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Women Directors Reap Rewards in Documentary World

  • Variety
Women Directors Reap Rewards in Documentary World
Women directors and producers are consistent winners and well-represented as nominees when it comes to documentaries in awards season. Barbara Kopple is a two-time Oscar-winning documentary director; Freida Lee Mock is an Oscar winner and was the Academy’s first documentary branch governor; Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”) and Zana Briski (“Born Into Brothels”) are the two women who’ve taken home the gold statuette as directors most recently. It’s a field in which women have made their mark in cinematography and editing, too, and are not outliers.

“Women have always been fiercely part of the documentary filmmaking movement,” says Diane Weyermann, Participant Media’s president of documentary film and TV. The barriers to entry are not as high when compared to scripted/narrative features, especially when it comes to financing. Production costs are less and crews are traditionally a fraction of the size. There’s also the longstanding tradition of
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Film Independent Spirit Awards Gives Out $75k in Filmmaker Grants

  • The Wrap
Actors Emmy Rossum and Michael Pena joined Film Independent president Josh Welsh on Saturday to announce the winners of the 2015 Spirit Awards Grants, which honors emerging filmmakers with $25,000 in unrestricted funds.

The grants were handed out at the organization’s annual Spirit Awards nominees brunch, held at West Hollywood’s Boa Steakhouse, and saw Chris Ohlson, Dan Krauss and Rania Attich and Daniel Garcia take top spots.

“At Film Independent our mission is to support independent filmmakers all year long, helping them to get their films made and to build the audience for their work,” Welsh said.

“One of the
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A Look at Female-directed Documentaries at the Oscars

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar race could make history with two possible best picture nominees directed by women — Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. If both women are nominated for best director, that would also be a historical moment. But though these accomplishments in the narrative field are possible, more women directors are breaking into the documentary categories. Four of the 15 shortlisted documentaries feature women at the helm: Jennifer Grausman (co-directed with Sam Cullman and Mark Becker) with Art and Craft, Tia Lessin (co-directed with Carl Deal) with Citizen Koch, Laura Poitras with Citizenfour and Rory Kennedy with Last Days in Vietnam. Additionally, three of the eight shortlisted documentary shorts feature female directors: Ellen Goosenberg Kent with Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Aneta Kopacz with Joanna and Lucy Walker with The Lion’s Mouth Opens. More often than not, women directors tend to
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Fsc revs up for Park City

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Andrew Herwitz and his team at The Film Sales Company head to Sundance this week with four films confirmed on the sales roster.

Road trip comedy Land Ho! from Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens follows a pair of retirees as they bid to reclaim their youth on a trip to Iceland.

The film marks the first production from Gamechanger Films, whose head Mynette Louie produces alongside Sara Murphy and Christina Jennings. David Gordon Green is the executive producer and The Film Sales Company represents worldwide rights.

Ross Kauffman returns to Sundance with E-Team after winning the 2005 Oscar for Born Into Brothels, the film he co-directed with Zana Briski.

Kauffman co-directed E-Team with Kate Chevigny and the film tracks a crack unit of human rights investigators. Herwitz represents North American rights and Annie Roney of ro*co films handles international sales.

Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters follows hordes of unemployed men in search of fortune who flock
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Fsc revs up for Park City

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Andrew Herwitz and his team at The Film Sales Company head to Sundance this week with four films confirmed on the sales roster.

Road trip comedy Land Ho! from Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens follows a pair of retirees as they bid to reclaim their youth on a trip to Iceland.

The film marks the first production from Gamechanger Films, whose head Mynette Louie produces alongside Sara Murphy and Christina Jennings. David Gordon Green is the executive producer and The Film Sales Company represents worldwide rights.

Ross Kauffman returns to Sundance with E-Team (pictured) after winning the 2005 Oscar for Born Into Brothels, the film he co-directed with Zana Briski.

Kauffman co-directed E-Team with Kate Chevigny and the film tracks a crack unit of human rights investigators. Herwitz represents North American rights and Annie Roney of ro*co films handles international sales.

Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters follows hordes of unemployed men in search of fortune who flock
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Fsc boards Sundance quartet

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Andrew Herwitz and his team at The Film Sales Company head to Park City this week with four films confirmed on the sales roster.

Road trip comedy Land Ho! from Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens follows a pair of retirees as they bid to reclaim their youth on a trip to Iceland.

The film marks the first production from Gamechanger Films, whose head Mynette Louie produces alongside Sara Murphy and Christina Jennings. David Gordon Green is the executive producer and The Film Sales Company represents worldwide rights.

Ross Kauffman returns to Sundance with E-Team (pictured) after winning the 2005 Oscar for Born Into Brothels, the film he co-directed with Zana Briski.

Kauffman co-directed E-Team with Kate Chevigny and the film tracks a crack unit of human rights investigators. Herwitz represents North American rights and Annie Roney of ro*co films handles international sales.

Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters follows hordes of unemployed men in search of fortune
See full article at ScreenDaily »

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