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International Documentary Association Awards Shortlist Includes ‘Apollo 11,’ ‘The Cave,’ and ‘Honeyland’

The International Documentary Association (Ida) has revealed the 35th Annual Ida Documentary Awards shortlists for the Best Feature and Best Short categories, culled from 785 submissions: 375 documentary features, 153 documentary shorts, 124 documentary series, 89 student films, 44 podcasts, and 48 music documentaries. After winnowing down each list to up to ten nominees to be announced on Wednesday, October 23, online screeners will be accessible for viewing as of November 4, followed by the Ida membership voting.

The 2019 Awards will be presented at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 7. The Ida will bestow awards in 16 categories. This year, the Ida has changed how craft awards are selected: cinematographers, editors, writers and composers will do the honors. And for the first time, the Ida will present an award for Best Director.

The awards categories include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Curated Series, Best Episodic Series, Best Multi-Part Documentary, Best Short Form Series, Best Audio Documentary, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award,
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International Documentary Association Awards Shortlist Includes ‘Apollo 11,’ ‘The Cave,’ and ‘Honeyland’

The International Documentary Association (Ida) has revealed the 35th Annual Ida Documentary Awards shortlists for the Best Feature and Best Short categories, culled from 785 submissions: 375 documentary features, 153 documentary shorts, 124 documentary series, 89 student films, 44 podcasts, and 48 music documentaries. After winnowing down each list to up to ten nominees to be announced on Wednesday, October 23, online screeners will be accessible for viewing as of November 4, followed by the Ida membership voting.

The 2019 Awards will be presented at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 7. The Ida will bestow awards in 16 categories. This year, the Ida has changed how craft awards are selected: cinematographers, editors, writers and composers will do the honors. And for the first time, the Ida will present an award for Best Director.

The awards categories include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Curated Series, Best Episodic Series, Best Multi-Part Documentary, Best Short Form Series, Best Audio Documentary, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award,
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Jørgen Leth to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award as Idfa Unveils 70 Titles

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Pictured: Louise Detlefsen and Louise Kjeldsen’s “Fat Front,” about a rebellious movement started by plus-sized women in Scandinavia, world premieres at Idfa.

Danish documentarian Jørgen Leth, whose 1967 short “The Perfect Human” inspired fellow countryman Lars Von Trier as a film student, will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at Idfa this year. The prolific 82-year-old, based in Haiti, is just one of a number of non-fiction heavyweights to be celebrated at the Amsterdam festival, which will also offer posthumous tributes to Agnes Varda and D.A. Pennebaker, who passed away this year.

Under festival director Orwa Nyrabia, in his second year, Idfa continues to focus on directors from emerging territories as well as films dealing with pressing contemporary issues. In the Frontlight section, Claudia Sparrow’s “Maxima” deals with a Peruvian farmer forced to defend her land against the gold-mining industry; Jia Yuchuan’s “The Two Lives of Li Ermao
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Doc NYC Announces Awards Short List, from ‘American Factory’ to ‘One Child Nation’

Doc NYC Announces Awards Short List, from ‘American Factory’ to ‘One Child Nation’
Ten-year-old Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its influential 15-film Short List. The festival will announce its main lineup of 100 films as well as its opening night selection in two weeks, before kicking off on November 6.

Historically, most of the Doc NYC short-list titles overlap with the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the last eight years, Doc NYC has screened the documentary that went on to win the Academy Award, including “Free Solo,” “Icarus,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Amy,” “Citizenfour,” “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “Undefeated.” The festival has screened 27 of the last 30 Oscar-nominated documentary features.

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’s list of 15 features
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Doc NYC Announces Awards Short List, from ‘American Factory’ to ‘One Child Nation’

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Doc NYC Announces Awards Short List, from ‘American Factory’ to ‘One Child Nation’
Ten-year-old Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its influential 15-film Short List. The festival will announce its main lineup of 100 films as well as its opening night selection in two weeks, before kicking off on November 6.

