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2014-05-01 12:28:34

Filmmakers and Policy Leaders to Attend June 20, 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium at the National Archives in Washington, DC WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Film Institute announced today that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Academy Award(® )winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney as its 2014 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim honoree during its 12th edition held June 18-22, 2014 in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD. The AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim...

2009-06-18 11:00:00

SMILE PINKI (Oscar-Winner for Best Documentary Short) and THE CONSCIENCE OF NHEM EN (Oscar-Nominated for Best Documentary Short) Discussion To Follow With Oscar-Winning Berkeley Filmmaker, Steven Okazaki SAN FRANCISCO, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: The community is invited to attend a FREE screening of two Oscar nominated documentary shorts on Tuesday, July 7 at the Jewish Community Center in Berkeley followed by a discussion with local filmmaker,...

2008-08-29 18:00:28

By JOHN FLESHER TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - They make movies that deal with unpleasant topics such as war and racism, yet are entertaining and even humorous. They're passionate, mischievously creative, politically liberal. Does this sound like "Michael Moore The Next Generation"? If so, there's a good reason. These filmmakers once worked with Moore on pictures such as "Roger & Me" and "Fahrenheit 9/11." Now they're turning out documentaries of their own. "Michael's body of work has...

2008-08-08 00:00:26

By Simon Usborne 'Man on Wire', as thrilling as any blockbuster, is also a true story. It's just one of a new wave of great British-made documentaries, says Simon Usborne It can be said with reasonable certainty that Philippe Petit is the only tightrope walker to have appeared on Desert Island Discs. In 2005, while recounting an extraordinary life spent with his head in the clouds, the French high-wire artist also became the first "islander" to cue up works by Morricone and Dvorak...

2008-07-04 06:00:44

By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 4--It's not 'just the facts, Ma'am,'" says Alex Gibney, channeling TV's Dragnet's Jack Webb. The writer-director-producer, who won the best documentary Oscar this year for Taxi to the Darkside and is currently promoting Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, abhors the notion that a filmmaker can capture reality simply by pointing his camera at it. That's why this disciplined and prolific artist (he also executive-produced Charles...

2006-02-02 19:50:19

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The writer/director of "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" is the second winner of the Writers Guild of America's award for best documentary writing, the union said Wednesday. Alex Gibney, who also has been nominated for a documentary feature Academy Award, was set to receive the honor from actor James Woods during a ceremony in Hollywood in Wednesday evening. "Enron" beat a field that included the matchmaker film "Cowboy del...

2006-02-02 03:43:55

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The writer/director of "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" is the second winner of the Writers Guild of America's award for best documentary writing, the union said Wednesday. Alex Gibney, who also has been nominated for a documentary feature Academy Award, was set to receive the honor from actor James Woods during a ceremony in Hollywood in Wednesday evening. "Enron" beat a field that included the matchmaker film "Cowboy del...

2005-11-16 03:20:17

By Gregg Kilday and Gregg Goldstein LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Faced with a documentary renaissance, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected a record 15 documentaries for consideration in this year's best documentary Oscar category. With 82 eligible films from which to choose, the Academy's documentary branch screening committee, utilizing a new rule change, was able to designate more than 12 films, which had been the upper limit in years past....

2005-11-15 05:38:46

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - ThinkFilm has nabbed all North American theatrical and home video rights to "The Boys of Baraka," head of U.S. theatrical Mark Urman said Monday. The documentary from producer-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady follows four black junior high school students from the Baltimore ghetto to a private boarding school in rural Kenya, contrasting the boys' underprivileged life at home with what they experience in Africa. The project has...


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