Grierson Trust Awards 2015: Shortlist

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

A very well deserved congratulations to all 14 members who have been shortlisted for The Grierson Trust awards 2015. There are members in pretty much every category (obviously, no surprise there…) Up for the ‘Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme’ are Ruth Nicklin with Excluded: Kicked out of School Ep.1 and Brian Woods with Raining in my Heart. Brian is also looking at picking up the ‘Best Science or Natural History’ award for Curing Cancer. The success run for Laura Poitrais’ Citizenfour, distributed by SP and

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The Pitch Competition Winners

Posted Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Aurora Fearnley and Nic Crum both picked up prizes at this years ‘The Pitch’ competition. Aurora became the competition’s first ever female winner with her sci-fi short film, Pulsar. Aurora won production support from ‘The Pitch’ who will continue to help develop her idea with a budget of £25,000. Actor David Gyasi, one of ‘The Pitch’ judges, rated her idea by saying: “For me it was the story and the character that grabbed me. I could really envisage the film

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Oscar and BAFTA Award Nominees and Shooters at Sundance 2014

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

2014 has had an impressive start with Shooters being nominated for Oscar and BAFTA awards left, right and centre. We’re also very happy to report that a whopping 21 Shooters are having their films screened at this years Sundance Film Festival. Huge congratulations go to Mark Gill and Edgar Barens, who are both Oscar nominees this year. Mark Gill is up for the Academy Award in the Best Short Film category for ‘The Voorman Problem’, featuring actors Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander.

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Cinema Eye Honors – Celebrating the Craft of Documentary

Posted Monday, March 30th, 2009

One of the lessons of 2009 for me: the worse things get, the better people get, or rather the more I realize how important all the people I work with and play with are to me and to the life I want to live. The past few months have been a strange mixture of 3am panics about the state of the world and moments of sheer joy, and most of these moments of joy have been documentary-related (watching Obama’s inauguration

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The Shooting People Oscar Poll

Posted Friday, February 20th, 2009

Man on Wire is way ahead in the Shooting People Oscar Poll. If you’re a member get voting now. There’s money in it for the lucky winner!

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Oscar 2009 Nominations

Posted Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Here’s the list. I’m really pleased that Waltz with Bashir has been nominated in the Best Foreign-Language Film category because if it wins, and I think it should, then two docs can win big Oscars. Best picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon Milk The Reader Slumdog Millionaire Best Director David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon Gus van Sant, Milk Stephen Daldry, The Reader Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire Best supporting actress Amy Adams, Doubt

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Cinema Eye 2009 Shortlist

Posted Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Awards are a bit like weddings. You sort of wish that everyone would just get together and throw a party and pay attention to each other just because it’s a nice thing to do but you really have to add a little something extra into the mix to get people to rent hotel rooms and buy toasters and china and, well, I guess my point is that sometimes, although the competition aspect of film award events doesn’t sit so well

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The Oscar Documentary shortlist

Posted Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Not bad, not bad. This list often causes some consternation in the doc community as great films are ignored in favor of the obviously not so great but this year’s list includes some really strong films. I, like many others, am disappointed that Margaret Brown’s assured and intelligent The Order of Myths is not on this list but I am really thrilled to see Jeremiah Zagar’s In A Dream on there. I saw In A Dream at the Woodstock Film

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Woodstock Film Festival – a belated recap

Posted Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

I had a wonderful time up at the Woodstock Film Festival a couple of weeks ago and I feel terrible that I haven’t had a chance to write about it until now. It was great to be up in the country as the leaves started turning and the air grew crisp. I even had a couple of nature epiphanies eating apples off trees and looking at deer in the woods (such a city girl!). Everything smelled of woodsmoke and patchouli

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Making films out of anger. . . and Herzog and Morris

Posted Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Jason Kohn gave a great speech when he won the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking at the Cinema Eye Honors last week. He spoke about making Manda Bala “out of anger” after watching Marshall Curry’s Streetfight play to an empty theater at a festival in Sao Paulo. “I was so god damn mad. . . because when these movies don’t get seen you feel like you’re fucking losing, you feel like somebody else is winning and that person is no

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