documentary films – Taking Sides http://taking-sides.com/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 20:30:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://taking-sides.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-26-120x120.png documentary films – Taking Sides http://taking-sides.com/ 32 32 Breaking News – Showtime Documentary Films Announces “Sheryl” https://taking-sides.com/breaking-news-showtime-documentary-films-announces-sheryl/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 20:30:07 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/breaking-news-showtime-documentary-films-announces-sheryl/ SHOWTIME(R) DOCUMENTARY FILMS ANNOUNCES “SHERYL” The feature-length documentary from director Amy Scott will premiere at SXSW tonight ahead of the network premiere on Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT Trailer and key art released LOS ANGELES – March 11, 2022 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced today that […]]]>



SHOWTIME(R) DOCUMENTARY FILMS ANNOUNCES “SHERYL”

The feature-length documentary from director Amy Scott will premiere at SXSW tonight ahead of the network premiere on Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Trailer and key art released



LOS ANGELES – March 11, 2022 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced today that SHERYL, an intimate story of song and sacrifice about musical icon Sheryl Crow, will have its SHOWTIME premiere Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Director Amy Scott navigates Crow’s seminal but hard-fought musical career, battling sexism, depression, perfectionism, cancer and the price of fame – before harnessing the power of her gift. SHERYL will have its world premiere at SXSW tonight (Friday, March 11). The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. To watch and share the trailer, visit:



SHERYL is told through current interviews with Crow, behind-the-scenes truth on the road and in her studio, never-before-seen archival footage spanning 20 years of touring, and interviews with close allies Keith Richards, Laura Dern, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile and others. Crow’s early gift for music and her dedication to songwriting set her on an unabashed path to perfection – which ultimately became both a blessing and a curse to overcome.

SHERYL is produced by Brian Morrow and Jonathan Lynch for Shark Pig, Van Toffler for Gunpowder & Sky and Scooter Weintraub. Executive producers are Floris Bauer, Barry Barclay, David Gale and Vinnie Malhotra.

Alongside the premiere of the documentary, UMe/Big Machine Records will release a new album titled Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary digitally and on 2CD on May 6th. The release features his greatest hits including “If It Makes You Happy”, “Soak Up The Sun”, “All I Wanna Do”, “My Favorite Mistake”, “Redemption Day” and many more, as well as deep tracks and three newly recorded songs. To pre-order Sheryl: Music From The Feature Documentary, click HERE.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paramount, owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME(R), which offers critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box office hits, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting movies. sports. SHOWTIME is available as a standalone streaming service on all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R) premium services, as well as on-demand versions of all three brands. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events to be shown to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R). For more information, visit www.SHO.com.




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HBO Documentaries Land Oscar Nominee ‘When We Were Bullies’ https://taking-sides.com/hbo-documentaries-land-oscar-nominee-when-we-were-bullies/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 00:44:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/hbo-documentaries-land-oscar-nominee-when-we-were-bullies/ HBO Documentary Films has acquired the rights to the Oscar-nominated short documentary “When We Were Bullies.” Directed by Jay Rosenblatt (“Phantom Limb,” “Human Remains”), the 36-minute short is a meditation on a Brooklyn schoolyard incident that happened between the director and his fifth-grade classmates. 50 years ago. “When We Were Bullies” was, so far, the […]]]>

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the rights to the Oscar-nominated short documentary “When We Were Bullies.”

Directed by Jay Rosenblatt (“Phantom Limb,” “Human Remains”), the 36-minute short is a meditation on a Brooklyn schoolyard incident that happened between the director and his fifth-grade classmates. 50 years ago.

“When We Were Bullies” was, so far, the only Oscar-nominated short film that didn’t have a distributor. ‘The Queen of Basketball’ nominee was distributed by The New York Times Op-Doc while Netflix is ​​behind three of the nominated short documentaries: ‘Audible’, ‘Lead Me Home’ and ‘Three Songs for Bashir’ .

“When We Were Bullies” premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Jury Prize.

During its tenure, HBO Documentary Films has won more than 15 Oscars in the documentary shorts category and more than a dozen feature-length documentary Oscars. This year, “When We Were Bullies” is the division’s only non-fiction nod.

“When We Were Bullies” found the perfect home,” says Jay Rosenblatt, who has made several documentary films for HBO. “I’m honored to have another film of mine airing on HBO, where creativity, originality and innovative storytelling are honored.”

The short will debut on HBO three days after the Academy Awards on March 27.