Historically, most of the Doc NYC short-list titles overlap with the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the last eight years, Doc NYC has screened the documentary that went on to win the Academy Award, including “Free Solo,” “Icarus,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Amy,” “Citizenfour,” “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “Undefeated.” The festival has screened 27 of the last 30 Oscar-nominated documentary features.

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’s list of 15 features
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Toronto Turns Up the Volume on Women Film Composers

  • Variety
The conversation about gender disparity in film—which tends to crescendo around big festivals and awards season—got some fresh intel last year when a University of Southern California study, looking at the 100 top films of each year from 2007 to 2017, revealed that only 16 women worked as composers in those films (43 women worked as directors).

Scan the credits of the 245 features screening in Toronto this year and you will find slightly over a dozen women composers. It may be a small ensemble for now, but these artists are making the kind of ear-catching music and smart career moves that are changing the mix.

The most talked about Toronto title, “The Joker,” is scored by Icelandic composer Hildur Guonadottir. Senegal-born, Kuwait-raised composer Fatima Al Qadiri scored Mati Diop’s Cannes Grand Prix-winning “Atlantics.” Heather Young’s “Murmur”— winner of the Fipresci Prize in Toronto’s Discovery strand—is scored by Brit composer Sarah DeCourcy.
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Toni Morrison Doc ‘The Pieces I Am’ Gets UK Distribution With Fledgling Outfit Republic

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Toni Morrison Doc ‘The Pieces I Am’ Gets UK Distribution With Fledgling Outfit Republic
Exclusive: Fledgling UK distribution company Republic Film Distribution has acquired all UK rights to the feature documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, directed and produced by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

The Sundance debut is currently on release in the U.S. through Magnolia Pictures generating near $900K at the box office.

The doc charts the late writer’s journey from her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to ʼ70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, the front lines with Angela Davis, her own riverfront writing room and a Nobel Prize. The esteemed writer passed away in August after a short illness, aged 88.

Talking heads include Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who starred in the feature version of Morrison’s novel Beloved.

Republic, run by former Icon exec Zak Brilliant, plans to release the film in the UK in early 2020, working with
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Film News Roundup: Djimon Hounsou Replaces Brian Tyree Henry in ‘Quiet Place’ Sequel

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Film News Roundup: Djimon Hounsou Replaces Brian Tyree Henry in ‘Quiet Place’ Sequel
In today’s film news roundup, Djimon Hounsou fills in for Brian Tyree Henry in the “Quiet Place” sequel, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” gets a wide release and a Louis Armstrong documentary has been set.

Casting

Paramount Pictures has cast Djimon Hounsou as a replacement for Brian Tyree Henry in its sequel to “A Quiet Place.”

Henry left the project due to scheduling conflicts. The sequel has been set for release on March 20, 2020.

John Krasinski is returning to direct the still-untitled movie with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles.

A Quiet Place” grossed $340 million at the global box office last year, and Blunt won the Screen Actors Guild Award in the supporting actress category for her role. Krasinski wrote the screenplay with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, and the trio received a Writers Guild nomination in the original category. Krasinski also directed and starred in the story,
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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ Director on the Late Author’s ‘Monumental’ Legacy

‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ Director on the Late Author’s ‘Monumental’ Legacy
Toni Morrison, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who chronicled the black American experience, passed away Monday night at the age of 88. Her death, at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia, according to a spokesperson. (Via The New York Times.) The author of 11 novels, including “Beloved,” “Sula,” and “Song of Solomon,” Morrison became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993.

Morrison’s biggest screen legacy was Jonathan Demme’s 1998 adaptation of “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Set during the American Civil War, the story follows a former slave who is haunted by a poltergeist and visited by a reincarnation of her daughter. The film starred Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.

