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In Oscar Documentary Race, First Time Can Be the Charm

In Oscar Documentary Race, First Time Can Be the Charm
It’s never easy being green, but if you’re a documentary filmmaker it can have its advantages. Especially come Oscar season.

In the past two decades, 12 directors have taken home the Academy Award for their very first documentary theatrical feature. They include Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”), Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove”) and Malik Bendjelloul (“Searching for Sugarman”). Those films beat out docus made by veteran nonfiction helmers like Kirby Dick (“The Invisible War”), Wim Wenders (“Pina”) and Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams (“Life Animated”).

When it comes to receiving a nomination in the documentary feature category, the odds are even better. In the last decade more than 20 first time feature docu helmers have nabbed an Oscar nod. They include Ellen Kuras (“The Betrayal — Nerakhoon”), Sebastian Junger and the late Tim Hetherington (“Restrepo”), Charles Ferguson (“No End in Sight”) and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel (“Finding Vivian Maier”).

Comparatively, in the last 10 years,
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Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary Coming from Hunting Ground Directors

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Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary Coming from Hunting Ground Directors
Directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who previously directed the college sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, are teaming up again for a project currently known as the Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary, which will delve into the rampant sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and many others that have come to light in recent weeks. Here's what Kirby Dick had to say about the documentary in a statement.

"Documentaries, more than any other medium, bring an intensely moving investigative lens to controversial subject matter. What our film will capture, especially at this pivotal turning point in Hollywood history, is the underlying current of abuse and manipulation at the hands of power. Our film will also underscore the courage it takes to come forward and be a catalyst for change."

Director Amy Ziering revealed that this project has been in various stages of development for the past five years, when she
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‘Hunting Ground’ Filmmakers Working on Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary

‘Hunting Ground’ Filmmakers Working on Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary
Academy Award nominees Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering have begun work on an untitled documentary about sexual assault in Hollywood.

The exposé will examine abuse and cover-ups within the entertainment industry and focus on the behavior of “predatory perpetrators,” such as Harvey Weinstein. The project will also explore the culture that enables and protects them, provide a safe place for survivors to share their stories, and profile the many emerging voices for change.

An Oct. 5 New York Times report detailed Weinstein’s settlements in at least eight harassment cases, leading to multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and launching criminal investigations. Weinstein’s reps have denied that the sexual activity was non-consensual.

Dick received Academy Award nominations for 2005’s “Twist of Faith” and 2012’s “The Invisible War.” Ziering was nominated for an Oscar for producing “The Invisible War,” which deals with sexual assault in the military. Dick and Ziering then teamed on the 2014 campus rape documentary “The Hunting Ground.”

“Documentaries
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Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration
In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination.

Unlike “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” nonfiction feature Oscar winners including “CitizenFour,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels” can also tout an Emmy win.

Why? Because documentaries are by and large a product of television or digital platforms and not film studios. Without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, PBS, A&E and streaming services including Netflix and Amazon, the Oscar feature documentary category wouldn’t exist.

But docu filmmakers, similar to narrative filmmakers, want the same thing: for their film to be seen in a movie theater with an audience. So outlets, including HBO and PBS, have selectively facilitated that desire for primarily two reasons: to please directors and perhaps more importantly, to qualify for an Academy Award, which
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Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration
In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination.

Unlike “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” nonfiction feature Oscar winners including “CitizenFour,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels” can also tout an Emmy win.

Why? Because documentaries are by and large a product of television or digital platforms and not film studios. Without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, PBS, A&E and streaming services including Netflix and Amazon, the Oscar feature documentary category wouldn’t exist.

But docu filmmakers, similar to narrative filmmakers, want the same thing: for their film to be seen in a movie theater with an audience. So outlets, including HBO and PBS, have selectively facilitated that desire for primarily two reasons: to please directors and perhaps more importantly, to qualify for an Academy Award, which
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PBS’ Independent Lens Announces Season 16 Slate (Exclusive)

PBS’ Independent Lens Announces Season 16 Slate (Exclusive)
Despite the fact that President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget calls for the eventual elimination of government funding for public TV, Independent Lens isn’t going anywhere… at least not for the next 12 months.

The long-running documentary series that airs on PBS will launch its 16th season on Nov. 6 with John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane.” About John Coltrane, the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last September followed by a screening at Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Pic includes interviews with Wynton Marsalis, former President Bill Clinton, and Common, with Coltrane’s own words spoken by Denzel Washington. Abramorama
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UK doc outfits Roast Beef, Nutopia strike production partnership

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Companies set to collaborate on feature and TV docs.