Anthony Giacchino won the Oscar for short documentary last year for “Colette”. Other recent winners include “Learn to Skate in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”; “Period. End of sentence.”; and “Heaven is a traffic jam on the 405.”

Rosenblatt’s credits date back to the 11-minute documentary short “Doubt” in 1981.

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MTV Documentary Films buys ‘Last Flight Home’ at Sundance https://taking-sides.com/mtv-documentary-films-buys-last-flight-home-at-sundance/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/mtv-documentary-films-buys-last-flight-home-at-sundance/ MTV Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to Ondi Timoner’s “Last Flight Home,” a moving and deeply personal portrait of a family grappling with the final days of their patriarch. The documentary had several bidders and the sale was very competitive. “Last Flight Home” was a critics’ favorite after its premiere at this year’s Sundance […]]]>

MTV Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to Ondi Timoner’s “Last Flight Home,” a moving and deeply personal portrait of a family grappling with the final days of their patriarch. The documentary had several bidders and the sale was very competitive.

“Last Flight Home” was a critics’ favorite after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. MTV Documentary Films is planning a theatrical release in the fall as well as an awards campaign. “Last Flight Home” was written, directed and edited by Ondi Timoner, the filmmaker behind “Dig!” and “We live in public”. She also produced the film with David Turner.

The film follows Eli Timoner, a suburban man and entrepreneur whose meteoric rise has been impacted by health issues. It charts his last remaining days, while celebrating an extraordinary life filled with crazy accomplishments, tragic losses, and enduring love from an incredibly close-knit family. Eli Timoner is also the father of the film’s director.

The film received rave reviews with Variety‘s Lisa Kennedy writes that the film is “…many things, all compelling.” It’s a tribute, a fight against mortality, an exercise in self-policing, a messy home movie, a brief retelling of aviation history, and a lesson in letting go and grief.

The deal was brokered by Lance McPherson for MTV Documentary Films and 30West on behalf of the filmmakers. It is an Interloper Films production. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

“Life must end. In many cases, how it ends is a complex individual choice,” MTV Documentary Films executive producer Sheila Nevins said in a statement. understatements, the last 15 days of 92-year-old Eli Timoner are intimately recorded by his famous filmmaker daughter Ondi Timoner.Ondi gives us the privilege of taking Eli Timoner’s final journey as we bid farewell to a dear friend, to a beloved grandfather and an unforgettable father.

“An immersive and deeply felt portrait of a remarkable family, ‘Last Flight Home’ is a sublime film about a life well lived – both the ultimate highs and the devastating lows – that leaves the viewer wholly devoted and deeply invested in this man. remarkable and loved ones left behind,” said Nina L. Diaz and Liza Burnett Fefferman, co-directors of MTV Documentary Films.

“Choosing the right home for my most personal and cherished film, ‘Last Flight Home,’ was a very difficult decision to make,” Timoner said. “I was moved by the passion that Sheila Nevins and Liza Burnett Fefferman expressed for the film, for my father and my family. I have deep respect for their impeccable track record in choosing great work and in its presenting to audiences with impact and grace, and I have personal experience working with them going back to DIG!, 18 years ago… So I’m thrilled to be teaming up with MTV Documentary Films, and I’m sure my dad agrees, that they will release my most important film in the world with love and care.

MTV Documentary Films received three Academy Award nominations, a Peabody Award, two Emmy nominations and an Emmy win. Wit recently earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature with “Ascension,” an exploration of contemporary China’s identity and its relationship to class and consumerism. Other films released by the division include “76 Days”, “American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself”, and “My Father The Mover”.

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HBO Documentary Films Presents: George Carlin’s American Dream https://taking-sides.com/hbo-documentary-films-presents-george-carlins-american-dream/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 18:07:42 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/hbo-documentary-films-presents-george-carlins-american-dream/ In May, this two-part documentary series directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio will be available on HBO Max. For all lovers of classic comedy, this news should be exciting. As HBO Documentary Films has developed a touching deep look into the acerbic life and legacy of the beloved comedian, with George Carlin’s American Dream. […]]]>

In May, this two-part documentary series directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio will be available on HBO Max.

For all lovers of classic comedy, this news should be exciting. As HBO Documentary Films has developed a touching deep look into the acerbic life and legacy of the beloved comedian, with George Carlin’s American Dream.

