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Sliff 2017 Interview: Donald Rosenfeld – Producer of Cradle Of Champions

Cradle Of Champions screens Sunday, November 5th at 4:00pm at The .Zack (3224 Locust St.) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Producer Donald Rosenfeld will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here

Made with a dream team of documentary talent — the crew’s past films include “Citizenfour,” “Cameraperson,” “Queen of Versailles,” “Racing Dreams,” and “Cartel Land” — “Cradle of Champions” captures the epic story of three young people fighting for their lives in the oldest, biggest, and most important amateur boxing tournament in the world: the New York’s Daily News Golden Gloves. “Cradle of Champions” follows three inspiring individuals on an urban odyssey through the 10-week Golden Gloves. Though boxing has come under increasing criticism in the past few decades, the tournament — which has produced more professional world champions than the Olympic Games — has taken legions of at-risk kids off the streets and given them discipline,
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Taking Down Trump: Documentarians Profile Courageous ‘Local Voices’

Taking Down Trump: Documentarians Profile Courageous ‘Local Voices’
The idea behind the Local Voices ad campaign is to capture the concerns that everyday Americans have about presidential hopeful Donald Trump in unscripted, personal commentaries that later air as one-minute ads in the same swing state communities where they were filmed. The key is to find voices who belong to community leaders who aren’t normal Hillary Clinton supporters, may they be conservatives or generally apolitical figures.

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In swing states where the voters have been confronted with constant barrage of political ads, the other key ingredient is authenticity, so they are not dismissed as just another manufactured political message.

To accomplish this, founder Lee Hirsch (“Bully”) turned to fellow documentary filmmakers and recruited some of the top filmmakers working in nonfiction, including Amir Bar-Lev (“Happy Valley, “The Tillman Story”), Amy Berg (“West of Memphis”), Marshall Curry (“Street Fight,
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The Top 25 Oscar Documentary Snubs of the Past 30 Years

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In light of these best documentary feature snubs,
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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Why Marshall Curry's 'Point and Shoot' Is Due For a Hollywood Remake

Tribeca Film Festival Review: Why Marshall Curry's 'Point and Shoot' Is Due For a Hollywood Remake
In the wake of "Point and Shoot," the latest documentary by Marshall Curry, the comparison that kept barging its way into my mind was with Darren Aronofsky. No, the two filmmakers have nothing in common stylistically; one works in fiction, the other in non-; one makes $150-million biblical epics while the other performs miracles with public television money. But the thing they share -- the engine of their filmmaking, in fact -- is an obsession with obsession. In Aronofky's case, this has channeled its way through ballet, math and drug addiction ("Black Swan," "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream"). In Curry's films, which always have had strong storylines anyway, the aspect of obsession is more nuanced, and yet an essential element in what has drawn the director to his subjects: In "Streetfight," the impossibly righteous-cum-personal crusade of a political neophyte (Corey Booker) against the thuggish, entrenched mayor of Newark N.J.
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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #49: Marshall Curry Follows Baltimore Native to Libyan Battlefields in 'Point and Shoot'

Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #49: Marshall Curry Follows Baltimore Native to Libyan Battlefields in 'Point and Shoot'
Documentary artist Marshall Curry has been producing documentaries both feature-length and for TV since 2005. His latest project "Point and Shoot" tells the story of Matthew VanDyke, a young Baltimore native, who went to Libya to join the rebels who were taking up arms against Gaddafi. While there, he was captured and spent six months in solitary confinement before escaping and returning to the front lines. Tell us about yourself: I’m the director of the documentary "Point and Shoot." I’ve made three other features—"Street Fight," "Racing Dreams," and "If a Tree Falls: a Story of the Earth Liberation Front." And I had a great time Exec Producing and doing some editing on a doc about the band The National, called "Mistaken For Strangers." I love to watch documentaries, and most of the time, I love making them. I have two kids and have vowed that after this project
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Tribeca Film Fest Welcomes World Preems From Keith Miller, Lou Howe, Rapp, Lipes, Renzi, Tristan Patterson, Curry & Yu

By the looks of it, the Tribeca Film Festival might finally be growing out of their awkward teenage phase and moving into a new era where the nab more than just Sundance and SXSW festival rejects. Artistic Director Frederic Boyer has managed to nab some noteworthy American indie projects such as Lou Howe’s Gabriel (see pic above), Keith Miller’s Five Star, Adam Rapp’s Loitering with Intent, and Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide.

