When Steve James’ “The Interrupters” failed to make the Academy’s shortlist of eligible documentaries this year, fans of the acclaimed feature recalled the similar upset when James’ landmark “Hoop Dreams” failed to dent Oscar’s consciousness back in 1994. It’s clear to many documentary fans that something has been wrong for years with a selection procedure that often fails to recognize work by the likes of James, Werner Herzog, Frederick Wiseman… Continue reading Oscar's New Documentary Rules Spark Outrage
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Following two days worth of announcements last week from the good folks over at the Sundance Film Festival, they have now unleashed the third component of their 2012 slate: The big out-of-competition premieres. These are the films that are a little more star-heavy and well-known, and they’re usually the hotter tickets at the festival. We’re sure this year will be no different, as one look… Continue reading 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces the Big Guns: Premieres and Documentary Premieres
MSNBC will air a documentary about Conrad Murray this Thursday that features an interview with the doctor who was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter. The interview for Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship was conducted in November 2009, prior to Murray being charged.
October Films, which produced the documentary, filmed Murray throughout the subsequent two years and continued to record him during the trial.
UK Broadcaster Steve Hewlett conducted… Continue reading MSNBC to air Conrad Murray documentary
It was a big, sensational murder trial featuring one of the world’s greatest entertainers as the victim, and so naturally no one is done telling this story yet. Now that it has an ending — with Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter — all that’s left is to get the man’s sentence later this month and then obsess over all the little… Continue reading First Dr. Conrad Murray Movie will Be a TV Documentary
Last week the Oscar race was tightened for at least one category as the Documentary Short Subject field was narrowed down from 35 eligible titles to 8 shortlisted finalists (head over to my documentary blog for info on each of those). In about a month, a similar shortlist will be announced for the Documentary Feature category, when the Academy’s Documentary Branch whittles the number down… Continue reading Doc Talk: Predicting the Documentary Feature Oscar: 5 Plausible Nominees; 5 Possible Alternates; and 5 Unconventional Suggestions