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Doc Corner: The Confined Spaces of 'Solitary'

by Glenn Dunks

Solitary could have gone in many different directions. Filmed over a year inside the supermax solitary confinement prison of Red Onion, Virginia, all sorts of independent narratives that are weaved throughout could have made for their own captivating feature. There are the guards, disturbed by what they see, and the death of the region’s prime coal mining industry that brought them to this line of work. There are the crimes of the prisoners, most of them violent, some of them not so. And then there is, like Ava DuVernay’s (broader, superior) Oscar-nominated 13th, the system itself that is obviously damaged and flawed at its very core.

It's nice, but also a little frustrating, then that director Kristi Jacobson (known best for 2012’s A Place at the Table) chose something far less sensational by focusing on the concept of nature versus nurture. Nice because that feels rare in film,
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Doc NYC Pro: Learn Documentary Essentials from the Filmmakers Behind this Year’s Best Films

For one week in November, virtually the entire documentary film community will gather in New York City for the Doc NYC film festival, where this year’s most acclaimed non-fiction films will screen. With all that talent and experience gathered in one place, Doc NYC has decided to channel it toward a new eight-day conference focusing on the tools and skills needed to fund, create and distribute documentary films.

Read More: ‘Weiner,’ Yes; ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ No: The 15 Documentaries on the Doc NYC Short List

Doc NYC Pro is geared toward documentary professionals looking to advance their careers and filmmaking skills and will be comprised of talks, panels, masterclasses and pitch sessions featuring filmmakers and decision makers behind films like “Weiner,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Amanda Knox” and “Cartel Land.”

Each day of Doc NYC Pro will begin with a “morning manifesto,” featuring speakers Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), Josh Kriegman and
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Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces Breakthrough Filmmaker Award Winners

Chicken & Egg Pictures Announces Breakthrough Filmmaker Award Winners
Read More: Emmy Award-Winning Chicken & Egg Pictures is Putting a Spotlight on Criminal Justice Chicken & Egg Pictures, a leader in supporting female non-fiction filmmakers, have announced the five recipients of their inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards. The five chosen filmmakers are Kristi Jacobson ("A Place at the Table"), Julia Reichert ("The Last Truck"), Yoruba Richen ("The New Black"), Elaine McMillion Sheldon ("Hollow") and Michèle Stephenson ("American Promise"). Jacobson is a NY-based filmmaker whose films capture nuanced, intimate and provocative portrayals of individuals and communities; her most recent film, "A Place at the Table," premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival before its theatrical release in over 35 U.S. cities. Reichert, meanwhile is a three-time Academy Award nominee for her documentary work, while Richen is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores issues of race,...
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New Criminal Minds Season 10,Episode 20 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Criminal Minds" episode 20 of season 10. The episode is entitled, "A Place At The Table," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting stuff take place as the team works to hunt down and UnSub that killed a family at their dining room table, and more! In the new, 20th episode press release: The Murder Of A Maryland Family At Their Dining Room Table Has The Bau Looking For Secrets In Their Past To Find The Unsub. Press release number 2: When a Maryland family is found murdered at their dining room table, the team will track down other family members and friends to uncover secrets that may have led to it. Also, Hotch is going to have to try to make peace with his father-in-law, Roy, after discovering he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Guest stars
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Best of Fest – Docs: Amy Berg’s An Open Secret Hits Doc NYC, Seung-Jun Yi’s Wind on the Moon Joins Idfa (October ’14)

The falling leaves are a sure sign it’s now the beginning of awards season, with Oscar short lists starting to leak out, Ida Awards prepping their program and the Emmy’s already handing out golden statues. Also, on the festival circuit this month we have a whole host of big lineup announcements coming from a hefty set of acronym loving non-fiction fests the world over, from Cph:dox and Doc NYC, to Idfa and Ridm. Best of Fests Docs is a monthly snapshot of the films and filmmakers that are the make-up of the docu film festival and awards circuit. Check out the full rundown below:

Cph:dox - Denmark – November 6th-16th

The festival, also known as Copenhagen International Documentary Festival , has announced its 2014 lineup, which was guest curated this year by Citizenfour director Laura Poitras. Over 200 films (with the likes of Robert Greene’s Actress, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence,
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“Fed Up” is a documented food fight not to be missed

