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The Academy Advances 15 Titles for Its Oscar Documentary Shortlist

The Academy Advances 15 Titles for Its Oscar Documentary Shortlist
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ documentary branch has advanced 15 films out of 170 submissions to vie for the final five Documentary Feature nominations.

As expected, Brett Morgan’s “Jane,” Agnes Varda and Jr’s “Faces Places,” two Syria non-fiction features, “Last Men in Aleppo” and “City of Ghosts,” two social action environmental documentaries, “An Inconvenient Sequel” and “Chasing Coral,” and timely Russian doping expose “Icarus” made the shortlist.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

Netflix landed four films, including “Chasing Coral,” “Icarus,” “One of Us” and transgender filmmaker’s Yance Ford’s black lives matter documentary “Strong Island.” Amazon delivered Grateful Dead movie “Long Strange Trip,” which qualified even at four hours long, as well as “City of Ghosts” and Ai Weiwei’s immigration feature “Human Flow,” which was backed by Participant Media along with Paramount’s “An Inconvenient Sequel.”

Four features were directed or co-directed by women,
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The Academy Advances 15 Titles for Its Oscar Documentary Shortlist

The Academy Advances 15 Titles for Its Oscar Documentary Shortlist
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ documentary branch has advanced 15 films out of 170 submissions to vie for the final five Documentary Feature nominations.

As expected, Brett Morgan’s “Jane,” Agnes Varda and Jr’s “Faces Places,” two Syria non-fiction features, “Last Men in Aleppo” and “City of Ghosts,” two social action environmental documentaries, “An Inconvenient Sequel” and “Chasing Coral,” and timely Russian doping expose “Icarus” made the shortlist.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

Netflix landed four films, including “Chasing Coral,” “Icarus,” “One of Us” and transgender filmmaker’s Yance Ford’s black lives matter documentary “Strong Island.” Amazon delivered Grateful Dead movie “Long Strange Trip,” which qualified even at four hours long, as well as “City of Ghosts” and Ai Weiwei’s immigration feature “Human Flow,” which was backed by Participant Media along with Paramount’s “An Inconvenient Sequel.”

Four features were directed or co-directed by women,
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Oscar Doc Submissions Are 35 Percent Women-Directed

Motherland

It’s time to meet the 2018 Oscar doc contenders. One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the category at the upcoming Academy Awards, and one of them will be taking home an Oscar and the title of Best Doc at the 90th installment of the ceremony. Of those 170 titles, 60 are directed or co-directed by women, amounting to about 35 percent of the total. Last year, 30 percent of the features in the race were helmed or co-helmed by women. Just one doc submitted by a woman earned a nod, Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” an exploration of the connection between slavery and mass-incarceration in the United States.

“Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases,” a press release announcing this year’s doc hopefuls specified. So at this point it’s not a sure bet that these films will be eligible to advance, since “submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to” do so.

Docs in the running include Amanda Lipitz’s “Step,” an inspirational story of an all-girls dance team at a Baltimore high school, Nanfu Wang’s “I Am Another You,” a portrait of a drifter in Florida, and Ramona S. Diaz’s “Motherland,” a look inside the world’s busiest maternity hospital.

A shortlist of 15 films will be unveiled in December, and nominations will be announced January 23, 2018. The Oscars will take place March 4, 2018.

Check out all of the women-directed and co-directed docs up for Oscar glory below. List adapted from a press release.

All the Rage” (Co-Directed by Suki Hawley)

“Angels Within” (Co-Directed by Connie Lamothe)

“Arthur Miller: Writer” (Directed by Rebecca Miller)

“Atomic Homefront” (Directed by Rebecca Cammisa)

Big Sonia”(Co-Directed by Leah Warshawski)

“Birthright: A War Story” (Directed by Civia Tamarkin)

Bobbi Jene” (directed by Elvira Lind)

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (Directed by Alexandra Dean)

“Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story” (Directed by Lara Anne Slife)

Casting JonBenet” (Directed by Kitty Green)

“ “Chavela” (Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi)

Destination Unknown” (Directed by Claire Ferguson)

“11/8/16” (Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein, Alma Har’el, Sheena M. Joyce, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, and Elaine McMillion Sheldon)

“Embargo” (Directed by Jeri Rice)

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” (Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck)

“Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray” (Directed by Kristi Zea)

Faces Places” (Co-Directed by Agnès Varda)

“The Farthest” (Directed by Emer Reynolds)

“500 Years” (Directed by Pamela Yates)

Good Fortune” (Co-Directed by Rebecca Harrell Tickell)

“Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All” (Co-Directed by Jean Griesser and Lauren Ross)

I Am Another You” (Directed by Nanfu Wang)

