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Film-maker Kevin Macdonald: ‘Oprah shaped America, but she’s unexamined’

The Oscar-winning director on his new real-life tale about a Guantánamo Bay detainee, his fears for the future of cinema, and turning the spotlight on OprahKevin Macdonald, a 53-year-old Scot, is a rare director equally at home in factual and feature films. His documentaries have included 2018’s Whitney, the climbing epic Touching the Void and […]

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Producer Arthur Cohn Reflects on His First Oscar

Producer Arthur Cohn was first mentioned in Variety on Feb. 20, 1962, when the documentary he produced, “Sky Above, Mud Beneath,” was nominated for an Oscar. The doc, “Le Ciel et la boue,” directed by Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau, underwent a few title changes over the years, and ended up winning the prize for 1961. Cohn has […]

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Film News Roundup: Thai Cave Rescue Documentary in the Works at National Geographic

In today’s film news roundup, National Geographic is making a Thai cave rescue movie, AMC has a big weekend at the box office, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s “Fast Color” gets a release date.Movie DevelopmentYet another movie is in the works about last year’s cave rescue in Thailand.National Geographic Documentary Films has greenlit a feature about the […]

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DNA Films, Passion Pictures Team for Doc on Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson

DNA Films and Passion Pictures are partnering for a feature-length documentary about legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, the two companies announced Tuesday. The British production companies, whose credits include Oscar-winning narrative features “The Last King of Scotland” and “Ex Machina” and Oscar-winning documentaries “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugarman,” will co-produce the […]

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