“One Child Nation”, “GIVE”, “Obon” win top prizes at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

“One Child Nation”, “GIVE”, “Obon” win top prizes at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Source:  Realscreen

“One Child Nation,” “GIVE,” and “Ubon” were the big winners at the 22nd annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

“One Child Nation” was awarded the grand jury prize for feature documentary. The film was also awarded the grand jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“GIVE” and “Ubon” were both awarded the festival’s top award for best short documentary.

This year’s festival took place from April 7 to April 10 in Durham, North Carolina.

The complete list of winners is below:

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award

“One Child Nation” directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang

Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short Documentary

“GIVE” directed by David de Rozas

“Obon” directed by André Hörmann and Anna Samo

Full Frame Audience Award – Feature Documentary

“Kifaru” directed by David Hambridge

Full Frame Audience Award – Short Documentary

“Life Overtakes Me” directed by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson

Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award

“A Thousand Girls Like Me” directed by Sahra Mani

Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award

“Titixe” directed by Tania Hernández Velasco

Full Frame President’s Award

“One Thing in Nothing” directed by Whitney Legge

Full Frame Environmental Award

“Kifaru” directed by David Hambridge

Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights

“Mossville: When Great Trees Fall” directed by Alexander John Glustrom

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Swedish hybrid nature documentary “Ridge” wins top prize at CPH:DOX

Swedish hybrid nature documentary “Ridge” wins top prize at CPH:DOX

Source:  Screen Daily

This year’s Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX) in Denmark handed out its top prize, the Dox:Award, to John Skoog’s “Ridge.”

The film is an artistic hybrid documentary portrait of the Swedish summer, featuring visual art, abstract fiction, and documentary material from Skåne, the country’s southernmost county.

The jury, consisting of producer Katrin Pors, critic and curator Eric Hynes, filmmaker Soudade Kaadan, filmmaker Frederic Tcheng, and Berlinale Panorama program director Paz Lazaro, also gave a special mention to Pia Hellenthal’s feminist doc “Searching Eva” about a young woman living in Berlin.

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“For Sama”, “Exit 12” win top documentary awards at SXSW

“For Sama”, “Exit 12” win top documentary awards at SXSW

Sources: Realscreen and Film Threat

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ “For Sama” was awarded the top prize in the Documentary Feature category at the 26th annual SXSW Film Festival Awards on Tuesday.

In 2011, a peaceful uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s brutal dictatorship in Syria ended five years later in a bloodbath of Russian bombs, leaving the city of Aleppo reduced to ruins.

For those in the U.S., ISIS became the focus, burying the reality of what Assad’s regime was actually doing to its own people with the aid of Russian military while allowing the separate struggles to become muddled as a single event.

The reality couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Amid the turmoil, economics student Waad al-Khateab saw a glimmer of hope in the initial protests on her university campus and picked up her camera.  Without knowing how far it all would go, she documented this struggle from its humble origins to its blood-drenched end.

That footage has now been assembled into a love letter to her oldest daughter with the assistance of documentarian Edward Watts.

“For Sama” is also one of the most important films you’ll ever see in your life.

In the Documentary Shorts category, Mohammad Gorjestani’s “Exit 12” was awarded the top prize for his film that centers around former U.S. Marine Roman Baca who opens a New York-based dance company to help other veterans cope with the depression, anxiety, and anger of war through dance and choreography.

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Beto O’Rourke receives standing ovation at SXSW for “Running With Beto”

Beto O’Rourke receives standing ovation at SXSW for “Running With Beto”

Source:  Variety

Beto O’Rourke received a standing ovation at South by Southwest on Saturday afternoon after the premiere of “Running With Beto.”

Although the documentary plays like an announcement for a presidential run, O’Rourke sidestepped the question about 2020 at a Q&A following the film.

“Running With Beto” follows O’Rourke as he mounts a failed 2018 campaign to topple Ted Cruz from his Texas seat in the U.S. Senate.

The film’s director, David Modigliani, revealed that he spent two years on the road with O’Rourke, collecting 700 hours of footage for the project.

“Running With Beto” premieres this spring on HBO.

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Architecture and Design Film Festival to screen films on Gehry, Piano, and Rams

Architecture and Design Film Festival to screen films on Gehry, Piano, and Rams

Source:  Interior Design

After making its debut ten years ago in New York City, the Architecture Design Film Festival is having its third Los Angeles run on March 13-17.

Curated by the festival’s founder, Kyle Bergman, this year’s films explore the lives of several architecture and design heroes—Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and Dieter Rams—among others.

The 22 features and shorts—which include Interior Design’s foray into filmmaking, “Peter Bohlin: From Here to There”—will be held at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Opening night will see the Los Angeles premiere of “Frank Gehry: Building Justice,” which delves into the Pritzker Prize laureate’s study of prison design as an ideal way to teach architecture, with students from SCI-Arc and Yale exploring the subject and learning first-hand about life inside.

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“Talking About Trees” wins top documentary award at Berlin International Film Festival

“Talking About Trees” wins top documentary award at Berlin International Film Festival

Source:  Deadline

The Berlin International Film Festival crowned its winners last night at a ceremony in the Berlinale Palast.

“Talking With Trees” was awarded the Berlinale Glashütte Original – Documentary Award, the festival’s top documentary award.  The film also won the Panorama Audience Award in the documentary category.

Directed by Suhain Gasmelbari, “Talking About Trees” chronicles the actions of the Sudanese Film Club, a group of retired (though not through their own volition) movie directors who try to reopen a theater in the city of Omdourman, located just outside of Khartoum.

But in a country dominated by Islamists who have made the existence of cinema extremely difficult, especially in the public arena, it proves to be a Sisyphean task.

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