Ahead of this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK documentary specialist companies Roast Beef Productions and Nutopia have struck a creative partnership to produce feature and television projects.

Roast Beef, the company behind 2014 Oscar-nominated feature docs The Square [pictured] and Hell And Back Again, will join Nutopia in its newly-expanded London office.

Television-focused Nutopia’s credits include the 2010 Primetime Emmy-winning series America: The Story Of Us and 2013 series The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us.

In their new partnership, the companies will develop feature and television documentaries, including long-form and short-form projects, aimed at the international market.

The Roast Beef team is led by Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner and also includes Martin Herring, Havana Marking and Janet Knipe.

The company’s latest feature, Lana Wilson’s The Departure, premiered Tribeca and will have its European premiere at Doc/Fest on June 9.

Nutopia is led by Jane Root. The company
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Jane Root’s Nutopia Joins With ‘Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer’ Producer Roast Beef

The producer of feature documentaries “Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer” and “Afghan Star” has aligned itself with Nutopia, the factual company run by former BBC and Discovery executive Jane Root.

Roast Beef is run by Mike Lerner and its credits include Oscar nominated films “Hell and Back Again,” Egyptian revolution film “The Square,” as well as “The Russian Woodpecker,” which scooped the Grand Jury Awards at Sundance in 2015.

The partners said that joining forces will creation of a factual producer working across features, TV, shortform and digital projects.

Root was the controller of BBC Two and president of the Discovery Network before creating Nutopia in 2009.

Its best-known project is “America: the Story of Us” for the History channel in the U.S. Its upcoming documentaries include “Civilisations” for the BBC and PBS, and, in association with Darren Aronofsky, “Strange Rock” for the National Geographic Channel.

“After eight years of pioneering the mega-doc, and
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Doc Specialists Roast Beef, Nutopia Join Forces for Collaborative Partnership (Exclusive)

Just days before this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest kicks off, two powerhouse British documentary specialists have announced that they are joining forces to form a new collaborative partnership.

Roast Beef Productions, behind Oscar-nominated features such as The Square and Hell and Back Again, is teaming with Nutopia, which produced the Emmy-winning series America: The Story of Us, and has 42 hours of programming on North American networks this year alone.

The deal will see Roast Beef move into Nutopia’s newly expanded London offices, with the two harnessing their expertise across the film and TV worlds to develop a new slate of...
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Doc Specialists Roast Beef, Nutopia Join Forces for Collaborative Partnership (Exclusive)

Doc Specialists Roast Beef, Nutopia Join Forces for Collaborative Partnership (Exclusive)
Just days before this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest kicks off, two powerhouse British documentary specialists have announced that they are joining forces to form a new collaborative partnership.

Roast Beef Productions, behind Oscar-nominated features such as The Square and Hell and Back Again, is teaming with Nutopia, which produced the Emmy-winning series America: The Story of Us, and has 42 hours of programming on North American networks this year alone.

The deal will see Roast Beef move into Nutopia’s newly expanded London offices, with the two harnessing their expertise across the film and TV worlds to develop a new slate of...
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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — J. Ralph (‘Jim: The James Foley Story’)

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J. Ralph (Courtesy: Mark Abrahams)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“They’re all about these giant concepts — climate change, the war, autism, species extinction, globalization, one after the next,” says songwriter/composer J. Ralph of the documentaries to which he has contributed music over the years, as we sit down at his Malibu home to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. They have included several films that won the best documentary feature Oscar (2008’s Man on Wireand 2009’s The Cove) or were nominated for it (2012’s Hell and Back Again and 2014’s Virunga). However, 2016’s Jim: The James Foley Story, the most recent doc to which he lent his talents, is different. “This one was about one person,” he notes, namely the eponymous freelance American war correspondent who, in 2014, was killed in Syria while trying to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis occurring there. “I wanted
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — J. Ralph ('Jim: The James Foley Story')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — J. Ralph ('Jim: The James Foley Story')
"They're all about these giant concepts — climate change, the war, autism, species extinction, globalization, one after the next," says songwriter/composer J. Ralph of the documentaries to which he has contributed music through the years, as we sit down at his Malibu home to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. They have included several films that won the best documentary feature Oscar (2008's Man on Wire and 2009's The Cove) or were nominated for it (2012's Hell and Back Again and 2014's Virunga). However, 2016's Jim: The James Foley Story, the most recent doc to which...
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Oscars: How Has Race Been Featured in the Best Documentary Category Since 2000?

