The SXSW Film Conference & Festival concluded its major events Tuesday night with an emotional awards ceremony. Short Term 12 and William and the Windmill took the top narrative and documentary prizes in the juried categories.
Bess Kargman's ballet documentary will open the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece this Friday. Also in today's news round-up, details about the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei plans an album release; and Brazil's It's All True doc film fest unveils lineup.
The latest from David O. Russell beat out indie darling Beasts of the Southern Wild to take home four awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Female Lead (Jennifer Lawrence). Other major awards went to John Hawkes and Helen Hunt for The Sessions, Amour, and The Invisible War.
Films shot and set in Miami will be feted in the Miami International Film Festival's Florida Focus and other sections, including Sundance documentary competition feature Blackfish and the world premiere of Eenie Meenie Miney Moe
Filmmakers and industry are set to flock to Columbia, MO for the True/False Film Festival, which opens in at the end of the month. Favorites from Sundance and Toronto are among this year's offerings.
Today's podcast brings the heat with a fast-paced wrap-up of the best so far and the best yet to come at Sundance, plus the true story of the hunt for bin Laden in Greg Barker’s doc Manhunt and Albert Maysles on his approach to nonfiction filmmaking and his new short The Secret of Trees.
Check out the first seven films slated for the 42nd New Directors/New Films Festival, including new work by Sarah Polley and Shane Carruth, a Bulgarian feature (the first one at the festival in 35 years), and more!
Director Zuzanna Solakiewicz reveals a little-known piece of Jewish history: a gravesite in Poland of three holy masters, covered up during World War II. Travel to Poland with Meir Moszkowicz on Yorzeit (the anniversary of the death of Master Zvi) in this beautiful documentary.