In June, Magnolia Pictures
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Toni Morrison Tributes Pour in From Barack Obama, Chance the Rapper and More: ‘National Treasure’

  • The Wrap
Toni Morrison Tributes Pour in From Barack Obama, Chance the Rapper and More: ‘National Treasure’
Stars from the worlds of politics, entertainment and literature paid tribute to Toni Morrison after news broke that the Nobel Prize-winning author of “Song of Solomon” and “Beloved” died on Monday at the age of 88.

“Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page,” Barack Obama said on Tuesday. “Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.”

“Aw man Toni Morrison taught me the word Rememory. Rip to a incredibly powerful and impactful woman,” Chance the Rapper said in a tweet.

Also Read: Toni Morrison, Nobel-Winning Author of 'Beloved,' Dies at 88

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, director of the new documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces that I Am,” shared his memories of the author in a statement to TheWrap.
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Toni Morrison Dies: ‘Beloved’ Author Was 88

Toni Morrison Dies: ‘Beloved’ Author Was 88
Beloved author Toni Morrison died Monday night. The cause of death was not disclosed. She was 88.

Her death has been confirmed by her publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Named Nobel laureate in Literature in 1993, Morrison died at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center.

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Beloved was perhaps the most celebrated and famous of her great canon of work, but novels such as 1992’s Jazz, 1997’s Paradise and 2015’s God Help the Child secured her status as one of her generations leading lights of both literature and civil rights.

Just last February, director Timothy Greenfield-SandersToni Morrison: The Pieces I Am was acquired by Magnolia Pictures for release by end of year. The documentary chronicles the life and works of the legendary storyteller who in 1993 became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize.

In the documentary, Morrison describes emerging from the steel town of Lorain,
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – Review

Toni Morrison in Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a Magnolia Pictures release. ©Timothy Greenfield-Sanders / Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

This biographical documentary has an advantage most documentaries about a literary giant lack: the living artist herself. And boy is that as a bonus. The charismatic, iconic Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison helps director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders tells her remarkable story in Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am and, better yet, Morrison offers insightful commentary on her own lauded, beloved novels.

Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ wonderful documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a comprehensive look at a true American treasure, Toni Morrison. This intelligent and entertaining documentary covers the life, the work and the times of this giant of literature and of American culture. Morrison is certainly a worthy documentary subject:. Morrison is the author of such works as Sula, Beloved, and The Bluest Eye, and recipient of a Nobel Prize,
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Moving in time by Anne-Katrin Titze

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on filming Toni Morrison: "The camerawork that was done in Toni's home by the river, all of that was done by Mead Hunt." Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

In the second instalment of my conversation with director/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders he recalls memories of Tennessee Williams, Bette Davis, Orson Welles, and Ingmar Bergman, and relates an early Ernest Hemingway insight. We discuss Fran Lebowitz, Oprah Winfrey, Walter Mosley, and Russell Banks in Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am and his longtime cinematographer Graham Willoughby who became Morgan Neville's trusted Dp on.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: "When she says 'I highly recommend that you have a friend that wins a Nobel Prize!' Classic Fran Lebowitz." Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Timothy credits his editor Johanna Giebelhaus for the clip from John M. Stahl's Imitation of...
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‘Wild Rose’ Opens On Muted Weekend for Indie Box Office

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‘Wild Rose’ Opens On Muted Weekend for Indie Box Office
Neon’s “Wild Rose,” a music drama starring Jessie Buckley that opened in New York and Los Angeles on four screens, lead the way in this weekend’s relatively quiet indie box office.

The film opened decently at $56,183 for a per screen average of $14,046, but Neon had paid a hefty sum for the film at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with reports putting the price at around $4 million. That’s roughly what the distributor paid for their first Oscar-winning release, “I, Tonya,” which had a $66,039 average in its limited release en route to a $53.9 million global run.