Follow the life and work of the legendary comedian. The series will delve into Carlin’s claim to fame, first examining his childhood in New York City, then later his lifelong struggle with drugs and how it took a toll on his health as he grew older. The documentary even examines Carlin’s run-ins with the law and examines each of his marriages, with intimate interviews with Carlin and Brenda’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, who offers insight into her family history and the love of his parents. The documentary also delves into Carlin’s tragic relationship with his first wife Brenda Hosbrook, who later died of liver cancer.

Considered the “dean of counterculture comedians,” Carlin’s half-century-long career has seen him headline 14 HBO comedy specials and host more than 130 appearances on The Tonight Show. . As the comedian continued to evolve and constantly change his routine to stay relevant until his timely death and beyond. His ability to prophesy the truth still resonates today and this documentary examines the legend from the perspective of one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time.

There will also be never-before-seen material, including photos, films, audios, letters and diaries. With a host of interviews from Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell, Sam Jay, Judy Gold, Jon Stewart and more.

Produced by HBO Documentary Films, Rise Films and Apatow Productions, the series is officially directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio; edited by Joe Bechenkovsky. And executive produced by Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio, Teddy Leifer, Jerry Hamza and Kelly Carlin.

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The Restless Billionaire’ – Deadline https://taking-sides.com/the-restless-billionaire-deadline/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/the-restless-billionaire-deadline/ “Activist or raider, call me what you want, I made this money because the system is so bad, not because I’m a genius,” Wall Street legend Carl Icahn says in a teaser trailer released today. today by HBO Documentary Films. Icahn: the restless billionaire aired February 15. Icahn, who turns 86 next week, grew up […]]]>

“Activist or raider, call me what you want, I made this money because the system is so bad, not because I’m a genius,” Wall Street legend Carl Icahn says in a teaser trailer released today. today by HBO Documentary Films. Icahn: the restless billionaire aired February 15.

Icahn, who turns 86 next week, grew up in Far Rockaway, Queens, with a schoolteacher mother and a cantor father at the local synagogue. He became a poker whiz to pay his way to Princeton (where he majored in philosophy), dropped out of medical school, joined the military, and eventually made it to Wall Street. There he tracked companies from Lionsgate and former Time Warner, Yahoo (when he was independent) and Ebay, as well as oil companies, airlines and big pharma. In the late 1990s, he took over Marvel Comics in a rivalry with Ronald Perelman.

His playbook: identifying public companies he deems undervalued, buying stocks and pressuring CEOs to make things happen. If they refuse, he has waged massive public relations campaigns to woo shareholders, lead his own slate of alternative directors at annual meetings, and coerce them into doing so if he could.

He calls himself a corporate activist. His mantra: CEOs are overpaid and incompetent, boards are subservient, and shareholders have no recourse. Yes, the companies he targets have gone bankrupt, been taken over, and lost many jobs. But he argues he’s also made a lot of money for investors, including “the little guys” (while amassing tens of billions for himself) over the past half-century.

No CEO wants Icahn – an inspiration to Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate thief of Wall Street— come knock. Its targets range from RJR Nabisco to Texaco, TWA to Lyft, Rubbermaid and Herbalife. At times, Icahn is a more passive investor, at one point owning 10% of Netflix. His high-profile investment in Apple in 2013 sent the stock up $17 billion — an effect known on Wall Street as The Icahn Lift.

In a new kind of project, the WSJ reported this week that it recently teamed up with the Humane Society to lobby McDonald’s about where it buys its pork.

The film features Icahn peppered with appearances from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Wall Street director Oliver Stone and a host of business journalists including Andrew Ross Sorkin (New York Times), Cara Lombardo (The Wall Street Journal), Rana Foroohar (FinancialTimes), Scott Wapner (CNBC) and Bryan Burrough (co-author of the legendary Barbarians at the Gate), as well as Icahn’s wife, daughter and son, who is expected to succeed him.

Carl Icahn: the restless billionaire is a production of Atlas Media Corp. It is written, produced and directed by Bruce David Klein; produced by Alexander J. Goldstein; co-produced by Marc Kusnetz and Jim Bruce; executive produced by Jay Firestone. For HBO: Senior Producer, Tina Nguyen; executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

This debuts Tuesday, February 15 (9-10:45 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

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Stanley Nelson’s ‘Attica’ Wins First-Ever Oscar Nod From Showtime Documentary Films https://taking-sides.com/stanley-nelsons-attica-wins-first-ever-oscar-nod-from-showtime-documentary-films/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 14:19:11 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/stanley-nelsons-attica-wins-first-ever-oscar-nod-from-showtime-documentary-films/ Showtime Documentary Films received the first Oscar nomination in its history, with the feature documentary Penthouse by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till) and co-director Traci A. Curry in final contention for Best Documentary Feature at the March 27 ceremony. Attic chronicles the 1971 five-day prison rebellion at Attica […]]]>

Showtime Documentary Films received the first Oscar nomination in its history, with the feature documentary Penthouse by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till) and co-director Traci A. Curry in final contention for Best Documentary Feature at the March 27 ceremony.