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Ava DuVernay (Courtesy: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Let’s talk about race in this year’s Oscar race, shall we? Three of the top films up for best documentary feature this year — 13th (Netflix), I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia), and O.J.: Made in America (Espn) — all deal with the black experience in the United States through various lenses. These movies, all favorites to make the official list of five nominees that will battle it out for the big win, drive home the fact that this is still a very important and is one of the Academy’s favorite topics to highlight — but has that always been the case?

First, let’s take a more in-depth look at what these three leading docs deal center around. Ava DuVernay’s 13th provides an in-depth look at the prison system and how the nation’s history of racial
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Pinewood appoints global sales director

Eric Stevens takes up newly created role in bid to drive world sales.

Eric Stevens has joined Pinewood Studios Group in the role of global sales director, with a remit to develop and drive new revenue streams and opportunities on a global basis.

Stevens joins from media technology and software company, Arts Alliance Media (Aam), where he oversaw a doubling of the organisation’s market share during his tenure as commercial director.

Whilst at Aam, he was responsible for a series of major global deals - most notably in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to this, Stevens served as managing director at Independent Film Company, the sales, production and distribution outfit responsible for We Need To Talk About Kevin and Hell And Back Again, both Oscar nominated, as well as Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture.

Stevens has also held positions with Ingenious Media and United International Pictures, working in distribution, sales, marketing
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Morgan Spurlock Boards Documentary on Wildlife Refuge Takeover

Morgan Spurlock Boards Documentary on Wildlife Refuge Takeover
Morgan Spurlock has come on board to produce a documentary about the 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Spurlock is producing the untitled movie through his Warrior Poets production company along with Impact Partners. Jeremy Chilnick and David Holbrooke (“The Diplomat”) are also producing.

First Look Media, a financier on best picture Oscar winner “Spotlight,” is financing.

David Byars shot the film and is directing. Footage was shot during six-week occupation of the refuge, led by Ammon Bundy.

Over 20 of the militants have been charged with federal offenses including conspiracy to obstruct federal officers, firearms violations, theft and depredation of federal property and a dozen have pleaded guilty. Jury selection began Wednesday in Portland for Bundy and six others who are charged with conspiracy.

The organizers of the occupation contend that the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are constitutionally required to turn
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'Wolf of Wall Street' Malaysian Money Laundering Scandal Gets Doc Treatment (Exclusive)

'Wolf of Wall Street' Malaysian Money Laundering Scandal Gets Doc Treatment (Exclusive)
The unfolding scandal surrounding the financing of The Wolf of Wall Street — which allegedly links corruption and money laundering at the highest levels of the Malaysian government to the company behind the hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a flamboyant criminal broker — is getting the documentary treatment. Mike Lerner, the Oscar-nominated British producer behind Hell and Back Again, The Square and Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, is producing the doc, which purports to connect the dots between Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, a sovereign wealth fund set up to spur economic development, notorious celebrity-strewn parties in Cannes and

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Errol Morris, Wim Wenders executive-produce drones doc

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Errol Morris, Wim Wenders executive-produce drones doc
Exclusive: ro*co films represents international sales rights to Berlinale Special title.

Documentary royalty Errol Morris and Wim Wenders have lent their names as executive producers to drones documentary National Bird, which debuts in Berlin this week.

San Francisco-based ro*co films has acquired the international rights to investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck’s new title, which follows the journey of three whistleblowers determined to break the silence around Us drone strikes.

Nfp will release in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.

ro*co’s international catalog includes Hoop Dreams, Hell And Back Again, How To Survive A War and The Invisible War. The company’s North American ‘education’ catalogue includes Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison Of Belief and The Hunting Ground.

“National Bird is a provocative and timely investigation into the human costs of the Us military drone program that is destined to have a powerful impact on the debate around drone warfare,” said
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Danfung Dennis introduces 360 degree film experience by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-01-31 19:57:00

Seeing American Bison in Virtual Reality

During a preview in New York of the work Danfung Dennis created with artists Casey Brown and Phil McNally and collaborators Jay Brown, Andrew Delpit and Chris McClanahan, before it was shown in the New Frontier program at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, I was able to come freckled nose to freckled nose with a jaguar, surround myself with monarch butterflies and settle down in the sand with a sea turtle for a few moments.

Dennis has a background as a photojournalist covering war zones and his documentary Hell And Back Again was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award. He developed a new camera capable of stereoscopic 3D, 360-degree video for his technology company Condition One.

