Wildlife cinematographer Danny Schmidt plunged into Colombia’s remote Magdalena River Valley earlier this year to document the plight of the critically endangered brown spider monkey in a project for National Geographic. Schmidt and camera operator Federico Pardo had just eight days to locate the rare albino spider monkeys (their albinism is a genetic abnormality cause by habitat degradation), record their story and capture the fragile environment in which they live.
Technicolor PostWorks New York continues its long-standing association with DOC NYC as a Signature Sponsor of the documentary film festival happening this month in New York. Ben Murray, the facility’s vice president/creative services, and Joe Beirne, its chief technology officer, will co-host a panel aimed at first-time filmmakers entitled Post-Production Secrets. Additionally, Technicolor PostWorks provided post-production services for five films screening at the festival.
Lion Ark, the documentary about the rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia and their journey to freedom, has been voted the Audience Award out of all features at Yes Film Festival in Columbus, Indiana. The Yes Film Festival Audience Award comes with a $500 prize, which has immediately been donated towards helping 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia reach a new life in South Africa before Christmas.
Fandor will release more than thirty films made and distributed by legendary Chicago documentary production studio Kartemquin Films. The move underscores Fandor and Kartemquin’s commitment to providing extraordinary cinema to an ever-growing audience of film enthusiasts.
The Hadza: Last of The First chronicles the lives of the Hadzabe tribe of Tanzania, possibly the last true hunter-gatherer group on the planet. The film, to be released digitally by Journeyman Pictures starting today, is directed and produced by Bill Benenson. The Hadza: Last of the First was shown at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and is produced in association with The Nature Conservancy, one of the most highly regarded non-profits in the world.
Bloomfield, Connecticut native Betsy Kalin's new documentary film East LA Interchange will have its East Coast premiere at the New Haven International Film Festival on November 14th.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has released the trailer for Moving Images, a SMPTE film project aimed at documenting the history of motion-imaging technology. The production team has captured more than 48 hours of interview footage and gathered archival material from the past 100 years, and drew from these extraordinary sources to create both a first-look preview for screening in 4K at the 2015 NAB Show and, more recently, a recut version newly released for public viewing at http://www.smpte100.org. Production of the feature-length documentary is dependent on further funding.
The BBC Natural World’s The Return of the Giant Killers – Africa’s Lion Kings offers ground breaking 4K footage of lions as they track their buffalo prey in the wild. This incredible audience experience of nature was produced by the Natural History Film Unit, based in Botswana, which relied on the Aerigon UAV to capture the aerial images of predators and prey.
While non-traditional gender roles are becoming more widely accepted, stereotypes still have a tendency to get in the way. This is particularly true for a Latina woman who is a teacher by trade, but wanted to blaze her own trail as the first female surfer in a tiny rural fishing village. Filmed on location in Baja, Mexico, La Maestra is a unique surfing movie told in the words of teacher/surfer, Mayra Agulair, which brings to light the issues facing female surfers, as well as the importance of taking care of the environment that we use for recreation and sports.
On the day of its world premiere at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Green Day have announced a collaboration with Abramorama, Reprise Records and Vimeo to distribute the documentary, Heart Like a Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot. Abramorama will release the film theatrically in the United States on more than 135 screens on October 15 followed by an exclusive Vimeo On Demand release the next day, October 16.