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February 3, 2010 | By Reed Johnson
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.")
January 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
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.
August 22, 1986 | LEE MARGULIES
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 | CHRISTINE ZIAYA
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.
August 31, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
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.
July 30, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
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.
November 16, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
It probably comes as no surprise that a wildly successful movie about the mating and survival habits of a flock of flightless birds has made the short list of 15 potential nominees out of 82 eligible submissions in the documentary feature category for the 78th Academy Awards, but "March of the Penguins" has plenty of company.
March 4, 1992 | Associated Press
Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has agreed to participate in a television documentary about his life, a British group announced Tuesday. Directors International said Gorbachev agreed to be interviewed for four one-hour programs and has given the group access to his personal archives, friends and family.
January 27, 1989 | SUE SUMMERS, Summers is a London-based journalist specializing in the media. and
An independent inquiry made public Thursday vindicated a controversial British TV documentary, marking a rare victory for embattled TV journalists here. The findings were a slap in the face for the Thatcher government, which quickly criticized them.
June 19, 2007 | Maria Elena Fernandez
Fans of "The Sopranos" are still debating the fate of Tony Soprano, but the actor who won three Emmys for his portrayal of the New Jersey mobster has moved on. James Gandolfini's production company, Attaboy Films, will debut its first project, "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq," on HBO on Sept. 9. The documentary tells the stories of 10 wounded troops and the day they escaped death. Gandolfini, who has visited Iraq with the USO, conducts the interviews. Maria Elena Fernandez
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