Twenty Feet From Stardom, director Morgan Neville’s documentary about the backup vocalists who have toiled in the shadows of rock and soul’s greatest artists, was acquired by RADiUS-TWC after an opening-night premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Neville, who has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for his music films, including one on Johnny Cash, directed his lens on a group of female singers who’d attempted their own solo careers but settled for providing the supporting vocals for iconic artists like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder. READ FULL STORY
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Four years removed from serving two terms as George W. Bush’s powerful and polarizing vice president, Dick Cheney is still capable of sending tremors through the Force, whether it’s the continuation of unprecedented post-9/11 security policies he helped put in place, or movie critics who describe Zero Dark Thirty as a thriller that Cheney would love. While in office, Cheney routinely batted away shrill liberal critics who callously vilified him as some all-powerful Sith Lord manipulating the levers of government from above, but in the new Sundance Film Festival documentary The World According to Dick Cheney, he’s taking questions on the most controversial aspects of his career. Documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler, who produced the 1993 inside look at Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, The War Room, sat down with the man Cutler believes is “the most significant non-presidential political figure in our nation’s history.”
But don’t expect any Robert McNamara Fog of War reversals. Cheney may have had a heart transplant last March, but he’s still undeniably Dick Cheney, and his stubborn defiance will likely infuriate his enemies and inspire his supporters. “This is definitely a film that people are going to bring their own political convictions to,” says Cutler. “I’m really not entering from a political point of view; I’m entering from a filmmaking point of view. He himself has said that his vice-presidency was the most consequential and controversial vice-presidency we’ve ever had, so my agenda, if you want to call it that, was to explore who this man is.”
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Mariel Hemingway never knew her famous grandfather, Ernest, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot four months before she was born. But his ghost — and the spirits of several other Hemingways — have haunted her family for her entire life. Seven members of her extended clan, from Ernest’s father to her sister Margeaux, waged losing battles with mental illness that resulted in suicide, and Mariel herself has wrestled with her own demons. In Running From Crazy, a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple that premieres Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, Hemingway tries to shed some light on her family’s tragic history and reverse a cycle of violence.
In an exclusive video clip, she takes a plunge into any icy stream. “Looking up at a mountain, listening to a river was the only time I felt sane. In the house, everything felt dead,” she says in the film. “I would often crack ice to jump into cold water. I liked anything that made me feel alive.”
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Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.
Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.
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Spencer Cox, the New York-based AIDS activist who was featured in the Oscar-hopeful documentary How to Survive a Plague, died today at 44. That film’s director David France announced the news online and included an outtake from his last interview with Cox that captures his friend’s unbreakable spirit.
“Spencer Cox, a star figure in How to Survive a Plague and a hero to many, died this morning. He was just 44 years old. As an AIDS activist, he helped spearhead research on protease inhibitors and played a central role in bringing the drugs to market — and saving 8 million lives. Over the years, he was a frequent and always brilliant source of mine, and a good friend.
– David France, 12/18/12
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Is Bully headed for an Oscar nomination?
Given this announcement from the Producers Guild of America, a Best Documentary nod certainly seems likely. The PGA revealed today that Bully, an unflinching look at harassment in schools, will receive the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award at the guild’s awards ceremony in January. The award honors productions or individuals “whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues,” according to a release.
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Director David Giancola and 'Dynasty' star John James on their Anna Nicole Smith doc, 'Addicted to Fame'
In 2005, actor John James was asked by Vermont-based, low-budget filmmaker David Giancola to produce the director’s next movie. James enjoyed enormous fame in the ‘80s playing the character of Jeff Colby in Dynasty and had subsequently appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, including three directed by Giancola. But the actor was keen to try his hand at producing and so was all ears when the filmmaker made his pitch. “He said, ‘I have two movies,” recalls James. “One is a kids film called Robo Dog and the other is Illegal Aliens.’ I said, ‘Let’s do Robo Dog.’”
Academy Award-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock — best known for taking aim at McDonald’s with Super Size Me — will direct a 3-D concert film starring One Direction, the British boy band that’s stolen tweenage hearts around the world. According to a press release, the film will be released Labor Day weekend 2013 — the perfect pre-school year pick-me-up.
“This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band,” Spurlock said in a statement. “To capture this journey and share it with audiences around the world will be an epic undertaking that I am proud to be a part of.” READ FULL STORY
Javier Bardem has been through a lot of change since 2008. He won an Academy Award that year and reconnected with Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star Penélope Cruz, whom he later married and started a family. One constant since 2008 has been Bardem’s untiring work on the documentary Sons of the Clouds, available on iTunes today. Joined by Clouds’ co-producer Lilly Hartley and director Álvaro Longoria, Bardem sat down with EW to discuss the passion project that he considers a matter of ”moral and historical responsibility.” READ FULL STORY
Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the finalists for the Oscar category of Documentary Short Subject. There were 31 eligible entries, and of the eight listed below, three to five of the films will be official nominees once nominations are announced on Jan. 10.
The Education of Mohammad Hussein, Loki Films
Inocente, Shine Global, Inc.
Kings Point, Kings Point Documentary, Inc.
Mondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade Productions
Open Heart, Urban Landscapes Inc.
ParaÍso, The Strangebird Company
The Perfect Fit, SDI Productions Ltd.
Redemption, Downtown Docs
As previously announced, the host for this year will be Seth MacFarlane. The 85th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
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