“Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” to open Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23

“Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” to open Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23

Source:  Refinery29

“Taylor Swift: Miss Americana,” a new Netflix original documentary about the pop star, will open the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23.

Directed by Emmy winner Lana Wilson, the documentary will take a “raw and emotionally revealing look” at Swift’s life during a “transformational period” in which she comes to terms with being a woman “harnessing the full power of her voice,” according to a press release from the streaming service

Swift’s latest album “Lover” features the song, “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince,” which Swift told Rolling Stone is a political track written after the midterm elections.

The documentary will be released globally on Netflix sometime in 2020.

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“In a Whisper” and “Sunless Shadows” win top awards at IDFA

“In a Whisper” and “Sunless Shadows” win top awards at IDFA

Source:  Realscreen and Variety

Heidi Hassan and Patricia Pérez Fernández’s “In a Whisper” took home the award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Wednesday.

The film centers on two emigrated Cuban filmmakers whose passion for film, friendship, and freedom reunite them after years apart.

The festival jury in a statement described the film as “a magical, original, and risk-taking cinematic endeavor,” which embodies “a refreshing expression of womanhood; an ode to loss; a celebration of friendship, will, and vulnerability; a reclaiming of hope and passion; and a piercingly honest cinematic dialogue.”

Iranian docmaker Mehrdad Oskouei won the award for directing for his subtly devastating film “Sunless Shadows,” which focuses on young women serving time for the murder of a male relative.

The jury was impressed by the director’s “approach to a pressing subject which he skilfully turns into a metaphor for a whole country.”  They further stated that Oskouei “portrays the complexity and tragedy of the characters’ condition and their haunting stories, while challenging notions such as freedom, safety, and love.”

See the complete list of this year’s winners at the IDFA website.

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“City Dream,” “Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back,” and “Bob in the Park” win top awards at DOC NYC

“City Dream,” “Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back,” and “Bob in the Park” win top awards at DOC NYC

Source:  DOC NYC

Two days before the festival’s close, DOC NYC announced its 2019 award winners last night at the Flatiron Room in Manhattan.

This year’s event, running November 6-15 at IFC Center, the SVA Theatre, and Cinépolis Chelsea, featured 135 feature-length documentaries and 126 short documentaries.  Included were 28 world premieres and 27 U.S. premieres.

Three juries selected films from the festival’s Viewfinders, Metropolis, and Shorts sections to recognize for their outstanding achievements in form and content.

“City Dream” was awarded the grand jury prize in the Viewfinders’ section, “Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back” won the grand jury prize in the Metropolis section, and “Bob in the Park” took home the grand jury prize in the festival’s Shorts section.

See the complete list of winners at DOC NYC.


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“Lifeline: Clyfford Still” will make its world premiere at DOC NYC

“Lifeline: Clyfford Still” will make its world premiere at DOC NYC

Source:  Bloomberg

Clyfford Still was not an easy man.

He called the paintings of fellow abstract expressionist Barnett Newman “pathetic” and referred to influential art critic Clement Greenberg as “a small and lecherous man.”  He destroyed one of his own canvases by cutting a chunk out of it after a collector dared to disobey his wishes.  He turned down sales, rejected exhibitions, and forbade reproductions.

The artist’s uncompromising life and the toll it’s taken on his reputation and market is the subject of the new documentary “Lifeline: Clyfford Still.”

“It’s about what you give up in your life to make art the way you chose to,” says Dennis Scholl, the film’s director and an art collector.  “He gave up acclaim and attention.  He would not let the art world commodify him.”

“Lifeline: Clyfford Still” will make its world premiere on November 12 at DOC NYC.

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Chuck Todd talks about the Meet the Press Film Festival

Chuck Todd talks about the Meet the Press Film Festival

Source:  TheWrap

Ahead of the third annual Meet the Press Film Festival, anchor Chuck Todd and executive producer John Reiss spoke to TheWrap about expanding the Sunday show’s brand to keep up with the changing media landscape.

“I don’t know how else to do this job in this changing media environment where there’s a million places to go,” Todd said during a discussion of the daily MSNBC show, the podcast and the film festival spinoff of the hour-long political program.

This year’s festival, in collaboration with the American Film Institute, will showcase more than 20 issue-based short documentary films from five countries, submitted by the likes of Netflix, HBO, A&E, ESPN, and more.

The films highlight topics like criminal justice reform, climate change, immigration, education, and racial and gender equality.

The two-day Meet the Press Film Festival begins today in Washington, D.C.

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“The Cave” wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival

“The Cave” wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival

Source:  Realscreen

National Geographic’s “The Cave” took home the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival.

The film sees director Feras Fayyad return to his native Syria, following a team of female doctors treating patients in an underground hospital in the war torn country.

The first runner-up was Garin Hovannisian’s “I Am Not Alone.”  The second runner-up was Bryce Dallas Howard’s “Dads.”

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