The Pennebaker Award will be presented to documentarian R.J. Cutler during the sixth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards gala November 14 at the BRIC Arts Media Center in Brooklyn, New York. The award is named for Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award winner, D A Pennebaker, who passed away in 2019. The award will be presented to Cutler by Pennebaker’s producing partner and wife, Chris Hegedus.
Some of the world’s most spectacular views are best seen from halfway up a wall of rock. That’s a place where gear has to be reliable, whether it’s crucial safety equipment or the cameras that let the rest of us experience the same dizzying panorama. It’s also a familiar situation to alpinist Renan Ozturk, whose experience includes some of the steepest climbing challenges on the planet as well as documentary filmmaking and photojournalism covering everything from the freezing Himalayas to the African deserts of Chad.
The groundbreaking documentary My Name is Pauli Murray is in theatres now and will be available on Amazon Prime October 1. The film was made by the same team that made the award-winning documentary RBG about the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Goldcrest Post provided post-production services and support for three films debuting at this month’s 78th Venice International Film Festival. Among them is The Lost Daughter, a dramatic feature marking the directorial debut of Oscar-winner Maggie Gyllenhaal that is screening in the festival’s international competition.
The Hip Hop Film Festival its month-long run with a week jam packed with celebrity events and cyphers. BET’s Big Fifty screening will close out this year’s festival on September 2, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn. Directed by media personality, writer, and film director Russ Parr, Big Fifty tells the unbelievable true story of bigger-than-life Delrhonda Big Fifty Hood, who went from street thug to respected gangsta to finding redemption. Big Fifty stars Remy Ma, Durrell Tank Burbs, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Debbi Morgan, Mike Merrill, Vena Excell (aka Pretty Vee) and Michael Anthony.
Kinema, which calls itself a cinematic experience platform, has expanded its film library to a total of more than 60 new titles. New partners include Magnolia Pictures, Greenwich Entertainment, Abramorama, Cargo Releasing, Frameline, Film Movement and Well Go USA. The rollout of the new titles, all of which have experienced global film festival recognition and critically acclaimed industry reviews, will continue this summer into the late fall.
Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment are bringing Rush: Cinema Strangiato - Director's Cut to select movie theatres worldwide on September 9. The film brings Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – and Rush fans together in movie theatres once again.
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television is nominating two WFPF-preserved films – The Wobblies and Betty Tells Her Story – for inclusion on this year’s National Film Registry. Both films explore a diverse range of issues and innovative approaches to filmmaking practiced by women makers.
Scared To Debt: Sallie Mae Not, chapter one of a feature documentary film by Michael Camoin, takes an investigative and historical look into public and private issued student loans and the debt crisis facing more than 45 million American borrowers today. Sallie Mae Not premieres virtually on July 26 at 1:00 pm on Film Festival Flix Livestream presented by the Whistleblower Summit and Film Festival taking place July 23 through August 1.