- Film and Environmental Activism: Catching up with Everything's Cool's Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold
Environmental issues are a hot topic this election year. David Nanasi caught up with POV alum Judith Helfand (A Healthy Baby Girl, POV 1997 and True Lives 2005, and The Uprising of ’34, POV 1995) and Daniel B. Gold to hear more about what they’ve been doing to support their latest film, Everything’s Cool. Both […]
- Looking Back at Sundance
Now that the big dance is over, I thought I'd take a moment to wrap things up. Once again, the biggest buzz at Sundance was generated by the documentary lineup.
- A Family Member Speaks About 'Traces of the Trade'
On January 21, Katrina Browne‘s Traces of the Trade had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Sundance Documentary Awards Announced
The Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition winners were announced on Saturday, January 26. AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Documentary Grand Jury Prize Trouble The Water Directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal Documentary Audience Award Fields of Fuel Directed by Josh Tickell Documentary Directing Award Nanette Burstein American Teen Excellence in Documentary Cinematography Phillip Hunt and Steven […]
- 'Traces of the Trade' and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Sundance
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was marked at Sundance with two special events.
- A Day in the Life of Filmmaker and Cinematographer Ellen Kuras
POV correspondent Kris Wilton spent the day with cinematographer-turned-documentary-director Ellen Kuras at the Sundance Film Festial on Sunday, January 20. Ellen Kuras is a legendary director of photography who has worked with an impressive array of directors, including Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, and Michel Gondry on some of the most stunning films of the last […]
- Doc Soup: More From Sundance, and the Cinema Eye Honors
I’m writing this post while waiting on line for Morgan Spurlock‘s latest doc, the much anticipated Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (Sample chatter from other people waiting in the queue: “I love Morgan.” “Me too, but I was still thinking of going to eat at McDonald’s before this.”) Things have been busy […]
- 'Patti Smith: Dream of Life' Premieres at Sundance
Steven Sebrings‘s film Patti Smith: Dream of Life premiered at Sundance on Sunday. Steven is a fashion photographer and he has been working on the film for the past twelve years since meeting Patti on a shoot for Spin magazine. Shot entirely on 16mm (unheard of these days), the film is an impressionistic portrait of […]
- POV Brunch at Sundance
We hosted our annual POV brunch on Sunday a welcome relief from the hectic pace of screenings, parties and general mischief that seems to be the Sundance routine. First to arrive was Steven Sebring and Patti Smith an artist who changed my life at a formative stage. Steven’s film Patti Smith: Dream of […]
- Oscar Nominations for Documentary Feature and Short Announced
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles. Here’s the list for documentary film. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE NO END IN SIGHT Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs OPERATION HOMECOMING: WRITING THE WARTIME EXPERIENCE Richard E. Robbins SICKO Michael Moore and Meghan O’Hara TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE Alex Gibney and Eva Orner WAR/DANCE Andrea […]
- 'Nerakhoon (The Betrayal)' Premieres at Sundance
Filmmakers Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath premiered their film, Nerakhoon (The Betrayal), earlier today at the Sundance Film Festival. The film chronicles the epic story of a family forced to emigrate from Laos after the chaos of the secret air war waged by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Kuras has spent the last 23 […]
- Thoughts on the WGA Nominations and Doc Audiences
I was intrigued and troubled by David Poland’s recent blog post about the Writers Guild of America (WGA) awards. In his critique of the awards, Poland says: “Third, has anyone outside of the WGA seen the top doc vote-getter, The Camden 28? The film was release [sic] by First Look in July on 1 screen […]
- 2007-2008 WGA and DGA Nominations
The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) recently announced the roster of nominees for their respective 2008 Awards. In the category of Best Documentary Screenplay for the Writers Guild Awards, the nominees were: The Camden 28, Written by Anthony Giacchino, First Run Features (POV 2007) Nanking, Screenplay by Bill […]
- Great Docs: 'Eyes on the Prize'
Eyes on the Prize is the most comprehensive — and moving — civil rights documentary series ever made. The landmark production by Blackside — which runs a formidable 14 hours in total — was first aired on PBS in two parts in 1987 and 1990. The series traces the Civil Rights Movement from the ’50s […]
- Doc Soup: Changing the World Through Docs
Made any good docs lately? I just recently sat down with director Jehane Noujaim (Startup.com, Control Room), and she told me about an impressive project she’s working on. First, let me ask how many filmmakers under the age of 35 (Jehane is 33) have managed to knock out two great, successful, critically-praised, culturally-significant docs? Jehane […]
- 'Freakonomics' Documentary in the Works
According to Variety, the best-selling book, Freakonomics, is being adapted into a documentary that will begin shooting in January for release next summer. POV alums Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Boys of Baraka, POV 2006), Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country, POV 2006), and noted filmmakers Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Enron: The […]
- Film Independent Spirit Award Noms Announced
The nominations for the 2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced on Monday morning by ceremony hosts Zach Braff and Lisa Kudrow in Los Angeles. The Spirit Awards celebrate independent (and low budget) filmmaking. Eligible films must be at least 70 minutes long, and the cost of the completed film, including post-production, must be under […]
- Best Documentary Oscar: The Shortlist, and a Long History
Fifteen films have been shortlisted for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, and not everyone’s happy about the list. Notable omissions include In the Shadow of the Moon, a rapturously reviewed film that saw NASA astronauts remembering their missions to space during the 1960s and 1970s, and The Devil Came on Horseback, the devastating and affecting […]