Check out this documentary short! It’s received a ton of well deserved buzz.
- And the nominees are… Check out this year’s Oscar contenders for best documentary and short.
- ITVS blog congratulates The Invisible War and 5 Broken Cameras for their Oscar nominations. Watch the trailers here.
- Apply for Dragon Forum 2013! This year’s edition of the Dragon Forum will focus on documenting Europe. Applicants’ projects dealing with European themes will be especially favored. The forum warmly invites filmmakers from around the world who are ready to face these topics. Get the details here.
REVIEW: THE IRAN JOB
by Julia Huddleston
Intimate, quiet, lyrical, and extremely powerful – the documentary The Iran Job is all of the above. Recently This independently-produced film portraying about an American basketball player’s season with a club in Iran filled one of the theatres at the IFC Center for nearly three weeks, until Hurricane Sandy brought life in Lower Manhattan to a temporary halt.
The great film’s success among the public speaks for to the documentary’s importance and validity and its brilliant, entertaining storytelling. Detailed and calm observations of human encounters, spontaneous moments that are allowed to breathe and unfold on screen, and an outwardly neutral, yet sharp-eyed political perspective make this documentary debut an astounding one.
Produced by filmmaker Till Schauder produced the documentary together with and his Iranian-American wife Sara Nodjoumi. He the film follows Kevin Sheppard, at the time a 29-year old basketball player from the US Virgin Islands, to the Iranian city of Shiraz. where Kevin was Under contract at the local club A.S. Shiraz for the 2008-2009 season, Kevin was hired to lead the newcomer team in the Iranian Super League team to the playoffs, and possibly to the championship. Kevin’s Iran job is Helping the club “get a W,” a slang expression he teaches his teammates. Watching him as Kevin’s struggles help the club “get a W,” a slang expression he teaches his teammates,to meet this goal is the main axis of the narration.
- Attend the International Documentary Association’s event Doc U Point of View: Leveraging the Expanding Latino Market. Click here for details.
- Watch a Doc at the 23rd Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. Find the films schedule here.
- Independent Lens is currently seeking submissions of completed or near completed programs for broadcast during the October 2013 – June 2014 season. Click here for more.
We love Julia Pott. This is her latest work that was commissioned as part of Channel 4′s Random Acts strand which showcases diverse short films chosen for their bold expressions of creativity: randomacts.channel4.com/.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/47246815″>Random Acts – The Event</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user2401669″>Julia Pott</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Happy World Peace Day!
To celebrate peace, to inspire thoughts of peace, and reflection about peace, we would like to showcase Films4Peace, an annual short film commission by PUMA.Peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, features 21 of today’s most innovative contemporary artists visually interpreting the subject of peace.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/49863331″>Levi van Veluw</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/shootingpeople”>Shooting People</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Our friends at Shooting People have the production managers of the project. We particularly love the films by Japanese artist Noriko Okaku and by Dutch artist Levi van Veluw. Enjoy. The initiative also encourages the films to be screened and shared across the world, through social networking websites, blogs and media channels, so please feel free to share them, and post your comments using #films4peace. SPREAD THE WORD!
Congratulations to VII Photo and Doctors Without Borders for its recent News and Documentary Emmy nomination for its Starved for Attention project. We were lucky to collaborate with them both this past yearand showcase 4 of the 8 videos on Telegraph21 to help promote the work and raise awareness of international hunger and poverty issues. Starved for Attention is nominated in the documentaries sub-category in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming.
Here is an excerpt from our October interview with The U.S Standard and A Double Standard Director Jessica Dimmock.
t21: What inspired you to create this two-part film: The U.S Standard and A Double Standard for the Starved for Attention campaign?
JD: This film was made for Doctors Without Borders as a part of a series about global malnutrition. This specific film was made to illustrate the gross double standard that exists in the United States’ approach to food aid. The first part of the film, which I did, looks at the high- quality foods that are provided as part of the WIC program to low-income families domestically. The second part, which Antonin did, looks at the mostly corn and soy-based food that is exported to poorer nations as part of the U.S. Food Aid package.
t21: How did you decide the specific stories and profiles to showcase?
JD: I focused on three women in a rural Pennsylvania town in order to show a small crosssection of the type of families that are eligible for the WIC program, how it helps them, how they use it, and the obstacles they may face. I felt that this town and the population had many aspects which allowed it to serve as an example of many towns around America.
t21: Do you think this campaign has been successful?
JD: I think the campaign has been very successful. The combination of all of the films that are part of the Starved For Attention campaign approach the issue of childhood malnutrition in a way that defies stereotypes and highlights some of the complicated aspects of malnutrition in different parts of the world. I think it has been very educational.
t21: In terms of your own work, what is your intention and hope for what you are doing?
JD: I hope to create images and video that appeal to people on an emotional level, and allow them to more fully think about the circumstances of the people I photograph. I hope to allow people the opportunity to think about a subject in a slightly different way than they would have expected.
Culture of Resistance will screen at the Dissident Arts Festival in New York today at 4pm. Click here for details and check the trailer below.