I Am Evidence” (Directed by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir)

I Am Jane Doe” (Directed by Mary Mazzio)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen)

“Jeremiah Tower The Last Magnificent” (Directed by Lydia Tenaglia)

Karl Marx City” (Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein)

“Kedi” (Directed by Ceyda Torun)

“Kiki” (Directed by Sarah Jordenö)

The Last Laugh” (Directed by Ferne Pearlstein)

Letters from Baghdad” (Directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum)

“Look & See” (Co-Directed by Laura Dunn)

Motherland” (Directed by Ramona S. Diaz)

“Obit” (Directed by Vanessa Gould)

One of Us” (Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady)

“The Pathological Optimist” (Directed by Miranda Bailey)

“Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman” (Co-Directed by Susan Froemke and Beth Aala)

The Rape of Recy Taylor” (Directed by Nancy Buirski)

The Reagan Show” (Co-Directed by Sierra Pettengill)

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” (Co-Directed by Linda Saffire)

“Risk” (Directed by Laura Poitras)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” (Co-Directed by Catherine Bainbridge)

School Life” (Co-Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin)

“ “Served Like a Girl” (Directed by Lysa Heslov)

Sled Dogs” (Directed by Fern Levitt)

“Spettacolo” (Co-Directed by Chris Shellen)

Step” (Directed by Amanda Lipitz)

“Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex-Trafficking” (Directed by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree)

Swim Team” (Directed by Lara Stolman)

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” (Directed by Rory Kennedy)

“Take My Nose… Please!” (Directed by Joan Kron)

“32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide” (Directed by Hope Litoff)

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” (Directed by Barbara Kopple)

Tickling Giants” (Directed by Sara Taksler)

“Trophy” (Co-Directed by Christina Clusiau)

“Unrest” (Directed by Jennifer Brea)

Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past” (Co-Directed by Amber Edwards)

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” (Directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye)

Water & Power: A California Heist” (Directed by Marina Zenovich)

“Whose Streets?” (Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan)

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Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar

Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar
One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 90th Academy Awards. That’s 25 more than 2016. Assuming they all book their qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles, the members of the documentary branch have just a few more weeks to see as many films as possible and file their votes for the shortlist of 15 to be announced in December. They’re each supposed to watch an assigned list of about 20 films, plus as many more as they can.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

It’s possible for documentaries to also vie for Best Picture, although it is rare. Among this year’s most lauded features are “City of Ghosts,” “Faces Places,” “Jane,” “Kedi” and “One of Us.”

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Aida’s Secrets

“Al Di Qua”

All the Rage
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Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar

Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar
One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 90th Academy Awards. That’s 25 more than 2016. Assuming they all book their qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles, the members of the documentary branch have just a few more weeks to see as many films as possible and file their votes for the shortlist of 15 to be announced in December. They’re each supposed to watch an assigned list of about 20 films, plus as many more as they can.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

It’s possible for documentaries to also vie for Best Picture, although it is rare. Among this year’s most lauded features are “City of Ghosts,” “Faces Places,” “Jane,” “Kedi” and “One of Us.”

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Aida’s Secrets

“Al Di Qua”

All the Rage
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170 Documentary Features Submitted for Oscar Consideration

170 Documentary Features Submitted for Oscar Consideration
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that 170 films have been submitted for documentary feature Oscar consideration.

Included are films like “City of Ghosts,” “Cries from Syria,” “Faces Places” and “Kedi,” which have picked up nominations on the awards circuit already.

Several of the submissions have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Theatrical release requirements must be fulfilled and submitted titles must comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process.

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

This year’s documentary feature Oscar winner was Ezra Edelman and Espn’s “O.J.: Made in America.” Following an outcry over what was perceived as a television series winning a film award, the Academy added a new rule disallowing multi-part movies from being eligible.

The 170 submitted features, in alphabetical order, are:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Aida’s [link
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‘Marshall’ Origin Myth Leads Weak Biopics at Specialty Box Office

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‘Marshall’ Origin Myth Leads Weak Biopics at Specialty Box Office
Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which debuted in competition in Cannes and scored fresh acclaim at the New York Film Festival, is a day-and-date Netflix release, so no numbers are reported. It’s likely that the family comedy starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, who all did substantial press, played well enough at high-end theaters in New York and L.A. to take a bite out of its competitors.

Despite the lack of reported numbers, a glance at the pre-buy seating chart for the Landmark theater in West Los Angeles for Sunday shows in a theater with over 100 seats that are close to sellouts hours ahead of time suggests a weekend total that might be roughly $20,000 (roughly).That’s impressive for a film that any Netflix subscriber can see at home.

