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Martin Scorsese to receive Doc NYC Lifetime Achievement award by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2019-10-10 22:18:39

Martin Scorsese to receive a Doc NYC Lifetime Achievement Award Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the fifth annual Doc NYC Visionaries Tribute Awards event on November 7, Martin Scorsese, whose latest film The Irishman will open on November 1 in the Us and his Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story will have a special screening during the festival, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael Apted joins Scorsese in that honour and his 63 Up will also be shown.

Doc NYC 2019 is dedicated to the memory of Da Pennebaker Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Wim Wenders and Orlando Bagwell.

The 2019 Visionaries host committee include Jon Alpert, Joe Berlinger, Amy Berg, Kate Davis, Marshall Curry, Heidi Ewing, Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Chris Hegedus, Amy Hobby, Barbara Kopple, Frazer Pennebaker, and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

Andrew Rossi and Barbara Kopple honoured Da Pennebaker with personal remembrances earlier this
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Apple Poaches A&E Veteran Molly Thompson in Pursuit of Documentary Dominance

Apple snagged a big fish to run their documentary content division. New York-based A&E Networks documentary veteran Molly Thompson will bring her expertise in supervising documentary films and TV series to Apple, which has recently ramped up its content production, mostly on the television side. As demand for documentaries grows, A&E is losing a valuable player.

Of course, Apple has not yet announced exactly how it plans to release its content, documentary and otherwise. At Apple’s recent presentation, Oprah Winfrey revealed that she’s prepping documentary projects for Apple TV+, including investigations of poisonous work environments and the mental health industry. Apple also acquired the documentary “Elephant Queen” at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. At Sundance, the filmmakers told me that the film has an ambitious and proactive social-action global release plan that could include theaters. One strategic Apple partnership with indie distributor A24, which will produce films for Apple,
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Apple Poaches A&E Veteran Molly Thompson in Pursuit of Documentary Dominance

Apple snagged a big fish to run their documentary content division. New York-based A&E Networks documentary veteran Molly Thompson will bring her expertise in supervising documentary films and TV series to Apple, which has recently ramped up its content production, mostly on the television side. As demand for documentaries grows, A&E is losing a valuable player.

Of course, Apple has not yet announced exactly how it plans to release its content, documentary and otherwise. At Apple’s recent presentation, Oprah Winfrey revealed that she’s prepping documentary projects for Apple TV+, including investigations of poisonous work environments and the mental health industry. Apple also acquired the documentary “Elephant Queen” at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. At Sundance, the filmmakers told me that the film has an ambitious and proactive social-action global release plan that could include theaters. One strategic Apple partnership with indie distributor A24, which will produce films for Apple,
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‘Dogs’ Review: Netflix’s Docuseries Is a Poignant Love Letter to Humanity

“Human relationships are complex. Dogs make life more simple,” says groomer Kenichi Nagase in Netflix’s docuseries “Dogs.” The Japanese introvert has hit upon a byproduct of the six-part anthology series, ostensibly an examination of the unconditional love between owner and pet, but ultimately a celebration of how the love of dogs can inspire people to focus on a passion. And as seen in this series, this leads to greater heights of humanity, even acts of heroism. Yes, lolling tongues, floppy ears, and wagging tails abound, but in the end, it’s the people’s stories that resonate the most in “Dogs.” Dogs are easy to love, and through their example, we can relearn to love our fellow man.

Documentary heavyweights Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil”) and Glen Zipper lead a handful of acclaimed filmmakers through six tales of doggy devotion that travel from the U.S. to Syria,
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If You're a Dog Lover, You'll Want To Watch This Trailer For Netflix's Dogs

Netflix has released the first trailer for a new documentary series they have produced called Dogs and if you love dogs then this is a series you want want to miss!

The docu-series is a tribute to dogs and it tells six stories of canines and their human friends. For those of you who get easily emotional over animals, you might want to get yourself a box of tissues before watching this trailer because it will probably make you cry.

