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Higher Ground Productions Announces Next Wave of Obama-Produced Movies and Shows on Netflix

Higher Ground Productions, the production company formed by former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, has announced a new line-up of film and TV productions as part of their partnership with Netflix. While the first wave included primarily documentaries like American Factory, Crip Camp, and Becoming, and the new titles include a […]

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Netflix’s ‘Crip Camp’ Leads International Documentary Association Awards Nominations

Leading the International Documentary Association Documentary Awards nominees with five nominations is “Crip Camp,” Netflix’s look back at an influential activist summer camp for the disabled, followed by Garrett Bradley’s poetic black-and-white “Time” (Amazon Studios) and Sam Pollard’s 60s archival dive “MLK/FBI” (IFC Films) with four noms each.“The Truffle Hunters” (Sony Pictures Classics) scored three […]

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Streaming: To All the Boys: Ps I Still Love You – the longed-for sequel lands

Never mind the Oscars – the streaming event of the season is the follow-up to Netflix’s 2018 hit teen romcom To All the Boys I’ve Loved BeforeNetflix’s latest awards-film cycle finally wrapped up last week, having yielded an Oscar apiece for Marriage Story and the exceptional documentary American Factory, and a disappointing shutout for The […]

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From China, ‘American Factory’ Subject Chairman Cao Congratulates Film’s Directors on Oscar Win

Though unable to leave China to attend Sunday night’s Academy Awards due to travel restrictions prompted by the coronavirus, “American Factory” subject Cao Dewang has a message of congratulations for filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for their Netflix film. IndieWire has the exclusive video below.“American Factory” certainly […]

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Oscar-Winning Director Julia Reichert: Female Filmmakers Don’t Need to ‘Fit Into the Patriarchy’

The hottest topic of this year’s Oscars was already in place long before the red carpet was rolled out on Hollywood Boulevard: the continuing lack of diversity in the annual awards’ nominations pool, particularly as it applies to women and people of color. While female directors were shut out of the Best Director race, other […]

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Oscars: How the Doc Branch Puts Women and International Stories Front and Centre (Column)

For female filmmakers in the industry, this year’s round of Oscar nominations – in which acclaimed female-helmed films such as “Hustlers” and “The Farewell” were shut out in place of male-directed Best Picture nominees predominantly centred on stories of white men – told a frustratingly familiar story. But in the Academy’s non-fiction branch, a different […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Marriage Story’ Added to Criterion Collection

Four Netflix titles will be released on Blu-ray through the Criterion Collection — Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” documentary “American Factory” and Mati Diop’s “Atlantics.”The streaming service had announced last year that Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” would be the first Netflix film to receive a home video debut via the Criterion Collection. Criterion […]

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Oscars: Academy Announces 344 Films Eligible for 2019 Best Picture

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 344 feature films are eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards.To be eligible for the consideration, the films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Academy rules also […]

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‘Maiden’ and ‘Apollo 11’ Lead Oscar Documentary Feature Shortlist

The sailing documentary “Maiden” and the chronicle of the first trip to the moon, “Apollo 11,” are among the 15 titles that made this year’s shortlist for the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature race.The shortlist also included two films about Syria, “For Sama” and “The Cave”; the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production […]

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