The documentary blogosphere weighs in with reactions to the inaugural Cinema Eye Awards held last week in New York City. Our own Yance Ford offered her reaction last week. The Reeler Blog’s S.T. VanAirsdale summarizes the evening as well, calling it an evening “organized by friends for friends” and criticizing the awards for bowing to the establishment orbit. Mark Rosenberg at the Rooftop Films Blog praises the awards but also suggests improvements for future iterations of the awards, including creating an “Underexposed Award” for films that didn’t get a theatrical release.
The trailer for Standard Operating Procedure, Errol Morris‘s much-anticipated documentary about Abu Ghraib, has been released. (via The Documentary Blog).
Cinematical reviews a number of documentaries from the recent SXSW film festival, including Some Assembly Required, about teams of middle school kids from around the country who compete in the National Toy Competition; Bama Girl, an examination of race through the Homecoming Queen competition at the University of Alabama; Intimidad, the story of a young, poor Mexican couple saving up money to buy a piece of property for themselves; and We Are Wizards, a look at Harry Potter fandom, and the “Wizard Rock” bands that have been formed by Harry Potter fans. For more reviews of SXSW films, visit Cinematical.
The Independent Blog writers were also at SXSW, and they wonder whether the films screened there will find a wider audience.