hidebound documentary community with its use of “reenactments” and a rousing Philip Glass score. Decades before Netflix created “Making a Murderer,” “The Keepers,” and “Witness,” Morris’ film actually solved a murder mystery and freed an innocent Death Row convict in a Texas prison.

Since then, Glass became a go-to movie composer, earning three Oscar nominations — and could score a fourth for this year’s Oscar documentary frontrunner “Jane.” Reenactments have become standard issue for nonfiction films, filling the void between talking heads, archival footage, cinéma vérité observation, and what isn’t visually available. And Morris isn’t the only filmmaker who is a presence in his films, yelling at his subjects from behind his invention, the Interrotron.
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Is Errol Morris’s ‘Wormwood’ a Documentary? Netflix Says Yes, Oscars Say No

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Errol Morris has been ahead of the curve ever since he broke out with pet cemetery documentary “Gates of Heaven” in 1978. A decade later, “The Thin Blue Line” wowed critics but alienated the hidebound documentary community with its use of “reenactments” and a rousing Philip Glass score. Decades before Netflix created “Making a Murderer,” “The Keepers,” and “Witness,” Morris’ film actually solved a murder mystery and freed an innocent Death Row convict in a Texas prison.

Since then, Glass became a go-to movie composer, earning three Oscar nominations — and could score a fourth for this year’s Oscar documentary frontrunner “Jane.” Reenactments have become standard issue for nonfiction films, filling the void between talking heads, archival footage, cinéma vérité observation, and what isn’t visually available. And Morris isn’t the only filmmaker who is a presence in his films, yelling at his subjects from behind his invention, the Interrotron.
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Errol Morris on the "Disturbing" Rise of Fake News

Errol Morris on the
The Thin Blue Line and the Oscar-winning 2003 film The Fog of War, once again dives deep for his latest project, but in this case, he takes his time, telling the story over four and a half hours. In the six-episode series Wormwood (debuting Dec. 15 on Netflix and in theaters), the filmmaker, who will be honored with a tribute during AFI Fest, focuses on the true story of Eric Olsen, who spent 60 years investigating the mysterious 1953 suicide of his father, a scientist who was working with the CIA....
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Doc NYC 2017: 13 Films We Can’t Wait to See At the Festival, From ‘EuroTrump’ to ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’

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Doc NYC 2017: 13 Films We Can’t Wait to See At the Festival, From ‘EuroTrump’ to ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’
New York City’s annual Doc NYC festival kicks off this week, including a full-to-bursting slate of some of this year’s most remarkable documentaries. If you’ve been looking to beef up on your documentary consumption, Doc NYC is the perfect chance to check out a wide variety of some of the year’s best fact-based features. Ahead, we pick out 14 of our most anticipated films from the fest, including some awards contenders, a handful of buzzy debuts, and a number of festival favorites. Take a look and start filling up your schedule now.

Doc NYC runs November 9 – 16 in New York City.

EuroTrump

Donald Trump may seem like a sui generis figure, a one-of-a-kind monster who was forged in a perfect storm of racism, tweets, and chaos, but history suggests that he’s really just a new breed of an old type. You don’t even have to look
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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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Thank You For Your Service – Review

(L to R) Adam Schumann (Miles Teller), Solo Aeiti (Beulah Koale) and Will Waller (Joe Cole) in DreamWorks Pictures’ “Thank You for Your Service.” The drama follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Photo Credit: Francois Duhamel/DreamWorks Pictures. Copyright © Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC

Not all wounds suffered in war are obvious. The fog of war is replaced by the fog of the Va for a band of soldiers returned from Iraq in Thank You For Your Service. While several films have depicted the experience of soldiers in the Iraq War, few have told the story of their experience after they return home. Thank You For Your Service focuses on gritty reality rather than comforting patriotism as
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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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AFI Fest Adds Galas: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘The Disaster Artist,’ and ‘Hostiles’

AFI Fest Adds Galas: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘The Disaster Artist,’ and ‘Hostiles’
Call Me by Your Name,” “The Disaster Artist,” and “Hostiles” will serve as the Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest (November 9–16), the season’s last major film festival. In addition, documentarian Errol Morris will be the subject of a November 11 Tribute following a screening of “Wormwood,” his six-part, semi-scripted Netflix series (out December 15) that stars Peter Sarsgaard as a son investigating his father’s death.