Other openers continued the string of movies about real people that are dominating the specialized release schedule.
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San Sebastián: Film Constellation Rolls Out Rory Kennedy’s Laird Hamilton Portrait ‘Take Every Wave’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Suggesting the pull of major documentaries on extreme sports legends, London-based Film Constellation has rolled out Rory Kennedy’s weighty “Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton,” a portrait of legendary big wave surfer, to multiple major territories.

In banner international deals, Film Constellation has closed France (Groupe Ab, Canal Plus), Germany/Austria, one of Europe’s biggest extreme sports movies markets (Universum), China (Jushi Films) and Latin America (Polar Star). Cai Chang has acquired Taiwanese rights, Captive those for airlines.

Previous sales were closed together with UTA Independent Film Group for Canada with Mongrel and for Australia with Madman.

In a deal announced this April, UTA brokered a U.S. sale to Sundance Selects/IFC Films, which will release “Take Every Wave” on Sept. 29. The U.K., Scandinavia, Spain and Japan are currently in negotiation, according to Film Constellation founder Fabien Westerhoff. The two-hour documentary feature world premiered at January’s Sundance Festival
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Laird Hamilton Documentary ‘Take Every Wave’ Acquired By Sundance Selects

Laird Hamilton Documentary ‘Take Every Wave’ Acquired By Sundance Selects
Exclusive: After making his bow at Sundance last January, extreme surfer Laird Hamilton has caught his wave with Sundance Selects. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights to Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, the documentary directed by Last Days in Vietnam and Ethel helmer Rory Kennedy. The film seemed to take the baton from Riding Giants, another seminal surfing film that briefly described how Hamilton was growing from Hawaii surf rat toward the sport's…
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Sarasota Film Festival to Open and Close with Women-Directed Films

Paris Can Wait

This year’s Sarasota Film Festival will feature women-directed films on Opening and Closing Night. According to a press statement from the festival, Rory Kennedy’s “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” will kick everything off and Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait” will serve as the finale.

“Take Every Wave,” which recently screened at Sundance, is a documentary about big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, who is “like an action figure sprung to life, complete with extraordinary physical abilities, a penchant for criss-crossing the globe, and a complete lack of fear.” As Kennedy explained to Women and Hollywood, the film is an unorthodox sports doc and tells “a universal story about human potential — about striving, about the power of an individual to overcome limits, and about the ability we all have to shape our own destiny.”

Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait,” which hits theaters May 12, stars Diane Lane as Anne. As the film’s summary reads, “Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), [Anne] unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure.”

“This year’s festival is reflective of the power and strength women around the world showcase every day, and we couldn’t be happier,” Mark Famiglio, President of the fest, said in a statement.

And Kennedy and Coppola aren’t the only women Famiglio is referring to. Barbara Kopple’s doc “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous,” about a a champion diver’s male to female transition, is one of the fest’s Centerpiece films. Jill Campbell’s doc about former NBA star Kenny Anderson, “Mr. Chibbs,” will have a special screening with students from the local Img Academy and Boys & Girls Club in attendance.

Additionally, Aisha Tyler’s (“Archer”) feature-length directorial debut, “Axis,” will screen in the Independent Visions Competition. “Axis” takes place entirely inside a car and follows Tristan (Emmett Hughes, also the film’s writer) on a particularly bad day.

Kennedy, Lane, Tyler, and Anderson are all expected to attend the festival, the press release notes.

The Sarasota Film Festival takes place March 31-April 9 in Sarasota, Florida. Descriptions for the women-directed films screening are below, courtesy of the fest.

Opening Night Film

Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton

(USA)

Director: Rory Kennedy

Producers: Rory Kennedy, Paul Speaker, Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson

Big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton has always seemed like an action figure sprung to life, complete with extraordinary physical abilities, a penchant for criss-crossing the globe, and a complete lack of fear. In director Rory Kennedy’s exhilarating, careening and intimate documentary, we follow the charismatic Hamilton during a winter surf season on Hawaii’s Kauai Island, where Hamilton grew up and where an approaching El Nino storm system may now provide unprecedented waves for him to conquer. A competitive surfer since he was a teenager, Hamilton’s 30-plus years of celebrity has gone along with alongside a willingness to always challenge himself on his board. He’s dabbled in modeling and acting, introduced technical innovations into the sport, and famously rode a “wave of heaviest consequence” in Tahiti in 2000. With extraordinary images, Kennedy brings to the surface Hamilton’s story both in and out of the water, showing how both have been filled with epic moves. Dive in!

Closing Night Film

Paris Can Wait

(USA)

Director/ Producer: Eleanor Coppola

Cast: Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard, Alec Baldwin

Eleanor Coppola’s narrative directorial and screenwriting debut stars Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom, and much more.