In American Bison, wearing a headset, I was dropped off in the midst of a herd of wild buffalo and the effect was spectacular. When you turn your head to the right to.
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Make a Movie, Change the World: What It's Like to Work with Impact Partners

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Make a Movie, Change the World: What It's Like to Work with Impact Partners
Since its inception in 2007, Impact Partners has been involved in the financing of over 50 films, including award-winning documentaries such as "The Cove," "An Inconvenient Truth," "The Garden," "Hell and Back Again," How to Survive a Plague" and many more. These films have not only been critical successes but have also succeeded in changing public opinion. This year, six films supported by the company will be screening at Sundance: "Sembene!," "How to Change the World", "Dreamcatcher," "Chuck Norris vs. Communism," "Censored Voices" and "The Hunting Ground." "Impact Partners was a key piece in the puzzle of putting ‘Chuck Norris vs. Communism’ together," said John Battsek, managing director of Passion Pictures and an executive producer on the film. "Companies like Impact are invaluable when it comes to social issue documentaries." Cogan's...
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Veterans Day: Fsu Student Veteran Film Festival - November 11th

During these past four years I have been asked to provide the curation for this initiative, on behalf of the College Of Motion Picture Arts, in support of our Student Veterans the annual featured motion picture presentation. This initiative provides a platform, utilizing cinema to engage conversation surrounding issues facing our student veterans returning from their service. The Collegiate Veterans Association leaders created the concept for this festival. As the Executive Director of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture ArtsTorchlight Program, and Faculty Executive Producer to the Fsu Svff, I have been able to merge my independent film industry background with educational opportunities at the University with the vision of expanding learning opportunities through cinema.

In year one the film selected to present was ”Hell and Back Again”, directed by Danfung Dennis, which went on to be nominated for an Oscar in 2011. Year two the Svff presented “The Invisible War”, directed by Kirby Dick, which also went on to be nominated, this time, for the Oscar in 2012. In November 2013 we presented Sebastian Junger with the Fsu Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking for his documentary, "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life And Time of Tim Hetherington". This year Rory Kennedy with her documentary will be the recipient of our 2014 award.

The Collegiate Veterans Association at Florida State University is one of the most universally known and well-respected student veteran groups in the nation. The university, the administration, and the student body have joined together in an effort to make Florida State University one of the most veteran friendly public universities, in the nation. Inherent in this goal is our effort to raise awareness and promote veteran’s issues. The Student Veteran Film Festival is one of our primary vehicles for achieving these goals.

The Student Veteran Film Festival is an annual event at the Florida State University that highlights veteran issues on campus, in the local community, and nationally. This event has a proud tradition of elegance, prestige, and creation of intense dialogue between filmmakers, students, and veterans.

The education and awareness that this event has been able to cultivate for issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma has been both significant and impactful. The inaugural event showcased the film ”Hell and Back Again” The nature of these films show that our student veterans are not afraid of engaging in difficult conversations and are serious about impacting real, meaningful, change.

This year, Florida State University students will bring filmmaker Rory Kennedy and her documentary film “Last Days in Vietnam” to the 4th Annual Student Veteran Film Festival Tuesday, Nov. 11.

The film, which captures the thrilling account of United States service members evacuating their South Vietnamese colleagues and friends during the closing days of the Vietnam War, will be followed by a discussion with Kennedy.

Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, is an Emmy Award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, as well as cofounder and president of Moxie Firecracker Films. Her films cover an array of issues ranging from poverty to politics to human rights and have been shown on HBO, A&E, MTV, Lifetime and PBS.

Kennedy also will receive the “Fsu Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking” following the screening of the film. The award, which comes with a $25,000 honorarium, is presented annually to a filmmaker who illuminates issues affecting veterans returning from their service.

“Florida State is committed to becoming the most veteran-friendly university in the nation, and recognizing filmmakers who document topics related to the military is another way we raise awareness and pay tribute to our veterans,” said Interim President Garnett S. Stokes. “We are pleased to honor Rory Kennedy with this award for her enthralling story about the final days of the Vietnam War.”

The film festival is intended to raise awareness of student-veterans’ issues and bridge the gap between veterans and the community.

As executive director of the College of Motion Picture Arts' Torchlight Program, I secured the rights to this year’s film from The American Experience Films and PBS. The film will make its broadcast debut April 28, 2015 on PBS.

The Student Veteran Film Festival and its Student Veteran Torchlight Award is attracting national film industry attention, which resonates on the university’s commitment and dedication to our student veterans.
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