AFI Docs: singer Big Freedia on “Freedia Got a Gun” and gun violence

AFI Docs: singer Big Freedia on “Freedia Got a Gun” and gun violence

Source:  Variety

In new documentary, “Freedia Got a Gun,” which recently premiered at AFI Docs, singer Big Freedia shares her personal and heartbreaking story of losing her brother, Adam Ross, to gun violence.

Directed by Chris McKim, the documentary follows Freedia as she visits schools and prisons, diving into the state’s problems with gun violence while sharing her own personal experiences.

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“Socks on Fire” and “My Father the Mover” win top doc awards at Tribeca Film Festival

“Socks on Fire” and “My Father the Mover” win top doc awards at Tribeca Film Festival

Source:  Realscreen

Bo McGuire’s transgenerational hybrid doc “Socks on Fire” and Julia Jansch’s “My Father the Mover” were awarded top documentary honors at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.

The 19th annual edition of the New York City-based festival was postponed last month following a ban in March on events or gatherings of 500 people or more.  It was previously set to take place April 15-26 and is currently being rescheduled.

McGuire’s “Socks on Fire” was awarded best documentary feature by the festival.  The film serves as a first-person exploration into the intricacies of McGuire’s family dynamic as his aunt and uncle quibble over the director’s grandmother’s estate in the rural South.

The best documentary short award went to Julia Jansch’s “My Father the Mover,” which explores the African dance and movement of Gqom that motivates kids in Khayelitsha, South Africa to deal through their hardships and find their superpowers.

See the complete list of documentary award winners at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Postponed Hot Docs film festival announces its 226 film lineup.

Postponed Hot Docs film festival announces its 226 film lineup.

Source:  Variety

The postponed Hot Docs film festival unveiled its lineup of 226 films on Tuesday.

The 26th edition of the Toronto-based documentary film festival had been slated for April 30-May 10, but the event was postponed on March 13 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A festival press release reads “Hot Docs is continuing to investigate ways to bring the entire 2020 Festival lineup to Toronto audiences and will announce plans when they are in place.  The official selection is being announced at this time to honor and celebrate the hard work of the filmmakers and to support them as they seek opportunities in these difficult times.”

See the complete lineup at the Hot Docs website.

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“Elephant in the Room” and “No Crying at the Dinner Table” take top documentary honors at SXSW

“Elephant in the Room” and “No Crying at the Dinner Table” take top documentary honors at SXSW

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

The SXSW Film Festival unveiled its list of competition winners on Tuesday.  The festival took place digitally over the past week after it was canceled by the city of Austin to prevent further outbreak of the coronavirus.

Winners in the documentary film categories are below.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Award

An Elephant in the Room

Director: Katrine Philp

Special Jury Recognition for Achievement in Documentary Storytelling

The Donut King

Director: Alice Gu

Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice

Finding Yingying

Director: Jiayan “Jenny” Shi

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Grand Jury Award

No Crying at the Dinner Table

Director: Carol Nguyen

Special Jury Recognition

Mizuko

Directors: Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane

Special Jury Recognition

Día de la Madre

Directors: Ashley Brandon, Dennis Höhne

See the complete lits of winners at The Hollywood Reporter.


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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival canceled due to coronavirus concerns

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival canceled due to coronavirus concerns

Source:  INDY Week

The 23rd annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which attracts tens of thousands of film fans to Durham, North Carolina every year was canceled on Wednesday due to concerns about the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Duke University announced that it would extend spring break an extra week and adopt “long-distance practices” for the remainder of the semester.

Duke also canceled all university-sponsored events through April 20—including Full Frame, which is a program of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

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“Aquarela” filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky’s new doc “Gunda” makes its world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival

“Aquarela” filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky’s new doc “Gunda” makes its world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival

Source:  IndieWire

The 2020 Berlin International Film Festival is just getting started, but Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson already have one film they can’t help but rave about.  Enter “Gunda,” the latest feature from “Aquarela” filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky.

Joaquin Phoenix, recent Best Actor Oscar winner for his performance in “Joker,” saw a cut of “Gunda” before its completion and was so moved by the feature that he decided to attach himself to the project as an executive producer.  Phoenix has a long history of advocating for animal rights and related issues.

On top of Phoenix’s involvement is a rave review from filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.

“‘Gunda’ is pure cinema,” the “Phantom Thread” filmmaker said.  “This is a film to take a bath in — it’s stripped to its essential elements, without any interference.  It’s what we should all aspire to as filmmakers and audiences — pictures and sound put together to tell a powerful and profound story without rush.  It’s jaw dropping images and sound put together with the best ensemble cast and you have something more like a potion than a movie.”

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