Here’s the synopsis for the series:

An elegant, engaging and cinematic verite documentary series celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged best friends. The series tracks six incredible stories from across the globe including Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the Us—each proving that the unconditional love one feels for their dog is a beautiful universal truth.

Dogs will take audiences on an “inspirational journey exploring the remarkable,
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‘Dogs’ Trailer: Grab a Tissue for this New Netflix Doc Series All About Trusty Canine Companions

In this time of division, one thing that most people can agree on is the value of a good pet story. Drawing from tales of furry companions all over the globe, Netflix’s new doc series “Dogs” is looking to warm audiences’ hearts just in time for the end of fall.

Each episode of the series chronicles a separate true story about the relationship between humans and the dogs in their life. As the newest trailer shows, these chapters span four different continents, spanning from Syria to Japan. Some focus on dogs who have effectively become children for families in need, some focus on getting beloved companions out of war zones, and others center on the way that dogs can help make life easier for people with disabilities.

The series comes from prolific doc producer Glen Zipper and the versatile Amy Berg, whose previous work has included directing the Oscar-winning
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‘Dogs’ Docuseries Gets Netflix Premiere Date, First Trailer (Exclusive)

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‘Dogs’ Docuseries Gets Netflix Premiere Date, First Trailer (Exclusive)
“Dogs,” a new docuseries from Glen Zipper and Amy Berg, is set to premiere globally on Netflix November 16.

Variety has also exclusively obtained the first trailer, which you can watch below.

The six-episode series tracks six individual stories “celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged friends” from countries including Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the United States.

“Dogs don’t just make us feel loved, dogs make us feel safe,” says Zipper. “In the world we live in today, no matter how divided we are, we should take care to realize how much dogs mean to all of us, and how our bond with them can help bring us together.”

The first episode, directed by Heidi Ewing, follows an 11-year-old girl who suffers from traumatic seizures and her certified therapy dog, Rory.

Berg directs the second episode, in which a man named Ayham who fled
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Doc NYC Lifetime Achievement Awards announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2018-10-12 16:50:45

Wim Wenders to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award and will present Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word at Doc NYC Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the fifth annual Doc NYC Visionaries Tribute luncheon, Wim Wenders (Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word in the Short List program) and Orlando Bagwell (A Hymn For Alvin Ailey in Docs Redux) will be presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo in Short List) will receive the Robert and Anne Drew Award for observational filmmaking.

Free Solo and Meru directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi with Tom Brokaw at 21 Club Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Among those on the host committee are Jon Alpert, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Barbara Kopple, Dan Cogan, Michael Moore, Chris Hegedus, Da Pennebaker, Sheila Nevins, Andrew Rossi, Dawn Porter, Tom Quinn, and Roger Ross Williams.

Last year’s honorees were Errol Morris,
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Locarno Review: Yolande Zauberman’s ‘M’ is a Piercing Look into an Unspeakable Tragedy

“I was a singer,” 35-year-old Menahem Lang introduces himself at the outset of Yolande Zauberman’s piercing documentary M, “and then I became a porno kid.” A seminal addition to the growing body of works focusing on religious fundamentalism among ultra-Orthodox Jews, M follows Menahem as he drives around Bnei Brak – Israel’s ultra-orthodox hub, a city located just few miles off Tel Aviv – and grapples with the memory of the countless rapes he suffered as a kid by the hands of Orthodox Jews living therein.

A bald man with piercing blue eyes and a volcanic, uber-loquacious persona, Menahem is a force of nature, and if M keeps one on the edge of the seat for several of its chats-filled 105 minutes, credit goes largely to its protagonist’s jaw-dropping stage presence. To be sure, Zauberman does warn early on that her lead is no ordinary man. Blessed with a remarkable
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Molly Thompson Reigns Over A&E Documentaries and an Expanding Series Universe

Tonight, A&E IndieFilms’ latest documentary, Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” opens Outfest in Los Angeles before hitting theaters via Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber in October. Unusually, A&E IndieFilms senior VP Molly Thompson believes in theatrical play for her documentaries as a way to build awareness before they hit the air.