Directed by Tom Harper, “Wild Rose” follows an ex-convict and single mother played by Buckley who pursues her dreams of being a country singer despite still being under curfew house arrest. Sophie Okonedo and Julie Walters also star in the film, which has been a hit with critics with a 93% Rotten Tomatoes score.
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‘A Bigger Splash’ Tops Quiet Weekend; ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘A Bigger Splash’ Tops Quiet Weekend; ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The 4K restoration of 1974 semi-fictionalized documentary A Bigger Splash edged out with the top per theater average among the specialties this weekend, playing an exclusive run at the Metrograph Theater in Manhattan. Directed by Jack Hazan, the Metrograph Pictures release grossed $18K. This is the second release for Metrograph Pictures, following fellow doc, The Raft.

Noted Artistic and Programming Director of Metrograph Sunday: “After 45 years, it’s incredibly heartening to see audiences respond so positively to Jack Hazan’s masterpiece A Bigger Splash. We’re thrilled to be expanding the film nationwide after such a strong opening in New York.” The title, centered on artist David Hockney will head to other cities in the coming weeks.

Neon music drama Wild Rose launched in four L.A. and New York locations Friday. Directed by Tom Harper and starring Jessie Buckley as an aspiring country singer, the Toronto ’18 title grossed an estimated
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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ Booked For Weekend Launch; Jacob Tremblay & Vera Farmiga Lead ‘Burn Your Maps’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

Sundance premiere Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am begins its theatrical run in several New York and L.A. theaters today via Magnolia Pictures. Filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders directed the doc about the Nobel laureate, whom he had known for years. Young actor Jacob Tremblay has a Seth Rogan-produced comedy, Good Boys, set for August, but first he will be on the big (and small) screen this weekend with Burn Your Maps, starring opposite Vera Farmiga, bowing in a day and date release. Jessie Buckley, meanwhile, goes country in Neon’s Wild Rose, which debuted out of last year’s Toronto. The title plays New York and L.A. ahead of an expanded roll out to other major markets next weekend.

Other limited releases set for their launches today include Sundance Selects doc, The Quiet One following the three-decaf career of The Rolling StonesBill Wyman as well as Metrograph Pictures’ second release,
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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Toy Story 4,' 'Child's Play' and More

In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Toy Story 4,' 'Child's Play' and More
With both Child's Play and Toy Story 4 hitting theaters Friday, it's playtime at this weekend's box office. 

Chucky returns to terrorize all those who cross his path with new and improved artificial intelligence technology, while Buzz Lightyear and Woody set out to save the newest member of the gang, Forky. 

But animated dolls aside, this weekend offers a variety of titles, including Luc Besson's latest lady assassin flick, Anna, and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Also hitting big screens this weekend are comedies Swinging Safari and Burn Your Maps and comedy-drama ...
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NonStop buying spree includes 'High Life', 'First Love' (exclusive)

NonStop buying spree includes 'High Life', 'First Love' (exclusive)
The Scandinavian distributor has picked up 29 titles.

Takashi Miike’s Directors’ Fortnight selection First Love; Claire Denis’ sci-fi High Life, Sydney Pollack’s Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace; and John Chester’s hit Sundance doc Biggest Little Farm are among the films acquired by Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment. The deals were done with HanWay Films, Wild Bunch, Endeavor Content and The Exchange respectively.

The Stockholm-based company has confirmed it has bought 29 titles in Cannes and beyond for distribution in the Nordics and Baltics.

“We continue to see a very strong output of commercial documentaries that prove themselves in the theatrical
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Interview: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Talks Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Exclusive)

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Interview: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Talks Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Exclusive)
The intimate examination into the powerful themes that people have confronted throughout their lives can make for a powerfully gripping and motivational story. That stunning exploration into the award-winning literary career and personal achievements of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, editor and professor, Toni Morrison, is highlighted in the new documentary, ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces […]

The post Interview: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Talks Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Exclusive) appeared first on Shockya.com.
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Screens Wednesday Night at The Tivoli

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am screens this Wednesday (June 19th) at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) at 7pm. The movie starts at the theater July 12th

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes
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