Meet the Broadway producer who directed one of the best documentaries of the year

Meet the Broadway producer who directed one of the best documentaries of the year

Source:  Playbill

Among her theatre industry friends and colleagues, Amanda Lipitz is primarily known as a producer, with a Broadway résumé that includes “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Legally Blonde The Musical,” “The Performers,” “A View From the Bridge,” and Tony-winning “The Humans.”  But Lipitz has another lesser-known side: she’s also documentary filmmaker.

Parallel to her career on Broadway, Lipitz has been making short documentary films about a group of all-girl public schools in New York City and Baltimore.  Now with the release of her feature film debut “Step” in cinemas nationally with Fox Searchlight, Lipitz’s filmmaking is no longer her best-kept secret.

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Sublime selects two-time Oscar winner to direct documentary about the band

Sublime selects two-time Oscar winner to direct documentary about the band

Source:  Billboard

Sublime has chosen two-time Oscar-winning director Bill Guttentag to tell its story in a theatrical documentary detailing the Southern California reggae punk band’s rise and tragic loss of lead singer Bradley Nowell.

Guttentag will write and direct the documentary, which will be released theatrically in late 2018, and will include rare and unreleased music from the group.

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“Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life” explores how the late cinematographer burnished reality on film

“Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life” explores how the late cinematographer burnished reality on film

Source:  The New York Times

When the Italian cinematographer Carlo Di Palma started out, he was a 15-year-old camera assistant on “Ossessione,” the 1943 Luchino Visconti movie that is widely considered the first Italian neorealist film.

The new documentary “Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life” explores Di Palma’s long career, from that auspicious beginning to his work on “Red Desert,” “Radio Days” and some of the other best films of the 20th century.

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Read tributes and watch a mini-documentary about the late legendary luthier Bill Collings

Read tributes and watch a mini-documentary about the late legendary luthier Bill Collings

Source:  Acoustic Guitar

One of the world’s most respected names in acoustic guitar making, Bill Collings specialized in building heirloom-quality instruments at his company’s Austin-based shop.  Collings went from crafting guitars at his kitchen table to a company of 85 employees.

His customers included Joni Mitchell, Keith Richards, Robert Earl Keen, Joan Baez, and Lyle Lovett—who bought the 29th guitar Collings ever sold.  Collings passed away on July 14, following a brief battle with bile duct cancer.

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Todd Haynes to direct Velvet Underground documentary

Todd Haynes to direct Velvet Underground documentary

Source:  Variety

From “Velvet Goldmine” to the Velvet Underground:  Todd Haynes, director of such acclaimed U.S. independent films as “Far From Heaven” and “Carol,” is teaming with longtime producing partner Christine Vachon of Killer Films, as well as David Blackman and Universal Music Group, to direct his first documentary, on the Velvet Underground, one of the most seminal rock groups in history.

Haynes’ new project, currently untitled and in development, will “rely certainly on [Andy] Warhol films but also a rich culture of experimental film, a vernacular we have lost and we don’t have, [and that] we increasingly get further removed from,” he said.

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New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

Source:  Rolling Stone

A new documentary about Eric Clapton, “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before airing on Showtime in 2018.

Oscar winner Lili Fini Zanuck (producer, “Driving Miss Daisy”) directed “Life in 12 Bars,” which features extensive interviews with Clapton.

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