One of the interesting things about awards season is how voters are sometimes forced to vote on certain films. Take, for example, the Oscar shortlists. A small group of people wade through the hundreds of eligible films in certain categories and then provide a shortlist. Then, nominees can only be picked from that list. So there’s really a round of nominations before the actual nominations.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences already released a shortlist for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and now they’ve made public the shortlist for Best Documentary. Plenty of fantastic films are on the list including the Roger Ebert doc Life Itself, The Overnighters, CitizenFour and Jodorowsky’s Dune. Check out the full Oscar documentary shortlist below. Read More »
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The best documentaries take a great subject and then get hit by lightning. You’re filming your movie and then, over the course of it, something incredible and magical happens that takes the story in a whole different way. For filmmaker Mami Sunada, unprecedented access into one of the most famous animation studios in the world, Studio Ghibli, was just the beginning. Things got very interesting when their most famous and revered filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, decided to announce his retirement.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is the result of that crazy story. It’s a documentary about the behind the scenes drama at Ghibli and the aftermath of Miyazaki making the bombshell announcement. A trailer for the film has now released in advance of a limited theatrical release November 28 and then a VOD window early in 2015. Check out the The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a Studio Ghibli documentary trailer, below. Read More »
When a landfill in New Mexico was dug up last year, with those involved hoping to exhume thousands of dumped copies of Atari’s terrible E.T. video game, the whole event was captured on camera for a documentary. That doc is Atari: Game Over, directed by Zak Penn, and it is now available online. Thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, you can watch Atari: Game Over for free. Read More »
The tagline for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is “Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” In all the discussions about the film post release, that idea has kind of been left in the dust (pun intended). The environmental issues in the film have been overshadowed by the science of the space sequences, and the sound in the theater. Hoping to focus attention back on that aspect of the film, Nolan and his team are doing a project to celebrate the planet we live on.
Nolan and his actors are asking fans, filmmakers and everyone in between to participate in a time capsule project. An Interstellar documentary, if you will, that will result in a film that showcases “memorable and inspiring moments of today to give future generations a way to remember where they came from.” David Brodie and Angus Wall are producing the film with Nolan curating the entries.
Below, watch a video pitch from the cast of Interstellar and read more information about the project. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
You don’t have to be a gamer to know World of Warcraft is a big deal. Since its creation in 2004, it’s become a bona fide phenomenon. World of Warcraft is the most popular MMORPG in the world with over 10 million subscribers, as well as the highest-grossing video game of all time with over $10 billion in sales. And for its most diehard devotees, World of Warcraft is no mere video game but a community, a culture, and a way of life.
The new documentary World of Warcraft: Looking for Group explores how a simple online fantasy game became what it did. Through interviews with the game creators at Blizzard Entertainment and with players themselves, World of Warcraft: Looking for Group looks at the origins and history of the game, as well as the fandom surrounding it. Watch the World of Warcraft Looking for Group documentary trailer after the jump.
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Every day, new shows hit the Internet. YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, content created for the internet used to be unique, but has now become the norm. It’s gotten to the point where, such is the case with real TV, the only ones that get a lot of attention are the best ones. One that definitely ranks among those is Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show, which is located on Crackle, is going into its fifth season and the trailer is now online. It features Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr and many others. Check out the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 5 trailer below. Read More »
/Film readers, you’ve been recruited. The producer and director of a new Back to the Future documentary, Back in Time, have asked for your help. They’re well into production on a documentary about the history of Back to the Future and the long-lasting effect the film has had on popular culture. However, the twist is the film is being told through the eyes of the film’s third star: The DeLorean.
Director Jason Aron and producers Louis Krubich and Lee Leshen have traveled all over talking to people inspired by the film, many of whom own DeLoreans, and the next up is one of their biggest yet: Doctor Emmet Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd. Aron has created a video specifically for the /Film readers asking for questions they can ask Lloyd. Then, sometime in the future, we’ll be able to post his answers, even if they don’t make it into the final film.
Below, give us your best Christopher Lloyd question in the comments, check out some production stills from Back in Time and read more about the film. Read More »
Maybe I’m guessing wrong, but it feels like Orson Welles has fallen away from his perch at the top of the list of the most fascinating American filmmakers. We’re a couple decades removed from the prominence of the people who kept him in the conversation; other filmmakers have dominated the conversation as dialogue about film has changed. We’ve seen Citizen Kane fall from first to second on Sight and Sound’s once-a-decade list of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time. (Kane held the #1 spot for fifty years.)
No matter how many other filmmakers do things that Welles did, however, none will ever do everything Welles did, and very few will do it in the way he managed. He wasn’t just there for many of Hollywood’s formative moments, he provided several of them. If you don’t know the history and films of Welles, there’s never a bad time to dive in.
Here’s the trailer for the Orson Welles documentary Magician, which recounts Welles’ life and achievements, featuring interviews with with Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg. Read More »
Julia Marchese has worked at the New Beverly theater in Los Angeles since 2006. That employment came to an end this week, but along with the end of her tenure at the theater comes an unexpected gift for audiences.
Marchese has spent the past couple years producing and directing Out of Print, a documentary on the allure of 35mm film projection, with the New Beverly at the center of the doc. Financed in part via Kickstarter, the film features interviews with Patton Oswalt, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Joe Dante, Mark Romanek, John Landis, Lloyd Kaufman, Fred Dekker, and Richard Kelly.
Now, she has released the film online for free. The title Out of Print has proven to be unfortunately prophetic, for reasons Marchese explains in her online release, but you can enjoy the feature in full right now.
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