Time Magazine Creates Unit To Produce Documentaries For The Web

By | Monday August 12, 2013 @ 4:22am PDT

NEW YORK (August 12, 2013) — Today, TIME launched Red Border Films, a new documentary film unit to be hosted on an interactive digital site on Time.com. Red Border Films will feature deeply reported original films by award-winning filmmakers, TIME journalists and photojournalists and will produce at least one short documentary per month and two expanded projects a year. These cinematic films will vary in length and will be presented along with interactive features at time.com/redborder, where users will be able to watch video, explore in-depth information about the filmmakers and their subjects and view photo galleries and other multimedia elements around each project.

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Toronto Festival Locks Docus

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 7:39am PDT
Mike Fleming

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has set its documentary program to start unspooling when the festival launches September 5. The subjects range from Donald Rumsfeld to Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione and the Congo. Here are the films:

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Hot SXSW Trailer: ‘The Short Game’

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 7:28pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: 1500 youngsters from all over the globe compete each year in the World Championships of Junior Golf. Eight of the pint-sized competitors (including Allan Kournikova, Anna Kournikova’s 7-year-old brother) are the subjects of The Short Game, … Read More »

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Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘Only The Young’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 8:23pm PDT

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to Only The Young. The coming of age documentary follows three teens in a Recession-plaqued SoCal desert town. Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims directed Only The Young. The film … Read More »

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‘Dirt’ Director Seeks To Find Lost Jungle City in New Doc

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 4:35pm PDT

Bill Benenson has teamed with cinematographer Steve Elkins for a documentary about the search for a legendary lost city in Honduras. The Dirt! The Movie filmmaker and the Emmy-winning Elkins will co-direct and co-produce the documentary. Venture Technologies Investment … Read More »

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PGA Awards Unveils Documentary Shortlist

By | Friday December 2, 2011 @ 8:38am PST

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 2, 2011) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards.

The nominated films, listed below

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Stephen David Entertainment, Brainstorm In “Hybrid Documentary” Pact

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 4:41pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen David Entertainment, producer of documentary-style shows for History Channel, TLC, Lifetime and others, and award-winning feature and TV effects house Brainstorm Digital have established an exclusive strategic partnership to create pioneering event TV. First up is History’s The Men Read More »

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Arclight Launches Documentary Fest

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 10:21pm PDT

The inaugural ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Film Festival will unspool November 7-11 at Hollywood’s preferred venue for special screenings and industry events. The 10 entrants were chosen by fans who voted for trailers on Arclight’s YouTube page out of … Read More »

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Toronto: Woody Allen Documentary Sneaks

By | Sunday September 11, 2011 @ 4:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Woody Allen isn’t here at Toronto, but a documentary about him will screen here. An invite has gone out for buyers to take in a “sneak peek screening” of an unfinished version of the documentary about Allen’s creative process that … Read More »

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Sundance: ‘Knuckle’ Documentary Creates Remake Rights Intrigue For Brawling Saga

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Hollywood will be in a heavy rotation of Oscar screeners, another in-demand picture for weekend viewing will be Knuckle. That is a  documentary that won’t premiere until January 21 in competition at Sundance, but has created a heightened … Read More »

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Calling Audible, Tim Tebow Film Finds Audience Connection Through ESPN

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 4:44am PST
Mike Fleming

The Sundance Film Festival will soon get underway, when filmmakers arrive with distribution deal dreams. Even those lucky enough to get such deals often watch the films they slaved over disappear or go straight to video, especially documentaries. That was … Read More »

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Redford Tips New Documentary Premiere Section For 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Robert Redford blogs about it here:

“I’m excited about the changes that John Cooper and I have discussed over the past several months. . . A new documentary premiere section that’s a nod to the continued evolution of

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OSCAR: 15 Documentaries Will Advance

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®.  One hundred-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

“Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)
“Enemies of the People,” Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)
“Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)
“Gasland,” Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
“Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors (White Pine Pictures)
“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
“The Lottery,” Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)
“Precious Life,” Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions)
“Quest for Honor,” Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)
“Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)
“This Way of Life,” Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)
“The Tillman Story,” Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)
“Waiting for ‘Superman’”, Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)
“Waste Land,” Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)
“William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)            

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OSCAR: Docu Short Subject Field Narrowed

By | Wednesday October 13, 2010 @ 10:11am PDT


Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 83rd Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will

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TV Producer’s Doc Opens Austin Film Fest

By | Thursday October 7, 2010 @ 11:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The world premiere of Phil Rosenthal’s documentary Exporting Raymond has been chosen as the opening night film at the 17th annual Austin Film Festival & Conference, which will take place from October 21-28.  It marks the feature directorial debut of Everybody Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘I’m Still Here’

Mike Fleming

Magnolia Pictures has released this teaser trailer for I’m Still Here, the Casey Affleck-directed documentary about the peculiar hip-hop adventure of Joaquin Phoenix. The film will be unveiled next month at the Toronto Film Festival, but has anyone heard Phoenix’s supposed hip-hop tunes which interrupted the momentum of a fine … Read More »

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Weinstein Fights MPAA Over Tillman Rating

By | Wednesday August 11, 2010 @ 5:32pm PDT

THURSDAY UPDATE: The MPAA’s Classification and Rating Appeals Board today upheld the “R” rating given to The Tillman Story for “language.”

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R.I.P. David L. Wolper

By | Wednesday August 11, 2010 @ 1:29pm PDT
Mike Fleming

One of the true pioneers of TV miniseries and documentaries, Wolper died Tuesday night from congestive heart failure at age 82. Wolper transformed the miniseries into event programming, particularly when he was the executive producer of Roots, the eight-segment ABC … Read More »

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Toronto Sets Bruce Springsteen Chronicle As Opening Act In Documentary Program

Mike Fleming

The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled part of its documentary films program this morning. Opening the proceedings is the world premiere gala screening of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, the Thom Zimny-directed chronicle of Springsteen and the E Street Band’s making of the band’s fourth album, which was released in 1978. The Boss collaborated on the film, and his presence ought to create more of a rock star atmosphere than a documentary premiere usually provides. Read More »

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