Fed Up

Starring Katie Couric (narrator)

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig

Written by Mark Monroe and Stephanie Soechtig

USA, 2014

Writer-director Stephanie Soechtig inquisitively examines the scales of injustice concerning the faulty food intake that has increased major concerns for the American nutritional crisis pound-for-pound in the revealing documentary Fed Up. Now Soechtig does not explore anything that we have not heard before as her meal plan has been tasted and digested in other forums worthy of the same cautionary tales of America’s poisonous appetite for gloom-and-doom goodies. Nevertheless, Fed Up is an effective expose on the problematic issues of the food industry’s indifference and reserved cynicism for dietary damage that is plaguing our population…particularly the impressionable youngsters in general that are being inflicted at alarming rates,

The literal “sweetness” behind Fed Up’s structured wake-up call is the culprit sugar…the escalating menace that is automatically linked to
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2014 Producers Guild of America Awards Name “Gravity” & “12 Years a Slave” for Top Trophy

The 2014 awards show season has already been especially exciting, and last night (January 19) the Producers Guild of America Awards added a new twist to the Oscar race.

Both “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” were honored with The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, making the first tie for the category in PGA history.

All the more impressive is the fact that producers from “American Hustle,” “Nebraska,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Saving Mr. Banks” were also up for the accolade.

Frozen” producer Peter Del Vecho took home the Animated Motion Picture award while “Breaking Bad” snagged Best Drama Series and “Modern Family” won the Best Comedy Series.

Meanwhile, there were a number of actors there to support the people behind the camera including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tie for PGA Award

For the first time ever, The Producers Guild of America announced a tie for its top prize, with both Gravity and 12 Years a Slave sharing the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards, which were presented at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last night. The result blows open the race for the Best Picture Oscar, which previously had 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle as front-runners.

Check out a full list of winners here (highlighted in red)...

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón,
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It's a Tie! "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" Top Producers Guild Awards

Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" both won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures at the 2014 Producers Guild of America awards. It's an unprecedented tie that just makes the Academy Awards much more unpredictable!

"We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" took home the documentary trophy while "Frozen" won the animated category.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) of the 2014 Producers Guild Awards (PGA):

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures (Tie):

*Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

*12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin
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12 Years A Slave and Gravity Tie At 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards – Winners

12 Years A Slave and Gravity have tied at this year’s PGA. With American Hustle taking the SAG ensemble on Saturday night, we have a bonafide Best Picture race on our hands folks! This is the first tie for the top film in Producers Guild Award history.

The PGA split keeps the Oscar race wide open in one of the tightest three-way battles in years, with “American Hustle” still in the game following a week of big showings at the Golden Globes, Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Tonight the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

David Heyman, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Alfonso Cuaron, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Producers Guild/AP Images)

In addition to the competitive awards,
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2014 PGA Awards: Winners and Nominees

2014 PGA Awards: Winners and Nominees
The 25th annual Producers Guild Awards will be held January 19 at the Beverly Hilton. Here is the list of winners and nominees, which will be updated as the results are announced during the show.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Hustle” (Columbia Pictures); Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine” (Sony Pictures Classics); Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips” (Columbia Pictures); Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features); Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity” (Warner Bros. Pictures) Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman Winner (Tie)

Her” (Warner Bros. Pictures); Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay

Nebraska” (Paramount Pictures); Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Saving Mr. Banks” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures); Producers: Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer

“12 Years A Slave” (Fox Searchlight Pictures); Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt
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Producers Guild Awards: Complete list of winners

Producers Guild Awards: Complete list of winners
Winners of the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards were revealed Sunday (Jan. 19) during a ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Film Awards Best Picture (Tie) "American Hustle" "Blue Jasmine" "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club" X -- "Gravity" "Her" "Nebraska" "Saving Mr. Banks" X -- "12 Years a Slave" "The Wolf of Wall Street" Best Animated Feature "The Croods" "Despicable Me 2" "Epic" X --"Frozen" "Monsters University" Best Documentary Feature "A Place at the Table" "Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story" "Life According to Sam" X -- "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" TV Awards Be...
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PGA Awards Announce 2013 Nominees