On the docu front, we’ve got the latest from the likes of notable documentarians Marshall Curry and Jessica Yu. Think Ewan McGregor’s Long Way Round meets child solider movie for Curry’s awesomely titled Point and Shoot — where the Libyan rebel army take hold of Curry’s subject. Yu moves from water shortage in Last Call at the Oasis (read our review) to the biggest pandemic of all; Misconception looks at the consequences
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Tribeca 2014: Festival lineup includes 55 world premieres

Tribeca 2014: Festival lineup includes 55 world premieres
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced half its slate for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. “Variously inspired by individual interests and experience and driven by an intense sensibility of style, the array of new filmmaking voices in this year’s competition is especially impressive and I think memorable,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The range of American subcultures and international genres represented here are both eclectic and wide reaching.”

On April 17, Gabriel will open the World Narrative competition,
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The National Kick Off Tribeca Film Fest with Mistaken for Strangers

This year's Tribeca Film Festival will be running from April 17 to 28 and the annual New York-based festival has begun to announce the movies that will be showcased with the announcement of its Opening Night movie, which is the world premiere of Mistaken for Strangers , a documentary executive produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry ( Racing Dreams ) that documents the 2010 world tour by Brooklyn rock group, The National, directed by frontman Matt Berninger's younger brother Tom Berninger (both picture above) who was brought on as a roadie for that tour. Mistaken for Strangers will premiere on Wednesday, April 17, with a special performance by The National to follow. There will be more announcements of this year's film slate on Monday and Tuesday,...
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Racing Dreams - Can You Spot A Future Champion?

Racing Dreams - Can You Spot A Future Champion?
You'd think the world of junior go-karting would be a bit... insular.

Perhaps it is. But in the hands of documentary director Marshall Curry and his three speedy protagonists, it's also a world of discipline, purpose, socialising and competitiveness, where we get to know as much about the knotty world between childhood and adolescence as we do about racing turns.

Brandon Warren, 13, is one of the three drivers determined to follow his racing dream all the way to Nascar

Curry had the good luck, or skill, to chart his film Racing Dreams through the eyes of three characters - Annabeth, Brandon and Josh - whose charm, character, humour and expressiveness would have made them stars with or without the mini-chariot and their dreams of one day racing at Nascar.

"These drivers make a decision and they don't look back. That's how life goes - you make a decision and you don't look back.
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DVD Review - Racing Dreams (2009)

Racing Dreams, 2009.

Written and Directed by Marshall Curry.

Synopsis:

Set in the World Karting National Series, Marshall Curry's documentary is a coming-of-age story following three kids and their dreams of racing success.

Kids don't get much of a good press these days. With rioting, gangs and failing standards at schools and colleges, it is somewhat refreshing to watch a film that strives to cast the next generation in a more positive light. Racing Dreams is a film that goes someway to attempting to understand the trials and tribulations of growing up. Set within the adrenaline fuelled drive of the World Karting National Series (dubbed the Little League for professional racing), the film largely succeeds as a fast-paced coming of age tale.

This well-made and insightful documentary from filmmaker Marshall Curry follows the aspirations and early racing careers of committed youngsters Annabeth (11), Josh (12) and Brandon (13) as they compete for their various championships.
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Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze Collaborator Lance Acord Sets Directorial Debut With ‘Racing Dreams’ Remake

When I think of the most gorgeously-shot films of the last decade or so, Lost in Translation and Where the Wild Things Are certainly make a spot on the shortlist. The one common denominator in both is now planning to get behind the camera in a different capacity. Cinematographer Lance Acord, frequent collaborator with directors Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola, has been hired for directorial debut by DreamWorks. [Variety]

Although he didn’t get to go around the racetrack for Coppola’s Somewhere, Acord will have his chance now. The film is Racing Dreams, a remake of Marshall Curry‘s 2009 acclaimed documentary of the same name (known in my head for music from indie rockers The National). The film follows ”three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association’s National Pavement Series. Clocking speeds up to 70 mph, the trio chase the National Championship title and move closer to
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Lane Acord Has "Racing Dreams"

Cinematographer Lance Acord ("Being John Malkovich," "Lost in Translation") is in negotiations to make his feature directorial debut on "Racing Dreams" for DreamWorks Pictures reports Variety.

The story follows three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. The trio chase the National Championship title on their dream to become Nascar racers.

