- Big Sky Film Festival
After the hectic pace and hype of Sundance, it was a treat to go for the first time to the Big Sky Film Festival in Missoula. In fact, it was my first time in Montana — and I’ll be back. I was a juror in the documentary feature category along with the delightful Skylar Browing […]
- Now on DVD: 'Kurt Cobain: About a Son'
Kurt Cobain would have turned 41 yesterday. The Nirvana frontman wasn’t even 30 years old when he died in 1994, but songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” were practically anthems for the 90s. And whether the timing was a deliberate act of commemoration or sheer coincidence, AJ Schnack‘s Kurt Cobain: About a Son (first released […]
- San Francisco Happening: Remembering Harvey Milk
San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood has undergone a timewarp transformation over the past few days for the filming of Milk, Gus Van Sant‘s new movie based on the life and times of Harvey Milk. Milk was a 1970s-era activist and politician who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most remarkable people of the 20th century […]
- Sundance Recap: Docs and My Drama
This is the last of our live reports from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Cynthia Lopez is POV/AmDoc’s Vice President. This festival marked her eighth year attending Sundance. What follows is her personal diary of the high and low points of last week’s Sundance Film Festival. You just never know what’s going to happen when […]
- 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 […]