With streaming, she said, “it’s harder for the films to stand out. Theatrical is good for films. You have a whole year to go out to festivals and theaters before they come to A&E. We’re the opposite of HBO and Netflix.”

All these funding and distribution options make it “a great time for documentary filmmakers,” she said. “Even seven years ago people were starving. It was a difficult time. We were a big whale for filmmakers. Now they have so many options, and people are able to pay their bills.”

Thompson’s first job was
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Molly Thompson Reigns Over A&E Documentaries and an Expanding Series Universe

Tonight, A&E IndieFilms’ latest documentary, Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” opens Outfest in Los Angeles before hitting theaters via Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber in October. Unusually, A&E IndieFilms senior VP Molly Thompson believes in theatrical play for her documentaries as a way to build awareness before they hit the air.

With streaming, she said, “it’s harder for the films to stand out. Theatrical is good for films. You have a whole year to go out to festivals and theaters before they come to A&E. We’re the opposite of HBO and Netflix.”

All these funding and distribution options make it “a great time for documentary filmmakers,” she said. “Even seven years ago people were starving. It was a difficult time. We were a big whale for filmmakers. Now they have so many options, and people are able to pay their bills.”

Thompson’s first job was
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Traverse City Film Festival 2018 Lineup: Michael Moore Brings ‘Rbg,’ ‘Support the Girls,’ and More to Michigan

Traverse City Film Festival 2018 Lineup: Michael Moore Brings ‘Rbg,’ ‘Support the Girls,’ and More to Michigan
The Traverse City Film Festival is celebrating its 14th year in 2018 by bringing together some of the year’s best indies and documentaries, plus classics from Jonathan Demme, Hal Ashby, and more. The Michigan-set festival, backed by Michael Moore, is being run in 2018 by directors Susan Fisher and Meg Weichman, who have worked on the festival for nearly a decade and have been at the helm since December.

Tickets for this year’s edition will go on sale to the public on Saturday, July 21 (click here for the official festival website). Friends of the Film Festival will be able to get early access to tickets with advance sales starting Sunday, July 15.

The full lineup for the 2018 Traverse City Film Festival is below.

Opening Night: “Rbg

Centerpiece: “Hearts Beat Loud

Closing Night: “Burden

Open Space

“Stop Making Sense,” Jonathan Demme

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Jake Kasdan

Coco,” Lee Unkrich

Black Panther,
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Full Frame 2018 Women Directors: Meet Celia Peterson— “The Good Struggle”

“The Good Struggle”

Celia Peterson is a photographer and documentary filmmaker. Currently based in Dubai, she works predominantly in the Middle East shooting a range of documentary photographic and film assignments.

“The Good Struggle” will premiere at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival on April 7.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Cp: “The Good Struggle” is an intimate and rare portrayal of a Greek Orthodox monastic community in north Lebanon. The monks reveal their daily monastic routine and past lives before they left the secular world.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Cp: I studied Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester, and although I am secular, I find myself drawn to religious subjects, especially having spent 14 years living in the Middle East.

I was living in Lebanon at the time and decided to visit this monastery. At the beginning, I did not
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Pulse Films rings changes at non-fiction division

No Greater Law set to receive world premiere at Tribeca.

Pulse Films has promoted Emma Cooper to global president of non-fiction under a restructure that brings features and TV under one roof.

Ryan Harrington has been brought in from A&E IndieFilms as executive producer of non-fiction feature documentaries and will report to Cooper.

Besides creating feature and TV content, the division under Cooper will also target premium music documentaries and “ambitious” non-fiction formats.