Centerpiece

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

(USA)

Director: Barbara Kopple

Producers: Barbara Kopple, David Cassidy

A transgender Youtube star, Gigi Lazzarato, aka Gigi Gorgeous, tells the tale of her life, transition and fame in this intimate documentary by acclaimed Academy Award® winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream, Miss Sharon Jones). Formerly a competitive diver, Gregory Lazzarato’s path to who she really was includes losing her mother to cancer, coming out as gay, and living out loud to over 2.4 million Youtube subscribers. Kopple’s incisive style and Gigi’s glitzy reinvention make for a compelling study of an unforgettable journey.

Special Screening

Mr. Chibbs

(USA)

Director: Jill Campbell

Producers: Jill Campbell, Barry Greenstein, Dr. Michael J. Brunetti, John Getz, Gregory Gerhard

Former NBA All-Star and New York City basketball prodigy Kenny Anderson finds himself in the midst of a mid-life crisis ten years post-retirement. Having faced both his mother’s death and subsequent DUI, Anderson is forced to confront his questionable choices and adopt the father role that he previously neglected. On his journey of rehabilitation, Chibbs visits people and arenas from his past to reflect and discover what life is like after his famous title fades away.

Independent Visions Competition

Axis

(USA)

Director: Aisha Tyler

Producers: Aisha Tyler, Barry Sonders, Lemar Vertel Scott, R. Vaughn Gill

Cast: Emmett Hughes

Actress Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Criminal Minds), in her directorial debut, shoots an entire film inside one car in Los Angeles. It’s not a great day for Tristan (Emmett Hughes, who is also the screenwriter) — his life is falling apart and everyone is abandoning him at his time of need. Taut, tense, claustrophobic, and dramatic.

Sarasota Film Festival to Open and Close with Women-Directed Films was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Diane Lane, Barbara Kopple, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler Set For Sarasota Film Fest

Diane Lane, Barbara Kopple, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler Set For Sarasota Film Fest
Women filmmakers and stars take the spotlight at the 19th Sarasota Film Festival, set to run March 31 – April 9 in the arts-heavy west Florida seaside town. Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton, the story of super-surfer Hamilton that debuted at Sundance, gives helmer Rory Kennedy (Last Days in Vietnam, Bobby Fischer Against The World) the opening night slot. Eleanor Coppola's romantic comedy Paris Can Wait, with Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, will be the…
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Power Struggles: Sundance Documentarians Tell Us What It Means to Collaborate With Their Subjects

Power Struggles: Sundance Documentarians Tell Us What It Means to Collaborate With Their Subjects
Relationships between documentary filmmakers and their subjects must balance access and editorial control, which leaves them walking a line between establishing trust and respecting boundaries. It’s a tricky business.

IndieWire recently asked nonfiction filmmakers behind this year’s Sundance documentary features about the understandings they established with their subjects before they started shooting, and if they considered their stars to be collaborators.

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Amanda LipitzStep” The process started with discussing the idea with the families, especially the mothers of the young women on the step team. We set up a meeting after school one day and all the parents/guardians were invited to attend. I explained my vision of the story, with the emphasis on wanting to tell a positive story about Baltimore, these young women, and what they were trying to accomplish. I absolutely consider them collaborators.
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‘Take Every Wave’ Director Rory Kennedy On The “Uniquely Independent” Life Of Laird Hamilton – Sundance Studio

‘Take Every Wave’ Director Rory Kennedy On The “Uniquely Independent” Life Of Laird Hamilton – Sundance Studio
Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy took audiences to Abu Ghraib and the Last Days In Vietnam, but she entered into decidedly new territory with Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Beautifully shot, juxtaposing new footage with little-seen archival footage that feels fresh even to Hamilton himself, Take Every Wave examines the remarkable and unconventional life of the legendary…
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Sundance 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year’s Acclaimed Films

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IndieWire reached out to the filmmakers behind the feature-length narrative and documentary films premiering this week to find out what cameras they used and why they chose them. Here are their responses.

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Dramatic Competition & Next

Cory Finley, “Thoroughbred

Arri Alexa Mini. Panavision G-Series lenses.

The Dp, Lyle Vincent, was very particular about getting a hold of both. They gave us flexibility in shooting and helped create the very precise, high-contrast, and slightly dreamy look we were going for.

Gillian Robespierre, “Landline

Arri Alexa with some vintage lenses

Landline” takes place in 1990’s Manhattan. My Dp Chris Teague and I talked a lot about what shooting a period movie from a recent period would look and feel like. Unfortunately, we were not able to shoot on film, and added a texture of LiveGrain during color
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