Documentaries

Experiencing the Ocean in VR

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

Filmmaker and explorer Michael Muller has made what he believes is a first-of-kind underwater virtual reality project featuring nine episodic short films. The series, entitled Into the Now, offers a revolutionary, stereoscopic virtual-reality experience that explores the most spectacular events in marine life, what Muller calls "the holy grail of diving.”

Color Me Resilient

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:32 -- Nick Dager

Arsenal FX Color provided post-production finishing services for Ferguson Rises, director Mobolaji Olambiwonnu’s inspiring documentary about Ferguson, Missouri which in 2014 became a flashpoint for the civil rights movement after a white police officer was acquitted of criminal charges in the killing of Michael J. Brown, an unarmed black man, sparking days of protest and rage. Says Olambiwonnu, I wanted to provide a counternarrative to the events that took place, one based not on loss, but on hope and resilience.”

AFI Announces Docs Talks, Industry Forum for Annual Festival

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 10:11 -- Nick Dager

AFI Docs — the American Film Institute's documentary film festival — has announced its Docs Talks and Industry Forum events for its 19th edition, June 22-27. The inaugural Docs Talks section will feature the World Premiere of Netflix’s and Higher Ground Production’s We the People, as well as History Is Out of the Closet: Excavating Queer Stories for the Screen, a live stream conversation celebrating LGBTQ+ pride. Docs Talks events are free.

MacGillivray Freeman Partners with MetaMedia

Thu, 05/20/2021 - 09:42 -- Nick Dager

MacGillivray Freeman Films has announced a partnership with MetaMedia to bring educational films to conventional commercial theatres and drive-ins across the U.S. and Canada for educational and group screenings. A number of MacGillivray Freeman’s films will be shown at theatres throughout North America, including Into America’s Wild, America’s Musical Journey and Great Bear Rainforest, among others.

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AFI Docs Announces Film Choices for 19th Annual Festival

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 08:40 -- Nick Dager

AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital, has announced the Opening Night, Closing Night and Centerpiece Films for its 19th annual edition. As previously announced, this year's hybrid festival will include limited in-person screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as a full slate of virtual offerings. AFI Docs runs June 22–27, 2021.

PNYA Hosts Discussion of Documentary Kiss the Ground

Tue, 05/11/2021 - 14:07 -- Nick Dager

Post New York Alliance’s Green Committee is hosting an online movie night to discuss Kiss the Ground, a new Netflix documentary, narrated by Woody Harrelson, about regenerative agriculture, a scientifically viable solution to the climate crisis. The event will feature guest speaker Renee Crowley, deputy director of The Lower Eastside Ecology Center. Free and open to all, the event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Göteborg Presents New Film Fund

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 12:34 -- Nick Dager

Beginning today, May 10, filmmakers from four different parts of the world will be able to submit their applications to Göteborg Film Fund 2021. The fund aims to contribute to a diversified media landscape, with increased artistic freedom and free speech. During severe crisis the area of culture often is deprioritized. The on-going pandemic has severely affected the access to distribution channels as well as financing for film production. A situation that may undermine democracy, especially in regions with an unstable economic or political system.

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