Remember that nearly 30-year-old New Yorker cartoon about the proliferation of film festivals in improbable places? Toronto-based Hot Docs, which bills itself as North America’s largest documentary film festival, is raising that bar further with the announcement they’ve teamed with extreme travel company Quark Expeditions to present the first-ever Floating Polar Film Festival.
Nineteen world premieres are amongst the 28 new non-fiction films announced in the TIFF docs lineup of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its call for submissions with the addition of a new transmedia program, which aims to “celebrate new trends in digital media and recognise these transmedia creators who employ an innovative, interactive, web-based or multi-platform approach to story creation.”
Paul Cox, one of Australia’s most renowned independent filmmakers, is often called an auteur for his uncompromising vision and vast body of work. This week, Cox launched his latest documentary, The Dinner Party at the Austin Hospital, Victoria in conjunction with the Organ and Tissue Authority. In the film, eight liver transplant recipients including the filmmaker, share their stories at an intimate dinner party.
Herbert Vogel, the subject of Megumi Sasaki's 2008 documentary, Herb and Dorothy – audience winner at Silverdocs – together with his wife and collecting partner, gifted his entire collection of more than 4000 pieces to the National Gallery and 50 institutions across the USA. On July 22, Herb passed away in New York City, aged 89.
New York director of photography, Cybel Martin has written an insightful piece about first time documentary filmmakers working with professional crews. The blog is part of ‘Shadow and Act: On Cinema of the African Diaspora’. Read the checklist of suggestions from an expert.
Tom Zubrycki’s The Hungry Tide screens at the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta on Monday, 6 August at 7pm as part of the monthly Screen Café series. A documentary about the central Pacific nation of Kiribati and their life-threatening struggle against climate change, The Hungry Tide was produced in association with SBS and screened in 2011.
Here's a special edition of my weekly programmer picks which previews a brand new season on SBS ONE showcasing the best in documentary every Sunday. It’s about the best filmmakers telling incredible stories in provocative, award-winning films. It all begins on Sunday, August 19th at 9:30pm with Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story.
A year ago at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), the always strong documentary stream was dominated by major names with works that had already turned heads earlier in 2011 in the northern hemisphere. There was Alex Gibney (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) James Marsh (Project Nim), Morgan Spurlock (POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold), and Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams).
Putting the 'Festive' Back in Festival: Non-Fiction Films a Key Element of Possible Worlds Canadian Fest
For the second year running, nearly a third of the 20 feature-length films selected for Possible Worlds, Sydney’s seventh annual Canadian film showcase running 13-19 August at Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown and St. Stephen’s Church Hall, are documentaries.
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’ provocative documentary is a “devastating portrait of contemporary social inequality" - The New Yorker.
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