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Entries in Cameraperson (5)

Monday
Jan 16 2017

The 5th Annual Team Experience Awards!

As teased in this week's podcast installment,it's time for The Team Experience Awards,our fifth yearly celebration!While Nathanielbegins his own Film Bitch Awards,here isour growing team's turn to bestow their year-end accolades without our host.

Last yearwe went all-in on Todd Haynes'sCarol,and this year we have another favorite that receives quite a few prizes: Barry Jenkins'sMoonlight.And this wasn't even close: the film was the only one to appear on every ballot in at least one category and was a landslide victory to the big prize.ConsiderMoonlightthe consensus favorite here at The Film Experience.亚博主页On to our awards:

BEST PICTURE
Moonlight

Runner-Up
: The Lobster

BEST UNRELEASED FILM
Personal Shopper
Runner-Up
: The Ornithologist

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Friday
Dec 30 2016

A Year with #52FilmsByWomen

Year in Review.Every afternoon,a new wrap-up.TodayGlennon his year with #52FilmsByWomen

The hashtag ‘52FilmsByWomen' was started byWomen in Filmas a means of getting people to consciously watch at least one film a week directed by a woman.It seems like a simple mission considering the number of films many of us watch for both work and pleasure,but I have no doubt that of the 10,000+ people who pledged to do it,many didn't reach the goal.That's all right,though,because I saw enough for two.

No,really.In 2016,I watched 105 titlesincluding feature films,shorts,and documentaries.They cover classics,new releases,hidden gems,animations,comedy,horror,and from all over the world.Here are...

TEN OBSERVATIONS FROM MY YEAR OF #52FILMSBYWOMEN

Subverting Toxic Masculinity
We don't just want more women making films for their fine-tuned insights into the lives of women – Kelly Reichardt'sCertain Womenand Anna Rose Holmer'sThe Fitsbeing perhaps the most obvious examples among this year's releases that I saw – but also for their unique takes on men and masculinity.

Look no further for Athina Rachel Tsangari'sChevalierfor a film that couldn't have been made by a man,but which has so much to say in this year of "toxic masculinity".What a shame it didn't catch fire with arthouse audiences and award voters.I wasn't too taken by Tsangari'sAttenberg,but I responded toChevaliermore than any of Yorgos Lanthimos' works so far,so make of that what you will.

I'll Go Anywhere with Andrea Arnold
From the surveilled streets of Scotland inRed Road,the council estates of Essex inFish Tank,the moors ofWuthering Heights,and now,apparently,the American Midwest...

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Tuesday
Dec 06 2016

Documentary Oscar Race Narrows to 14 Films (Plus 1 Mini-Series)

Oscar has winnowed downthat massive Best Documentary Semi-Finals listto a more manageable fifteen.We've reviewed just over two thirds of them.Nine are currently available to stream online (handy links provided) and four are in select theaters.The finalists for the five nominations are...

What's missing?Well,what isn't.There are always scads of depressing omissions.Let us focus our tears on the delicious Sondheim retrospective reflection about "Merrily We Roll Along"The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happenedwhich really deserves a big audience.But all told this list is not surprising finals list.In fact I am quite shocked to tell you that in my Top 20 Most Likely ToAPP亚博娱乐 (being revised at the moment) I missed only two of these fifteen (Commandand ControlandTheWitness) in favor of films likeNewtownandMiss Sharon Jones.

Thursday
Sep 29 2016

Weiner,13th,and OJ: Made In America Among DOC NYC Short List

One week afterLa La Landwon the Toronto People's Choice Award – a key indicator of a film's likelihood of securing an Oscar nomination for Best Picture – another major awards season clue has come to us in the form of theDOC NYC's Short List.DOC NYC is the largest documentary film festival in the country and it has hosted specially curated non-fiction in the city since 2010,but don't let its infancy fool you.If you can make it there,you can make it anywhere.And by anywhere,I specifically mean the Academy's own shortlist for Best Documentary Feature;in the last five years,the ultimate winner of the prize and a bulk of runners-up have played the fest.

This year,the crop of fifteen films headed to DOC NYC include Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's marvelous collision of media and politicsWeiner,Roger Ross Williams' tear-jerkerLife,Animated,and Ezra Edelman's eight-hour sagaOJ: Made in America.Legendary documentarians Barbara Kopple and Werner Herzog find themselves in the mix – as does the increasingly ambidextrous Ava DuVernay for her NYFF opener13th– while well-received titles such asUnder the Gun,TheEagle Huntress,andStrike a Pose(reviewed)are left on the sidelines.

The complete DOC NYC Short List is as follows
(Links go to our reviews of these films)

  • Amanda Knox(Netflix) Dirs: Rod Blackhurst,Brian McGinn
  • Cameraperson(Janus Films) Dir: Kirsten Johnson
  • Fire at Sea(Kino Lorber) Dir: Gianfranco Rosi
  • Gleason(Open Road & Amazon Studios) Dir: Clay Tweel
  • I Am Not Your Negro(Magnolia Pictures) Dir: Raoul Peck
  • Into The Inferno(Netflix) Dir: Werner Herzog
  • Jim: The James Foley Story(HBO Documentary Films) Dir: Brian Oakes
  • Life,Animated(The Orchard & A&E IndieFilms) Dir: Roger Ross Williams
  • Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures(HBO Documentary Films) Dir: Fenton Bailey,Randy Barbato
  • Miss Sharon Jones!(Starz) Dir: Barbara Kopple
  • OJ: Made in America(ESPN) Dir: Ezra Edelman
  • 13th(Netflix)Dir: Ava DuVernay
  • The Ivory Game(Netflix) Dir: Kief Davidson,Richard Ladkani
  • Trapped(PBS-Independent Lens) Dir: Dawn Porter
  • Weiner(IFC Films & Showtime) Dir: Josh Kriegman,Elyse Steinberg

Is there an Oscar winner in our midst?Personally,this is a reminder to get myself out to the theater to seeCamerapersonASAP.Which of these are your favorites and which are you most excited to check out?

Tuesday
Sep 06 2016

Doc Corner: 'Cameraperson' is Simply Extraordinary

Glennhere.Each Tuesday bringing you reviews of documentaries from theatres,festivals and on demand.

Camerapersonis the most extraordinary of documentaries.A compelling first-person visual memoir that intricately weaves some 15 years of filmmaking into a remarkably watchable cinematic patchwork quilt.A truly wondrous mix-tape that finds documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson taking directorial duties upon herself in the creation of a film about the creation of films.She utilizes b-roll footage,outtakes,and home movies to build,as if like free-form lego,a powerful portrait of not just herself,but the world we live in.Camerapersonis without a doubt the best documentary of 2016,and just maybe the best film of the year,period.

You have surely seen some of the films that Johnson has used footage from.Popular titles likeFahrenheit 9/11andCitizenfourfrom Johnson's frequent collaborator Laura Poitras,the latter of which makes a wonderfully obscure and unexplained appearance yet which only proves how impressively that doc was filmed.We've even reviewed some of them right here at The Film Experience like Dawn Porter's亚博主页Trapped,which wasthe very first titlewe reviewed in the Doc Corner.

No matter how many of the 24 titles Johnson draws from that you have seen,you haven't seen them like this.And any that you haven't will no doubt rocket to the top of your must watch pile...

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