Cooper served as executive producer alongside Pulse Films CEO Thomas Benski on No Greater Law, which will receive its world premiere at Tribeca next month and centres
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Producers Guild Awards 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ Seizes Oscar Momentum

Producers Guild Awards 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ Seizes Oscar Momentum
“The Shape of Water” is rapidly becoming the Best Picture Oscar favorite after winning the 29th PGA Awards Saturday night, with producers Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale taking home the top Darryl F. Zanuck prize. That’s two in a row for del Toro’s adult fairy tale of love and inclusion after topping the Critics Choice Awards, with momentum heading into Tuesday’s Oscar nominations.

Del Toro, though, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Director, was unable to attend. He was in Mexico with his ailing father. “The Shape of Water” co-star Richard Jenkins read a note on del Toro’s behalf, dedicating the award to both his parents.

For the first time, thanks to a tie, the PGA had a record 11 nominees, with “The Shape of Water” beating Golden Globe winner, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (both from Fox Searchlight). But “Three Billboards” is the
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“To Dominate out of Fear is Our Worst Characteristic as Humans”: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Their Oscar-Shortlisted One of Us

Directing partners Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady — selected for Filmmaker‘s 25 New Faces in 2005 — first came on to the filmmaking scene with heartfelt documentaries The Boys of Baraka and Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp. In their latest documentary One of Us, currently available on Netflix and just shortlisted for the Best Documentary Academy Award, their signature cinema verite style of filmmaking unveiled a level of suspense and drama they were not expecting. Centered around three people who are attempting to leave the tight reigns of their New York-based Hasidic Jewish communities, the film goes deep inside an overly controlling, […]
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“Unrest,” “One of Us,” and Other Women-Directed Documentaries Advance in Oscar Race

Unrest

The Oscar race is heating up. The Academy has narrowed down the films in the running for Documentary Feature to 15, and four of them are directed or co-directed by women, amounting to about 27 percent of the pool.

The short list includes Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s “One of Us,” an intimate look into the lives of three individuals who chose to leave or were pushed out of their insular Hasidic community, and Jennifer Brea’s “Unrest,” which sees the filmmaker exploring her own medical mystery. “When I was 28, I was a PhD student at Harvard and engaged to the love of my life. Then I came down with a terrible fever,” Brea recounted to us. “Although doctors told me my symptoms were ‘all in my head,’ I grew progressively more ill, and within months I was unable even to sit in a wheelchair.”

Also featured is “Faces Places,
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Oscar Best Documentary shortlist announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-12-08 11:38:08

Jane Goodall with Jane director Brett Morgen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, directed by Steve James; Jeff Orlowski's Chasing Coral; Matthew Heineman's City Of Ghosts; Frederick Wiseman's Ex Libris: New York Public Library; Agnès Varda and Jr's Faces Places; Ai Weiwei's Human Flow; Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power; Brett Morgen's Jane; Daniel Lindsay and Tj Martin's La 92; Firas Fayyad and Steen Johannessen's Last Men In Aleppo; Amir Bar-Lev's Long Strange Trip; Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's One Of Us; Yance Ford's Strong Island, and Jennifer Brea's Unrest are another step closer to garnering a Best Documentary Oscar nomination.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting on the 170 submitted titles. Documentary Branch members will now select
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Shortlist for Oscars® Nominated Docu Features

Shortlist for Oscars® Nominated Docu Features
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and Wgbh/Frontline.

Director Steve James

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States’ 2008 mortgage crisis.

Chasing Coral, Exposure Labs in partnership with The Ocean Agency & View Into the Blue in association with Argent Pictures & The Kendeda Fund. Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
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“Don’t Judge Your Footage in the Field”: Tips on Doc Verite Shooting From the Camerafolk Behind One of Us, The Judge, and E-Team

Vérité cinema is frequently tossed about as a term, and likely most of us know the broader strokes of the genre: an observational camera whose team aims not to interfere with the subjects or action; a film frequently built on intimate access, shunning sit down interviews or use of archival footage. At a November 12 Doc NYC Pro panel dubbed “Observational Camera,” five respected filmmakers reflected on the specifics of how they go about shooting direct cinema. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s One of Us follows three individuals who leave an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, and on the panel were cinematographers Jenni […]
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