Morris, 69, previously won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2004 for “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.” He’s hoping for similar luck in 2018: Variety reports that Netflix is submitting a separate, theatrical version to The Academy for award consideration in multiple categories.

Related:afi Fest 2017 Announces Indie Additions, Including ‘Bodied,’ ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ ‘Thoroughbreds,’ and Many More

Of the three newly-announced Centerpieces, Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” has had the longest festival run —it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January,
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Robot Wars series 10 start date announced

Kirsten Howard Oct 9, 2017

What are you doing Sunday week at 8pm? A brand new series of Robot Wars is about to start...

Robot Wars fans, rejoice! We're about to get a brand new series of the show, starring Dara Ó Briain and Angela Scanlon (and, of course, commentator Jonathan Pearce), starting on the 22nd of October at 8pm on BBC2.

See related Matthew Warchus and Stephen Beresford interview: Pride

Series 9 will feature a new competition format, which is set to include both Robot Redemption and a magnificent-sounding Ten Robot Rumble - a fight to the death between ten robots, with no time limit, which will decide who'll snatch the wildcard for the Grand Final.

The Robot Wars arena in Glasgow will also see old and new bots alike duke it out in fresh settings, such as The Fog Of War, where the robots will struggle to defend - and also
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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’

Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’
Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its 15-film Short List of Oscar contenders along with its opening-night selection, “The Final Year,” in which Greg Barker follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during their last year in office. The festival runs November 9-16.

Thom Powers, Doc NYC’s artistic director as well as documentary programmer for Tiff, oversees curation of the Short List of films that may be in the running for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature. This year contains a spectrum of funders and distributors, including four from Netflix — and none from HBO.

Historically, most Doc NYC picks do land on the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap, with four or five titles going on to Oscar nominations. For the last six years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that
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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’

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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’
Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its 15-film Short List of Oscar contenders along with its opening-night selection, “The Final Year,” in which Greg Barker follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during their last year in office. The festival runs November 9-16.

Thom Powers, Doc NYC’s artistic director as well as documentary programmer for Tiff, oversees curation of the Short List of films that may be in the running for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature. This year contains a spectrum of funders and distributors, including four from Netflix — and none from HBO.

Historically, most Doc NYC picks do land on the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap, with four or five titles going on to Oscar nominations. For the last six years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that
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Errol Morris on ‘Alternative Facts,’ CIA Coverups and His New Netflix Series ‘Wormwood’

Errol Morris on ‘Alternative Facts,’ CIA Coverups and His New Netflix Series ‘Wormwood’
Errol Morris, the Oscar-winning director of “The Thin Blue Line” and “The Fog of War,” is back with the most formally daring project of his career, “Wormwood.”

The six-part Netflix miniseries defies easy categorization. It is equal parts documentary and narrative drama — a dazzlingly original dive into the mysterious death of Frank Olson, a CIA employee who plunged out of a New York City hotel window in 1953 after unwittingly being dosed with LSD. The binge-able series follows Olson’s son, Eric, as he tries to piece together what happened to his father, interspersing interviews with dramatic scenes acted out by the likes of Peter Sarsgaard and Molly Parker. It makes a compelling case that the spy agency, which later apologized for drugging Olson, also had him murdered and spent decades covering up its crime.

Wormwood” debuted Friday at the Telluride Film Festival. Before touching down in Colorado, Morris spoke with Variety about his passion for truth-finding, the
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Trailer For Peter Sarsgaard's Netflix Series Wormwood Tells The Untold True Story of The CIA

LSD experiments, mind control, and the death of a family man are just some of the elements that are intertwined with this upcoming new Netflix series Wormwood. The documentary series stars Peter Sarsgaard and it tells the untold true story of the CIA.

This intriguing six-part series comes from director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) and it follows the true story of Eric Olsen’s journey to uncover the truth about his father’s death. To tell this story it combines narrative scenes, archival footage, and interviews. I love this kind of stuff, so I can't wait to watch this!

Wormwood explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth. A twisting, evolving story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death. Combining a virtuosic performance
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Uncover the secrets of the CIA in teaser for Netflix's Wormwood

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"You are the men who know the secrets. We are the men who keep the secrets." Best known for his documentaries such as The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War, Errol Morris' upcoming docu-drama series will uncover the secrets of the CIA, particularly its experiments with LSD in the 1950's. Combining narrative scenes, archival footage, and interviews, Wormwood will tell... Read More...
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