Attic chronicles the 1971 five-day prison rebellion at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York, which claimed the lives of 29 inmates and 10 hostages – the most violent day murder that Americans have inflicted on themselves since the Civil War. Penthouse can be viewed for free through the end of February’s Black History Month on Sho.com and YouTube, as well as multiple streaming and on-demand platforms.

In addition to the Oscar nomination, Attica has already received nominations from the Directors Guild of America, the Critics Choice Association and the NAACP, and was chosen for the National Board of Review’s Top Five Documentaries of 2021. Through original interviews with former detainees, family members of hostages and other witnesses, Penthouse takes us back to a moment in history that has resonated for decades, using hundreds of hours of footage and never-before-seen archival tapes from inside the prison. The film captures the personalities, politics, emotions and tragedy that stand as a wake-up call – then and now – about the need for prison reform and the responsibilities of justice.

“Thank you to the Academy and congratulations to my fellow Best Documentary Feature nominees. I’m so thrilled that Attica, a movie I’ve wanted to make for decades, received this level of recognition and I’m so grateful to the wonderful team at SHOWTIME for believing in the power of this story,” Nelson said. “It’s a huge honor to be nominated along with my fantastic collaborator Traci A. Curry. Together, we have strived to create a balanced and accurate account of this tragic moment in history. The story of the Attica uprising continues to resonate 50 years later in discussions around impactful prison and criminal justice reform. We are so grateful that the people who lived through these events wanted to open up to us the way they did and I hope we have done their stories justice.

Nominated for the first time at the Oscars, Nelson is a three-time winner of a Primetime Emmy: two for his work in freedom riders (Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming), as well as a nod to Best Direction for American Experience: The Murder of Emmett Till. Nelson has also won two News and Documentary Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. In 2016, the News and Documentary Emmys and the International Documentary Association honored Nelson with their Career Achievement Awards. Throughout his long film career, Nelson has shed new light on familiar and underexplored aspects of America’s past, combining gripping narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Stanley earn his long-awaited first Oscar nomination,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. appropriate to an already wonderful legacy he left to the documentary world.The fact that this coincides with the first Oscar nomination for SHOWTIME Documentary Films is just another cause for celebration.

Penthouse is produced by Nelson’s Firelight Films and Topic Studios for Showtime Documentary Films. Marcia Smith and Jihan Robinson are executive producers.

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Venice Arts Creative Conversations on Documentary Film Production Zoom Event https://taking-sides.com/venice-arts-creative-conversations-on-documentary-film-production-zoom-event/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/venice-arts-creative-conversations-on-documentary-film-production-zoom-event/ Caitrin Rogers, producer of “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” and “20 Feet From Stardom” talks about making documentary films By Dolores Quintana Venice Arts is a neighborhood arts center that serves low-income youth and seeks to provide them with arts education and opportunities to learn from industry professionals and a venue for local photographers […]]]>

Caitrin Rogers, producer of “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” and “20 Feet From Stardom” talks about making documentary films

By Dolores Quintana

Venice Arts is a neighborhood arts center that serves low-income youth and seeks to provide them with arts education and opportunities to learn from industry professionals and a venue for local photographers and filmmakers to exhibit their work. Here is their mission statement on their website: “To ignite, develop and transform the lives of low-income young people in Los Angeles through photography and film education, and use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world. ”

This Friday, February 11, Venice Arts will host one of a series of “Creative Conversations” with documentary producer Caitrin Rogers, whose credits include her most recent film, “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain”, the film Academy Award-winning, “20 Feet From Stardom,” Emmy-winning film “The Tillman Story,” Grammy-nominated The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma, and the Silkroad Ensemble. The Zoom event takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is free, but “priority for in-person training programs and financial stipends, including paid internship opportunities, is given to active participants, ages 18-24 , in Creative Conversations, as well as low-income youth, youth in foster care, homeless…” You can view the event here.

