AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital, has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for its 15th annual edition. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of Netflix's Icarus, directed by Bryan Fogel, and will close with ESPN Films' Year of the Scab, directed by Emmy winner John Dorsey. Both screenings will be held at the Newseum, the festival's Official Gala Screening Partner. AFI Docs runs June 14-18 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, Maryland.
The Big Sky Film Institute has launched the Native Filmmaker Initiative to bring more Indigenous stories to Missoula, Montana and engage the Native Filmmaking community across the Northwest. The initiative includes a Native Filmmakers Fellowship program, an Educational Outreach arm and special programming of Indigenous films at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
Directed by Andrew Wonder and produced by Something Different and Station Film, the documentary Seed follows three Silicon Valley high school students, five college students from Nairobi and an Uber driver from New York as they hone their pitches and eventually present them to a panel of venture capitalists and industry leaders at AngelHack’s ninth annual Global Demo Day.
A celebration of Canadian cinema will take place in Los Angeles April 18-23 with a variety of screenings at The Cinefamily and The Aero. The Los Angeles marathon of screenings will kick-off on the evening of April 18 with Polytechnique (Denis Villeneuve) and continue on, April 19 with screenings of The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin), Meatballs (Ivan Reitman), Strange Brew (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) and Incendies (Denis Villeneuve).
Green Day and Abramorama are collaborating to distribute the upcoming film Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk to be released across the USA in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour during the summer of 2017. Abramorama will release the film, which was executive produced by Green Day, in theaters across North America and will work with the filmmakers on the global release across all platforms.
Grasshopper Film has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Last Men in Aleppo, directed by Feras Fayyad and co-directed and edited by Steen Johannesen. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize, then went on to screen as the Opening Night selection of CPH:Dox where it won the Dox:Award.
Content studio Malka Media of Hoboken, New Jersey is currently shooting a documentary series for release online about Jersey City, New Jersey’s St. Anthony High School and its legendary basketball coach, Bob Hurley with VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorders. Louis Krubich, Malka Media CEO and series director said that when longtime client Showtime approached him about the St. Anthony story, he and his staff directors of photography agreed that the VariCam LT would be a great choice for this sports documentary, largely because of its 4K acquisition and dual-native 800/5000s.
Showtime Documentary Films has signed on as a premier sponsor of the 2017 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, partnering with the festival to make possible a wide range of diverse and compelling content, events and film industry opportunities.
Syrian dreams of freedom, young women’s sexual fantasies and an intellectual playboy are among the subjects found in the eight films nominated for the 2017 Dragon Award for the Best Nordic Documentary. The grand prize of 100,000 krona is one of the largest awards for documentary film in the Nordic countries.
Six documentary projects have been selected to receive funding from the AFI Docs/NBCUniversal Impact Grants. They include Almost Sunrise by Michael Collins, Care by Dierdre Fishel, Check It by Toby Oppenheimer and Dana Flor, Newtown by Kim A. Snyder, Raising Bertie by Margaret Byrne, and They Call Us Monsters by Ben Lear.