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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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Academy unveils shortlists for doc, music, effects, make-up and hair, shorts

Nominations to be announced on January 13, 2020.The Academy on Monday (16) announced shortlisted films in the documentary feature, music, VFX, make-up and hairstyling, and shorts categories.All shortlists appear below. Click here to read the international feature film shortlist, which was also announced on Monday.Documentary featureFifteen films will advance in the category. One hundred and […]

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‘Apollo 11,’ ‘Amazing Grace’ Make International Documentary Association Awards Short List

The Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace,” the moon-mission chronicle “Apollo 11” and the first film from Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, “American Factory,” have made the short list for the International Documentary Association’s 2019 Ida Documentary Awards, the Ida announced on Thursday.The announcement narrows the field to 30 feature films and 21 shorts that […]

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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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‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Shows Life; ‘Late Night’ Resembles ‘Booksmart’

The specialty box office is following two paths. High-profile narrative festival premieres such as “The Dead Don’t Die” (Focus), “Late Night” (Amazon) and “Booksmart” (United Artists) play wide quickly. And documentaries like “Pavarotti” (CBS), “Echo in the Canyon” (Greenwich), and “The Biggest Little Farm” (Neon) catch a wave and ride success as they widen.The old-fashioned […]

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