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Theatrical Documentary Market in ‘Robust Shape,’ Dogwoof’s Oli Harbottle Says

The theatrical market for documentary films is in “robust shape,” with 2019 proving to be a strong year for the genre after an exceptional 2018, reports Oli Harbottle, head of distribution and acquisitions at leading U.K. documentary outfit Dogwoof.Harbottle says 2019 was always going to struggle to match 2018’s “blockbuster” year, which saw the release […]

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Doc NYC Turns 10: How the Festival Benefited From the Rising Popularity of Documentaries

When Doc NYC started a decade ago, documentary film was still seen as something of a novelty. In the ensuing years, non-fiction movies have exploded in popularity with hits such as “Rbg,” “Free Solo,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “Apollo 11” helping to fuel more interest in the genre.“We never could have anticipated the […]

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Alex Gibney’s Anti-Putin Portrait ‘Citizen K’ Gets Awards Release From ‘Free Solo’ Distributor

Prolific doc maker Alex Gibney returns this year with “Citizen K,” a portrait of Putin’s Russia that Greenwich Entertainment will release in Los Angeles on November 22. Financed by Amazon, the film will later hit streaming via Prime Video. Greenwich last year handled the theatrical distribution of National Geographic’s “Free Solo,” which went on to […]

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“Technology Has Come A Long Way”: Todd Douglas Miller And E. Chai Vasarhelyi On Going Big With Apollo 11 And Free Solo At Ifp Week 2019

Documentaries have been making bank at the box office the last couple years, which is heartening for anyone worried the blockbusters are the only game in town. Still, you don’t necessarily have to see small, intimate fare like Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Rbg and Three Identical Strangers on a giant screen. You can’t say […]

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Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2019 Full Winners List: Oscar Darling ‘Free Solo’ Wins Big

It was a wild scene at the first night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, with an Oscar-winning documentary holding court over its television brethren. National Geographic’s “Free Solo” went seven for seven at the ceremony, winning every award it was nominated for, including trophies for directing, cinematography, and editing.Meanwhile, Netflix’s animated sci-fi […]

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‘Free Solo,’ ‘Queer Eye’ & ‘SNL’ Rule First Night Of 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

The Television Academy handed out the first wave of Emmy Awards this year with Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmy ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. The winners of 46 awards were announced Saturday with another 49 awards getting their moment tomorrow night. The remaining honors will be announced on Sunday, Sept. 22nd during a primetime telecast […]

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Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Queer Eye’ Among Big Winners on Night 1 (Full List)

“Free Solo,” “Queer Eye,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Saturday Night Live” were among the big winners Saturday after the first night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.“Free Solo,” the National Geographic feature documentary that already claimed the Oscar earlier this year, lead the field on the night […]

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Oscar-Winning Documentary ‘Free Solo’ Lands Seven Emmy Nominations

Five months after winning the Oscar for best documentary, “Free Solo” landed seven Emmy nominations Tuesday. The National Geographic film, which chronicles mountaineer Alex Honnold’s nail-biting climb up the 3,000-foot El Capitan without a rope, landed Television Academy nods for directing, editing, cinematography, interactive media, sound editing, sound mixing, and music composition.“We are so happy […]

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Documentarians Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch New Production Company — Exclusive

With documentaries on the rise and multiple backers and outlets for non-fiction films, two veteran filmmakers — married producer-financier Dan Cogan and producer-director Liz Garbus — have decided to launch their own production company, Story Syndicate. Clearly, it’s a propitious time: The public’s appetite for non-fiction stories has never been greater, as movies ranging from […]

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Documentary Filmmaker Andrew Berends, Cameraman on ‘Free Solo,’ Dies

Andrew Berends, the director of five documentary films and most recently a cameraman on the Oscar-winning “Free Solo,” has died.Berends spent his career making films that illuminated underreported aspects of various international conflicts, particularly in Africa. His 2012 film “Delta Boys” covered an evolving battle over the oil-rich regions of Nigeria. In 2015, his film […]

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