Documentary

TIFF 2014: The Cinema Guild is Evolving with Cinephiles On and Offline

Courtney Sheehan talks with Cinema Guild's Ryan Krivoshey about the company's newest distribution strategies.


Recent Cinema Guild acquisition "Jauja" premiered at TIFF 2014.

Sprinkle a little adamant optimism over a new digital partnership with The Flaherty Film Seminar and a heaping embrace of the educational market, and you have a few of the most recent distribution strategies that The Cinema Guild's Ryan Krivoshey discussed with The Independent's Courtney Sheehan at TIFF.

In recent years, the The Cinema Guild has cemented its position as a leading distributor of independent, foreign, and documentary films.

TIFF 2014: Drafthouse’s Tim League on the State of Distribution and Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence”

At TIFF 2014, Courtney Sheehan meets up with Tim League to get his latest take on distribution.


Drafthouse picked up "The Look of Silence" at the end of August.

From his purview at TIFF 2014, Drafthouse's Tim League weighs what is and isn't apocalyptic about the future of distribution in a season of down box offices and new acquisitions such as Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence.

Forty-eight hours before Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence won the Grand Jury Prize at Venice (it’s also been awarded best film prizes from FIPRESCI and others), Tim League of Draft

From Screen to Political Action, Cinema Politica is a Global Catalyst

Patrick Pearce profiles the Montreal-based organization as it celebrates a decade of documentary activism.


Ten years after founding Cinema Politica, Svetla Turnin, Ezra Winton, and their organization, are still going strong.

Cinema Politica is the world’s largest campus and community-based documentary screening network, reaching a total audience of over one million across its network each year. Engaged, questioning, eager to take action: this is the type of audience filmmakers dream of.

A mid-August Wednesday evening in a Montreal park. Four hundred people have come out for an outdoor screening of The Corporation.

Michael Apted Talks "Bending the Light" and the Move from Film to Digital

Staff writer Rebecca Reynolds gets a video interview with the famed documentary director at the 10th Traverse City Film Festival.


Michael Apted's "Bending the Light" visits Canon's lens artisans in Japan.

Michael Apted talked with Canon's factory workers and artisans in Japan, as well as the filmmakers who have used those lenses, in his latest documentary, Bending the Light. Rebecca Reynolds caught up with him (on camera!) at the Traverse City Film Festival.

At this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, Independent staff writer Rebecca Reynolds sat down with award-winning director/producer Michael Apted (The Up Series, Masters of Sex, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Nell).

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Miho Yamamoto

Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for producing the documentary "The Exhibition."


Miho Yamamoto accepting the FRONTLINE Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film at the Salem Film Fest for "The Exhibition."

From making news to making indie films, Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 to Watch list for her work on the powerful documentary about one of Canada's most horrific crimes, The Exhibition.

In the mid-2000s Miho Yamamoto was called to the station in the middle of the night to cover breaking news in her home country of Japan. She bristled at the restrictions of corporate media yet again (“you can’t release this and you can’t talk about this,” she says) because it left the wrong impression with listeners. “I felt my hands were bound.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: In Country team (Mike Attie, Meghan O’Hara, and Lindsay Utz)

Directors Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara and editor, Lindsay Utz, is our 10 to Watch team in 2014 for their documentary "In Country."


The "In Country" filmmakers Utz (far left), O'Hara, and Attie.

This year, the filmmaking team of 10 to Watch is co-directors Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara, and editor Lindsay Utz for their collaborative work on In Country. Read about how their film documents veterans who participate in reenactments of the Vietnam War.

Every summer, a group of men donning full army fatigues heads into the Oregon woods as 2/5 1st Cav (R). Over the following days, they live, act, and battle as a platoon, transporting themselves into the 1950s’ darkest hours in their ardent reenactments of the Vietnam War.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Liss LaFleur

Liss LaFleur is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for her interactive documentary "One Way Home."


Filmmaker Liss LaFleur at home in front of her "memory" board.

Liss LaFleur forges connections with her interactive documentary, One Way Home, about an organization in Texas that reunites AIDS-inflicted people with their families. Not only is she producing great work, but she is an open and brave artist. That's why she's one of our 10 to Watch.

As seen in her latest film One Way Home, Liss LaFleur's filmmaking comes in the form of new media, with her background in photography, art history, and cinema all working together to create a powerful filmic experience.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Robert Greene

Robert Greene is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch list for his work on "Actress" and "Approaching the Elephant."


Filmmaker Robert Greene.

Robert Greene's unique vision and practice for documentary caught our attention. Check out his plethora of work in 2014, including Actress and Approaching the Elephant, on 10 to Watch.

Robert Greene is on a mission. He wants to change the way you understand, see, and talk about documentaries. If he has to be a director, editor, producer, critic, and programmer in order to do it, so be it.

Cinematic Lessons From a Cold War Era

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw revisits the reissued 1995 doc, "Red Hollywood."


One of a million stills in "Red Hollywood" a documentary of the too-little seen films that fell sway to the Red Scare.

Kurt Brokaw matches Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s tour de force of clips in their 1995 documentary Red Hollywood with a likewise ambitious recap of those clips. Film students take note, thanks to McCarthy, you haven't seen everything yet, but this doc will help you get there. Screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center August 15-21, 2014.

Red Hollywood
(Thom Andersen, Noël Burch. 1995. USA. 119 min.)

Finding the "Mystery Woman" of Street Photography

Sarah Coleman talks with co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel about bringing the hidden story of street photographer Vivian Maier to life.


"Finding Vivian Maier" uncovers street photos that could've been lost to history.

Imagine an artistic discovery you simply can't keep to yourself. The images are that penetrating. For John Maloof, Vivian Maier's street photography demanded to be seen. Two books and one documentary later, the world can trace Maloof's path toward Finding Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier never wanted to be famous. Working as a nanny in 1950s Chicago, Maier always locked her bedroom door and insisted her employers never enter her space. Though she didn't hesitate to stick a camera into other people's faces, she disliked giving people her name and referred to herself as "the mystery woman." If not for a series of lucky accidents, Maier would have stayed unknown.

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