For more than four decades the Downtown Community Center in Lower Manhattan has been a vital resource for training and nurturing independent filmmakers, in particular documentary filmmakers. For most of that time DCTV has called a landmarked 1896 firehouse home. The center reached a significant milestone recently, as the funding is finally in place for a new theatre there that one DCTV executive called “the last piece of the puzzle.”
This year, when cinematographer Danna Kinsky made her pilgrimage to Black Rock City for the Burning Man festival, she took something new with her — the iPro Lens System from Schneider Optics for her iPhone.
“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country,” is by far one of the most recognizable quotes of the 20th century. Although it’s been 50 years since John F. Kennedy's assassination shocked the nation, he still remains one of the most memorable presidents of our time. In the documentary JFK: A President Betrayed, filmmakers Cory Taylor and Darin Nellis shed new light on the pressures Kennedy faced during his presidency at the height of the Cold War.
The Short Game about competitive junior golfers around the world was shot with Canon’s C300 digital cinema camera.
DigiNext, a joint venture between Digital Cinema Destinations and Nehst Media Enterprises, released The United States of Football on August 23. A nationwide release to the more than 120 member theatres in the Screenvision network will happen August 30 and September 6. It is the first film in DigiNext’s 2013-2014 slate of twelve features.
Great stories, in reality, aren’t the only ingredient needed to make a successful documentary. Filmmakers also need patience, perseverance, creativity, luck and, of course, funding. To say that co-directors Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs have a great story to tell is an understatement: largely unknown and unappreciated, Alice Guy-Blaché was, without question, one of the most important figures in motion picture history. Now, Green and van Sluijs are using digital cinema technology to gather, assemble and organize a wide range of information to get Guy-Blaché’s story ready for the big screen. And what a story it is.
Facing Fear is first-time director Jason Cohen’s powerful documentary short about the unlikely friendship between a former neo-Nazi and the gay man he victimized decades earlier. Kent Pritchett of Colorflow performed final color grading for the doc, which recently made its world premiere at Outfest Los Angeles where it won the Audience Award. Facing Fear is scheduled for a theatrical run at the Laemmle Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills, August 9-15.
Screenvision has announced that it will distribute content for Digital Cinema Destinations (Digiplex). The first joint theatrical title will be the documentary The United States of Football, which will debut August 23.
The Room, a boutique finishing facility located within Technicolor – PostWorks, New York, recently wrapped post-production on We Steal Secrets: The History of WikiLeaks and History of the Eagles, two new documentaries from producer/director Alex Gibney.
The mainland is a white desert of snow, surrounded by a clashing cold ocean, and scarcely populated. Only the animals and few plants are accustomed to the difficult living conditions. This is the Antarctic. DP Alessandro Beltrame from Italy left his warm southern European homeland for two documentaries for The Antarctica Project, a cooperative project of the Italian government and the private broadcaster Mediaset.