List #1: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday this year’s Documentary Feature Shortlist. I wrote about two films that appear on this list (Burma VJ and Mugabe and the White African) in a recent post. Glad to see that they made it. Fellow docs blogger (read: guru) AJ Schnack writes to the fifteen picks and also to some notable snubs in this post.
Check back here for my thoughts on two other shortlisters: Which Way Home and The Cove. I’ve got some things to say about each.
List #2: IDFA (the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) is the world’s largest and prestigious documentary gathering and showcase. Several of the docs considered for Oscars this year were debuted at IDFA last year. So as we look backwards to the year that was in documentary filmmaking, the air is electric with the documentaries that await us. If you are interested, you can read more about the festival and the hot entries in this IndieWire article.
Boy does this Dutchy docs gal ever wish she was going to IDFA. I will have to live vicariously through my boss instead. At least I’m only one degree of separation away.