Penny Lane kicks off FilmLinc Daily's new weekly column spotlighting budding cinematic talent. Her inventive doc, which closes New Directors/New Films this weekend, offers a unique and intimate perspective on one of the most notorious politicians in American history.
Penny Lane's documentary on Richard Nixon and his close aides wins a big festival prize just before it's set to close New Directors/New Films. Also in today's FilmLinc Digest: MoMA unveils films for its annual German showcase and the Havana Film Festival NY and Buenos Aires Film Festival announce their lineups.
New Directors/New Films filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer's discusses The Act of Killing, an important and inventive documentary that dramatically tells the story of a 20th century genocide in Indonesia of which few around the world are aware.
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.