I’ve been banging the drum for the fantastic documentary Where Soldiers Come From since I saw it at LAFF over the summer and I’m happy to see that it will soon be available to everyone via PBS.

You want your documentary awards? I got your documentary awards right here, pal. The 4th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking were handed out tonight and these are the winners: Outstanding Achievement In Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking: Exit Through the Gift Shop – Directed by Banksy, Produced by Jaimie D’Cruz Outstanding Achievement In Direction: Laura (read…)

The International Documentary Association, the only documentary group last year to have the good sense to ignore overrated documentary darling The Cove, surprised again this year by picking Lucy Walker’s Oscar doc shortlistee Waste Land over higher profile films Exit Through the Gift Shop and The Oath as this year’s Distinguished Feature Documentary. Waste Land (read…)

From the press release, here are your 2010 documentary Oscar shortlistees: 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, (read…)

Cinema Eye is still on my shit list for rolling over for pity-bait docutainment The Cove so eagerly back in January, but they’re on the path to redemption by joining the IDA in recognizing Exit Through the Gift Shop (6 nominations total) and The Oath as outstanding documentaries in 2010. As Joel pointed out with (read…)

The International Documentary Association has announced the 2010 IDA Awards nominees and two of my favorites are included. Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy’s exploration of the nature of art, and The Oath, Laura Poitras’ chilling look at two men caught up in the post-9/11 hunt for terrorists received nominations in the Distinguished Feature category (read…)

Unless you lived in Washington in the late ’80s and early ’90s like I did, you probably have no idea who Booth Gardner is. Suffice it to say he was Washington’s 2-term Republican governor and instantly forgettable as far as history is concerned. Unfortunately for Mr. Gardner, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994, (read…)

On Wednesday, September 22, movie fans in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, D.C., Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle can decide for themselves how much they want to pay to see an advance screening of the new documentary Freakonomics. From the film’s website a link will take you to the free screening survey. Answer a (read…)

Note: Any important spoilers regarding the films in question have been clearly marked so read in confidence whether you’ve seen all three movies or not. A number of documentary-styled films have hit theaters in 2010 that stirred up controversy and forced us to question where fact ends, where fiction begins and what in the end (read…)

Yaniv Schulman in Catfish

Yaniv Schulman embarks upon a romance by computer in Catfish If you spend any time at all online interacting with relative strangers, you need to see Catfish. It’s a documentary that follows a 24-year-old New York photographer named Yaniv “Nev” Schulman as he falls for Megan, a pretty young woman from a small town in (read…)

The laundry list of great movies this year I should’ve reviewed but didn’t is long and sad. Near the top of that list is the documentary The Oath. Luckily, PBS’s essential P.O.V. program will be airing the film on September 21st and it will be streamable online in its entirety from September 22 – 27. (read…)

Toronto Film Festival programmers continue to unveil their 2010 Tree of Life and True Grit-less lineup and this morning they announced the documentary section Real to Reel. It’s a good one featuring at least 8 world premieres and films from the USA, France, Japan, Spain, Australia, UK, Ireland, Israel and China. Of special note are (read…)

Forget about the boring and probably bogus rumors that Joaquin Phoenix is going to be Bruce Banner / Hulk in The Avengers, I just want to see Casey Affleck’s documentary about a year in the life of the actor-turned-rapper-wannabe that no one is quite sure what to make of. Luckily for us, Magnolia has announced (read…)

Last night I finally caught up with the terrific documentary The Art of the Steal which premiered to good reviews at Toronto in 2009. I can happily report that they’re well deserved. At the story’s center is the multi-billion dollar private collection of impressionist and post impressionist art amassed by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in (read…)

The anti-dolphin slaughter docutainment The Cove swam away with the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, the Outstanding Achievement in Production and the Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography awards from the Cinema Eye Honors. I thought this group was organized to right the yearly wrongs of the Oscars, yet the populist pandering of The Cove is (read…)

The Directors Guild of America’s documentary nominees: Agnes Varda – The Beaches of Agnes Sacha Gervaisi – Anvil! The Story of Anvil Mai Iskander – Garbage Dreams Robert Kenner – Food, Inc. Louie Psihoyos – The Cove Geoffrey Smith – The English Surgeon Of the above, only Anvil! The Story of Anvil and The English (read…)

If you live in New York and you’re eager to catch up on a few of this year’s Oscar short-listed documentaries, the fine folks who bring you the Tribeca Film Festival every year will be screening 6 of the 15 short-listees on January 8 & 9, 2010 at Tribeca Cinemas. Now is your chance to (read…)

We all love the creatures, but this expose of dolphin slaughter in Japan is little more than a grisly bit of rabble rousing.

For better or for worse, here are the 15 documentaries that will vie for the Oscar next March. I haven’t seen all of them, but I can tell you No Impact Man should’ve been included in favor of one of them. Here’s a hint: it rhymes with The Shmove. I’m not terribly shocked to see (read…)

Jerry Mundy, Joan Gaudet and Bill Knight The excellent PBS documentary program POV is screening The Way We Get By for Veterans Day tonight and I recommend you check it out. It tells the moving story of a group of Bangor Maine senior citizens who have taken it upon themselves to greet soldiers coming in (read…)

Louie Psihoyos’ button-pushing anti-dolphin slaughter documentary The Cove walked away with 7 nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors Thursday afternoon including the top award, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking. Burma VJ and Food, Inc. received 5 nominations each also including the top prize. Outstanding Achievement In Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking Burma VJ, Anders Ostergaard The (read…)

South Park takes on The Cove

Capitalism: A Love Story to expand with free screenings tonight in select cities.

The Cove, the well-intentioned but wildly overpraised button-pusher exposing dolphin slaughter in Japan was announced today as part of the lineup for the 22nd annual Tokyo Film Festival. It had been widely speculated the controversial film would not be shown to the very audience who should see it, which is particularly ironic considering the festival (read…)

Gigantic Digital is a company dedicated to bringing independent cinema to the folks who live between New York and Los Angeles and who often don’t get a chance to see everything that comes down the pipeline. On Wednesday, Gigantic debuted the SXSW award-winning documentary Motherland. Filmmaker Jennifer Steinman follows six women united by the loss (read…)

The third entry in SnagFilms SummerFest is now streaming online through 8/13. Check out Second Skin, a look at a few of the estimated 50 million people who play Massively Multiplayer Online games or MMOs. What does it cost? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. It’s all availabe for one week for the low low price of (read…)

Coming soon: Robert Stones’ upcoming doc Earth Days, an engaging and entertaining retrospective of the modern environmental movement – a look at how the movement started, where it’s been and where it’s headed.

SnagFilms’ SummerFest rolls on with 45365, the Best Documentary Feature winner of the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. Here is SnagFilm’s opening blurb in case you’re too lazy to click over there for yourself. It’s been hand cut, bathed in buttermilk and egg, dredged in flour, deep fried to a golden brown and then artfully pasted (read…)

For one week only, check out the world premiere of Jonathan Bricklin’s The Entrepreneur over at SnagFilms. It’s the  opening film of SummerFest, the month long celebration of SnagFilms’ first anniversary. Check out LiC’s mini-review of the doc after the jump and then head over to SnagFilms to watch it yourself.

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