January 26, 2010 |
When documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker smiles and says, "I can't complain my life isn't varied," she is not kidding. While most directors would be grateful to have one film in Sundance, Walker has two compelling works and they could not be more different. For "Countdown to Zero," a hair-raising exposé of the dangers of rogue nuclear weapons, she spent considerable time talking with world leaders like Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, F.W. de Klerk and Pervez Musharraf, "more presidents than I could keep track of."
January 27, 2005 |
Oscar-qualifying rules for documentaries have been relaxed to allow quicker television broadcasts of films that have met theatrical exhibition requirements of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The new rules apply for the 2005 Academy Awards year. Documentaries have become increasingly popular among the moviegoing public in recent years, due in large part to broader exposure in theaters.
May 6, 1986 |
Four documentaries that deal with the threat of the nuclear holocaust will screen at the Nuart on Wednesday and Thursday. One is Eric Thiermann's Oscar-nominated "In the Nuclear Shadow: What Can Children Tell Us?" It is a sobering revelation of how conscious and how terrified youngsters are over the prospect of nuclear war. The others are "Women--for America, for the World," "What About the Russians?" and "The Edge of History." Information: (213) 478-6379, 479-5269.
November 19, 2009 |
If you enjoyed a documentary in a movie theater in the last year, odds are you won't be seeing it at the Oscars in March. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its "short list" of 15 films, culled from 89 submissions, that are eligible to be nominated for best documentary feature. FOR THE RECORD: Documentaries: An article in some editions of Friday's Calendar section about the short-listed Oscar documentary features said "The September Issue" was not eligible for consideration this year.
February 3, 2010 |
Sometimes there's a joker or two ("Sicko," "Super Size Me") tucked into the documentary nominees. Not this year. All five contenders deal in a straightforward manner with serious, even dire, subjects. Meanwhile, foreign film contenders took subtle approaches in works with strong political subtexts. Documentary subjects include the rapid degradation of the world's oceans and wildlife ("The Cove"), the way factory farming may be hazardous to your health ("Food, Inc.")
August 22, 1986 |
The prime-time TV season doesn't begin officially until Sept. 22, but competition among the networks' first-run entertainment programming really begins two weeks earlier, on Sept. 8. Once that happens, documentaries are programs non grata . So, in a rush to grab the time while they can, the networks' news divisions have scheduled four for the week of Sept. 1. That's the same number in one week that they've had on in the previous three months.
November 18, 1987 |
Documentary film maker Richard Leacock has been involved with film since he was 13--as a cameraman, editor, writer, producer, director and educator. "I love finding out how people tick," he says. This curiosity has led, at 66, to a body of work that includes at least 150 documentaries and a reputation as a technical and stylistic innovator. Leacock has been singled out for recognition today by the 800-member International Documentary Assn.
January 24, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - A new title has been added to the list of movie credits that describe jobs few people understand. Move over, gaffer, best boy and second second assistant director, and make room for the "written by" credit on an increasing number of documentary films. "It's a niche within a niche," admits Mark Monroe, one of the best. "There's certainly a lot of discussion about whether it belongs or not. It's a question I get asked five times a day. But no one I've ever worked with has ever had any issue with giving me a writing credit.
July 30, 2010 |
Since 1997, the International Documentary Assn. has qualified more than 161 short and feature-length documentaries for Oscar consideration with its DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase in Los Angeles and New York. DocuWeeks presentations have earned 17 Oscar nominations, with seven films going on to win the coveted award, including 2008's "Smile Pinki" and 2007's "Taxi to the Dark Side." The 14th annual DocuWeeks showcase, which screens at the ArcLight Hollywood, as well as the IFC Center in New York, begins Friday and continues through Aug. 19. Each of the 17 feature documentaries and five shorts will screen for one week with several showings each day, thus giving these films the theatrical runs they need to qualify for Academy Award consideration.
August 31, 2012 |
Looking at the titles of some of the fall's most noted documentaries, one could get an impression of a world spiraling desperately out of control. With titles such as "The House I Live In," Eugene Jarecki's Sundance-prize winning examination of the war on drugs opening Oct. 5; "How to Survive a Plague," David France's look at AIDS activism (Sept. 21); "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare," Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke's take on U.S. healthcare (Oct. 5); and "Detropia," Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's exploration of Detroit as a focal point of economic and social change (Oct.