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced its theatrical motion picture and TV nominations for the 2013 PGA Awards, which will be presented on January 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Producers Guild has a great record of picking films. In fact, over 80% of PGA winners go on to win an Oscar for Best Picture, including "Argo" last year, and "The Artist" the year before that. The 2013 Producers Guild Awards nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category. Theatrical Films Nominees: Theatrical Films: * American Hustle * Blue Jasmine * Captain Phillips * Dallas Buyers Club * Gravity * Her * Nebraska * Saving Mr. Banks * 12 Years a Slave * Wolf of Wall Street Animated Films: * The Croods * Despicable Me 2 * Epic * Frozen * Monsters University Documentaries: * A Place at the Table * Far Out isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story * Life According to Sam * We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks * Which Way is the Front Line from Here?
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The Producer's Guild of America announces the nominations for the 2014 PGA Awards

As the road to the Oscars continues, the Producer's Guild of America has announced the nominations for the 25th annual PGA Awards, with American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street all vying for the top honour of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

Check out all the nominees for the awards here...

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Her (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze,
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PGA Announces Its 2014 Award Nominees

The Producers Guild Of America have announced the nominees for the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 19th, an awards nominee list that is said to be one of the best indicators of potential Oscar nominees.

The live-action feature film category includes: "12 Years A Slave," "American Hustle," "Blue Jasmine," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Saving Mr Banks" and "The Wolf Of Wall Street".

The animated feature film category includes: "The Croods," "Despicable Me 2," "Epic," "Frozen" and "Monsters University". The documentary feature film category includes: "A Place At The Table," "Far Out Isn’t Far Enough," "Life According To Sam," "We Steal Secrets" and "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here".

The episodic TV drama category includes: "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "House of Cards". The episodic TV comedy category includes: "30 Rock," "Arrested Development," "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family," "Veep
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The Producers Guild Of America Unveils 2014 Nominees

Plenty of groups give out awards for excellence in film and television at the end of every year, but no set of nominations is watched more carefully by Oscar predictors than the picks from the Producers Guild. That’s because year after year their choices end up being a fairly good indicator of which films will also be granted Best Picture nominations when the Academy makes their selections.

The Guild has announced their 2014 nominations today and there aren’t really any major surprises here. All the expected films are present, including 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Animated films that nabbed nominations are The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Frozen and Monsters University. Included in the documentary nominations are A Place at the Table, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, Life According to Sam, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
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Producers Guild Reveals Nominees, "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Weinstein Ignored!

The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 25th annual PGA Awards. In the movie category, the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and the awards hopefuls from the Weinstein Company were ignored -- no "August: Osage County," "Fruitvale Station" (darn!), "Philomena" (another darn), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," and "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Sorry Harvey and Bob Weinstein!

We'll find out the winners on Jan. 19. Here's the complete list of nominees of the 25th Annual PGA Awards (including TV categories):

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Her (Warner Bros.
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25th Annual Producers Guild Awards Nominations

25th Annual Producers Guild Awards Nominations
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories include: The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; and The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television. The documentary film category and other television category nominations were already announced by the Guild in late 2013.

All 2014 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also present special honors to Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Robert Iger (Milestone Award), Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri (Vanguard Award), Chuck Lorre (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Chris Meledandri (Visionary Award) and Fruitvale Station (Stanley Kramer Award).

The Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs are Lori McCreary (Invictus,
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Producers Guild nominations: Who was left out?

The Producers Guild of America has accurately forecast the last six Best Picture Oscar winners, so it was good news for 10 films that were nominated today for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. While Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and American Hustle were among the films that made the cut, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Butler, and Fruitvale Station did not. Last year, eight of the 10 movies that received nods from the PGA went on to earn Oscar nominations for Best Picture.

Fruitvale will go home with a special award when the hardware is handed out on Jan. 19. The movie from
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PGA unveils 2014 nominees

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PGA unveils 2014 nominees
The Producers Guild Of America has weighed into awards season with its list of nominees ahead of the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 19.

Vying for The Darryl F Zanuck Award For Outstanding Producer Of Theatrical Motion Pictures are in alphabetical order: 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr Banks (pictured) and The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Nominees for Outstanding Producer Of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures are in alphabetical order: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Frozen and Monsters University.

Contenders for Outstanding Producer Of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures are in alphabetical order: A Place At The Table, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, Life According To Sam, We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks and Which Way Is The Front Line From Here: The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington.

As previously announced, special PGA honours go to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G
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