February 24, 2013 |
The musical mystery “Searching for Sugar Man” won the Oscar for documentary on Sunday night. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film about an obscure Detroit singer made a remarkable near-sweep of eligible awards since its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film details how for years it was thought that the 1970s singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez had faded into obscurity or died. But through the passionate sleuthing of dedicated fans in South Africa, where he unexpectedly achieved a startling level of fame, he was discovered to be very much alive, living and working in Michigan.
May 25, 2013 |
The Electric Daisy Carnival is getting the documentary treatment from a pair of filmmakers who were behind the recent Justin Bieber and Katy Perry concert movies. “EDC 2013: You Are the Headliner” is being directed by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of production company Magical Elves. The film will focus on next month's Electric Daisy festival in Las Vegas, a music event that is expected to draw 345,000 people. Production company Haven Entertainment is making the movie in conjunction with Electric Daisy producer Insomniac Events. Los Angeles-based Insomniac puts on electronic dance music concerts at venues across Southern California and elsewhere. A 2010 iteration of the Electric Daisy rave drew as many as 200,000 to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
December 3, 2012 |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday its shortlist of 15 documentary feature finalists and, as always, the roll was as notable for its omissions as for its actual titles. Notably absent were such critically and commercially acclaimed docs as the Peter Jackson-produced West Memphis Three investigation, "West of Memphis," Sundance favorite "Queen of Versailles" and Monday's New York Film Critics Circle winner "The Central Park Five. " Another overlooked popular title, "Paul Williams Still Alive," an in-depth look at the 1970s songwriter and the fickleness of fame, has also often been mentioned as a strong candidate in the original song category.
April 30, 2013 |
HBO is backing a new four-hour documentary on Frank Sinatra being touted as “the definitive portrait of our era's greatest performer. " The miniseries will be directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney. The untitled film is a collaboration between the newly formed Alcon Television Group and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, with Sinatra's daughter Nancy credited as one of the executive producers along with Oscar-winner Frank Marshall, Alcon Television President Sharon Hall and Alcon co-founders and co-CEO Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
March 8, 2010
Documentary "The Cove" Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens After an unprecedented sweep through the guild awards for directing, producing, writing and editing, plus a host of critics' prizes, it was little surprise when "The Cove" was named best documentary feature. The film is an unapologetically activist look at the issue of dolphin fishing in Japan. Made with a structure that has been likened to a heist film, "The Cove" follows animal activist Richard O'Barry -- who once trained dolphins for the television show "Flipper" -- alongside a team of filmmakers as they attempt to document dolphin slaughter in the Japanese fishing village of Taiji.
August 15, 2011
"Senna," a documentary about Brazilian race-car driver Ayrton Senna, has gotten off to a speedy start at the box office. The film, which opened in one theater in Los Angeles and another in New York this past weekend, collected $66,075 for a solid per-theater average of $33,038, according to an estimate from distributor Producers Distribution Agency. "Senna" is the second release for the company founded by John Sloss' Cinetic Media last year when it distributed the Oscar-nominated documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" from the street artist Banksy.