The film is a narrative feature adaptation of Marshall Curry's 2009 documentary of the same name.
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Spike Jonze & Sofia Coppola's Cinematographer Lance Acord Making Directorial Debut 'Racing Dreams'

With a resume that boasts "Buffalo 66," "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation," "Where The Wild Things Are," "Marie Antoinette" and "Lost In Translation," it's safe to say that cinematographer Lance Acord has been hanging out with the right people. Undoubtedly contributing in a major way to the look and feel of those films by Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, Acord is now ready to make his own movie, and unlike those high-concept films, he's going for something different.  Acord will take the helm of "Racing Dreams," a project set up over at DreamWorks that is a remake of the 2009 documentary by Marshall Curry of the same name. The story will follow three young race car drivers, with aspirations of making a career in Nascar, who compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. It's a bit of a coming of age/sports tale, though certainly not like anything...
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Racing Dreams | Review

Racing Dreams is a documentary about a very specific subculture: people who are passionate about racecar driving. Specifically, the drivers themselves. Even more specifically, those racecar drivers who still aren’t old enough to legally drive a car down their local neighborhood street. Yet despite barely topping out at thirteen years old, the stars of Racing Dreams have just that: a dream of one day racing in Nascar alongside their heroes, many of whom also got their starts competing in the World Karting Association’s National Series.

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“Racing Dreams”: An Interview With Marshall Curry

Ask a filmmaker how to go about making your first film, and 99% of them will impart the easier-said-than-done advice, “Just go and make it.” The technology is there, filming and editing equipment have never been more affordable, and the internet has broken down the barriers between filmmakers and distributors. Few of those filmmakers, however, can give that advice as genuinely as Marshall Curry, who did just that with remarkable results.

While working at a New York multimedia design firm, Curry decided to pursue a latent desire to make documentary films. With no prior experience in filmmaking, he bought a Sony PD150 and started filming Newark’s 2002 mayoral race between Corey Booker and then-four-time incumbent Sharpe James. That film became Street Fight, and was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. Fast forward to today, where Curry has received his second Oscar nomination for his latest film, If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,
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"Make Believe" is a Magical Competition Documentary That Believes in Its Characters

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This review was originally published on May 12, 2011. It is being reposted for the doc's home video release. Jeffrey Blitz's "Spellbound" is kind of like the "Die Hard" of documentaries. The Oscar-nominated hit from 2002 has kicked off many an imitator over the past decade, in which films could be referred to as "'Spellbound' in an air guitar contest" ("Air Guitar Nation"), "'Spellbound' with junior tennis players" ("Unstrung") and "'Spellbound' with go-karts" ("Racing Dreams"). Just this past week we saw the NYC opening of the "'Spellbound' at a Monopoly competition" film (aka "Under the Boardwalk," which also plays Austin…
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Interview: A Chat With Doc Master Marshall Curry As 3Rd Film Debuts

Michael Moore, Spike Lee, Morgan Spurlock, and other attention-courting provocateurs tend to receive the vast majority of media coverage that is devoted to the documentary world, but none of them have made as many high-quality docs over the past decade as Marshall Curry, one of my favorite filmmakers, whose latest is about to arrive a theater near you, and who I interviewed last week.

Curry, 36, a humble, soft-spoken academic-turned-documentarian, has helmed only three films, thus far, but each has been a gem. “Street Fight” (2005), his debut, chronicled the unlikely 2002 campaign of Cory Booker to become mayor of Newark, and earned Curry a best documentary (feature) Oscar nod. His next film, “Racing Dreams” (2009), was named best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, where I saw it and called it “the best film of the year so far… an instant classic.” And his third film, “If a Tree Falls” (Oscilloscope, 6/22, not yet rated,
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Interview | "If a Tree Falls"'s Marshall Curry: "This movie has a point of view. It’s complex."

Marshall Curry's ("Street Fight," "Racing Dreams") latest documentary, "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," tells the story behind what the FBI has deemed America's "number one domestic terrorism threat"--the radical environmentalist group, the Earth Liberation Front (Elf). In 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by the FBI in a nationwide sweep of the activist organization. Curry (and co-director Sam Cullman) use his arrest as a springboard ...
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Interview | "If a Tree Falls"'s Marshall Curry: "This movie has a point of view. It’s complex."

Marshall Curry's ("Street Fight," "Racing Dreams") latest documentary, "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," tells the story behind what the FBI has deemed America's "number one domestic terrorism threat"--the radical environmentalist group, the Earth Liberation Front (Elf). In 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by the FBI in a nationwide sweep of the activist organization. Curry (and co-director Sam Cullman) use his arrest as a springboard ...
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Interview | "If a Tree Falls"'s Marshall Curry: "This movie has a point of view. It’s complex."

Interview |
Marshall Curry's ("Street Fight," "Racing Dreams") latest documentary, "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," tells the story behind what the FBI has deemed America's "number one domestic terrorism threat"--the radical environmentalist group, the Earth Liberation Front (Elf). In 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by the FBI in a nationwide sweep of the activist organization. Curry (and co-director Sam Cullman) use his arrest as a springboard ...
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