Venice Arts talks about their programs on their website and here is their description of their youth program. “Venice Arts’ largest and longest running Art Mentoring & Education program offers a sequenced program of media arts education, college success programs and creative career development, completely free for low-income youth from all over Los Angeles. Our Center for Creative Workforce Equity targets young people between the ages of 16 and 24, offering a sequenced program – from exposure, education and training to internship placement – ​​that helps to building a more equitable and inclusive creative sector. Priority is given to uplifting those whose lives have been most difficult, including the homeless, foster families, those involved in justice, and LGBTQ youth.

Through all of our programs, we reach over 800 young people every year. Because community demand far exceeds the capacity of our current facilities, we turn away approximately 150 low-income youth each year. 95% of youth served are low income; 53% live in poverty. Just under 50% live in Venice, Mar Vista, Culver City, and neighborhoods with high pockets of poverty on the West Side; the rest live throughout Los Angeles County, including Mid-City, South LA and Inglewood, and some travel from as far away as Norwalk and Antelope Valley to participate. Most (85%) are young people of color, the majority children of immigrants, and nearly all attend underperforming public schools and lack access to meaningful creative education.

You can check out programs and other events on their website.

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Best documentary films of the year rewarded in DocPoint https://taking-sides.com/best-documentary-films-of-the-year-rewarded-in-docpoint/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 17:30:21 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/best-documentary-films-of-the-year-rewarded-in-docpoint/ DocPoint – The Helsinki Documentary Film Festival rewarded the best new documentary films. Susanna Helke‘s Ruthless Times – Songs of Care won the national competition. Ruslan Fedotov‘s Where Are We Headed won the international competition. Finland’s largest documentary film festival, DocPoint, awarded the best documentary films of the year and their directors in […]]]>

DocPoint – The Helsinki Documentary Film Festival rewarded the best new documentary films. Susanna Helke‘s Ruthless Times – Songs of Care won the national competition. Ruslan Fedotov‘s Where Are We Headed won the international competition.

Finland’s largest documentary film festival, DocPoint, awarded the best documentary films of the year and their directors in Helsinki on Saturday 5 February.

The best national and international film was awarded in the DocPoint competitions with the DocPoint-Yle-award, worth 5,000 euros. In addition, the international jury awarded two special mentions. Audiences voted for their favorite film in The Audience Ballot funded by The Documentary Guild.

The winner of DocPoint’s national competition was Susanna Helke’s film TIME RUTHLESS – CARE SONGS. The darkly humorous film explores the state of Finnish public care where employees try to survive in conditions where efficiency and profit have become the most important values. The film was produced by Road Movies Oy.

The international jury appreciated the creativity of the film’s staging and its depth of humanity. The challenges of public care are not only current issues in Finnish society, but the challenges of an aging population apply worldwide.

“It’s such a great honor that it makes my organs tremble!” To think that such a professional international jury received the film in this way is amazing. I wondered beforehand, how this film appeals to those who are not from Finland. How do we take care of each member of society, how do we take responsibility? I am extremely happy that these themes have also opened up to the international jury,” commented director Susanna Helke.

Ruthless Times – Songs of Care also won the public vote. All new Finnish feature films took part in the audience’s favourite.

Eight new Finnish feature films took part in the national competition. Inka Purchased‘S GOLDEN LAND received the special mention of the National Competition. The film was produced by Napafilms. The film tells the story of Finnish-Somali Mustafa who returns to Somalia with his family to open a mine on his family’s land.

The winner of the international competition comes from the Moscow metro

WHERE ARE WE HEADED by Ruslan Fedotov won the DocPoint international competition. Fedotov’s film follows people in the Moscow metro offering a current sample of Russian society and people.

The jury was impressed with how Fedotov’s film created a colorful portrait of contemporary Russian society. The film forces us to ask ourselves again and again: “Where are they going? – not only about the route of individual travelers passing through the largest underground metro in Moscow, but also as a political question, about Russia itself.

Eleven new international feature films took part in the International Competition. Jessica Beshir‘s FAYA DAYI received special mention from international competitors. Ethiopian-Mexican Beshir’s quiet film is an enchanting audiovisual story about the intoxicating khat plant, the troubles it brings and the cultural significance it has in Ethiopia.

DocPoint is up and running. The festival will continue until Sunday, February 6.

DocPoint Competitions

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Showtime acquires Sinéad O’Connor Doc “Nothing Compares” https://taking-sides.com/showtime-acquires-sinead-oconnor-doc-nothing-compares/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 20:59:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/showtime-acquires-sinead-oconnor-doc-nothing-compares/ Showtime Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to “Nothing Compares,” the documentary about Sinéad O’Connor that premiered at the 2022 Sundance Virtual Film Festival, Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Programming, announced Tuesday. -fiction, Showtime Networks Inc. “Nothing Compares” was directed by Kathryn Ferguson in her directorial debut and was part of the official selection for […]]]>

Showtime Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights to “Nothing Compares,” the documentary about Sinéad O’Connor that premiered at the 2022 Sundance Virtual Film Festival, Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Programming, announced Tuesday. -fiction, Showtime Networks Inc.

“Nothing Compares” was directed by Kathryn Ferguson in her directorial debut and was part of the official selection for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival last week.

Showtime is planning a theatrical release later this year in the US, UK and Ireland ahead of the US premiere, and its international partner streaming platforms later this year.

“When we started making this documentary four years ago, a key goal was to one day be able to share the film with audiences around the world and celebrate Sinéad’s music and artistry with fans old and new.” , Ferguson said in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner with Showtime to make this happen.”

In his review of the film, Steve Pond of TheWrap wrote, “‘Nothing Compares’ is both a timely and curiously timeless film. It’s a powerful film that explores the roots of the brilliant but troubled Irish singer, who recently made headlines with the suicide of her teenage son and her own hospitalization, but it also turns her later years into an afterthought, bypassing many of the ups and downs that have brought her here over the past two decades.

“Nothing Compares” is produced by Eleanor Emptage and Michael Mallie for Tara Films (UK) and Ard Mhacha Productions (Ireland), and presented by Field of Vision. Executive producers are Charlotte Cook, Lesley McKimm, Lucy Pullin, John Reynolds and Lisa Marie Russo. The film was supported by Screen Ireland, the BFI Doc Society Fund, IE:Entertainment and Northern Ireland Screen.

Submarine represented the film for worldwide sales and brokered the deal with Showtime.

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Showtime Documentary Films Partners with Sinéad O’Connor Doc NOTHING LIKE https://taking-sides.com/showtime-documentary-films-partners-with-sinead-oconnor-doc-nothing-like/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/showtime-documentary-films-partners-with-sinead-oconnor-doc-nothing-like/ SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced TODAY that it has acquired worldwide rights to Nothing Compares directed by Kathryn Ferguson (Taking the Waters, Space to Be). Nothing Compares traces Sinéad O’Connor’s phenomenal rise to global fame and examines how she used her voice at the height of her stardom before her iconoclastic persona drove her into exile […]]]>

SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced TODAY that it has acquired worldwide rights to Nothing Compares directed by Kathryn Ferguson (Taking the Waters, Space to Be).

Nothing Compares traces Sinéad O’Connor’s phenomenal rise to global fame and examines how she used her voice at the height of her stardom before her iconoclastic persona drove her into exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on the prophetic words and deeds of Sinéad from 1987 to 1993, the film presents a written and richly cinematic portrait of this fearless pioneer through a contemporary feminist lens.

Nothing Compares, Ferguson’s feature-length documentary debut, was part of the official selection for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival last week. SHOWTIME is slated for a theatrical release later this year in the US, UK and Ireland before SHOWTIME premieres in the US and its international partner streaming platforms later this year. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

The archive-driven documentary features era-defining music videos and concerts, as well as never-before-seen footage from that period. The film is backed up by a new interview with Sinéad herself, in which she reflects on the events in her own words and from a current perspective. Intimate interviews with first-hand contributors add to the tapestry additional insights from contemporary artists, musicians and social commentators introducing broader themes of Irish history, politics and global activism, while reflecting on Sinéad’s art, impact and legacy.

“When we started making this documentary four years ago, a key goal was to one day be able to share the film with audiences around the world and celebrate Sinéad’s music and artistry with fans old and new.” , Ferguson said. “We are thrilled to partner with SHOWTIME to make this happen.”

Born in Belfast, Ferguson is an innovative, boundary-pushing filmmaker who has focused on short works that center on identity, gender politics and community. Ferguson’s short documentary Taking the Waters premiered at Sheffield DocFest in 2018 and in 2021 she directed the short documentary Space to Be for The Guardian’s highly acclaimed documentary film series.

The film is produced by Eleanor Emptage and Michael Mallie for Tara Films (UK) and Ard Mhacha Productions (Ireland), and presented by Field of Vision. Executive producers are Charlotte Cook, Lesley McKimm, Lucy Pullin, John Reynolds and Lisa Marie Russo. The film was supported by Screen Ireland, the BFI Doc Society Fund, IE:Entertainment and Northern Ireland Screen. Submarine represented the film for worldwide sales and brokered the deal with SHOWTIME.

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